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Doodling Since I was Young
I’ve doodled on and off since I was young, but I haven’t done it a lot in the last couple years. You see, I’m somewhat sporadic in my interests. I have the same basic hobbies (doodling, coloring, paper crafts, puzzles, flower photography, gardening, etc.), but they rotate according to season or inspiration.
Inspiration to Start Again
Recently I was inspired to spend more time doodling. The inspiration came from a young lady, Erin Demoney, The Petite Planner, who I first saw on Instagram.
Among many things, Erin is a mom of two, a creative blogger at The Petite Planner, and a self-proclaimed Doodle Queen. I saw her fun doodles and journal layouts and was intrigued, so I joined her email list. Soon after, got a notification of a sale on her classes. (I was so new to her that I didn’t even know she had classes!)
Investment in Me
I decided to invest in the opportunity because I thought it would be something I could use in several areas of my life and business.
Doodling is one of the ways I let go of stress. If you haven’t tried it or haven’t done it for a while, it might benefit you too.
The Petite Planner’s Courses
Erin offers several doodling courses that are affordable and easy to do. See if any of them interest you below:
Petite Floral Doodles – This class is one of my faves because, well, flowers! If you’ve been following me for a while you know how much I love flowers! She demonstrates how to draw various simple floral elements such as petals, leaves and stems, then how to make fun arrangements with them.
Rock Your Journal VIP – This course shows you how to use basic elements you can doodle on your journal to make the pages pop. It includes lettering, doodling and layouts for your journals and planners.
Delighted in Doodling – **A NEW class!** This course begins August 1st and looks awesome! You will start with the basics of objects and images, breaking them down into shapes. As you progress you’ll refine the shapes and then add shading, overlapping and patterns. The goal of this course it to begin to see your own style of doodles emerging.
Try Before You Buy
If you want to try a class before you buy, she’s has a free module available called Intro to Floral Doodles. You can find it here.
Each course Erin offers has several hours of self-paced instructional videos broken up into bite-sized sections, text-based instruction, homework, workbooks, practice pages and bonuses, including access to a Facebook group where you can share your work, ask questions, and get even more training via Live tutorials and Q & A sessions.
Don’t Let Fear Stop You!
If you’re afraid because you ‘can’t draw’ or ‘aren’t creative,’ no worries! It’s rare that anyone comes out of the womb with doodling genius! 😀 Erin breaks it down step-by-step using basic shapes, and with a little practice you’ll gain confidence and be proud to show off your new-found or re-ignited skills.
As far as materials, all you really need is a pencil and paper! She shows a couple other items, but they aren’t absolutely necessary.
If you don’t think you have the time, you probably do, because these are self-paced classed you can do any time, day or night, at your own leisure, as many times as you wish.
Benefits of Taking a Class from The Petite Planner:
- Express your creativity.
- Relaxation by taking some ‘me’ time away from everyday stressors.
- Embellish and enhance your journal and planner pages or other crafty projects you’re working on.
- Money savings – By using this skill you can create your own gift cards, tags and other items for family and friends.
- Make money – Yes, you heard that right! It’s possible to create your own designs and upload them to places like Etsy for sale as printables to color or as journal stickers.
Whether it’s doodling, coloring, journaling, or a multitude of other activities you may enjoy, I’m hoping you’ve been inspired to pick up your ‘creative’ too! Take a short period of time for yourself and get rejuvenated from the tension of everyday life by taking some creative ‘me’ time, and as you partake in your creative adventure, let the pressures of life drift away!
Here’s to more coloring and doodling!
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