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Doodling is a great activity for beginners and just like coloring and journaling, it relieves stress, stimulates creativity, and improves focus.
The best part is that it’s cheap, easy, fun and you can do it anywhere, even if you’re just getting started and all you have is a pen and a piece of paper.
You can start right away, but if you need some doodle inspiration, check out the suggestions below:
1. Use Books for Ideas
Try using a doodling book for some ideas. There are tons of these types of books filled with simple images, designs and patterns that will get your creative juices flowing. You can find them at book and thrift stores, library sales, or Amazon. Here are a couple I recommend. (The first one I own and enjoy and the 2nd one is on my wish list.)
The Art of Zentangle by Margaret Bremner
Art Drawing Dangles by Olivia A. Kneibler
2. Use Prompt Suggestions
Using prompts are a great way to get inspired.
Doodle prompts are words or phrases that are meant to spark your creativity and give you a basic idea of what to draw.
The great thing about doodling prompts is that you can go in any direction with it.
For example, if you have a prompt such as ‘plant’, you could draw a plant, a part of a plant, a garden of plants, a person planting plants, or anything that the word inspires.
Draw, Doodle, Design by Parragon Books
Prompts can be found in books like these:
Creative Doodling & Beyond by Stephanie Corfee
You can also find doodling prompts by searching Instagram or Pinterest.
3. Pen Size Matters
You can doodle with just about any pen or pencil you want, but pen tip (aka nib) size matters.
As you do more doodling you may want to have the ability to draw thinner lines or small objects. To get this effect you will need an ultra-fine tip. For a bolder look, you’ll want bigger tips.
The best option is to get a set of pens with a variety of tip/nib sizes like these two versatile sets:
So far, I’ve been using pens I have, but one type of pen I don’t recommend for doodling is gel pens. They are pretty, but they smear easily and wouldn’t be the best option, unless you want to allow drying time.
Doodling inspiration can be found just about anywhere and whether you are just getting started or not, there’s plenty of enjoyment to be gained doing a little doodling!
Here’s to more coloring and doodling!
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