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Friday, May 10, 2013


Welcome to the Doodle Day May Challenge day 10! So far, we have done the following topics:
Day 1 - Zentangles
Day 2 - Monsters
Day 3 - Think Outside the Circle
Day 4 - Make a Face
Day 5 - Flower
Day 6 - Hat
Day 7 - Dog
Day 8 - Tree
Day 9 - Critters

If you are interested in joining this challenge, leave a comment or join the Facebook Group page. If you want to see the introduction post about this New Challenge. Click HERE.

The challengers have been doodling everything from shapes to people to animals to trees and flowers. For today, I want to take you all back to the basics - the definition of a doodle is to absentmindedly create a drawing. Just go with it.

Today's prompt is the essential, basic LINE.

Draw One-Continuous-Line

Your line can be straight, curvy, zig-zag, thick or thin. Your line can create an abstract picture or form something recognizable. This is truly a let your arm go type of drawing so I don't want anyone stressing about it. Below are examples of Abstract and Recognizable continuous line drawings. There is no right or wrong here - your line can cross itself or not. How challenging you make this is up to you. When I gave this type of task to my students, part of it was that they could not cross their own line - it took hand-eye coordination to control the line. They crumbled up many sheets of drawing paper. This doodling challenge is stress free so you do not have to undertake that element of the continuous line prompt.

Here are examples of Abstract Continuous Line Drawings:

Here are examples of Recognizable Continuous Line Drawings:

Have fun with this and see where the line takes you.



  1. Looks like fun. Day 7, though, was Dog not Dot. I think dot would be a good prompt though. I think it was Paul Klee who said "A line is Dot that went for a walk." And then turned into a dog. :)

    1. Thanks for the typo catch. Now fixed. My nickname through college was Dot so maybe I was thinking about history when I was typing yesterday. : )