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Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 | 6 comments

Zen Doodle Chair

Zen Doodle Chair

For the past few months, I have been practicing Zen doodle whereever I can, either in my sketch book or on a pumpkin. You can doodle anywhere. When Leslie approached me about zen doodling on her white chair, I couldn’t pass up the chance.

We met at Emma’s and got started together. Before putting the pen to the chair, I thought about where to put the first doodles. I could go up one of the vertical legs or go across a slat for example. It took some planning because the pen is permanent and there would be no going back.


Once we got started, everything started coming together.


I took the chair home and worked on it in my spare time. I used a black sharpie pen. Not just any sharpie, an acrylic paint sharpie. You can get them at Staples. Slowly over time, the doodles took over the chair.


I especially loved making the mandala on the seat.


My cat even enjoyed posing on the chair.


When I felt satisfied with the amount of doodling, I stopped. Then I added a coat of polyurethane to the entire chair ensuring that the doodles won’t rub off. I like how shiny the polyurethane made the chair.



Do you doodle? Pick up a sharpie and give it a try.


  1. Looks like someone approves!!! Love it! Can anyone go to Emma’s and take a chair and doodle???

    • Hi Sharon – we brought the chair to Emma’s to work on there. It came from one of our homes! The owner and staff didn’t seem to mind one bit.

  2. So cool!

  3. It’s not that easy to do those designs. They are well balanced & not too busy. Good job, Justine.

  4. Breathtaking, Justine! Standing ovation over here. I am dazzled.

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