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!

13 Responses

  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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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!!

  8. 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!

  9. 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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