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Doodling 101

Updated on July 31, 2013

What Does The Term "Doodling" Mean...

Doodling is a fun, imaginative type of art! Many people will argue that doodling is not a form of art, but I think it is. You are creating something... therefore it's art!

Doodling is probably the most fun type of drawing there is. You can let your imagination go wild! You can scribble and dot and have all kinds of fun, because when your doodling there is no "wrong" way to color... there's only YOUR way!

How To Doodle:The Materials You'll Need

What you need to start!

First, you need some materials to draw with. Pencils, crayons, markers, anything will do! Personally I love to work with colors, but many people work with black and whites. For pens, I recommend Sharpies. For markers, crayons, and pencils I would recommend Crayola. Any cheaper brand isn't worth your money, they are cheap and bad quality.

If you want to doodle with straight lines you will need a ruler. Just an old plastic ruler will do! Fun, right? If you want to have large amounts of details then you will need a pencil sharpener if your working with pencils, and a crayon sharpener if you are working with crayons.... Now if your working with pens, you won't need a pencil sharpener! :)

Another item you will need is paper. Regular printing paper will do, and you can pick up a large pack of 200-500 sheets of it almost anywhere! You can use white paper board, or even notebook paper. Personally I wouldn't recommend notebook paper because it is so thin, it rips easily and leaks through even easier!

Doodle Supplies! - Some suppllies you may want!

Do You Doodle? (Poll) - Vote please!

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How To Doodle: How Does One Doodle Anyway

Well....

When you start To Doodle use your imagination! Close your eyes and go into thought for just a second... think of patterns, swirls, colors, or anything else. Decide where your pen should touch the paper first! Your doodle doesn't have to be anything in particular. It does not have to be a person, or landscapes, flowers or hearts. It can be anything you want! The entire idea of doodling is to unlock, use, and let your imagination go wild!

Nothing you draw is "wrong", it's all perfect because it's drawn by you.

Another thing is to save your doodles, they are all awesome. Saving them in a folder to use an reference or inspiration later is always great!

Doodle Bears; Drawing For Kids

Have an artist in your house? Do they like to draw on.. everything? Well with the doodle bears here they CAN draw on their stuffed animals and you can throw them right into the washer, clean them up and then they can be used again!

Let them cuddle up at night with a bear they designed, check out some of the choices below!

How To Doodle: Starting Your Doodle...

Start To draw on 3.... 1, 2, 3!!!

Once you have an idea for your doodle and your excitement, just let go. Start drawing... now!

You can do it, don't worry about messing up. Remember it's your drawing, therefore, you cannot mess it up! Scribbles and colors, patterns and designs, go wild!

Put that design from your head, that excitement from your heart, down on the paper! Just do the big parts for now, and don't stress over the details too much for now.

If you want to sketch down your designs first in pencil then color over them, remember to sketch lightly. If you do not sketch lightly you can dent, rip, or ruin the paper, and see the sketch lines through the colors.... Especially if your using a light color.

Doodling For Toddlers; Fisher Price Doodle Pro: Magna Doodles....

Maybe your not looking for a intense way to doodle, or perhaps your looking for something so your toddler can doodle. Well, if you are tired of cleaning crayons, markers and pen off of your walls, floors, and everything else you might want to consider buying a magna doodle pro for your little one.

Easy, portable and can be used over and over and over again! Because there is no actual markings it makes, your little one can scribble the pen anywhere and not make a giant mess. It's easy to erase and draw again and again so you never run out of paper! Also it's easy to take on the go! Great for your child to have something to do on car trips, waiting or just anywhere.

Check out these great options below and get you magna doodle pro now!

How To Doodle: Adding Details To Your Doodle

Lots of little details or not...

Now it's time to add details to your doodle. The large portions of the drawing are done. Now add smaller details, small lines, dots and little swirls. Maybe some scratch patterns in the crayon using a toothpick. Blend the colors using markers, etc. I love to add a dotted frame around my doodles, sometimes in different colors! Lines and swirls are great details as well.

Now don't forget to sign your art, it's art even if it's called a doodle! Sign with your name or a symbol, an initial or pen name!

Aqua Doodle; Doodling For Kids

Water is clean, easy, and safe... perfect for your kids to draw! No dangerous inks, no mess that will never come off of that, just clean fun play for you and your child! With an Aqua Doodle it makes it easy for doodling anytime and keeping it as a fun project for both you and your child! There are Aqua doodles for the floor, Aqua doodles for the wall, and even Elmo aqua doodles, Disney Princess aqua doodles and soooo many more!

How To Doodle: You've Finished Your Doodle, Now What?

Well....

Now that your doodle is finished, what do you do with it? Well I know from experience that family loves doodles, (especially grand parents, or in my case, (my Grandmom! XD) Hang it on your wall, or save it to make a collage. Give it to a firend, or scan in into your computer, and post it on your blog, or post it on deviantArt. deviantArt is social website for artists! Find it at http://www.deviantart.com.

I have heard other ideas like making cards for kids in the hospital, or homeless kids, (or so on.) Children can turn their doodle art into cards for family! Once again don't forget to use your imagination, you are an artist after all! Do something creative with your new art!

Is Doodling An Art? - Is doodling an art? Your answer here!

Is doodling an art?

Agree with me that it is or argue with me and say it isn't, either way prove your point!

Is Doodling An Art?

How To Doodle: Do You Like Your Doodle?

Well, so maybe it's not perfect, but do remember...

If when you finish your doodle and you step back and look at it for a few moments you don't like remember that we are all still learning. Do not expect to be perfect the first time, or the next time, or the next. Don't expect to be perfect ever! Over time you will improve, I promise. Just keep at it, and let your imagination and heart guide you!

Keep going! Save your old drawings to look back upon, and see your improvement over the days, months, or even years. That always helps me!

It's your drawing, it's just how you like it! So remember, it's just right for you!

Still need a little help with doodling? Or want to take your doodling to the next level and dive into art journaling? I recommend you check out Doodle Diary: Art Journaling for Girls

How To Doodle: Doodle Video... - A Video I found about Doodling... hmmm... :)

To Complete The Doodle...

Do You Doodle? - Leave a comment here, and let us know you stopped by!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I only just started seriously doodling not just drawing random objects or things. I'm very pleased at what I've doodled!!! My friends keep telling me it's a drawing not a doodle but I believe it's a doodle because it was random.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: ha ha well at least when I doodle instead of paying attention, I already know what the teacher is talking about XD

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: i know! I doodle all the time in school!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Of course i doodle! Isn't that what public school is for?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: WHAT?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      yes, i doodle all the time!!!!!!

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      iMANDY 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Excellent Lens!!

      The Bloknote Doodle Video was great also!

      I love to doodle, I have come to realize that my doodles are similar to mos,t but quite original which I wasn't aware of until I started to research.

      Very inspiring Lens :)

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi yes I do ,it fun and a great hobby.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      in school 24/7

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      John Norman Stewart 6 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      Nice lens.

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      John Norman Stewart 6 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      By all means......

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I do sometimes, but mostly when I'm bored and have nothing to do.

      <333 :]

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      Achim Thiemermann 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Doodling is a bit like secular meditation, no?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      thanks this helped me get started great!

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      Delia 8 years ago

      I doodle a great deal and eventually they even become paintings...doodling is cathartic! nice lens... 5*

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I do doodle, yes. :) I find it very relaxing and a great way to let my mind wander, which really helps with creative writing.

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      Kit-Kitty 8 years ago

      Hey SparkleChi, I just added the full picture just for you! [in reply to SparkleChi]

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      SparkleChi LM 8 years ago

      I would love to see the whole picture! Please?