There is something very Zen-like about doodling. You can do it anywhere with only a pen and a scrap of paper. However, lately I'm finding that I enjoy the art of zendoodles or zentangles. I learned about this type of art from an artist friend, Milliande. Her demonstrations of how to do it are inspiring! I used it with my art students at school and they soared! It is addictive!
It's easy and fun. Just grab a couple PITT® Artist pens in a variety of sizes. I love the brush tip and the small tip for my doodles. I start with a shape. The wings were traced from a piece of Grungeboard (Tim Holtz). I then broke up the space inside with random lines. Next, you fill in the spaces with shapes, patterns (repeated shapes and lines), and areas of solid filled in color. I gravitate towards the zig zags, stripes, and natural shapes. Anything goes... there are no rules, but you do want to step back every once in awhile and check for balance.
If it seems heavier or your eye moves to one side more, then fill in the opposing areas more. It is stunning against colored backgrounds. Often, I start with black and white and fill in around the design with the Aquarelle Art GRIP® pencils or Gelatos for a splash of color. You can see the one below has them in the center. I also enjoy doodling over patterned papers. It adds an additional element of pattern into the entire design.
These pages are from my Sketchbook Project book. I found myself doodling when I didn't know what to do. It seemed to clear my artist block everytime!!! I recommend it when you find yourself stuck! Enjoy!