Doodling: More than Mindless Drawing

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This article is written by Melanie Statnick

Doodling is More than Mindless Drawing finds Melanie Statnick

Lately I have been doodling in sketch books on legal pads and more. To the doodler a canvas can be anything. When I’m talking on Skype I doodle, “watching” TV I doodle, talking on the phone, even when I think of articles to write I doodle. The mind drifts the pen drifts. To the experts and the English dictionary doodling is “absentminded drawing” Clearly doodling gets no respect. This is defiantly not an accurate description of doodles.  Artists and non-artists have been writing books on how to doodle in art and how doodling is important in the work place and in schools. Companies are being taught how to use the white board more effectively by doodling along with their presentations in meetings providing a visual aid.

Doodles on the white board are used in schools from grade school to universities for students that need a visual aid.    When you were in school how often did you doodle in the margin when you were supposed to be paying attention?  How often did you get caught?

Doodling can be More than Mindless Drawing

Doodling can be More than Mindless Drawing

Studies have shown that people who doodle at times when they are supposed to be paying attention retain 25% more detail than non-doodlers. Drawing and doodling engages the mind, helps us think and improves concentration. It’s been proven to aid in memory retention. It occupies the mind from drifting into unwanted thoughts at times like meetings and lectures and prevents us from daydreaming.

Doodling can be More than Mindless Drawing

Doodling can be More than Mindless Drawing

Morley Safer said “Dull people don’t doodle”.  Perhaps he’s right? When you post your doodle art online Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram…Does it get the same fan base love as your “other” artwork?  Can you tell if your audience takes it seriously? When I doodle I’m getting better at my skills. My hand retains memory and my “other” art becomes better and it’s so relaxing.  Doodle on sisters and brothers, doodle on anything.

Doodling can be More than Mindless Drawing

Doodling can be More than Mindless Drawing

Famous doodlers include John F Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Mark Twain

Doodling can be More than Mindless Drawing

Source Credit: CBS News The higher purpose of doodling 6/22/14

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Melanie Statnick is a Canadian Mixed Media & Collage Artist out of North Carolina. Melanie creates art daily from her private studio. Her style is fun, whimsy and eclectic. Melanie is also an Art Instructor for local venues and community colleges for students of all ages. Learn more about Melanie: www.melaniestatnickart.com

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Zentangle Inspired Sketches

Trudy Thayer is a regular contributor to Mixed Media Art and here she shares her story of how she discover the inspiration behind these Zentangle sketches.

Trudy Thayer's zentangles

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I found zentangles when I was searching for something else online.  They instantly captured my attention with the detail and colors.  I find the level of concentration extremely relaxing  and try to better my skill daily.  I have lots of stencils and some of the art I’ve seen using this is out of this world.  I also use some ideas from these in my quilting and fabric art.

Trudy Thayer's zentangles

I use Micron Ultra Fine point for hair-like tiny tiny work; and Micron Fine for most outlining.  I get my paper in the kids craft section of the stores, a pad with three different types of papers is really cheap and the quality is fine for what I do.  For coloring I use Bic “Mark it”s. The tip is a bit on the fine side which I love.  I use colored pencils for shading and to fill in and make the color seem richer and more full bodied.  And yes, yes, yes…..this is so “zen-like” .

You can read more about Zentangles here

Trudy Thayer's zentangles

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Trudy Thayer is a 65 year old mom, gramma, veteran, and late-in-life college with a BFA  specialty in graphic design. She lives in Vancouver, Washington and loves the area and the artistic stimulus that abounds there.

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Trudy Thayer's zentangles

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