CLmooc Let’s Doodle?

Discovering Doodlers!

Where? Go to The Google Plus Community orTake to twitter and search for

#clmooc  or

#clmooc #doodle or

#clmooc #twitcastrophe or


There you will find doodlers of all kinds, from novice to expert, from learners to teachers, all adding to their knowledge and practice of “visual literacy” and “digital literacy,” because the world today seems to focus on images that we need to understand and create ourselves.

Unsure how to doodle?

Dave Grey started me off with a Visual Alphabet earlier this year when I participated in #DoodleaDay by Royan Lee and #Sketch50.

Look how you can start with twelve basic shapes, thought through the perspective of Egyptian glyphs. Here’s my notes from Dave’s video:

Now this Visual Alphabet is from Sunni Brown, and she shares much more here  that will help not only beginning doodlers, but sketchnoters as well.

For more information on sketchnoting, see the work of Sylvia Duckworth and EdTechMason

But let’s get back to beginning doodling.

The CLMOOC newsletter post and these slides share many of the doodle prompts that guided me in my journey, so every one can get started. Here are examples from the first few basics, under “Pencil” in the newsletter:

Speech Bubbles



Clmooc Doodle Calligraphy



In the one above you can also see lines and shapes, another easy one.

Lines, Shapes, Circles

I just clicked the link in the suggested prompts in the CLmooc Newsletter or Slides and then observed / scrolled to find the type I could try.

Or perhaps you enjoy comics:

Check out Kevin Hodgson’s share and his resource [including template] here.

So, won’t you try?

Here’s a warm up.

Take a scrap of paper. Draw five dots anywhere.

Rotate the paper around until you can imagine a head, 2 hands, 2 feet.

I see a head in the top right dot, so I add a neck, arms, and legs/feet.

Here’s one of person spotting a spider crawling on his/her leg. “What?”

Based on these 5 dots:

How about some basic glyph practice:

Make yourself a little key to have on hand until you’ve practiced using:

dot, line, arc, angle, spiral, loop in the first row

circle, football, triangle, square, house [pentagon], cloud in the second row.  Each of these is created by closing in the basic shapes. For example, the cloud is made of arches.

Now, pretty much, you can create anything.  So: look around where you are now.

1 Are you outside and see a tree?

2 Are you in a house and see desk [mine is a roll-top]?

3 Are you at the beach and see a mosquito?

4 Are you in the grocery store and see a cart?

See? Lines and circles and arcs and triangles. Oh my!

A doodler you can be!  Here’s a challenge for you:

Doodle Invitation

Perhaps you’d rather just doodle designs.

Maybe Zentangle or Zendoodle is for you:

Here’s a How To Zentangle for you with videos of me, the beginner, showing how.


Where do I start?

CLmooc Newsletter or Slides  [Many resources in the slides]

The Google Plus Community

The Twitter hashtags

This spreadsheet of examples

Add your example to the spreadsheet here using this form.

I’ve put many links in my last post.

Please share !

Watch the Make With Me for why and how people doodle and sketchnote.

And join us in the Thursday Twitter Chat:

Be inspired [Thanks Wendy]

Hope to see

YOUR doodles soon!