that guest post I did, since it wasn't for my own blog.) I whipped up one of these cards Sunday before last when I needed to make a birthday card for someone in a short amount of time, and I didn't want to go to the trouble of thinking up a fancy card.
Three blank cards (this is the paper I use)
Three card panels the same size as the cards
Black sharpie pen
Doodle on card panel. Glue to card.*
*The reason I say to do this on a separate piece of paper instead of right onto the card is simply that the sharpie bleeds through the paper. If you have thicker paper (the weight of mine is 110), you certainly don't need a separate card panel to doodle on.
Sometimes a blank surface can be daunting, but just go ahead and make a mark! The point is to doodle.
I like to draw circles inside circles, but you could also just draw empty circles. You could try going from small to big, or completely random!
I did dots in a swirly design, which I think looks nice. You could also do lines with dots, or just random dots. I think it looks good to have them in some sort of pattern.
For the original card (pictured up yonder^), I loosely drew rows of squares of varying sizes, like in the picture below. I like to do a biggish area full of squares.
This is something I did on only one of the cards, and don't like the look of as much as squares. It is still nice though, and maybe your style involves more triangular things, and that is okay!
Lines! Possibly the easiest pattern to do, and so pretty if you do it right! HA. What does "right" even mean? Maggie knows not. You can also criss-cross them and make a checkered pattern or plaid.
This is of course optional. Not every card needs words, but if you need/want words, go for it! Since these cards are a little wonky, I recommend writing it in wonky handwriting!
Balance your lights and darks.
If your pattern at one end of the card is light, try to maintain that light throughout. If you start out dark, keep it dark. In the first card (pictured below), I had more darks on the bottom half of the card, so I added in stripes to a row of squares at the top to even it out a little bit.
For instance, take my squares. I had squares in the top of the design and then again down at the bottom in the first card, and throughout on the last. For the second card, I drew triangles on the bottom and top, as well as down the left and right edges.
It's my humble opinion that I got a little too busy on the second card. You may think differently on what's busy and what's pleasing to the eye. Of the three, I think the first is my favorite because I like the swirly-ness, and the last is almost too open for me.
This is about doodling, right? Play with patterns. Trace your hand (now that's a good idea!) Draw circles or lines over and over again, if that's all you can think of. Just don't overthink it.
Will you give it a try? What is your favorite pattern to doodle? Do you even like doodling? I think it's great fun.