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Inktober 2021 Doodles

Continuing my Zentangle-inspired doodles for Inktober from my previous update, I now have a mini-book filled with fun shapes!

I continued to use gel pens for the initial drawings, and for the shading, color pencils coupled with a blending tool, and watercolor pencils with a water brush pen.

Along the way, I discovered that some (red in my case) watercolor pencil pigment doesn’t move so well on the paper. I made some unsuccessful attempts to save the drawing (the left-hand page in the pink set above), but it was too much effort so I stopped.

I didn’t try out many ‘advanced’ experiments with multiple colors in a single session, and continued using one or two colors, both for drawing and for shading. I’m experimenting in the larger doodle book instead.

However, I did try something new. I’d ordered new white gel pens since my old one seems to be running out, and what better way to play with them than by doodling! I ended up covering a couple of pages with black acrylic paint, and used my new pens with oil-based pencils for highlighting. I love the result! (The picture doesn’t do justice to the lovely contrast.)

My book has 32 pages, and I made an extra doodle. When I’d started Inktober doodling, I’d decided to leave the first page blank, since my intention was to make doodles that don’t really have a right side up. And depending on whether orienting the book in one direction feels more ‘right’ when compared to the other, I’d write a title in the resulting ‘first’ page.

In the end, I decided to retain the spirit of the book by doodling in the first page, and wrote down the title on the inside of the cover page instead.

This was a meditative and therapeutic activity, and since it doesn’t require any planning or a lot of supplies, I’ll definitely continue to doodle often. I think I’ll make another of my no-sew mini-journals — I’d made a couple of them earlier — they are perfect for this since they too need no planning! 😉

5 thoughts on “Inktober 2021 Doodles

  1. Beautiful pages! Love all of your doodlings. Isn’t it nice to have a project that doesn’t need a lot of planning? What brand of white gel pen do you use? I like to use one when I stamp cards and in my scrapbook pages but have not found one that lasts for very long.

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    1. I use a Sakura Gelly Roll white pen. I’ve not faced many issues with it, but lately, it’s acting out a bit–the ink doesn’t seem to have run out but it’s writing on and off, and I’m wondering if it’s drying out. I bought the new set (same brand) since my attempts to fix it haven’t been a great success.

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