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I tend to be a doodler in my journals but not a writer in my sketchbooks, and so when I’m writing and get stuck, I will often reach for the nearest art implement… Not only does it help me me to get the creative writing juices flowing, it makes for some pretty intense art that I can directly correlate to the words surrounding the “doodle.” I can look at a particular mandala (a circular geometrical design) I’ve drawn and think, “I was angry” or “I was frustrated” and I can physically see the emotion in my art much the same way I can read it in my words.
This is why I tend to prefer blank paper in my journals as the lines seem to get in the way of my art. :o) I’ll doodle with my fountain pens, gel ink pens, Pitt artist pens… I’ll grab a waterbrush and some paints – whatever works.
I’d love to hear if a similar process works for you.