Over 10 years ago I took a watercolor class. It was fun, I learned a few things, mostly that I'm not very good at it. But it was very enjoyable and I played around with it for a while. I painted a few things, unfortunately since we moved I have no idea where they are, except for one piece I gave my brother as a gift. My brother died a few years ago and my mom gave it back to me. If When I find the other stuff I painted I'll share it with you, for now I'm going to show you a sampling of the new stuff I've done that does not involve painting.
I did a bunch of these years ago, but again have no idea where they are stored. I might have even thrown them away. A few weeks ago I was reading a post here and she shared some art work she did and a new thing she was trying called Zentangles. I clicked on the Zentangle link and was surprised to see a style of doodling I had done years before. I didn't know it had a name or was even considered art. Seeing the work there inspired me to pick up a pen and start doodling again.
Here is the first thing I did this time around. I started it at work on a scrap piece of paper.
I used pencil first then outlined it with a sharpie. When I was done I erased all the pencil lines.
I was looking for a sketch pad to make more and I came across the painting I had done for my brother. I decided to mess with it. Here is the before shot.
Here is what it looks like after I was done messing with it.
Then I just kind of kept on going...
Always a favorite subject of mine!
I did all of these with markers, including some scrapbooking metallic ones. Mostly I do the outline first without really knowing what the shape is going to be then go from there. Obviously a few of these I made to purposely look a certain way, ie. the sun ones and the very symmetrical one whose shapes I based off a hanging star lamp I have.
It's all for fun. My family loves them and Dancing Daughter even made one of her own, she's using it in her school binder.
I love to listen to books on tape or even baseball while doodling. It's really been theraputic for me. It gets me out of my head for a while, which I've been needed.