Blogs I Follow
- Once a designer...
- Going Batty in Wales
- alice fox
- The Shrub Queen
- Photographic Memories
- lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown
- Amanda Jones Crochet
- Ramblings From Jewels
- Creating my own garden of the Hesperides
- The Loopy Stitch
- Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
- The Dorset Rambler
- The Wee House Of Crochet
- Dorset Dawdlers
- The Crafty Therapist
- Morale Fiber
- Tea & Paper
- Julia's Creative Year
- Maria Clarke-Wilson
- The Contented Crafter
- Sewing Etc.
- Words and Herbs
- It's all in a Nutshell Crochet
- Notes From the Hinterland
- Eliza Waters
- Pink Cobwebs
- Buttercup and Bee
- the willow witch
- Life is too short to drink bad wine
- I Am Branching Out
- Well Hopper
- from sewing room to potting shed
- Barn House Garden
- T H I M B E R L I N A
- Postcard from Gibraltar
- An Artist's Journal
- KDD & co
- Petal & Pins
- The Green Dragonfly
- Murtagh's Meadow
- Beach Clean Art
Category Archives: Doodles
doodle and relax
Put it in your heart
Wrap it all about you
Roll in it
Bathe in green
Bask in green
Receive the peace and love of green
When you truly have a sense of green
Its colours, textures, shades and depths
Add layers of golden light without and within
The strong, yellow, glisten
And shining warmth of gold
Sprinkle silver stars above your head
Around your feet
And wear a cloak of raindrops
Casting rainbows as you move
And slowly, surely
Find your dance again
copyright Sandra Dorey
A poem for Spring
Part of a series I wrote over 20 years ago, it came to mind as I was doodling the mandala.
I just saw this on my #seriescd Instagram page and it excited me so much I just had to share it with you
Since starting the doodles in my 6″ x 6″ sketch book, to travel with ,I have become immersed in continuing with a Series using a CD as a starting point. I have to do one as I wake up and can’t settle to sleep at night without doing another.
And today I got some Posca Pens in the post!
they show up so well on the black card – they sort of glow!
Not cheap at £14.99 for 8 pens but so worth it.
I am on my second sketch book – they each have 40 pages in them ….
Must go – I have doodles to doodle doodle doo!
The picture above is a screen shot from Google Maps.
Red marker marks my destination: Hurghada.
In 1995 I had one of the best holidays of my life when I went on a Nile Cruise with the mother of a school friend of my daughter. We did not know each other very well but we were both single and we agreed that if we did not get on, neither of us would have lost a friend, but if we did get on, then we would both have made a friend. We got on really well and had a wonderful time. We did the tourist tours of temples and tombs and drifted down the Nile each night, watching the life of the river banks slip slowly by whilst sipping cocktails til dusk – it was bliss.
I hope you won’t be disappointed to hear that there will be no tourist tour pictures from this trip. No pyramids or temple paintings. I stayed with friends who run a business in Hurghada, and I was happy to fit in with their daily life and chillax.
Even so there were preparations to be made:
Then toe nails – ha! I don’t usually bother with nail varnish but I had visions of lying on a sunbed on the beach gazing past my smooth legs and pedicured feet to a serene turquoise sea – turquoise is a great colour to show off a tan – so I treated myself
How wonderful it is to be pampered sometimes – sitting there waiting for the varnish to dry, dreaming of sun-drenched beaches and making a mandala, was one kind of heaven for me.
and add a bit of colour (with Sharpie pens)
Our plane from Gatwick was delayed for about an hour, which gave me some crochet and ‘people-watching’ time
I took this picture as a ‘before’ to see how much mindless crochet I would do in a week. Just rows of US dcs (UK tr): I can do this whilst chatting, watching TV and even walking along. I’m using a 5.5mm hook and scraps of yarn of all thicknesses tied together with a reef knot. I will leave the knots and ends on show as a design feature. The crochet hook passed through security no problem – both ways.
I was happy listening to Pick of the Week, and a Play on my iPad and doodling
until we were coming into land over the desert
and then a short drive to the villa where my friends live when they are in Hurghada
As you can see, not quite the clear blue skies we were all expecting
There would be no lounging about on a sunbed here!
Or swimming in that icy pool
But the villa was lovely and there was a peaceful view from the sheltered veranda
Where one could watch the many feline residents/visitors come and go
but more of them another time ……
When planning a trip, I put more thought into what I will do on the plane, train, whilst waiting in airports, stations and in quiet moments on holiday, than almost any other aspect of the trip. I have to get that planned well in advance, only then can I think about clothes and what the place will have to offer.
I will be taking my Scrap Happy blanket to crochet – yes you can take crochet hooks on board a plane. I have done so many times. (Just in case I meet with a problem, I take a cheap old plastic hook that I wouldn’t mind losing, keeping a better one tucked away in my case).
There needs to be an alternative to crochet as well. At first I thought I would take this 11″ x 11″ sketchbook in which I have painted some backgrounds,
but it is rather big and heavy, so I bought two 6 x 6 inch sketch books, one with black paper, one with white, and some gel pens intending to draw some small mandalas.
I’m not sure if the airline will be happy with a compass, hence an old CD to draw round. I drew some circles in preparation
and could not resist having a quick doodle.
It is such fun to do
These mandalas were not turning out at all as I had originally planned. I thought I would re-visit Alisa Burke’s superb online Mandala Magic Course, that I first took back in July 2015. She has so many wonderful online classes. I can highly recommend them – Alisa is very generous with all of her tips, techniques and ideas. Once you have bought a class you have unlimited access to it forever.
I was on a roll and enjoying this more minimalist form, keeping to the CD as the basis of the patterns – it feels like it might turn into a little series – I’m fantasizing about how I will frame them as a group …….
But Stop! This is supposed to be for when I’m travelling.
Luckily there are 40 pages in each book.
Reluctantly I have put them away for now.
What do you take with you to do when you are travelling?
Put three different coloured sheets one on top of the other and cut through all three layers together. Then have fun arranging the pieces you’ve created.
Add a few doodle decorations if you like.
Use camera settings, photo-editing or Photoshop to play around with different effects.
And then there are the offcuts to play with….
Great for greetings cards. And I’m wondering about printing some out on canvas. They remind me of 1960’s designs. I think they would look good in a child’s bedroom or playroom, do you?
Click on any picture to see it larger
There are quite a lot of You Tube tutorials about creating Notan designs – This one is a simple one to get you started.