Do you ever find yourself drawing spirals or boxes while you’re having a conversation on the phone, or while sitting in a meeting at work? Did you ever get yelled at in school for doodling during a lecture? Boy, I did. Come to find out, that’s not only perfectly normal, but it’s good for the brain! Here’s a TEDtalk on why doodling is a good thing – and explains why I will never yell at my students for doodling in class (unless it’s gang tagging, of course). Doodling really is a brain-building activity!
Have you heard of Zentangles? I found a book at Michael’s the other day while picking up some supplies for my other obsession(s): scrapbooking (I also paint, sew, and embroider – and I’m starting an art journal calendar project to add to my scrapbooks. Did you know I was so artsy? Art was my minor in college…. but I digress…)
So, Zentangles have become part of my daily ritual. “Zen” is a fitting prefix, because after doodling for a while, I feel that my mind is less bogged down, and my stress levels are improved. I also get some really great ideas for teaching and writing while I doodle. Don’t worry, though, you don’t need to buy a book for this. Instead, check out my Pinterest board for all kinds of doodle ideas and patterns to play with. If you’re intimidated by this, start small – like on a sticky note or the back of a business card. Once your muscle memory takes over, you can doodle and still participate in meetings or conversations without missing a beat. Some of your doodles might even turn into frame-worthy works of art!
And, just in case you’re curious, here are some of my Zentangles from this week.
The last two are just beginnings – I’ll go back and fill in the spaces with patterns or even words. (Also, forgive the crappy picture quality…)
I hope I’ve inspired you to try doodling! Get those creative juices flowing, and let me know how it goes!
Until next time…