This is the first and most important rule for doodling. During college, I took a drawing class. I was so excited for this class. It wasn't but a couple weeks in that I had come to hate the class. The reason? It wasn't fun. There were too many "rules" and my teacher didn't like my projects so I got a bad grade. It really turned me off of art for a while and took me some time to recover. I believe that doodling, or any kind of art for that matter should be something that you have fun doing. Doodling is something I do when I want to relax and enjoy myself. Once I start getting stressed out about a drawing or not enjoying it, I walk away and don't come back until I'm ready to have fun again. Having fun should be your primary motive for doodling
Replace Those Bad Habits
We all get stressed, nervous and bored for one reason or another. And we all have ways to deal with these states of mind. I like to call them nervous habits. Biting nails, popping knuckles, scratching at my scalp-I do them all. Now not only do these habits annoy my husband, (not that his constant drumming or leg shaking is any better) but they effect me physically and can even bring me harm. Hangnails, scabs, big knuckles, not to mention the bruises I get when I dare to pop my knuckles in the middle of the night in the ear of my husband. Let's take the classroom environment. The professor is going on and on about something. You've repositioned yourself several times trying to keep your eyes open. You start tapping your pencil only to find your neighbor giving you the look. And you've already been threatened once for shaking your leg on the desk in front of you. You don't dare pop your knuckles. What else can you do? This scenario is all too familiar, and just not with students. Staff meeting, board meetings, conference calls, endless church meetings; they all bring out those nervous habits. Not only does doodling take your mind off of things, it keeps you from harming yourself and annoying others with those habits we have. Think of all the broken finger nails you would be sparing and the dirty stares you'd be avoiding. And on top of it all, you can produce your own wonderful artwork.
Why doodle? Doodling can be a huge relaxation technique. I use doodling all the time when I'm stressed or need to calm down. I feel that all of my stress goes out of the tip of that pencil and onto the paper. Before I know it, I can think clearer and I have a wonderful piece of art work! For instance, you get home from work, tired and frustrated and don't even know where to begin fixing things. Sit down with a blank piece of paper and start doodling. Much like writing, some unconscious images might slip out, pictures that might help fix the situation. Who would have ever thought there was more than one reason to Doodle. Try to answer your own "Why Doodle" question and find some ways doodling helps you in your life.
While not everyone is born an art prodigy, we all have the ability to be creative and we should practice using our creativity daily. Doodling is such a free expression of art. Anyone can doodle, and everyone's doodle is different and unique. Plus, doodling can be just the beginning for some people. It's possible that a simple doodle can lead to much more after the creative juices start flowing.