(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.)
by Molly Alexander
6″ × 8″ (15.2cm × 20.3cm)
Paint, pen and ink on canvas
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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.)
Find more tangle and doodle patterns in Zen Doodle: Tons of Tangles edited by Tonia Jenny and Amy Jones.
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