Today’s Topic: Add Layers to Spirals and Petals Doodles
Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!
I hope by now you have pulled out a pen and started doodling.
If not–today is Monday. Mondays are always great days to start a new habit!
Because doodlers make better quilters, we are going to spend most of the month focused on doodling.
Last week we started with two exercises and an independent homework:
Getting pen to paper and practicing clockwise and counter clockwise spirals in a variety of patterns.
Adding 2, 3, 4, and 5 petals to the spirals to practice spacing petals.
Then adding a second row of petals to see how adding the same size or the same number of petals changes the look of the flower.
Independent Weekend Homework
For weekend homework, I recommended filling a page with flowers.
It’s fun to try a new pen and to add some watercolor embellishments.
I played with watercolor, a soft gray marker and a white gel pen.
Lesson Three: Adding More Layers to Create New Looks
For today’s lesson, start by practicing small and large, clockwise and counterclockwise spirals.
Next add a row of small petals to each of the spiral sizes.
Notice how different each looks! The smallest looks like a Forget-me-Not and the largest spiral looks more like a Sunflower.
Next, create another row of small to large spirals and add this time add two rows of petals.
Finally, add three rows of petals. The petal to center spiral proportions change again and consequently, the flowers look different! I see dahlias and other flowers. What do YOU see?
Keep Adding On
Turn the page and try a new combination.
This time, start with a small spiral, add five petals, then add a spiral around the center flower. Add more petals to this combination.
Try a few variations:
Be Open to New Ideas
As you doodle, you may have the “This reminds me of….” feeling.
For example, after I completed the above doodle page, I noticed the figures on the right side:
The shapes reminded me of a turtle,
And a perfume bottle my daughter had.
Follow the Doodles
Whenever you “see something” in your doodles, be sure to follow the lead! Don’t worry if it leads you to a dead end. The associations are an important part of the creative process!
While the turtle and the perfume bottle are not quite right, a few more nights of doodling and I may have a new quilt motif to share!
Keep on Doodling
Doodling will make YOU a better quilter–I promise!
What about YOU?
Have you started doodling?
How long do YOU doodle every day?
What’s YOUR favorite pen/pencil?
Do YOU “see things” in your flower doodles?
We’d LOVE to hear!
Your Doodle Diva,
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