Project: A doodle a day keeps the doctor away

Hello Begonias!

The long, hot summer is now far in the past, but we kept ourselves cool and calm with doodle art, the reincarnation of a 70s classic. I’m sure that you have seen the many “adult colouring” books available (yes, I know), and seen the growing interest in meditative drawing.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a look at different books, techniques and two projects.

In fact, the project here was meant to have been posted in July, and then all sorts of things happened. Um, now that the winter is coming, it’s a great thing to do in front of the fire.

You need so little for doodle art that it is truly one of the cheapest things you can do.  It is also a quiet, calm activity whch can really help you to unwind and stop focussing on the annoyances of a bad day.

For doodles which you create yourself, your minimum requirement is some paper and a pencil or pen.  Some people even use lined paper and a biro, which can be incredibly effective, but printer paper is perfectly good if you prefer it to be plain. If you want to practise geometric and/or repeating patterns, you’ll find squared paper useful. When you create your best copy rather than a practise piece, you’ll probably still want to lightly rule a grid for repeating patterns.

For this project, Tosh has drawn the doodle for you ready to print off and colour in. As you can see, it uses mainly interlocking shapes, some simple vines, and an eagle reduced to the simplest of feather shapes, beak and eye.


We each coloured in a version to give you some ideas, but you can really do whatever you want!

Tosh’s version is done with watercolour pencils, which you can often find in supermarkets these days, not just hobby or specialist art shops. This makes them cheap! One huge bonus of these over normal water colours is the ability to blend easily to get lots of different colours. You can control where they are going and what you want them to do a bit more easily than you can with normal water colours. Tosh lightly coloured in the background first, then washed over it with a brush dipped in clean water. Where he wanted stronger colour, he either dipped the pencil into the water and drew, or took some colour off the tip of the pencil using the wet brush. YouTube has quite a few watercolour pencil technique tutorials.


My version is done with normal water colours, which I am not used to using at all – as you can see, I can’t even keep the paint where I intend it to be all of the time, but I don’t think that it matters.


The other doodling project coming shortly consists of a bunny and a lot of imagination. We’ve been collecting doodle art tutorials and examples on Catherine’s doodle art board on Pinterest for some time, so it’s worth heading over there for some inspiration and to start practising some doodle designs.

Have fun!