I’ve just picked up a new hobby. Doodling. I never doodled in the margins. I don’t get images in my head of things to sketch – not things that can be represented quickly and simply. I read Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Those drawings take hours, and while they look like serious art, they aren’t fun to do. I wanted something in between.
My Cancer Survivors network sent out an email. They were going to have a class in Zentangle. I looked it up on the web. Youtube has plenty of zentangle videos. Rather than take a one hour each way bus ride in order to attend the one hour class, I opted for Youtube.
This stuff is fun! It creates attractive designs without much planning. The technique is not time consuming. It puts my mind in a light meditative state. It’s a good quick break from concentrating on something difficult.
But like all hobbies – it starts out with stuff around the house – pens and paper. But now I’m craving colored marking pens. Thick ones and thin ones. And maybe a book, so I can learn more about this style of doodling. Nothing is ever truly simple.