Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Just a Doodle or Two

Before I left on my three week holiday across Australia,
I put together a travel 'craft kit' that was small enough to keep in my handbag
but would give me something to do on my travels.

The Zentangle book came from a craft show I'd gone to in July; 
the book was a Tim Holz 'District Market' that my BFF had given me for my birthday which is full of blank craft pages;
the pencil case came from my penfriend a couple of years ago and just fitted a couple of pens, 
a pencil, rubber and pencil sharpener;
and the pack of ATCs I'd picked up in a stationers shop some time ago.

At this point, I should say the Zentangle book did not fit in my handbag but was packed in my suitcase along with the latest issue of Craft Stamper magazine.

I chose to take the 'District Market' book with its blank pages for three reasons:
1. to use as a travel diary
2. to try my hand at doodling
3. it was a good size, not too big, not too small

This odd looking page was my first attempt and is a bit shaky as I was being jolted by the train.

I added colour to my next attempt but found the red pen tended to bleed through to the next page which wouldn't be so good when it would have the next diary entry written on it.

As I had only written a few lines on this page, I finished it off with more doodling.
I think I'm slowly improving!

This is my last full page doodle which I'm quite happy with.  Some of the pages had enough room for writing and doodles, others only had room for a border.

I also discovered through trial and error, that it was much easier to sketch in pencil first, then go over the lines in ink before rubbing out the pencil.

Taking the Zentangle book was so helpful as it had numerous designs to get some basic ideas,
although I'm sure when I was at school (many moons ago), I had no trouble just doodling in my books instead of listening to maths or english LOL!!!

Thanks for dropping by to look at what I've been up to lately
and I'll be back again in the next couple of days with something different.

Happy Crafting!


  1. What a great idea to take along the blank journal for both keeping travel notes and a bit of doodling practice! From one who has been intimidated by even the idea of Zentangle, I am impressed with your work here! Eager to see what you did with those ATCs!

  2. I usually take some stuff on holiday too so I think this is a great idea ! Love your doodles too !
    Corrie x

  3. Great idea! I love what you've done and think that the final picture would make an amazing stamp x


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