Thursday, August 14, 2008

Name Doodle Tutorial

This seems like a simple task for me because I have been doodling since I could hold crayons... but if you aren't a doodler this is probably a difficult thing to grasp. Keeping that in mind I am going to note a few things that inspire me as a doodler that will help you to get going.
I like to doodle on normal cardstock paper - it is thick and if the felt's I'm using bleeds through there's no page underneath to ruin. That is why I tend to add these doodle pages to my journals afterwards (and more than likely the reason my art journal is so thick!) Plus I can cart a piece of paper around a lot easier than carrying my heavy journal around.
The markers I have been using lately are "Copic" professional artist markers, they come with fine tips from .05 all they way up to .7 as well as one brush stroke marker (set of 10). I found them in an art store while I was in Kelowna and they are probably online with a copic retailer. You can also use other markers ~ there are no rules to doodles so use what you are comfortable with. I have just discovered the "Copics" and I absolutely love them. But I tend to love all kinds of markers and find I can never have enough because you never know when you are going to be inspired to use a certain type of marker.
To doodle a name I simply use a long ruler and draw a top and bottom line with a pencil as to how big I want the name across the page. For example, I am working on my hubby's name above. I draw his name out rather simply and then fill it in with all sort's of different textures. I use texture sheets that I have drawn up that inspire me with all sorts of ideas to fill in the spaces. I have included a few of my texture sheets to help inspire you. If you want to create a texture sheet of your own simply create blank squares across and down a page and then fill them in with different textures you find around your home, outside, anywhere really. You will notice that I have made up many of my textures. It's all in the name of fun.
I hope this helps.
Happy creating.


Michelle said...

Very nice! thanks so much for all of the information! I'm going to give this a try!!

Anonymous said...

Great doodles!