Yes, it’s been a strange year. For anyone trying to juggle work, look after children, and manage challenging finances or is worried sick about losing their job….DOODLING for SANITY can help regardless of what age you are and what you might be experiencing – and it costs nothing.
watercolour in paperback book…..
For those who are scared to mark a new piece of paper, or for that matter don’t have any paper – I suggest using newspaper, wrapping paper, envelopes or inexpensive rolls of wallpaper lining, – or maybe as shown above, playing with a well read paperback book….Why Not?
I recommend warming up and playing/doodling a little every day. This will keep the creative juices flowing and is very calming. Even if you do this for fifteen minutes a day you will feel better and it will benefit anything else you do during the day.
You don’t have to produce a finished anything…far from it. Artists often produce their best work through warm up exercises…..
Hummingbirds on newspaper. – watercolour/gouache
Newspaper is great for doodling….Keep doodling until you begin to relax….
Doodling is just doodling…allowing yourself to go into what is almost a trance…allowing your pen or brush to glide across the paper. It doesn’t have to look like anything in particular
If you need a prompt….use an apple……
watercolour in paperback bookIGNORE any Chattering Monkeys that might be filling your head with reasons why you should not, and cannot do this.
A doodle/warm up in a sketch book
Special thoughts go to parents with young children who are trying to work and entertain at the same time, often in small spaces.
Although my children are adults, I remember very well what it was to work and look after children..and it’s not easy under the best of circumstances.
Maybe some newspaper, newsprint, wall paper lining, and felt tip pens could get those little ones doodling for sanity:). Of course doodling with paint is great fun.
“The creative process in all its many forms is the key to emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing”. Janet Weight Reed.