If you find it hard to clear your mind, relax, and let your creativity take over, then you’ll want to check out Daily Zen Doodles: 365 Tangle Creations for Inspiration, Relaxation and Joy (Ulysses Press) by artist Meera Lee Patel.
A full year’s worth of doodle-prompts (i.e. partially started doodles that you’re encouraged to take over and finish in whatever way you like) and accompanying quotes, it is a lovely way to keep your hands busy while letting your mind go.
With hand illustrated prompts and thoughtful quotes, Daily Zen Doodles will inspire you to lose yourself in the contemplative act of drawing. Each page is an invitation to sketch, relax, focus and reach toward inner peace.
The book is small enough to fit in your bag if you prefer to doodle while out of the house, but be sure to stick to pencils, pencil crayons, light pens or even crayons and pastels if you like, but stay away from any sort of markers or paints as the pages are double-sided and somewhat thin and I experienced bleeding from one side to the other no matter what markers I tried.
The prompts are enjoyable if simple and reminded me of the doodle-starters my Mom used to draw for me when I was a child, so I found this extra-fun.
The accompanying quotes are a nice touch especially if you’re in need of an extra focus point to keep your mind from wandering to places you’d rather it not go (i.e. back to stressful things).
“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man’s-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again. ”
– Pema Chödrön
If you’re looking for some creative explorations or just some simple scrawling fun, then pick up your own copy of Daily Zen Doodles.