Friday, January 25, 2013

Doodling with Sharpies

It's been a while since I last did much doodling. But just recently I picked up the art book again, hunted out some pens, and started once again. With the help of a book given to me as a Christmas present, Zenspirations Letters and Patterning by Joanne Fink, and a new set of 24 Sharpies, I set out to discover a new style of doodling.

This doodle is actually similar to the sort I did before I started using my book, with the round pattern. But the rings of the circle all have patterns in them, and the leaves around the edge are an interesting way to finish this picture off. All the patterns I used here were patterns that are taught in the book.

In contrast, this picture is very different. Here I tried patterning between wavy lines, using not only the patterns taught in the book, but patterns I made up myself. The Sharpies have lovely bright colours that are really eye catching and I think the colours are my favourite part of this picture.

So, ever onwards with the doodline. Maybe soon I'll learn how to doodle impressive letters of the alphabet. Or make a picture with birds, butterflies and flowers. With my new book and my trusty Sharpies, I'm ready to doodle once again.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Important Things of Life

I've been away from home for the past two weeks, a long time it seems to me. And I enjoyed every day I was away for. But there's something exciting about driving down a familiar road, knowing that every moment you're getting closer to home.

Then there's that moment when the front door opens and a crowd of siblings clusters round, all excited to see me, and all talking at once. So much news to catch up on! So many things I missed while I was away. So many little things of life to share.

"We missed you," they say. And I missed them. Two weeks is such a long time to be away from my family.

It's time to pick up the threads of life again. What was I doing before I went away? It's funny, but I can't remember. It can't have been all that important. So instead I'll think of important things to do, like hug my sisters, talk with my mum, have fun with my siblings. Important things like spending time with my family. Because, after all, what is more important than that?