Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Craft-a-Doodle review


Craft-a-Doodle: 75 Creative Exercises From 18 Artists by Jenny Doh is a book that gives ideas and instruction on how to enhance some of those aimless scribbles that we all tend to do while theoretically occupied elsewhere. The charming illustrations give hints about how to draw quirky figures and combine them into portraits, decorations for edging papers or art to be framed. There are step by step instructions that are easy to follow and a great variety of exercises to stimulate one’s creative ideas.

It’s always great to find a book that encourages one to have fun and this one certainly makes a person want to grab a blank sheet of paper and have a great time. I have always been a doodler but have had a fairly limited of primitive images that I tend to use and this book encouraged me to get beyond the ‘seagulls at a distance’ scribblings. I was amazed to discover what difference little lines can make when one knows where to put them. It’s just fun to play with making different types of eyes and then learn how to add little details to make different expressions. The other contributions that encourage one to combine drawings into larger pictures or make borders prompt one to create fanciful drawings without looking for perfection. A great book for stimulating creativity.

© Night Owl Reviews

I received a copy of this title in return for an honest review.

Craft-a-Doodle: 75 Creative Exercises from 18 Artists (Amazon link)

Look out world...there will be an explosion of primitive line drawings of pugs, owls, odd flowers...well, you get the picture, lol. (And Happy birthday to my late grandmother...who ALWAYS encouraged me to stretch my mind and conquer new things)


  1. My husband and daughter both have the talent of drawing. I have a picture of a dragon my hubby drew me when we first met and I love it. I can't even draw stick figures correctly. lol This seems like it would be fun.

    1. It is very fun...I like that the pressure is removed because I like to draw but the pictures in my head don't match what comes out of my pen, lol, and this way one expects things to look very primitive!

  2. lol Same with me. I never end up with a picture on the paper that looks like the picture I had in my head.