Monday, November 07, 2016

a peek inside my doodle diary

If you are like me, you may not have a lot of time every day to spend on drawing or painting. While art is my job, there are days when I just don't feel like working on anything complicated or time involved. This is where what I like to call my "doodle diary" comes in! I like to keep a tiny Moleskin journal (3.5" x 5.5") that I only use for fast, simple doodles. Sometimes I use a pen, sometimes watercolors or ink. Because the the surface is so small, I am able to fill the pages quickly but still get my creative fix! Here is a little peek into my doodle diary.
Want to start you own doodle diary? Here are a few tips.

Using a small journal or sketchbook will make the entire process less intimidating. While I love creating on large surfaces, a small surface is great when you have limited time or energy.

Don't feel pressure to spend a lot of time on those doodles. Take 5-10 minutes (depending on the size of your surface) and quickly fill it up.

Doodles don't have to be anything complicated- dots, dashes, squiggles and shapes are all simple but end up looking really dynamic when you repeat them on a surface.

The colors that you select will make all the difference in simple doodles, so try picking colors that bright, vibrant, that have contrast or even have personal meaning to you.


Barbora said...

Beautiful doodles! :)

Diana said...

Love! Love! Love! Thanks for the inspiration!

Mia Bloom Designs said...

This is a timely post for me to read. Love your doodles! I just entered "Sketchbook West 2017" for Las Laguna Gallery and received my 3.5"x5.5" sketchbook. It looked so small and wasn't sure how to sketch in it. After reading your post, I realize that it's a manageable size to work with on a daily. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me!

Kelliejo said...

Hi. I signed up for your doodle class yesterday. How long before you send login info? Super excited!!

Terri said...

Such a fun idea and fun diary! I bet it's therapeutic to have a designated sketchbook to just doodle.

Laura Host said...

I love the idea of a doodle diary! I have been really struggling to find time to create when I'm in the mood to create. This is a great reminder of what you can do in a few minutes, and it can become an excellent source of inspiration when I do have the time to do more.

Brig said...


Laura Bei said...

Your doodles look so vivid and nice! Love following you along in this creative journey. I learned so much from your tutorials and insights. :) Thank you so much, Alisa!


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