I think most of us doodle during our idle times or maybe even during out not so idle moments. Anyone can doodle and does!
But you’ve got to admit, very few people can turn their doodles into art.
My daughter had a chance to review these Bic markers not so long ago and this is what she came up with.
She first doodled on her journal and already it was looking much better than what I would ever come up with. She does love to doodle in books not just her journal; but then she doodled on these mini-canvas that came with the marker set, and now I am just blown away. It almost looks like a work of art! (indulge me, ok?) You’ve got to admit, they are beautiful, aren’t they?
Want to try your hand at it? The markers she used to creat these were from BIC.
When I was in college and had a choice between used and new books, I almost always bought new unless the used book was pristine and unmarked. Before that, I didn’t have a choice. I just had to live through the scribbles and highlights of the previous textbook user. If their name was written on the bookplate, and I knew them, their reputation was taken down a notch in my mind. But after high school, I had a choice and I chose unblemished books.
I admit, I don’t like reading ‘dirty’ books. I like to keep mine as clean as possible. Because of that, I keep meticulous notes in a separate notebook. I am not obsessive about keeping a book clean, mind you. I’ve had lapses when I didn’t have anything else to write on and I just had to make a note on the margin or highlight a passage. The reason I didn’t like books that have been highlighted or marked up when I was in school was not due to any OCD tendencies either, I just didn’t want any spoilers. I want to see a passage and say to myself, ‘Wow! that’s highlight worthy!’ When something triggers a question or thought, I want to be the one to jot it down on my notebook or on the margin. I don’t want other people’s mark ups to influence how I understand or absorb or react to any book.
But I found, in the process of reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, that maybe there’s another way of looking at mark ups.