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Art with Edie…Again!

I had an amazing day! I was able to guest-host on Edie’s show again today. Click here for the replay: Life By the Seat of my Pants – Positive Message STOP Sign. Edie also has a phenomenal blog with the same name: Life by the Seat of my Pants.

Today I demonstrated how to doodle using patterns inspired by Mother Nature. I started by explaining the 5 basic element families of shapes. Every shape is made from dots, circles, lines, curved lines and/or angled lines. This is instruction that comes from Mona Brookes’ book Art With Children. (For more information go to this link: Art Makes Kids Smart) Then, I started a doodle (in Zentangle style) on a 4-by-6 blank index card.  I shared a couple of objects from nature, a seashell and a whelk egg case on the show to show how patterns can be found in them. This inspired the spiral pattern and a repeated irregular rectangular pattern in the doodles I demonstrated on Edie’s show today. I then started a larger art pieces, a portrait with doodling around it.

Edie demonstrated creating a “You are AMAZING just the way you Are” sign as inspired by www.operationbeautiful .com that she plans to post on her neighborhood corner stop sign. The purpose of this Operation Beautiful campaign is to remind people how wonderful, beautiful and amazing they are by placing sticky notes and/or signs in conspicuous places that would grab people’s attentions. It is a fabulous idea; furthermore, it helps promote positive thinking. (Picture below shows the sign Edie made on the stop sign in her neighborhood.)

Sadly enough, too many of us put our own selves down daily with negative self-talk from the moment we get up and look in the mirror to start our daily routines. Instead of saying or thinking, “oh, gee! I look like “poop” this morning”; how about having a sticky note to remind us of how amazing, wonderful, beautiful and even sexy we are! Why not! Getting up in the morning would be a zillion times more fun if we greeted ourselves with “HEL-LO, sexy!” or “good morning  sunshine / bright eyes/beautiful!” I have a tickle in my heart just thinking about it. I love this idea Edie found and it has me thinking now of creative ways to bring positive attention to people. How about you, does this inspire some ideas? I would love to hear some feedback on this!


What do I do when my mind needs a bit of down time? I doodle. I use my noodle and doodle. In the U.K. I learned that they moodle, which is like daydreaming, pondering and wondering all at the same time. So I use my noodle to moodle and doodle. 

I had intended to paint and create more Gifts of Love; but sometimes things do not always go as planned. I had some “business” to take care of today. Tomorrow, I will be able to do more with my Gifts of Love campaign.

This evening I doodled as a way to tame all the wild thoughts in my head. As I doodle, I keep positive thoughts, blessings and attentions in my mind. I needed a way to release the pent up stress and let go of the negative energy. I am not sure where the negative energy originated but somehow it got into my being. As I doodled I was able to breathe easier and relax the tension that nested between my eyes and in my stomach.

Other ways I release tension is going out for walks in nature, exercising and/or listening to music. On those infrequent occasions when I am simply prickly or maybe even angry or hurt, I am tempted to vent at my husband, but as soon as I find myself raising my voice at him, I back away from the situation and try to reassess it. And ask myself, “why did I yell or why do I feel angry?”

This allows me to take time for myself and ease the emotions with a more positive activity like doodling and listening to soothing music. I try to engage in any activity that allows me to slow down my heart rate and calm me. How do each of you “wind down” after a less than positive day?

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Doodle. What is a doodle? A doodle is a simple form of art where one mindlessly takes his or her writing instrument and marks or scribbles on his or her page creating designs, figures or simple images. Doodling can in fact be quite meditative and the images could be left for interpretation.

Doodling has also taken on a negative meaning, where one suggests a person is wasting time in aimless or foolish activity; however, doodling in fact allows a person to engage his or her mind as he or she is listening to a lecture. It is a brain boosting activity. What many have considered a distracting, time-wasting habit may actually give a person a leg up on others who do not doodle by helping a person stay alert.

According to one source: Asked to remember names they’d heard on a recording, people who doodled while listening had better recall than those who didn’t. This suggests that a slightly distracting secondary task may actually improve concentration during the performance of dull tasks that would otherwise cause a mind to wander.
(from: A Sketchy Brain Booster: Doodling URL – http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/02/doodlerecall/)

An archaic definition of doodle is a foolish or silly person as in the patriotic song, “Yankee Doodle” with which many are familiar.

Here are the lyrics of the shortened children’s version of Yankee Doodle:

Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony,
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni’.


Yankee Doodle keep it up,
Yankee Doodle dandy,
Mind the music and the step,
And with the girls be handy.

Father and I went down to camp,
Along with Captain Gooding,
And there we saw the men and boys
As thick as hasty pudding.


Here is a fun activity to try for kicks, a doodle personality test. Get out a standard sheet of blank paper and a pen or pencil. Draw a pig. Do NOT read the following until you have drawn your pig and are satisfied with it.

Pig Interpretation
If the pig is drawn:
Toward the top of the paper, you are positive and optimistic.
Toward the middle, you are a realist.
Toward the bottom, you are pessimistic, and have a tendency to behave negatively.
Facing left, you believe in tradition, are friendly, and remember dates. (birthdays, etc.)
Facing right, you are innovative and active, but don’t have a strong sense of family, nor do you remember dates.
Facing front (looking at you), you are direct, enjoy playing devil’s advocate and neither fear nor avoid discussions.
With many details, you are analytical, cautious, and distrustful.
With few details, you are emotional and naïve, you care little for details and are a risk-taker.
With less than 4 legs showing, you are insecure or are living through a period of major change.
With 4 legs showing, you are secure, stubborn, and stick to your ideals.
The size of the ears indicates how good a listener you are. The bigger the better.
The length of the tail indicates the quality of your love life!

(from: http://www.doodle-art-alley.com/doodle-personality-test.html)

Benefits of doodling can be found at the following websites:






Doodle interpretation information can be found at the following websites:




Other wonderful doodling websites:

Doodle Art Alley

Doodler’s Anonymous



Creating Minds


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