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Doodling 2 Different Ways

Doodling, impatiently and quickly in an art journal

Maria McGuire has spent hours and hours and more hours doodling, tangling, and drawing. I, not so much. She has, what seems to me, infinite patterns in her mind at all times. I, not so much. She is very generous and even took the time to teach me the joys of doodling. It was like 2 friends getting together over a cup of coffee. It just happened to be a fabric coffee cup from fabric designed by Jamie Fingal.

Doodling, impatiently and quickly in an art journal


When Maria doodles, she goes into a meditative place and carefully, slowly, gently creates patterns. She tried to teach me that. It didn’t go well. I’m not a slow and meditative person. I’m more like Speed Racer. With wobbly lines. This doodling took all my patience, using one pattern, the circle. It took me hours (or at least that is how that 4 minutes felt).


Doodling, impatiently and quickly in an art journal



I can doodle. I can doodle patterns but I have about 6 in my head. Any more than that takes mighty brain work for me. Maria has at least a million. And that is without effort.

But color. Well that is my happy place so I added a bit of color all around the doodles.

Doodling, impatiently and quickly in an art journal




And then some more color. And even a little touch of stenciling.


This is what mine looks like, what does Maria’s doodling look like?


Doodling, impatiently and quickly in an art journal




She can doodle on a totally blank page.


Doodling, impatiently and quickly in an art journal




She can doodle on top of colors as she did here using one of my newsletter Sparks of Art-spiration.








And she can doodle using a stencil. She’s designed a whole bunch of stencils with her doodling. Check out her video here showing you how!


We are both creative, but in different ways. She is precise and and detail oriented and patient. I am looser, messier, and definitely not as patient.


And since there are no rules for how to doodle any way you do it is the right way!

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  • Kathleen Wilson April 9, 2015, 10:12 am

    I love it! I should give this a try in my sketchbook. Thanks for sharing.

  • Judy Shea April 9, 2015, 2:55 pm

    I always have to think of what doodles I will do, but never off the top of my brain. These are GREAT GREAT GREAT!!!

  • Vicki ross April 9, 2015, 5:18 pm

    I definitely fall in the impatient camp for doodling. I’ve tried to get into my ZenZone with zentangling, but it is more like work to me! Maria’s work is fab…and so is yours !

  • corrine April 9, 2015, 7:04 pm

    Doodles galore. I never do it really, or only just a little, so it’s fun to watch you too go off and have a ball. Like that coffee cup and well, Maria, pattern queen for sure. xox

  • Mary C. Nasser April 9, 2015, 9:19 pm

    Art with friends! Love it!! šŸ™‚

  • Jackie April 10, 2015, 4:56 pm

    LOVE it! Your Impatient Doodling is wonderful…and so is Maria’s! Thanks for the afternoon coffee break. šŸ™‚