Previously, I shared a fun "how to loosen up" project using Sharpies to doodle on an apron (HERE).
Well, this time we take The Sharpie to new heights!! We. draw. right. on. the. wall!!!
Yep, onto the walls. In Sharpie. Really. :-O
I have a dinky bathroom that has been plain white for almost 4 years. MyGuy has been too busy to apply the promised paint, so one day I was hit with a "great" idea: doodle on the walls with a Sharpie!
Thus was born the Doodle Universe.
Eventually, I will add color. But for several reasons it's taken me 6 months to get this far, so I'm learning patience and perseverance. :-)
Drawing directly onto the walls has several advantages:
- You let go of perfectionist tendencies
- It's fun and daring at the same time
- It's a way to let your imagination loose, and just allow the design to surprise you as you go
- It actually increases your confidence as you just "do it"
My method was to relax and just gaze at it, and "see" it first in my imagination. If I liked it, on to the wall it went.
My only rule: no pencil and eraser.
That was just my choice, since I wanted loosen up. There are no mistakes with this method, only accidental adventures! If I slip (which I occasionally did), then the design takes a turn in a different direction. It's all good!
Here is the Doodle Universe thus far. First, here is the view as you walk into the tiny half/bath; this is the right wall, and then it goes on around to the left (can click on any pics to enlarge):
Before I started:
Took a big breath, and started on Wall 1:
Wall 1 day later:
Here are Walls 1 and 2 finished:
On to Wall 3, to the left of the sink:
This shows the design progressing around to Wall 4:
Now Wall 5, over the Throne:
Close up of Wall 5:
Continuing over to the last Wall 6:
And a shot of just the last Wall 6, all done:
My next plan is to add subtle shading, and eventually color. The acrylic color will be in two parts: a pale sponged on background with hints of color; and some brighter color notes right on the main design elements.
And the symbolism?
-Within my Doodle Universe are separate Doodle Galaxies.
-Each main Galaxy has similiar components attached to it, such as the giant wings, showing movement and change, albeit slow).
-There are similarities, yet no two Galaxies are identical, they are unique, like people.
-There are cloud-like connectors between the Galaxies; they are separate, yet connected; autonomous, yet needing each other.
-Each Galaxy has tails hanging down, kind of like tails on a kite; they symbolize anchors, a source of stability.
-They also each have a Vine design, representing growth, change, new life.
-There are stylized stars and moons, symbols of reaching for hopes and dreams.
I may eventually add angels, little space ships, quotes... who knows how it will turn out in the end!
I hope you've enjoyed this glimpse into my Doodle Universe!