When all else fails…get out your Sharpies and doodle!

I keep an art journal for doodling in. Whenever I feel inspired, I get out my markers/coloured pencils/pen and ink/crayons/etc., and I draw. The results needn’t be perfect (after all, perfect is boring). The act of drawing and colouring is a release of sorts. You become absorbed in the act of allowing your mind to guide you in creating freestyle images on paper, just as you did when you were a child, living “in the moment.” My art journal is one of the many simple things in life that costs little to nothing, yet provides returns that are priceless.
bird_watercolor pencil & inkThe beauty of a little yellow finch at my backyard feeder caught my eye and was soon the subject of my art journal. After drawing him, I felt the need to embellish him with a poem I’ve always loved—Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.graphic doodles_sharpieThinking one day about how much I love the ocean, I opened my journal and doodled a page of rolling waves and water bubbles… and then I set sail with some of my guiding beliefs.IMG_8709I started doodling the little house in the country that I’ve always dreamed of, and then it turned into a pattern for a thread-painting sampler (which I still have yet to do).IMG_8710Another doodle that I’d like to transfer onto fabric and hand-embroider someday.IMG_8711I drew a tree to contain the marriage poem I wrote. Again, I would love to someday hand-embroider the entire thing onto fabric and turn it into a small wall hanging that wedding guests could leave their signatures on. The finished product that I envision would make a great gift for a bride and groom.IMG_8712Ahhh… to be shipwrecked on a deserted island. It’s what I dream about.
IMG_8713A drawing to go with my Monkey poem, which I shared in one of my earlier blog posts.
IMG_8714I must have been in a really good mood the day that I doodled this one! 🙂

Whether you choose to express yourself with pictures or words or both, journaling is captivating, restorative and sheer fun.

Try it and see. Get yourself a journal and a pack of coloured markers. Then throw open the windows to your mind and fill the pages with your thoughts, your feelings, pretty shapes and colours, or anything else that inspires you. The more often you do it, the better it gets. Do it!



  1. January 4, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    I love this! Your marriage tree and poem are beautiful! Such a wonderful way to reflect and express your feelings.

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  2. June 21, 2016 at 12:55 am

    So fun!!! I can’t draw at all so I color.

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  3. June 8, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Beautiful, as always! Is there anything you can’t do?

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  4. Aurian said,

    June 8, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Lovely, really. I have been carrying around my journal since I was a kiddo but I’m mainly writing down my thoughts and draw only rarely since I’m never really satisfied with the outcome. 🙂 perfectionist genes, I guess. But I realized something in the process … whatever it is/was: everything passes and most of the times it’s only half as bad as you think.

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  5. June 7, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    All so different. You are so talented! I particularly like the warrior/worrier and the wedding tree. Hope you are well!

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    • June 8, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you! Hopefully, I’ll find the time someday to embroider that wedding tree and poem onto fabric. Looking forward to seeing more photos soon of your beautiful gardens!

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  6. JD Maupin said,

    June 7, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Very touched by your post. I started “coloring” in the adult books/Mandala’s as a release and have been enjoying it. Although my husband always seems to think that I could find better things to do with my time…….as he doesn’t understand that “I Am.”

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    • June 8, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      My husband too. Think of it this way; as kids, we were experiencing the joys of colouring in our colouring books while they were probably outside killing things with slingshots. The only difference today is that they’ve evolved from slingshots to golf clubs.:))


  7. Erica Herd said,

    June 7, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Wonderful doodles. The finch is lovely.

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