We’re the daily doodlers; a WhatsApp group with one purpose – sharing daily doodles or craft-work created from a therapeutic point of view. We draw every day for peace of mind, mindfulness, fun, meditation and learning.
As the ancient saying goes, a doodle a day keeps the blues away. The ancient Egyptians doodled all day, every place they could and they were awesome!
Whatever your reason or medium, I hope you will share your work here every day to inspire others to adopt drawing as a wellness practice. Other forms of therapeutic art practice, like clay, crafts are also welcome.
How it works
Immersion is the basis of mindfulness, which is about observing events as they happen. Extrapolating that concept to the notion of immersing oneself in the act of drawing, concentrating on the tip of a pen or pencil and observing the flowing of lines on paper, also results in a mindful scenario.
We make weekly topic suggestions and encourage those of all skill levels to participate. It isn’t the skilling or the esthetics that make this activity worthwhile; it’s the process of immersion that results in a feeling of peace by dissociating us from most of the past and the future, keeping us firmly rooted in the present.
How to begin
Start by picking up any kind of writing instrument and any kind of medium. You could choose pencil and paper, paint and canvas, sketch pens on walls or any other combination that appeals to you. You could also work with different forms of arts and crafts, such as calligraphy, clay modeling, paper folding and more.
Then, start working with your selections, making the effort to put in a little time every day, and sharing your work on the group. Sharing encourages others and keeps us moving forward too.
Later, when you need to skill up or get more informed about your choice of medium, we can put our heads together and share collective experiences, help all of us move forward.
Keep in mind, that practicing calligraphy or simply cursive writing is a great way to feel immersed and reap all the benefits of mindfulness based stress reduction. This is also a great option for those who believe they aren’t creative, or can’t draw straight lines and all of that. A bunch of practice PDFs are present in the Media and Documents section in the WhatsApp group or can be downloaded from here. Download them all, go through them and see which one appeals, then print the practice pages for a few minutes of daily practice / meditation / stress relief.
You’ll need normal pens for cursive writing, brush pens (I recommend Tombow Fudenosuke), dip pens, or slanted nibs/felt tibs for calligraphy. Brush pens are the easiest to begin with.