I highly doubt anyone could truthfully admit that they didn’t doodle as a kid, especially while in class listening to a boring teacher give a boring lecture. I certainly did! I drew all sorts of stuff all over my notebooks, on the covers of my binders, on notes passed to friends, and maybe even on the door of my locker. Generally speaking, the habit isn’t exactly encouraged, since teachers want you to pay attention in class and doodling presumably means you’re off in la-la land. I got scolded a couple times myself.
However, studies suggest that doodling in class ought to be encouraged, not frowned upon. Research has shown that doodling can actually increase the amount of information a student retains during a lesson. The theory goes that doodling uses just enough of your mental capacity to keep you occupied while still leaving you capable of listening to the teacher, thus you’re still able to pay attention passively. If you’re not doodling, you might get distracted and start daydreaming which uses up more of your brain’s processing power, leaving you more likely to completely ignore the lecture.
I don’t doodle nearly as much as I used to, but I do sometimes sketch little pictures when I’m on the phone with a client or waiting for a large file to save or process. I also have a sketchbook, though I use it more to plan and design craft projects more than as a true artistic space. Even so, I think it’s important to celebrate Doodle Day, as it’s such a simple exercise in creativity and expression. There are no rules, just grab a writing implement and a piece of paper and draw whatever you feel.
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that there are tons of talented artists with shops on Etsy, but finding art that I felt truly embodies the free, anything-goes spirit of doodling was a little tougher than I expected. I suppose many people view doodling as an informal artform that’s not necessarily meant to be shared with the world. That being said, there are still some gorgeous examples of abstract doodle-style art in this collection, and I urge you to check out some of these featured pieces as well as the shops they come from! And you can always see my previous Every Day is a Holiday treasuries right here!
Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!
“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?