Monday, March 7, 2011

Spilling Over during a board meeting

Leslie here.  It might seem odd to some, but I find I can listen more attentively if my hands are doing something.  I was recently in Dallas attending a board meeting.  I took my moleskin sketchbook and some markers into the meeting, and here is what I "spilled onto the page" while there:
zentangles, anyone?

a zentangle, of sorts, using this washi tape as inspiration for the spaces

spilling over the edges of a watercolor postcard (above)
and running outside the edges of a small piece of cloth

13 comments:

  1. I hate meetings... Doodling is the only way for me to get through them sometimes!

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  2. I would also doodle when attending afternoon faculty meetings and such. I found it kept me alert at the end of my day. I love the idea of spilling beyond an inspiration piece. I'm going to try it.

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  3. These are way cool. There must have been some really interesting topics being discussed to get your creative juices flowing! It is exciting to see!

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  4. I love the interplay of black/white and color!

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  5. I love it. How funny, I have one with things running outside the lines but have not finihed it yet. Of course mine is on coffee:-/ Thanks for sharing. Cindy

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  6. Looks like it was a long meeting but you didn't care! Maybe you should take some extra paper to pass around to the people who see what you are doing, lol, as they might want to doodle like this too after seeing yours.

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  7. Thanks for the comments! I wish I had been aware of the advantages of "doodling" during some of my "drier" college courses. I think I would have retained information more accurately!
    Try taking some watercolor postcards into a meeting and passing them around (as an experiment) with markers or pens and see what people come up with!
    Once, at an earlier board meeting, we got a few postcards going and began passing them around to the others, who added on to them. We stamped them and dropped them into the mail afterward. So much fun!

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  8. These are great drawing! I often also find I have to be doodling in order to listen

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  9. Love the doodles.
    I took the spilling over challenge, you can view it here
    http://www.inspirationforcreativity.com/
    This is my first time taking the sketchbook challenge, please let me know if I posted it correctly. Thanks

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  10. I love these! What a great meeting!

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  11. Love it. I had a professor who said that doodling activated a certain part of the brain that helped you remember what you were hearing. My daughter (who has Asperger's) has a history teacher allows her to draw during her class because she is the only one who gets A's on the tests. Even during games, she will be drawing away and her turn comes up and she knows the answers and the answers for everyone else as well. I teach my students to zentangle in the middle of the year.

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  12. Very cool posts! I'm happy to read that, at least in some cases, teachers are able to be flexible and sensitive to students' individual needs in the classroom.
    Good news!

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