Doodles, Screens, and Art

February 8, 2012
I’m still doodling away even after last months Sketchbook Challenge theme has come and gone. As with many of us, it’s simply a way of life. I thought I’d show you what I do with some of my doodles. I always have my little sketchbook with me and often will just play around with a shape or an idea or an image.

In this case I was playing with circles. Big circles, little circles, circles in a grid, circles in random places.
From a large series of circle scribbles I chose three that relate to each other in some way but have different scales and different visual textures. One scribbled and bold, one orderly, and one delicate.
Next I cut them out of my sketchbook, scan them and print them out in different sizes, then create a thermofax screen with each one. Now the fun really starts!
I gather up fabric that catches my fancy and use the screens to print or discharge those doodles onto the cloth. The cloth above was discharged with Cascade Dishwashing Gel. (You can find a tutorial here.)
Circles by Lyric Montgomery Kinard
Eventually this particular batch of fabric is put together into a lovely little abstract piece of art.
What ways can you think of to make use of your doodling?
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    February 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    You are amazing!!!

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    February 9, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I'm a new follower and am getting really inspired by your work, thank you for sharing – I really enjoy your posts. Being a long time fanatical doodler I so identify! I need to get a sketchbook to "catch" my doodles. After a business meeting, I usually have a page full 🙂 mostly I have been doing zentangles with my doodles but I like your idea and may try something like it.

    Is the link to one of my zentangles

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    February 9, 2012 at 12:29 am

    I saw your work at the Sketchbook Challenge and I am so glad to have become familiar with your blog and your work. I love your discussion of the visual elements of your doodles and the thinking process behind the play. And taking it into the textile art next step- I love it. Thanks for sharing.

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    February 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    That is so cool! Thank you for showing the evolution of your doodle. It's great to see what a doodle can become.

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