Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Week 17 of 365 Days of Art Challenge

Creative Doodling and Beyond
by Stephanie Corfee
This week has just flown by! Since I've been working on doodles this past week, I decided to do a couple following Stephanie Corfee's instructions from her book Creative Doodling and Beyond.  This is a workbook with prompts, ideas, and projects for turning simple doodles into works of art. After giving explanations and examples of a particular idea or technique, there are blank pages on which to practice. It is a fun book and my workbook is turning into an art journal of sorts.

The two doodles that follow are done blindly. You set your pen (or pencil) on the paper, close your eyes and draw a looping, freeform, curvy line without lifting the pen from the paper. After opening your eyes, you fill in the design (string) with tangle patterns and create an interesting abstract work of art!

Abstract Blind Doodle #1, 7" x 5", with 0.01 Sakura black pen and graphite pencil on workbook page
Abstract Blind Doodle #2, 7" x 6", with 0.01 Sakura black pen and graphite pencil on workbook page.
I ran into the beaded lines delineating the margins of the page with this string. Oops! (But, my eyes were closed!)

Sorry about the photography - I was having trouble getting a good photo without shadows. Not sure why one came out with a sepia cast and the other a bluish cast to it. They are on the same workbook page! I really need a better camera! (hint, hint!!)

This was a fun process, as I had no idea how the string would turn out.  It was relaxing, different, and a creative way to do a doodle, especially if you are stuck with starting a string for your Zentangle or doodle.


  1. That is cool! I love what you did here, and although I did try something like that before, mine never turned out like yours! :) Great job!

    1. Thank you. I had fun doing this. Reminds me of doing blind gesture drawing in art class years ago. I won a ribbon for it at the student art fair.

  2. I love making loopy sloppy strings to use. I do it all the time. Makes the Zentangling very fun and interesting. I have a piece on my wall that looks very similar to your top one.