I am a lifelong doodler of random shapes and patterns. I’ve always incorporated my version of animals and words randomly throughout my doodles. Up until about a couple of years ago, I only doodled with whatever ink pen I happened to have on me. Most of my doodling took place in meetings, while waiting, or while I was on the phone. Sometimes I’d doodle to entertain my kids.
I can look at one of my doodles and approximate how much time I had to kill by the size and progression of the doodle. I kept quite a few over the years because they happened to be on ephemera that I filed away. I never had plans for them and I never used them for anything up until a couple of years ago when I made a big life decision and took early retirement from my job. Suddenly I had time to be creative for more than a squeezed in hour or two at a time.
I discovered Copic Markers and began doodling on purpose. I did lots and lots of my “normal” doodling but I started coloring them in using bright and vibrant color! For some reason I started placing a hidden blue eye in every doodle. I’m sure a psychiatrist would undoubtedly have a heyday with that fact but in my mind it was something fun to do. I used to love the hidden pictures in Highlights magazine when I was a kid so this is my version of that. The first face I drew was a take-off from the hidden blue eye idea.
I am also a fan of symmetry so that happens quite a bit in my doodles. After the first face doodle it was GAME ON and I did more including the Bird-Eyed Woman at the beginning of this post. Here are a couple of others.
I went to Egypt in 2010 and I think I was still channeling Cleopatra.
I did the Purple-Haired Girl first and then gave her something to look at.
You gotta love a good garden right? TFL!
Art Out With Your HeART Out!
I like to doodle. I doodle when I’m on the phone, when I’m waiting for things, especially when I’ve been in long training sessions or staff meetings in the office. It’s a form of listening for me. If I doodle I can listen and pay attention better. I don’t start reading labels or handouts or whatever I can get my eyes on. My mind doesn’t wander away. My doodles are somewhat aimless and very stream of consciousness. I have no particular plan when I start and I generally won’t stop until I’ve filled up the space. Many times I will date them and save them because I particularly like one or sometimes they inadvertantly get saved in my notes and I run across them later.
In the past couple of years I’ve been embracing my creative bent and mixed media art and learning lots of techniques. I’ve recognized that my doodles can be used in my mixed media creations. I have been experimenting with coloring them with various mediums. The one above I doodled with a Copic marker and then colored with colored pencils.
I am a fan of several artists who use a lot of happy colors and images and at times some colorful language! I adore them. These people inspire me in so many ways; their art, their knowledge; their fearless creativity; their wonderful big personalities and most certainly their boundless energy! I aspire to be just like them when I grow up in my artistic endeavors.
One of my favorite artists is a wonderful woman named Joanne Sharp ( http://joannezsharpe.blogspot.com/). I have admired her gorgeous spirited work even before I knew her name. I would see it in publications and instantly be drawn to it. I had the great pleasure of meeting her in person this summer and getting to know her a bit. Her work is endlessly colorful and squiggly and lighthearted. It is inspiration I get from her that made me think I should try colorizing my doodles. Enjoy!
As promised I am going to show you what I did with the painted papers I did the other day. drum roll please……haha..that may be a bit too much of a buildup!
I had these small white pots I purchased in the knockoff bin at the grocery store for $1 and they had been taking up space in my studio for a project “someday”–you know how that goes! I tore the paper into random strips and used glossy Modge Podge to adhere the strips to the sides of the pot all the way around. I wasn’t too calculated about this. I’m not one to measure and plan every move. I added some gold paint pen in some areas. So far so good as far as I’m concerned. Then I had the brilliant idea to use some gold Shiva paintstick on some areas. I figured if a little gold is good then a lot more must be better right? no no no…this did not turn out the way I thought and I began to hate this pot! I’ve had this happen before where I just can’t seem to leave well enough alone. I began wiping as much of the paintstick off as possible and there may have been some cussing involved. Once again my brain whirred into motion and I thought I could mix some pigment powder into the ModgePodge and add another layer over everything. I used some brilliant yellow/orange pigment powder and liberally slathered it over everything. After it dried I liked the sheen and added the layers of ribbon around the top. I used round orange rhinestones as accents. But why stop there?? I decided to add some silk blue flowers. Flowers make everything better right?? I first tried putting them on with Modge Podge but that didn’t work as I hoped. They wouldn’t stick except to my fingers—grrrr. I decided to use some PVA glue to get them to stick and then Modge Podge over them when they were dry. It was a battle but I was not about to be beaten by some blue blooms! Several layers of ModgePodge and more orange rhinestones later this pot was finished!
On this pot I first stamped some bold swirls on the painted paper before I tore it into random strips. Once again used glossy Modge Podge to adhere the strips. Added some cool mesh ribbon I’d been saving for a special project! Added silver paint pen and silver Stickles for some sparkle. Coated the whole thing over with glossy MPodge and remembered I had some big chunky rhinestones! Who can resist those??? Not me.
This one is probably my favorite of the ones I’ve done. I love the vibrant colors and patterns. Same theory as before–rips random strips, glossy MP all around. Added gold paint pen in areas, added two layers of ribbon around the top. Purple Stickle dots and then orange silk flowers. I learned that flowers with larger and fewer petals are MUCH easier to adhere to a rounded surface like this pot. Used the last of my orange rhinestones for the flower centers. I’ve debated adding some gold paint pen dots to the orange flowers but haven’t because I’m alittle gun shy after the paintstik debacle on the first pot.
These next two pots I did not use the painted paper I made. They were actually the first two of the white pots I embellished. I used Copic markers. Also the first time I used my Copic markers. My crude rendition of a beach scene on this one. I sealed it with glossy ModgePodge because I like the shine!
Experimented with combining colors of Copic markers and I love sunshiny yellows and oranges! Added a couple of rubons to the sides and colored them in. Now I have a couple cheery cups for my markers and paintstiks!
Still have about 5 of these bargain bin white pots. Who knows what I’ll do them??!! Thanks for looking!