What is Doodling?

Artful Doodles Workshop


Doodling means ‘to draw, sketch or scribble idly’. Doodles are simple drawings that can have representational meaning or may just be composed of random and abstract lines.



  1.  Doodle Art
  2. Zentangle ®
  3. Zendoodling
  4. Stendoodling
  5. Mandalas 


Each style has it’s own different set of characteristics. One style is not better than the other, just different!

Let’s look at the different styles and see what makes them unique.

Doodle Art
– In this course, we are focusing on doodle art. This is a more free form, loose, unstructured form of doodling which is great for beginners! There are no rules! Anything that doesn’t fall into the other categories below fits into the category of “Doodle Art.”

Zentangle – This is a more structured form of doodling that involves laying repetitive patterns based on tangles. There are specific rules you must follow.

Zendoodling –  Zendoodling is similar to Zentangling. It uses the same repeating  patterns but with no restrictions on shape, size or color.

Stendoodling uses stencils to create patterns. You can even use other stencils within the stenciled patterns to create new patterns.

Mandalas – Mandalas are based on repetitive geometric patterns that are usually created around a circle. Mandalas often have a spiritual meaning and are used as tools for meditation.


The Many Benefits of Doodling

Doodling Helps Us to Focus

According to a study published in the scientific journal  Applied Cognitive Psychology, doodling can aid a person’s memory by expending just enough energy to keep one from daydreaming, which demands a lot of the brain’s processing power, as well as from not paying attention. Thus, it acts as a mediator between the spectrum of thinking too much or thinking too little and helps focus on the current situation. The study was done by Professor Jackie Andrade, of the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth, who reported that doodlers in her experiment recalled 7.5 pieces of information (out of 16 total) on average, 29% more than the average of 5.8 recalled by the control group made of non-doodlers.[9] ~Wikipedia

Doodling Aids Learning and Memory

Doodling has positive effects on human comprehension as well. When doodling, a person is engaging neurological pathways in ways that allow for effective and efficient sifting and processing of information.[4] For these reasons, doodling is used as an effective study tool and memory device. ~Wikepedia

Doodling is a Stress Reliever

Doodling is relaxing and helps you let go of worries.  According to graphologist and behavior specialist Ingrid Seger-Woznicki, “we [doodle] because we’re problem solving on an unconscious level” and seeking to “create our life without stressing about it”.[12] ~ Wikipedia.

Doodling is often incorporated into art therapy. It is healing and allows people to access their subconscious. Doodling helps us to process our emotions and escape the stress and drudgery of our daily lives. A doodle a day can keep the doctor away!

Doodling Keeps Us in the Present Moment

Doodling is a great grounding tool. It can be used to practice mindfulness and being present. It slows us down and becomes a form of meditation. With doodling we can access the flow state, which is a healing state where all our senses are being engaged and we lose track of time.

Doodling Enhances Creativity

Anyone can doodle, and everyone’s doodle’s are unique to them.  Doodling opens up your creativity. It can also be a starting place or give you ideas for more advanced forms of art. Many of the greatest minds, including Albert Einstein, and many past presidents were doodlers. Even Michaelangelo  and Leonardo Davinci were doodlers!

So now that you know how wonderful doodling is for you are you ready to doodle?