Archive for November, 2013

The Original Doodle Design

I’m not even sure I ever posted this design when I created it but it’s been one of my favorites for its simplicity. Others have given it the descriptive term “Swedish Art” which for whatever reason makes me happy. I think it’s more that it’s considered to be art than that it has a Swedish flare. As I’ve mentioned before, I often flip flop between very intricate doodle designs and then super simple ones. And I’m always surprised by how quickly these simple ones just pop out of me and onto the paper. You’d think I would always keep my doodle art simple.

No. I like to complicate things. haha

Anyway, here’s the original.

doodle drawing sharpie art tangle

© Heidi Denney

The Gift Designs

So I took that design and played with it a bit. I have to give credit to my friend, Patty, for suggesting the bit of red in this design. I’m so happy with the result, especially against the black background. Check out all the gift items this design comes on. They look so pretty! Fun!

doodle art pillow gift

Deco Flora doodle art pillow and other gifts

doodle art mug gifts

Deco Flora doodle art mug and other gifts

These are such beautiful fish to draw. I should have drawn these on my multi-media paper so I could add watercolors to it. Next time maybe.

Progress pictures for no reason at all except maybe you’ll find it interesting. Haha
No but seriously. Lots of people say they don’t know where to start or, once they do, where to go from there. Just start with something.

Then keep moving. Squiggle doodles are good because they don’t have to look like anything but a squiggly line.

Let your squiggles overlap each other so there’s an illusion of depth.

Then fill in some background so it feels more solid.


I always say don’t be afraid of black. It’s a hard lesson to learn for whatever reason. But just do it. Before you know it, you’ll have a completed squiggle doodle.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll lose all track of time. 😉

Too feverish to say much. Here’s my latest. 🙂


A few weeks ago I ventured into a caterpillar doodle drawing and after my recent fit of exasperation with flowers, I went to the library and stocked up on inspiration.

So when I finally finished all my work for the day, I sat down with Insects: A Guide To Familiar American Insects and doodled this little aphid. [grin]


Oh flowers, my flowers… I’m so bored with you. I need something new to doodle!! There are only so many ways to doodle flowers and leaves. And despite how much I love them and how easy they’ve become, I need to challenge myself with new concepts. It sends me right back to Scary Land. Which is silly because doodling is not supposed to be stressful!!



I love mushrooms. I love to photograph them. And I apparently love to doodle mushrooms. Yippee!

So why do I love mushrooms so much? Who knows? I did like the Smurfs as a kid – from the colorful bed sheets to the tall-as-me stuffed Papa Smurf and Smurfette. Mhmm. True story.

Whatever the reason, here it is!