Going through old journals, I’m finding my history in doodles. Actually, there isn’t much of a historical thread: I just kept trying different things with whatever tools I had at hand.
As you can see, the results are all over the place. (Disclaimer: I couldn’t bear to include the really ugly ones, and there are plenty of them.)
What I see in these pages, all created from 2005 to 2008, is the beauty of journals. Because there’s no audience, it’s much easier to get past the inner critic, mess around and see what happens.
The result, at least for me, is a kind of raw energy that I can’t reproduce if I try.
Why not try it yourself? I mean, what have you got to lose, right? You might happily surprise yourself, and if not, you can always turn the page.
A few ideas, in case you’re not feeling inspired.
- Choose a shape and repeat it over and over, big, small, overlapping and separate. Fill in the shapes with color, lines, patterns, whatever.
- Divide the page into 9-12 smaller squares. Fill each one with different kinds of lines (narrow, wide, close, far apart, crossing, radiating, etc.) to create different textures.
- Draw a big squiggle, making sure that lines cross often. Doodle in some of the spaces you’ve created.
- Write a single word in the middle of the page. Outline it , following the contours of the letters. Outline around the outline, and keep outlining till you run out of space (or interest).
Don’t forget the cardinal rule: have fun! And send me pictures, okay?