Doodling, drawing, coloring with markers…did we not do all of these things as children and teenagers? Growing up and getting into scrapbooking, I feel like I had forgotten what it was like to draw. JUST DRAW!

The best way to get back into doing something you love (or trying something new) is to just start doing it. I'm not showing you the pieces I threw out (believe there were quite a few) but the pieces I loved, I kept and turned into card fronts. 

This heart was just a doodle that I started and colored in. Then I added shading with another pen in a similar color. Next, I added a messy outline. The messy outline is a nod to my friend Joanne Fink, whose Zenspirations lettering and drawing method uses multiple outlines as a way to disguise mistakes and also add depth to an image.  I really enjoy how the outline gets darker as it overlaps the other colored parts of the image — its like watercolor!

I love to ink the edges of paper with inkpads, but, since I already had the markers on the table, I decided to use the brush tip of the Tombow Dual Brush Pens , blending the colors just as I had blended them in the drawing of the heart. 


Is there a craft or art that you used to do but don't anymore? Do you doodle or draw? Try it today–its never too late to discover something new :)

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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5 thoughts on “Love (And Drawing) Begins At Home

  1. Hi! I won a GC to your store on Heather Landry’s blog, and I emailed you a couple of days ago, but I haven’t recieved a response yet, so I was wondering if it may have gone to your spam folder? My email is [email protected]. Thanks!

    Posted on February 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm
  2. Love this! Seriously great color combo. I’m terrible at drawing, but I’ll doodle a little bit — and I usually like how that turns out!

    Posted on February 8, 2013 at 6:02 pm
  3. Hello Margie– I will get back to you — in the middle of a scrap room reorg and I was away from my computer for much of the weekend. I will catch up with you this week — and congrats!!!

    Posted on February 11, 2013 at 5:41 am
  4. Thanks Kristin!!!!!

    Posted on February 11, 2013 at 5:41 am
  5. I really love your doodles Jennifer. This card is so much fun because of that element. I was thinking that if I had saved all of the things I’d doodles on my paper bag book covers as a kid, I’d have tons of great blog content! Thanks for sharing.

    Posted on February 14, 2013 at 5:21 am