Drawing Paisleys Galore

“Don't wish me happiness
I don't expect to be happy all the time...
It's gotton beyond that somehow.
Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor.
I will need them all.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh


A fresh page prepped for paisley inspired doodles.

How does one approach drawing paisleys? What on earth do you put inside a paisley? Why are they so darned mysterious and unreachable? I have decided to conquer paisleys! I drew a basic shape, nothing fancy, and filled it with doodles. And I just kept going and going for a day or two until I filled this pink background in my Art Doodle Love journal {a journal with painterly backgrounds by Dawn DeVries Sokol}.

To learn to draw something, I draw it over and over until I understand it, comprehend it, and know how to approach it. That takes time!

Paisleys have a long history and can be described as a twisted tear drop, a droplet or a kidney. It is also called a boteh or a palme. In some languages, the name is derived from that of a mango seed. When I draw a paisley, I see it as a curved leaf. Many authentic paisleys have a curved tip that flows inward. 

What do you want to conquer?

What shape do you fear?

What do you dare to doodle?