Art Journal Doodles: Confetti Lines & swirls

It’s been a while since I showed something from my Art Journal. The reason is that I haven’t used it much these past two months, because I’ve been so busy. I’ve done a few fun doodles in my diary but not much else.

Lace tattoo and raw doodles

Except this spread, inspired by a prompt in Quinn’s book Raw Art Journaling.

Lines and arrows b/w

Quinn calls these confetti lines (description on page 72). It’s a simple doodle, drawing a few wavy lines across a page and letting them cross in a few places. The trick, says Quinn “is not to try to design something, but to let lines flow in a slow, easy way.” I was inspired by how detailed the description is while still giving plenty of room for explorations.

Arrows and colour - detail
Quinn suggests colouring the geometrics (the little shapes that is added where the lines intersect) with gel pens, but I decided to go over the whole page with water colours.

I also drew overlapping swirls on the same page.

Swirls - my favorite pattern
Quinn suggests drawing repeat patterns (page 74) that cover a whole page, and also using them as frames around your journal writing. This is something I’ve always loved doing. Back in school I covered a lot of lined pages in flowers, swirls or hearts. Swirls are a favorite pattern for me, and I’ve done them for years.

Swirls with colour
I coloured the swirls too, using watercolours.

This doodle exercise is from Quinn McDonald’s book Raw Art Journaling. I think you should check it out if you didn’t win it in my giveaway last week. The winner (Anna W) will receive her book soon. Thanks for sharing a little about your creative life with me in the comments there! It’s been so much fun to read all the 100+ comments!

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13 Responses to Art Journal Doodles: Confetti Lines & swirls

  1. I am so glad that you shared this. I was immediately drawn to the right-side page of the journal in the first photograph. Since you first posted about Raw Art Journaling, I have found myself doodling a bit more. I’m trying to *let go* and not be disappointed when a doodle looks haphazard or childish. I’m making progress. :)

  2. Melanie K. says:

    I am loving the workshop on Raw Journaling … having a lot of fun. Though some of the exercises I don’t ‘love’ … I am learning what I do!

  3. TJ says:

    I love these water-colored pages! Quinn’s exercises are so much fun…
    thanks for sharing your sweet confetti lines, I can’t wait until my things arrive and I can re-join some of the fun!! Best wishes, tj

  4. Mary says:

    I’m a swirls lover too :) Great idea from Quinn’s book…I may have to take another look at that one. I’ll have to check out the links from a few posts ago…or is it one ago?

  5. Deezy says:

    I love the combination of the two pages: I don’t exactly know what I like the most: the lady with the big tattoo and the handwriting on the left or the colourful doodles on the right side… So I have to conclude: I love both of the pages! I think there is a kind of balance between the pages that speeks to me ( I hope my doodle-english explains it well!)

  6. Andria says:

    I love the confetti lines and doodles, and the beautiful effect of the watercolors. There must be something in the air, making us all doodle; I just posted a doodle-style spread on my blog yesterday.

  7. Carmen says:

    how pretty!
    this is eye candy, yum!

  8. Trece Wyman says:

    I always love to see pages from your Art Journal, but these are magnificent!! I also liked the black and white doodle spread. Just wonderful inspiration!!

  9. Ohhh, I love the colors. . . and the design. . .and the composition! It’s beautiful. And I have to confess, what gives me the biggest thrill is seeing what people do with the exercises in the book. So many different approaches and so many incredible results!

  10. April Cole says:

    Swirls, doodles, and watercolors… doesn’t get any better than that! :]
    Your page looks fantastic <3

  11. Amanda says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  12. Chris says:

    Just so fun Hanna

  13. jenny says:

    i LOVE these doodles hanna! i grabbed a piece of paper to try out the swirls right away….it’s not as easy as i thought it would be. mine didn’t turn out half as amazing looking as yours :/ this is being added to my practice list for sure! ps-still lovin these captchas :)

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