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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.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Doodling on Caps

I picked up a couple of caps at the shopping center recently.
Unlike a lot of caps the cap itself was a nice light cream with the front a dark color, which left plenty of room for doodling.

Here is what I created.

I would love to see what other people have put onto caps, hats or any head wear.

Please post your creations below so that we can all enjoy and be inspired.


Friday, 14 March 2014



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.

Zoe Card

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. 


Saturday, 24 August 2013




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. 

Here is the link to her article and video on how to do a Repeat Pattern Stack - http://www.rainbowelephant.com/repeat-pattern-stacks/

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: atcswapwithjudy@gmail.com


Mildred Galiher sent:

Sharon Sterner sent:


Friday, 9 August 2013

Celtic Challenge32

Celtic Challenge 32

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"


Sunday, 4 August 2013

ATC Online Swap 5

ATC Online Swap 5

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 their finished 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 atcswapwithjudy@gmail.com

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.

Cathy Cussons sent:

Efie Van Rekum sent:

Laurie Pess from West Palm Beach, Florida sent:

Dorothy Allison sent:


Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Beenleigh Library Display

Beenleigh Library Display
 I set up my first public display for Creative Doodling at my local library today. I hope I get a good response. The library had never heard of Creative Doodling or Zentangles or anything similar. 

They were very interested and even got some books in for me to add to the display and also have something to loan people who are interested.

The pictures below show you the left, front and right side of the finished display cabinet.

On the top shelf the center picture frame, is an explanation of what creative doodling is. There is also framed pictures, some cards, canvas shoes, a ceramic cup and two heart shaped cardboard boxes that have some napkin art and doodling on them. 

The second shelf shows pictures, cards and some display book covers that have been doodled.

The third shelf has basic instructions in the silver frame in the middle. To the right is a scrapbooking page and some of my Wiggly Alphabet. In the middle at he back is two T-Shirts that have creative doodling pictures painted on them.To the left are some Artists Trading Cards, a Card and some Creatively Doodled words.

The bottom shelf at the center front has information about my contact details for classes. There are 3 framed prints, two zentangle books from the library, two gift tags, two key chains and one necklace, and assorted doodles on A5 Watercolour Paper.

I also made some small signs to lay beside or on top of some of the items explaining what they were. Just to give people the ideas of the variety of crafts that could use the skill of creative doodling.

I showed this display for anyone who is thinking of doing classes and has the opportunity of displaying their work to advertise. 

I hope this has been helpful. 

One of the librarians at Beenleigh was so impressed with the display and with Creative Doodling that she suggested I contact other libraries as they may be interested in me displaying my work there also.


Monday, 29 July 2013

Canvas Shoes and Jewellery

Canvas Shoes and Jewellery

I am still getting items ready for the display on Thursday. Below are a pair of childs shoes. I went for bright colours as you can see. I added a bit more bling by putting some little beads on the laces.

I also did a necklace and two key chains.

I hope these pics I have been posting will inspire those who have not tried to doodle on something other than paper or card.