Doodle Bird: A Zen Doodle Demo

(This tutorial was previously published in Zen Doodle: Tons of Tangles, copyright 2013 by North Light Books. It is republished here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com and North Light Books.)

 

Doodle Bird
by Molly Alexander
6″ × 8″ (15.2cm × 20.3cm)

Paint, pen and ink on canvas

Doodle Bird Final_500

Doodle Bird is a study of positive and negative space in regard to creating detailed doodles. I wanted to give the eye a place to focus without sacrificing the pops of bright color and complex repetitive lines and shapes of the doodles.

 

Step 11. Prepare your surface with the background of your choice, and apply bold flourish stamps with black, permanent waterproof ink.
For this background, I layered watered-down acrylic paint onto a plain canvas. After the canvas was dry, I used sandpaper to expose the texture of the canvas and sealed the paint with a clear matte spray paint.

 

Step 22. Using a black gel pen, draw a bird, keeping it simple with enough room to draw several doodle elements inside the shape. Embellish the flourish stamps with black and white gel pens, and go over the original stamps and the bird outline with glaze pens.

 

Step 33. Using a pencil or gel pens, start filling in the bird with doodles, making sure to keep the larger elements spaced out to balance the picture, and focusing on repetitive lines and shapes to create continuity. Continue to fill in the bird until it is completely full of doodled elements. You can leave it this way or fill in your elements using glaze pens, making sure to allow the lines of the doodles to show through the glaze.

(This tutorial was previously published in Zen Doodle: Tons of Tangles copyright 2013 by North Light Books. It is republished here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com.)

Cover_U6498.inddFind more tangle and doodle patterns in Zen Doodle: Tons of Tangles edited by Tonia Jenny and Amy Jones.

 

For bonus doodling content click here.

 

 

 

MORE RESOURCES FOR MIXED MEDIA ARTISTS
Improve your mixed media art with books, DVDs, downloads & from the North Light Shop
Sign up for your FREE Create Mixed Media email newsletter for great tips, projects & more
Get unlimited access to mixed media art instruction ebooks
Download free mixed media desktop wallpapers

You may also like these articles:

This entry was posted in Make: Mixed Media Art Projects, Mixed Media Collage and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.