THE ART HABIT; Ideas to Draw or doodle in your journal every day

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  • Why do we draw or doodle every day?
    To signal to our journal and our images that we are paying attention.
    We are listening on paper.
    We are available, when they are ready to arrive.

Draw your “Family Mandala”. (See The Art Habit Week One)


Draw a feeling line with an oil pastel, crayon or marker from one end of the page to the other that expresses how you feel in the moment. If it were a color what color would it be?

Would it be straight? swirly? jagged? Does the maker need to be held lightly or does it need to press down hard?

Sound: If the feeling line had a sound, what sound would it be? Loud, soft, high pitch or low? Use your voice or instruments to find the sound. Repeat the sound until it feels just right.

Movement: If you did a movement in response to your feeling line, what would that movement be? Would it be a low movement? a high up movement? Fast? Slow? Would it make it even better if you had a scarf or hand towel to move through the air as you move? Combine the movement and the sound and keep repeating it until it feels just right.


Choose one thing this week, like a lady bug. Draw her on lots of random pages. Draw her really big on one page and really small on another. Draw lots of her one a page, draw only one of her on another page. Draw two on the page together. 

When you look at these lady bugs, either gathered or single, how would you say they feel?

What would be the story they would tell?

Give each page a story.


Watch the Blind Contour Video and draw a plant or leaf.

Go outside with a sack and start collecting nature objects like rocks, sticks, leaves.

Line a few rocks up about the size of your palm and draw them.

Find an interesting branch or stick and draw it.

If you want more of a challenge, arrange the rocks with the plant , sticks or leaves and draw them next.

Notice how it feels to follow the guidelines

  • Do not talk
  • Don’t lift your pen
  • Don’t look at your drawing.

These helpful guidelines build trust between your eye, heart and hand.

It may take some practice but if you can keep at it, you will naturally become more adept at drawing realistically.


Draw things that you know about from foreign lands. If you can’t think of anything, ask someone what they know, or research until you find something interesting to draw.

It’s ok to copy an image, and then make it your own by changing a few details.

Repeat spiral labyrinths in your journal.
Draw multiple small labyrinths and several large ones that span the spine of the journal randomly in your journal.

Draw one large enough for your finger to “walk” it.

Put your forefinger at the entrance and set an intention for your day.

Ex. “My intention is to do one good deed today for someone else.”

Follow the path in to the center. Stay there for awhile exploring ideas of what that good deed might be, then follow the path back out with your finger and thank the labyrinth.

Notice how you feel.

Do some writing about what happened or about ideas that came to you.


Practice blind contour drawing
yourself in the mirror, paying close attention to every detail.

(1st watch the video in Week Six)

Now invite a family member or a pet to sit still for you while you practice this new drawing exploration.
(I find that it helps if my pet is taking a nap)
If there is no one home to draw pull out a picture of a person or pet to draw. 

You can also video chat with family or a friend and ask them to sit for you.

Share these  helpful guidelines with your subject.

  • No talking
  • Do not lift your pen
  • Use your cover sheet to refrain from looking at what is happening on the page. 
  • Keep your eyes on your subject to really see them and not get lost.

After you are finished, invite them to draw you in the same way. 

Share your drawings with each other.


Arrange the instruments that you gathered on your Found Sounds Treasure Hunt.

Blind contour draw them into your journal.

Use watercolors or acrylic paints to add color.


Doodle, doodle, doodle!


Generating Primal Imagery From a Body Sensation

It is possible to generate visual imagery that expresses each and every feeling we have.
And your journal is a place to gather and acknowledge these sensations.
When you feel a sensation, notice where it begins.
Put your hand there to acknowledge it.
Ask the sensation,
“If you were a color what color would you be?”
Is it dark/muddy? Is it bright?
“If you were a shape, what shape would you be?”
Is is curved or angular?
Is it smooth or prickly?
Take the first answer, don’t question yourself.
Get this shape, color and texture down on a journal page
and then ask it what it needs from you next.
You only ever need to know the “next step”.
Give the drawing a voice with sound.
Notice the feeling of the drawing now that it is done.
Ask it, “If  you had a voice with sound  what sound would it be?”
Drumming, singing, chimes, wine glass high pitch or a combination?
Go to this YouTube Video to learn how to draw a Classical Labyrinth in your journal.
Make it big enough for you to “walk” it with your forefinger.  This way you can 
“walk the labyrinth” anytime you would like to meditate, pray or set an intention for your life.


Have fun!

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