Doodling for sanity……

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. 

Some ideas:- 

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….20200326_102630

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 book20200326_101001IGNORE 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. 

Young boy painting at an easel

“The creative process in all its many forms is the key to emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing”.  Janet Weight Reed. 














36 thoughts on “Doodling for sanity……

  1. Jet Eliot

    Your deep artistic devotion comes through beautifully here, Janet. Firing up the creative juices in these strange times, using the materials we have on hand, and loosening up are all fantastic suggestions. I read, and thoroughly enjoy, the newspaper everyday, but I have never seen such a beautiful and colorful one as the one you magically touched. Warmest smiles to you, my friend, and grateful thanks for your spirited beauty.

  2. Writing to Freedom

    I’m glad you’re doodling, keeping your creativity alive, and helping yourself and others stay balanced in these crazy times. Thanks for being a voice for love, and caring for others Janet.

  3. JoAnna

    I love your encouraging voice. Wouldn’t have considered doodling in a paperback, but if it’s well read…. with watercolor, you can still read most of the words. Thanks for the nudge!

  4. snowbird

    I love your doodles, especially the hummer in the book. I think all books should be published like this! Littl’urchin is now scribbling with crayons and felt pens, hard to believe she’s 18 months

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  6. inese

    Good morning, Janet! I am in love with the idea of watercolor doodling on paperbacks! This won’t do the book any harm, and next time I reread it I will have something to contemplate on 🙂

  7. wholelottarosie

    Janet, I am enthusiastic about your art and your way of seeing and depicting the world and the people.
    Deine Interpretationen zeigen mir soviel Gefühl, Emphatie und Können, dass ich mich freue, deinen Blog gefunden zu haben.
    Ich werde ganz bestimmt öfter hier vorbeikommen, deine Kunstwerke anschauen und mich an deinen Ideen erfreuen.
    Greetings from the beautiful Rhine-Highlands / Germany…
    🙂🦋❤🌺 🙂

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Rosie, Thank you so much for your comment. I really appreciate this. Unfortunately my German is not very good and so I will need to translate your words:). However, I have been to the beautiful Rhine-Highlands…what a wonderful place to live and paint. XX


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