Do you doodle?

I used to love to doodle and I also fell in love with art when I was younger. Both of my parents were very artistic, my dad was a sign writer in his early years and sketched as a hobby. I took to it in school and did it as a GCSE, I found art quite therapeutic and one my favourite pieces of artwork was my final piece for my GCSE Project. It may look familiar as our task was to take a section of a piece of artwork and make it our own, put our own spin on it.

It said a lot about me back in those school years, my life seemed to be full of upset and I found my younger teens a big struggle. I made it through of course.

I am a visual person and if a lesson would lack visual learning I would drift in my thoughts, writing notes used to help but sometimes it would drift into doodles- throughout school, collage and university. Going into adulthood that side of me left, I suppose I don’t sit in lessons I am disinterested in and anything I go to is something I am passionate about OR perhaps I forgot OR grew in my own self. Who knows.

I once did this sketch as a letter header of the golden snitch from Harry Potter.

BUT the other week I was put into a frustrating situation and I really found it a struggle… I had a pen and my post it note pad near by to take notes. That wasn’t going to happen. Doodling made it very manageable as it stopped me from interrupting, getting angry and taking things personally.

I thought I would share the doodles with you…


What do you think?

What helps you when you are feeling frustrated/stressed/upset/angry?

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  1. Emma

    I love to doodle, it’s very therapeutic:)

  2. Chantelle Atkins

    Great post. I’m a doodler too, though these days mostly in the margins of my notepaper when writing. When I was a teenager I used to doodle all over my school books and around the margins of paper. I used to write song lyrics too, everywhere! Even over my bedroom walls 🙂 Art really is therapeutic. One of my children loves art and doodles and draws almost constantly. He always has an notepad on the go!

    • jenniferlauragilmour

      That’s lovely to hear! It’s great to meet people that are similar, my notebook covers looked awesome. X

  3. Em

    I love this. The snitch is easily my favourite.
    I love art, and steer straight towards art museums, but i find drawing incredibly stressful.
    My work bff was a doodler though. I’d come back to the till to find picture after picture on every scrap piece of paper she could find. When she left, I was still finding her drawings for a few months. Not gonna lie, I’ve kept a few and put them on display at home.

    • jenniferlauragilmour

      Thats so lovely that you have some of those doodles, does she know? x

  4. Sue Wickstead

    I love to doodle especially when waiting for someone to answer me on the phone! …
    In fact waiting brings about the best doodles.
    My mind drifts off in another tangent.
    Somethimes i develop the doodle and sometimes i throw it away.
    But mostly the doodle remains as a scribbled border to a piece of writing or notes in progress.
    Indeed theraputic and distracting

  5. Sue Wickstead

    I love to doodle too.
    Theraputically distracting.
    Sometimes i just get lost in my doodle but mostly they end up scattered around my writing ideas.
    (The best times as I wait endlessly on the end of the telephone or indeed just waiting)

  6. Sarah Anderson

    I mostly doodle in my lectures, it helps me pay better attention!

    • jenniferlauragilmour

      Yes, I can understand that. Some people didn’t agree with my doodles at university as they thought I wasn’t paying attention but in fact it was helping me take it all in. x


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