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My Art Therapy: Sharpie Art!

Updated on January 27, 2012
Valentine for my fella!
Valentine for my fella! | Source
Just a few of my Sharpies!
Just a few of my Sharpies! | Source

You Make Me Smile!

Just the word 'Sharpie' makes me smile. I hear it and immediately images and ideas run through my head. What will I draw next? What kind of paper do I want? How many colors can I use? Most of the time, I just get some card stock, pour my Sharpie collection out on the table or floor and start doodling. This relaxes me like nothing else ever could or will. While I'm drawing, my brain is only capable of happy thoughts. No negativity allowed in the "Sharpie Zone"! I love my Sharpie art therapy time and I want to share some of my pieces with everyone. I'm not an artist by any stretch of the imagination, but I enjoy what I do!


Introducing Sharpie!

The Sharpie pen first made its appearance in 1964. The black fine-point was the first ever pen-style permanent marker on the market. The extra fine point was introduced in 1979 and the ultra fine point in 1989. The last few years have seen many new colors being added along with different tips such as the chisel and retractable. Currently, Sharpie pens are available in around 40 colors.


A little rain. A little sun. Thrive!
A little rain. A little sun. Thrive! | Source
I'm the star!
I'm the star! | Source
Seeing spots.
Seeing spots. | Source
Cherries, squigglies, and bubbles.
Cherries, squigglies, and bubbles. | Source
Bits and pieces.
Bits and pieces. | Source
Spiders and candy!
Spiders and candy! | Source
Spiky love!
Spiky love! | Source

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      cclitgirl, thank you for the awesome comment! =)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Beautiful sharpie art! I love it! Thank you for sharing your awesome work with us. :)

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      stschulz: I'd like to thank you so much for your very encouraging comment! It actually made me blush!

      Hopefully something in this hub and in our comments inspired another hub for you. That would make me so happy!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      latestonlinetips: Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

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      stschulz 5 years ago from Delaware

      It really breaks my heart to read about you giving up on painting in high school. I can relate to that because I gave up on music and playing the violin after I finished high school. I still wonder sometimes today whether I should have studied music or do anything in that direction.

      For your inspiration and encouragement:

      I am as an artist very different than you are. Anything I start drawing I start very very careful, often with a 4H pencil and lines so fine that you can barely see them. Cautious not to do anything wrong I can not correct anymore later. If I had to draw something with Sharpies the fear that any line I have been drawing can not be changed and corrected anymore would severely impact my creativity.

      What you do is art in more than one way. First, the art to be your own therapist. That is truly admirable. And second the paintings. I can draw a lifelike portrait and believe me, I wish I was less detailed and complicated some times and could do something as "simple" as you did here. I may write more about that in an other hub.

      This is a great example for creativity if I have ever seen one.

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      latestonlinetips 5 years ago from India

      great paintings

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Don't spend any more time regretting anything, eclectic! I had no formal training or classes in art, in fact, I object to the principle of "teaching" art. It comes from within the artist. My daughter got me paints, brushes and canvases a couple of Christmases ago, and I painted. I've even sold a few. You are obviously talented, so don't let a dimwit teacher dampen your enthusiasm. You got what it takes, woman! I am finally learning that only I can give away my power if I relinquish it to someone else.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Amy, thank you for your very nice comment.

      Confession: I gave up painting when I was in high school. I was scared of everything and everybody and on my second day in this particular art class(I had taken 2 years of art in Jr. high)the teacher made fun of my artwork.

      We were supposed to paint a bowl of fruit. I did it and I thought it looked pretty good, but when it was my time to show it to the class, she laughed and said, "Is this fruit just floating in the air? Where's the table?" She said she wanted a bowl of fruit. It never dawned on me that it should be on a table.

      She had a point, but she embarrassed me in front of everyone. I was painfully shy back then so I did the only thing I could do, I marched down to the office and asked to be moved. I think I ended up in home ec or something.

      I've regretted it ever since because who knows what I could be drawing and painting now if only I had laughed it off and continued to learn. Sure, she was a crappy teacher that only worried about being one of the "cool teachers" but she might have known a few things about art, too! =)

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I beg to differ, EclecticFusion, YOU ARE AN ARTIST of unlimited creativity. I agree with your assessment of the relaxing nature of art. I paint with oils on canvas, and it is one of the few endeavors where I lose track of time. I've heard it said that becoming so immersed in any activity where you lose a sense of time is true happiness. Thank you for sharing your creative, eclectic, artistic self.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      NightFlower, go get some Sharpies and enjoy yourself! Right now I use poster board and heavy card stock because Sharpie doesn't go through to the back. I used to draw on the boxes that came off the truck at my last job, but most of those were just thrown away. Wish I still had some of them.

      Thanks for stopping by and the awesome comment!

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      I sent you an e-mail.

      about your pics.please reply.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      ChristinS, the fumes are where I get most of my ideas! Just kidding! Thanks for the kind words!

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      NightFlower 5 years ago

      Fascinating art! I used to do it on cardboard and use them for wall art in my apartment. I'll bet you had so much fun with these. You're inspiring me to get some cardboard and sharpies again-smile. Wonderful, Delightful!

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      Christin Sander 5 years ago from Midwest

      Love your Sharpie art :) I too love sharpie markers - unfortunately the fumes don't love me and they give me a headache so I must sharpie in moderation ;) You're pieces here are really nice - I most enjoyed the "bits and pieces" such fun use of shapes and variety of colors there - great job.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Michael, you always say the nicest things! I really appreciate your kind words in rhyme! Thank you!!!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      stschulz: Thanks! It's just something I like to do, and now my 13-year-old nephew does the same thing. He has his own set of Sharpies!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      pjpitts: Thank you!!!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      lisa.bom: Thanks! I loved working on that piece because it took a little bit longer than most and I never was quite sure where I was going after I finished each little doodle! It was like taking a road trip without a map!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      iiimusicfreak27: One can never have too many Sharpies! I used to draw on the walls and steps at my last job!

      Thanks for the comments!

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Lisa, WOW, an artist to!

      your pictures are great

      you fill them up with love and beauty

      you leave no room for hate

      the talent you have

      floating in your head

      could fill up my room

      full of books to be read.

      Great hub!!!

      Much Love

      Michael

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      stschulz 5 years ago from Delaware

      You ARE an artist! I draw portraits of people and pets and sometimes that can be stressful instead of relaxing. I love what you are doing. Very good advice for anybody to just try.

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      Stephanie Rivera-Rios 5 years ago

      Meant to add: My fave is the spiders and candy:3

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      pjpitts 5 years ago from United States

      great hub, awesome pictures! I tried to pick a favorite, but I like them all!

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      lisa.bom 5 years ago

      I love using art for stress. I love your picture "Bits and Pieces.

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      Stephanie Rivera-Rios 5 years ago

      Love the hub, the pictures are neat! I can't have a Sharpie without writing over everrythhinnngg, haha:)