The Benefits of DoodlingDoodling is an underrated form of art that brings out your creativity.
For some it can help us concentrate, for others it allows us to relax.
Christina Dimitru, an art teacher, talks about the 3 rules of doodling
First, doodling is basically just simplified drawing.
The second and third rules are not to erase and to not think about it.
Allow yourself to make whatever your mind comes to because, with doodling, there are no mistakes.
*insert cute Bob Ross smile here*
“There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.” -Bob Ross
Since doodling is all about the act and not the outcome, it is stress-free and often surprising.
The stress-free quality is why so many people refer to doodling as a tool for positive mental health.
It is known to improve creativity, memory, focus, problem solving, mood and allows our mind and body to relax.
Check out some of these sources to learn a little bit more about it.
Get Doodling: How Making Art Makes You Feel Good
Mental Health Benefits of Doodling: How scrolling on paper can be a great stress buster
5 Mental Health Benifits of Doodling
How Doodle Art Increases your Spontineity
Doodling should be an exercise for everyone to utilize without fear or worry.
Try it for yourself! Below are some Doodling Exercises:
1. Introductory Doodle Exercise
Start with a piece of paper and drawing utencil of your choice.
In case of added encouragement, put on some of your favorite music.
Now close your eyes and allow your pen or marker to move across the paper.
Let the music influence your mark-making and hand movements. If an image comes to mind try drawing it without looking.
Feel free to change colors or utenicls as you go.
Again, this is not about the end result, it is about the calming experience of thought, movement, and creation.
Once you are done, take look at the physical representation of what you experienced. I you still feel inspired, color it in or add to it afterwards.
2. Repetitive Motion
Have your paper and your drawing utencil ready.
Think of a simple shape, word, color, or design. Once you have something picked out, fill the paper with continuous marks.
Repeat your circles, name, purple lines, or bumble bees over and over until the page is filled.
3. Crazy Combintaions
Start by picking one animal, one object, and one adjective.
For example: hippo, lamp, intelligent
Now try to doodle something that includes all three things.
You can create a mindreading hippo lamp or a scholarly hippo-like man, reading under a lamp.
The ideas are up to you!