Friday, 6 June 2014

Rectangular Zen Doodle

I love the meditative state that comes from doodling, and even though a sheet of these tangles can take hours and hours, they're sheer pleasure to create.  Somehow, the ego mind gets totally lost, and the subconscious takes over.

11 x 8.5 rectangular doodle
I'm intrigued both by the process and the results.

Bottom left quadrant
Each area of the doodle is uniquely patterned,

Bottom right quadrant
and for someone who is pattern-obsessed like I can be,

Top left quadrant
it's a wonderful way to play.

Top right quadrant
And of course, the fun doesn't stop there.  I usually photocopy them and turn the photocopies into skins to use in other pieces as you can see in this recent gratitude journal page I completed.


The P page for patterns (can you tell I'm totally hooked on them?) incorporates a circular doodle created a couple of years ago, and there might be another one lurking in the gratitude book when it gets done too.

Some Helpful Hints when doodling:
  • Allow your subconscious mind to make the decisions...start in with the first mark, and let it flow
  • Try doodling in colour, too - it's a lot of fun!

What are you hooked on?  What do you return to time and again in your artwork?

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