Did you use to doodle at school? Draw on your notebook covers, in the margins, hearts or flowers, scribbles or your name? Bored children trying to listen to something that isn’t fully capturing their attention will doodle. My ‘general notebook’ at school was often doodled in, I’d practice scripting my name, my latest crushes name, flowers and curved scribbles. There was also a fashion for having canvas army rucksacks and people would draw band names on them.
We tend to drop the practice of doodling as we grow up, but incorporating it into our days as a form of simple creativity is beneficial.
Doodling is beneficial
Doodling is a beneficial form of simple creativity. Not only can doodling help you to improve your artistic skills and perhaps follow a passion, it can help to improve memory, doodlers recalled 29% more information as this study showed.
Doodling can distract you from actively thinking about a problem, in the same way that dreaming helps your subconscious, doodling allows your mind to work on a problem subconsciously.
Taking a break to doodle can help you to return to a task in a fresh way. The freeing of this simple creative practice, is that there is no pressure to perform in this activity, you can doodle to your hearts content and no one need see it. It can be a creative activity that you do purely for the process not for the results.
How to doodle
Perhaps you haven’t spent time doodling since school, so how do you start? If you carry pen and notebooks with you you could doodle on your commute or coffee break, you could take some time before sleeping to doodle. I always carry a thick felt nibbed type pen, my favourite is the Pilot V sign pen, which is perfect for doodling. (pictures are affiliate links)
My favourite type of notebook has plain paper so that I can use it for writing and doodling.
Get inspired by some illustrators that show their doodles on Instagram, here’s some of my favourites:
Here’s some doodle prompts to download: doodle-prompts.pdf (218 downloads)
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