Guest Author - Michelle McVaney
I feel like a kid again! Flash back to when you were in school sitting
there with a pen in your hand taking notes. What did you do while the teacher
lectured? Doodle of course! I am still guilty of doodling while
listening in church and while talking on the phone. All of that doodling practice
can now be put to good use. Break the gel pens out again because doodling
in your scrapbook is the trend! Open up any idea book or scrapbook magazine
and you will see tons of doodling.
Doodling is defined in the Webster's dictionary as scribbling aimlessly.
Scrapbook doodling is a little more planned so I don't think you would call it
aimless, but remember it is just a doodle, not a drawing masterpiece!
You can doodle to create flowers, lettering, plants, animals, borders and shapes.
Doodling and penwork is such a great way to accent your layouts! It is an easy
way to add an inexpensive personal touch to your projects. Even
if you don't consider yourself a freestyle artist, you can find ways to work this
hot trend into your scrapbook.
One of my favorite Doodlers is Faith
Sister designer Sunny Kohler. The two layouts here are some beautiful samples
of her work! Just look at all of the detail!
Here is another really cute doodle page by Faith
Sister designer Karma Holoboff, bottom right. Look at the border of flower
doodles all around the photo mat and on the word blocks.
Doodling can take a little practice.
Here are a few ideas you can use to practice your doodling skills.
• Doodle while you wait.
• Trace other artists doodling to get a feel for the movement of the lines.
• Add penwork around the edges of diecuts, or journal boxes. I always use short lines with a dot at the end instead of long continuous lines.
• Doodle in pencil and then trace over it with your pens so you are less likely to make mistakes.
• Use a stamped image as your base shape and then add doodle lines and shapes around the stamped image.
I have found some great doodling inspiration by looking on tattoo websites!
You must be careful because you can come across some very unpleasing graphics on these sites too! Just do a google search for Tattoo.
Here are a couple of sites that will give you some great doodle inspiration Every
Tattoo and Bullseye Tattoos The books below are also great resources for more doodling practice!
I also highly reccomend all of the Lindsay Ostrom doodling and lettering books