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Monday Moleskine 1

I am not really all that comfortable with "doodling" - I usually start my drawings with a bit of a plan - sure, they often evolve and change as I'm working on them, but I generally have a concept to start with.

Doodling starts with a random shape then grows from there - nothing predetermined. Well, this is how I am planning to approach it anyway.

Some people are incredible at it.......me..... I'd just like to improve and learn some new things.

So, I thought I would set myself a goal to get one doodle posted each Monday. I am using the Moleskine journals I bought a while back, they're a smaller format than my usual art journals - I am hoping that not needing to fill a big page will make these a quick and fun exercise each week.

I might not necessarily do the drawing on Monday (in fact I probably won't), but I'll post then........until I get sick of it. Which might be in a couple of months..........or next week!

So here is my first one:


I think I will always gravitate towards scrolls and flower shapes no matter what I do, though I am hoping to evolve in different directions as I become better at it.

I started with my micron .01, but found that it seemed to clag up on this paper and not flow properly. I've switched to a uniball - great ink flow, but I've got to be careful not to smudge it.

hx

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  1. Very lovely Helen - this is quite interesting reading as you often state that you sketch or plan your work - looking forward to seeing some more of your beautiful work:)

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    1. Oh, yes! I am a planner :) If there's a list to be made - I'll be writing it :) This will be a fun experiment for me.

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  2. This is beautiful. I also bought a smaller journal this weekend so I wouldn't be intimidated by the larger space. I hope to be able to 'flow' as easily as you one day.

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    1. I am really enjoying the smaller format for this project - the page fills up so fast!

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  3. Very beautiful...I'm trying to figure out how to adapt it to a quilting motif! Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. Funny this is. I normally use a tile, 10 x 10 cm (15 x 15 cm for a zendala) and just a while ago started to use larger paper because sometimes I want to go on tangling.
    Your 'doodling' is beautiful, Helen! I wonder if you will ever use tangles that are nog so round and flowing.

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    1. I would really struggle to work on a 10x10cm tile - my doodle journal is A5, and my normal art journals are A4 (I think that's around 21 x 28cm).
      When I'm sketching I like to draw long, sweeping lines and find I need the room of the larger format.

      I will probably mostly stick to round, flowing patterns - I love them :)

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  5. This is so pretty--I want to print it out and color it!! And if I could anything other than copy paper to run through my printer, I probably would! Love it!

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  6. This is a 'doodle'?! Love it. Perhaps I'll use the idea as a jumping off point ... Thanks.

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