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Everyone should doodle. 5 ideas to get you started

Written by: | Published: March 12, 2014 | Updated: August 10, 2015

I’ve always been a doodler. If I have a pen in my hand and something to write on near by, it’d going to get some kind of scribbling on it. I don’t always know what I’m going to draw or where it’s going to go. Sometimes I intend to draw something specific and other times I’m just thinking with the pen. There’s been a ton of information cross my desk lately that talks about “doodling” as a source for more than just scribbles on a page. You can brainstorm, build your comprehension skills and develop your communication and thought process all from your so called doodles. So I wanted to share with you today, some fun resources and ideas to motivate and maybe inspire your inner doodler.

Remember, doodling isn’t about drawing perfect pictures. It’s about images that come from your heart and imply something with character.

The Doodle Revolution a book to inspire doodling
The Doodle Revolution a book to inspire doodling
  1. If you think it, doodle it. Sometimes just a quick little sketch of an idea can help you visually think something through. Remember the apples and the oranges in kindergarten? Doodles teach!
  2. A picture says a thousand words. In some cases I think a picture – or a doodle – can clarify a single thought too. Diagrams, maps, quick sketches… all help others visualize what you are trying to describe.
  3. Pattern it. Let’s pretend “pattern” is a verb. If you want to describe how to put something together, sometimes doodling up a pattern or a set of visual instructions, can make all the difference.
  4. Add a visual laugh to the day. Remember the mustache on the photo kind of scribbling? Or the I Love Mr. Hottie doodling in the middle of math class? Those visual pict-o-grams can add a smile to your face at a glance. Make more of those. Make more smiles happen.
  5. Share your mood with a doodle. Sometimes words just aren’t enough. Turn on the music, grab a pen and see what comes out on the paper. You might surprise yourself with the scribbling and unplanned art you create.

I’ve never read the book in the photo, but I loved the cover and the concept so I took a picture and saved it. I recently shared it on Instagram just for the purpose of hopefully reminding someone else to pick up a pen and doodle. I think that’s the goal… what do you think?

Grab the book: Doodle Revolution, Unlock the Power to Think Differently

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