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Doodle Thoughts {a video}

I started thinking about the process of drawing doodles and patterns. Why does it intrigue me so? Why do I push myself to invent ways of putting lines together? Why do I find it relaxing? I looked through my moleskine journals from a few years ago and found this set of pages with repeating doodles.

I think it is healthy to challenge my mind to think of patterns. Either to transform patterns from nature, from ancient works, from architecture. To develop fresh patterns or fresh approaches to existing patterns. The letter A in 100 different fonts looks different, right?

Simply copying someone else's patterns does not challenge the mind. When I draw a line, repeating, across the page.... I look at it and wonder what I can do to that line to make it interesting. A dot? A curve? A smudge? It is mental exercise.

And beyond that, it's not fair to the original artist.

So for those key reasons, forge ahead but put your own spin on things.

Great insight about teaching idea generation.

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Reader Comments (8)

Just bought some neon gelly rolls today and I have a repurposed dictionary...can't wait to give your video a test drive. Thank you!

06.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

I agree with this wholeheartedly, Tammy! Thank you for this video!! I have found that I use my doodles as a "tool box", that is, I make up a bunch of patterns & then later, refer back to that page & use a selected pattern/patterns for a drawing, or painting, or index card. Awesome post! :)

06.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia/NYC

Hi Tammy
Thanks for the video, I do love how you think and work. Can I ask is there a reason for jiggling around with the camera I find it hard on the eyes and it distracts me from your work and message.

06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn Holland

Thank you for sharing this Tammy - :0) Mo

06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTwinkleToes2day

Great inspiration and I appreciate you letting us know that just doodling does have creative value. I love it, but am not 'good' at it. But hearing you say it gives me incentive to do it anyway and to enjoy. Thanks so much for taking the time to do the video!

06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMolly Freibott

{Tammy}: Lynn, The jiggly camera wasn't intentional, it was just me holding the camera freehand. Here's my perspective. I can either wait until I have time and energy to set up a tripod, set up lighting, and write a script or I can film when I have the inspiration to say something that I find important. So that's why I added unedited, impromptu etc. so folks do not expect anything fancy schmancy. Hope that helps clarify.

06.23.2013 | Registered Commentergypsy

thank you for the video, I appreciate your inspirational thoughts on doodling!!! Thanks again Tammy! I love your doodles!!!!

06.23.2013 | Unregistered Commentercindy

Tammy - thanks for the video and the link to the article --you've got me inspired as usual, and now I have even more ideas for colorfully fun art that my entire family can get into. I'm really enjoying that we're able to do art and bring color and anything we fancy drawing into our lives on a daily basis. There is much more of a heart to paper connection that way.

06.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterYuki

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