Remember those scribbles and little sketches you absent-mindedly draw on the margins of your paper when you’re bored? It turns out that doodle art, or doodling, is not just a way to pass the time, but a good exercise for your creative muscles.
But why stop with simple doodles? Today, we at Bright Side would like to introduce you to ’double doodling,’ or the art of drawing with both hands opposite each other at the same time.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Tape (optional)
- 2 markers or pens per person
How it works:
Basically, you have to draw with both hands at the same time, creating a symmetrical ’mirror’ image.
Here’s how Jean Van’t Hul, an author and a mom, describes this process in her book ’The Artful Year’:
’Holding a marker in each hand, place the tips side by side at the center of the paper. Begin drawing with both markers at the same time, creating a mirror image. For example, when the left marker is heading left to the edge of the paper, the right marker should be heading right to the other edge of the paper. When one marker is heading toward the center, the other should be as well.’
Pro tip: If you need help keeping the paper in place, you can tape the corners of the paper down first.
Here are some examples of ’double doodling’ that Jean and her family created on their first try.
Now it’s your turn to give it a try, both by yourself and with your kids!
It’s fun, it’s relaxing, and it’s a great exercise, since during double doodling your brain uses both of its hemispheres simultaneously.