Do new things, Draw

Doodle challenge: Afraid of having no talent for art? Guess what, you have!

Doodle challenge: Afraid of having no talent for art? Guess what, you have!

Myth: Just some clever gifted ones can do art..

The truth is: Anyone can.

This myth and truth will be repeated constantly on this site. Are you going to say: Anyone can master something by practicing 10,000 hours? You think that in order to be an artist you have to work hard, practice pencil drawing, colour paintings, learn elements, portraits, landscapes, so on and so forth? And you will tell me that you did try to draw and did fail? In this site you will not find things that are too academic or time consuming; on the contrary, I promise this will just be fun, easy, comfortable, creative, and you will reap fruitful results, okay?

So what is doodle art, the theme of this article? If you search this word through google, you will find quite a lot of different types of doodling which are very hard to clarify. In fact they are just small, black or colored illustrations, drawn by any drawing tools you have in hand. With just a piece of paper and a pen, for example, you can sketch a lot of notes on whatever topic you like.

But, to make your doodle art meaningful and fruitful and not to be messy scribbles that do not stick together especially when we are just amateur, we will doodle in the form below.

Step 1: Download the template I created for this doodle challenge

Step 2: Find a topic, for example, drawing one activity you do in the day, or drawing about the  Christmas theme, anything.

Step 3: Determine the number of days you want to draw, the template has 9 boxes. If you want a longer series then print 2 sheets or more.

Step 4: Choose the drawing tools that suit you best. If you are used to drawing, use pencil or water color. If you go to school every day, you can choose colour pencils or pen. If you go to work, draw with a ball pen during the break. Anyway, let’s define your tool.

Step 5: Practice: draw within one box each day using the template. Draw daily. Try to keep this habit, and remember to stick to the topic.

Examples here:

doodle challenge

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Craft, Do new things

Pottery: Connect your soul to the mother earth

Pottery: Connect your soul to the mother earth

Ever feel like you can never do something artistic? (by counting whorls on your fingertips?)

Myth: Just some clever gifted ones can do art.

The truth is: Anyone can.

Don’t believe me? Okay, just do it, and this is one of our many SMALL new things.

Now, how to start: You may want to register to a 3 hour ceramic class just to practice. A session like that could be easily found via Google or Facebook search with around VND300-600k per day. You don’t need to enroll to a course of hundred hours, just try one day or two, and if you feel like it and want to advance on it, you can enroll later. The reason you need to find a class is that you don’t have available materials at home, nor the wheel, nor the kiln. Plus, attending a session will get you a mentor whom you can ask questions and help you a bit with your process.

The easiest way to start is to make some easy (chibi) figurines, which does not need any much sculpting skill. You may recall the feeling of touching and sculpting the clay back in your childhood days. It is even better. Feel the wet clay under your palm, it’s a bit cold. And believe me, it feels like you connect your soul to the mother earth. It’s a very good feeling, it makes you calm.

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About "100 new things"

The Journey Begins

About “Unbound Wallflowers”:

“Wallflower” is a species of cabbage family planted in Europe with flowers of yellow, orange, red and occasionally with a little brown, blooming in early spring. The name itself derives from eponymous plant’s unusual growth pattern, against a wall as a stake or in cracks and gaps in the stone walls.

That’s also the reason to define people who join parties and gatherings but always avoid the crowd and the limelight as wallflowers. They usually just stand against the wall and watch other people talk and dance rather than mingle. People often identify this word with introverts. And although it is true that introverts love to be wallflowers, so do all of us, when we do not want to or even think about stepping out of the ordinary.

We actually have heard a lot about living to experience, challenge, explore and develop ourselves. But those words flickered through us then disappeared in the midst of everyday’s work, study, households, children, emotions. At some rare time we stop to make a something just enough to recharge energy, that’s all.

So I create a recipe called “100 new little things”. This site is where I share it to you.

We will do something new every week, from fun things like writing, drawing, pottery, to thinking differently, solving problems and dealing with emotions. You will have the opportunity to experience, challenge, explore, change the way you think, turn lively, diverse, thoughtful, or in short to be a better you.

We are wallflowers that unbind.

You are still yourself, and not only that, you are a European flower that will unbind from the wall whenever you want. Or maybe you’re still against the wall, but it’s because you’re comfortable being like that, not because you’re scared of the crowd.

“We often overestimate what we can do in a day, but always underestimate what we can do in a year.” – Unknown.

I am sure that by remembering to do new things constantly, though small, you will see your world changes. Keeping the state of a child, you will love to try new things, feel easy and necessary to enjoy the sweetness of the world. Maybe you will not feel the change in one day, but from a few months to a year, you will see miracles coming like stardust from a wand.

“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

And of course you will have a list of 100 of your own. That list may be different from what I shared, because you may not be a yellow flower, but orange, but red, but occasionally brown. You can refer to my list in the “100 crazy things blog”. Just have fun, baby.

This recipe is for:

  • Those want to “get out of the box”, want to be a thinker, want to explore the self, to find freedom and creativity, to enjoy every moment of life in the most delicate and complete way.
  • Those are introverted that want to unbound and become better.
  • Those are trapped in dull and stagnant everyday life.
  • Those want to erase the stress of work, education, family, children.
  • Those are happy or at a good state, and have enough energy to do something new and fun and make life even brighter.

Welcome to this small community.

You may ask why? Here are the benefits:

First, I have been trying new things for years. Those are just new small things that I have happened to think of, such as to walk around all the strange roads in the blocks behind my house to see what are there, to sit down and closely watch the dead leaves forming a colourful summer carpet, to read a book in a field that I was not used to, or to gather some close friends at a nice coffee shop talking about any specific knowledge.

And guess what, I found out that these things are little fun thing that brightened up my days. I just discovered something I am good at that I had never thought of before.

Plus, you never know there would be one small thing that could lead to a bigger thing. Such as, after I read a book in philosophy I got so addicted to the field and ended up reading so many related books that deeply changed my thoughts. You too, you may find one of your small things will not just to light a day, but to light your months and years.

Or it is simply just a nice water colour drawing day with a “very-you result” that you will share it over your social media, or privately with your Messengers’ close friends.

Easy or difficult?

The choice is yours.

But since these are “new” things, not to mention its nature is easy or difficult, at the beginning you ought to have some kind of “move your arse” attitude in order to kickstart it. This is where things work: you already have a colony that you call it “yourself”, now just unbind it, get just one step out of the comfort zone, feel it. If it really leads to somewhere then you create a path, if not, do another thing in another direction. All of your tiniest moves count! It is just as good as extending your territory, am I right?

Don’t worry, you have a brick wall behind to back you up!