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Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 | 3 comments

Justine’s Zendoodling Sketchbook

Justine’s Zendoodling Sketchbook

At one of our recent coloring book club sessions, I noticed Justine coloring in one of her own zendoodles. New to zendoodling, Justine has quickly become adept at this fun and relaxing style of drawing. Justine carries a sketchbook around with her so she can do a little zendoodling whenever the mood strikes. One evening, I looked over her shoulder as she showed me page after page of her beautiful, spontaneous drawings.

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You don’t have to be a trained artist to zendoodle, says Justine. You start with a line drawing and then you let the line go where it wants to go, making swirls, dots, repeating geometric shapes, waves, cross-hatching, whatever feels right.

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Maybe you trace your hand and then fill in the outline with various patterns…

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Or you color the shape of a simple bird…

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Justine likes to start with an object, a pinecone say, and then use the shape of it to inspire a zendoodle, which she may embellish with differently colored markers.

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She may be inspired by a drawing from a children’s book like this turtle…

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Or, in honor of a holiday, she may do something like this Day of the Dead mask with its elaborate flower eyes…

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Isn’t this owl fabulous too?

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I also love this design which makes me think of a dahlia flower.

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Justine submitted a couple of her zendoodles to Del Ray Artisans for their 2015 Coloring Book for Grown-Ups, Artwork Inspired by Alexandria, VA. They not only accepted one of her submissions, but two.

Justine and I are currently working on zendoodling a white chair with black acrylic Sharpie. Stay tuned to see how it turns out! Or, you can see sneak previews of the chair on Instagram.

3 Comments

  1. She is getting so adept at this art form. Good to see her development

  2. Beautiful! This is a great motivator to make it to coloring night.

    • I hope you will Cathy! We will have a zendoodled chair in progress there tonight too.

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