Everyone can Doodle and usually does.
I hope to encourage you to turn your doodles into creative and interesting pieces of art. Learn to use doodling as a way of decorating whatever art or craft you enjoy, and find out how doodling can relax and focus your mind.
Mother of 4 boys, Grandmother to 11 grandchildren and Greatgrandmother to 6 greatgrandchildren. I have been involved in art and craft all my life. Have worked in the craft industry over 25 years and with a Diploma of Teaching I find it easy to teach anything I know how to do. I have taught many crafts including, Folk Art, Fabric Painting, Stretch Sewing, Jewelry Making, Napkin Art, and recently Creative Doodling. I am a full time carer for my husband and in my spare time I am now teaching Creative Doodling. It is not very well known in Australia as yet and so I am getting some very interesting reactions to the concept of turning a common doodle into art.
Congratulations Laila, you are the winner of this givaway of my New Book. Please email me with your address, so that I can forward your prize. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to thank all those who participated, you did some wonderful work and gave me lots of ideas.
Click onto Laila in the link below to see the winning Doodle.
"MY NEW BOOK"
I would like the let you all know that I have released my first book. I was asked a few weeks ago to demonstrate Creative Doodling at the Scrapbooking Expo in Brisbane. So I decided to bring out a book that would be useful for cardmaking, scrapbooking and journaling.
Many people have emailed me since I started giving instructions about different alphabet designs asking for the whole alphabet. So this book has as you can see by the WHAT'S INSIDE Page below, 7 complete alphabet outlines, with matching numerals, words and greetings, borders and frames. There is 38 new doodle patterns included as well.
I have also added a few completed letters, numbers etc to give ideas and inspiration.
I give permission in the book for you to scan and copy the designs as many times as you like for your own personal use. If you want to use any of the designs commercially you will need to contact me to discuss it.
The book is available for sale on my Etsy store at present. I am hoping to get a website going once a few of the other products I am designing are available.
I have not issued a challenge in a long time and so to start off the challenges again and to celebrate my new book I have decided to give one away.
Here is the challenge. It is a simple one this time. Below are the letters from the front cover 'A 2 Z'. Copy and paste them, print them out and decorate them however you like. Post them on my blog and I will pick a winner and mail them my new book. Please share this post on your blog or facebook to let others know about the challenge and also about my book. I would appreciate it.
Add your version of the 'A 2 Z' above, to the Mr Linky to participate in the challenge and to enter to win a book. I will announce the winner in 2 weeks. You have until then to add your 'A 2 Z' Design to the Mr Linky below.
How do you like my shoes? I doodled these for the scrapbooking Expo in Brisbane over the weekend. My friend Christine and I wore them each day of the show. Very comfortable and they created some interest. People had not seen doodled shoes before.
I added beads and a frog on mine and an owl on Christine's just to be different. Here are some more pictures.
I doodled these shoes with a Pilot Permaball Pen. They looked great for the first two days of the show but then it began to wear off in the creases. If anyone has suggestions for other pens that draw on leather and have a solid shiny appearance I would love to know what they are.
I was at the show to launch my first Creative Doodling Book. It is called "Creative Doodling with Judy West A 2 Z" It was specifically designed for this show for Card Making, Scrapbooking and Journaling. It is full of new patterns, decorative alphabets, numbers, words, borders and frames that would be perfect for decorating cards and pages.
I will be posting a lot more info about the book on Friday and I will be giving one away so make sure you check it out.
Hi all, I have not been here for quite a while due to family commitments. Hopefully I will be able to resume my blogging now and bring you more ideas and activities.
I have been looking at what I can do with my Creative Doodling and have come up with some useful Ideas, I hope.
I have started to draw my letter designs into complete alphabets. The first one I completed is the Wiggly Alphabet. I have put it on Etsy for sale as a download HERE
I have kept the price low, to make it available to all who want it.
The download is a five page PDF. The first three pages are the large outline of the alphabet suitable for card making, journaling, scrap booking, making signs and name plaques etc.. The 4th pages is a small outline of the alphabet, suitable to cards, journaling and scrap booking. The last page is the same size as page 4 but with each letter containing a separate doodle pattern.
In this format you can print it as many times as you wish, on plain colours, white or decorative papers. The options are endless.
The outline letters are not only useful for doodlers and zentanglers, but can be used by others crafters and artists.
I intend to post what I have done with my alphabet letters to give you ideas. I would also like to see how you use them. So please add you designs to the bottom of this blog.
The first item I have made is this card for Zoe. I would also look nice in a frame as a name plaque.
I have not put measurements in the instructions as a named card will have different numbers of letters according to the name you choose, and you will need to size the card accordingly.
I used card, paper, markers etc from the Kaszazz Range, which is a scrapbooking range available in Australia and other countries around the world. I am now a consultant, but you can go online to the Kaszazz site to find your closest consultant if you are interested in any of the products you see me using.
1. Print the small Wiggly Alphabet outlined letters onto heavy white cardstock the same color as your card. Color each letter or add doodle patterns or both to match the decorative papers you intend to use. I used Kaszazz Alchol Ink Markers. The colors I used in the letters are Logoon, Ocean & Wave. The flower Petals are in Blush with a hint of Grape for the shaded area and Sunflower for the centre. The leaves are in Moss and Spinach to shade. I then went over the outline again with a black permanent marker. I edged the card that the letters are printed on with another Kaszazz Alchol Ink Marker Ladybug. 2. Cut a plain paper to mat the patterned paper and glue them together. The colors I used are from the Terrace Garden Collection. The SB Paper Vines the pink side and the SB Essentails (Card) Robin's Nest. Cut the plain paper/card slightly smaller than the front of the card, and cut the decorative paper smaller than the plain paper/card. 3. The flower decoration is made with the Daisy fabric flowers from Kaszazz. I used two size 7.5cm and one 4 cm. I colored one of the larger Daisies with Logoon for most of it and Ladybug on the tips of the petals. I then put the colored flower on top of the other 7.5cm Daisy and folded them in half. I folded the small flower in half and placed on top. I used a needle and thread to give a few quick stitched in the centre to keep them the flower together. I cut a small hole above the sitiching to put a brad through. I used a white brad and coloured it with Ladybug to match the rest of the card. I cut a small rectangle of the SB Paper Butterflies and used the green side. I used the Ladybug Marker to color the edge of this paper and then the Paper Distresser from Kaszazz to roughen the edges to give more texture and interest. I placed the brad with the half Daisy through the small restange of paper and spread the ends to secure. I then glued all this to the bottom, centre of the card.
4. I used mounting tape to glue the letters to the top of the card, taking care to space them evenly. The raised letters add more interest.
I decided to revisit The Rainbow Elephant website lately as I had not done a repeat pattern stack for ages and I love to do them. If you have not done one or seen Cindy's site it is well worth looking at.
Instead of a Celtic Challenge or an online ATC Swap I decided to issue you with a Repeat Pattern Stack Challenge this time, and you have 4 weeks to do it, as I am very busy at present and am limited for time to issue challenges.
My challenge to you is to pick a recognisable shape or shapes and use them to create your stack. Something from nature would be great. Also you can colour and doodle them to decorate.
Here are three I did recently:
This is a leaf stack. If you look closely most of the leaves look almost the same. I used a stencil here to create my leaves and little gumnuts.
This Shell Stack or Underwater Stack was also created with shell and fish stencils.
My Heart Stack I drew myself.
You have the choice to post them on the Mr Linky below or email them to me and I will post them below this article. If you email them to me expect that people may copy them from my site like they do with the ATC Swap.
If you wish to email your Stacks to me send them to this email address: email@example.com
I got an amazing response for the last challenge. There was some very beautiful work.
This fortnight I have drawn a celtic outline for you to put a new pattern in. I have made the outline a four step process. If anyone wants a three or five step outline just let me know and I will add it to this post for you to copy.
My challenge to you is to design your own pattern and draw the steps inside the squares.
Next decorate the outline to the squares, either by colour, doodles or both.
Below is the one I have done and my pattern is called "Floral Wallpaper"
I have decided to add some colour to this swap and request two types of doodle patterns.
Firstly draw 3 random lines across your ATC.
Colour each space with a different colour.
Decorate each line with a doodle. If you do not know any doodle patterns for lines check out my Border and Edge Patterns Page.
Once you have completed this task then decorate the remaining spaces with doodles.
Below is the information you will need if you wish to participate in this swap.
Trading Card Size
An Artist Trading Card is 2.5" x 3.5" or 64mm x 89mm.
How to swap for "FREE".
I propose to set up the opportunity for people to email theirfinished work to me. I will post it onto my blog so that others can admire it, and copy it, if they wish. Do not send anything if you are not prepared for others to copy and paste to their computer to print out for themselves. How to copy and save an image from this site. A. Copy 1. To copy to Pictures, Word, or Publisher, right click on the image. 2. Click Copy image. 3. Open your chosen destination. 4. Right click mouse and choose paste. 5. Save or print the picture. B. Save image as 1. Right Click on image. 2. Choose Save image as 3. Click on Picture on the left side of screen to open. 4. Choose a folder if you want to and open it. 5. Enter a File name or accept the default one 6. Choose a Save as type or accept the default one. 7. Click save.
Name you ATC's
Please ensure you put your name in the email so that other will know who did the artwork. You can also put where in the world you are from as an added interest if you wish.
ATC Swap Email Address:
I will load your work onto this post as I receive it, for others to view and copy. To have it posted you need to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Format Please send your design in jpeg or png format as I am no expert is using different formats and find these easy to upload to blogger.
ATC's sent for this Swap
Zoe Brener from Melbourne, Oz sent:
Uuna from Finland sent:
Uuna called this ATC "Good Morning"
Uuna call this ATC "Good Night"
Uuna stated in her email that she started to follow the instructions above but her hand went on its own way, and that she hopes that is OK.
It is OK with me. If my blog starts you drawing something, I don't mind where your hand takes you.