How to Make Cool & Easy Doodles


According to her study on doodling, University of Plymouth psychologist Jackie Andrade found that doodling uses just enough of your cognitive load "to keep your mental resources focused on the main task." So not only is doodling fun, it is good for concentration. It also looks great as scrapbook page backgrounds, on handmade greeting cards or even as framed art. The biggest problem for the doodler is how to get started or come up with ideas, but it is easy to create cool doodles using just a few sound doodling techniques.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil

Colored Curvy Squiggle

  • Draw a free-form squiggle all over the page. Overlap the lines to create many small compartments of open space.

  • Close the squiggle by ending the line where it began.

  • Color in any shape on the outside edge of your squiggle.

  • Alternate coloring in sections so that no two adjacent, colored-in faces touch each other.

Shaded Overlapping Shapes

  • Draw the outline of a straight-sided shape, such as a rectangle, square or triangle.

  • Draw the outlines of at least ten more straight-sided shapes, each one overlapping at least one, but preferably more than one, of the other shapes, creating small, interlocking sections.

  • Shade in a section of space at the outside of your doodle. Use stippling to achieve a shaded effect if you are using a pen or graduated shading if using a pencil.

  • Shade alternating sections of the doodle so that two adjacent faces are never both shaded.

Tangled Pattern Sections

  • Draw an closed shape anywhere on the paper, taking up approximately two-thirds of the paper's area.

  • Draw lines -- curved, squiggled or straight -- that span from one edge of the shape to another edge. The lines may intersect one another, creating partitioned areas within the main shape. Stop when there are five to seven sections.

  • Choose a section to fill with a pattern. Use dots, stripes, basket weave, animal prints, swirls, circles, squiggles or a combination of these patterns to completely fill the section.

  • Use a different pattern to fill in each of the remaining sections.

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  • "Applied Cognitive Psychology"; What does doodling do?; Jackie Andrade; Feb. 26, 2009
  • Photo Credit topform84/iStock/Getty Images
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