Today let's doodle jungle life. Use references and/or your imagination. Draw snakes, trees, poisonous frogs, exotic flowers and fruit — anything. It's your jungle so you can have whatever you'd like. These are doodles so don't worry about perspective or making it realistic. You can even lay out your items in a grid if you'd like. Let's keep going with a minimum of ten doodles.
Today let's doodle things we see in our neighborhood. We can explore two options: 1. elements in our current neighborhood, or 2. elements in our ideal neighborhood (a dream place). I'm going to do both.
Look out your window and capture trees, signs, houses, birds, cars, a bus-stop, sidewalk — anything you see or wish you could see in your neighborhood. Use Google images for references like the Eiffel Tower or Sugarloaf Mountain if you imagine having an iconic landmark in your view.
So we've gotten our creative juices flowing a bit, now it's time to get down to some real doodling. I saw some fun and amazing images yesterday, but we have to get back to the doodle — a quick drawing. That means we have to let go of the idea of making something look perfect, or trying to make a work of art. We need to loosen up!
So today, let's do some typography. We're doodling a childhood nickname. If you don't have one, make one up, think of what your friends called you in high-school, or a term of endearment your boo calls you. Or all of the above. To loosen us up we have to do at least 10 doodles in 10 minutes. It can bubble letters, 3-D letters, skinny, fat, whatever you like! Struggling? Pretend you're in a boring meeting or in lecture that's dragging on.
This should be mindful in that we're in the moment, mindless in that we're just having fun.
Welcome to Day 1 of the Doodle Challenge! To start off, doodle an outfit or something you wish you were wearing right now. Use your imagination. Consider where you'd like to be: at a pool, at a ski resort, or on another planet. For ten minutes doodle the pieces you would be rocking. Remember it doesn't have to be perfect. When you're done, please share with the #wedoodle.
For the Doodle Book giveaway I received many email requests and ended up sending out 30 books instead of 25. I really wish I could send more, but the good news is, you can doodle on anything!
Please join us for the 21 day doodle challenge staring on Friday Jan. 2nd.
Everyday for 21 days I will post on Instagram, the Fly FB page and on Fly, a doodle or idea prompt. Look for it in the afternoon/evening. The goal is to spend at least 10 minutes capturing our creative thoughts together, and share (if you wish) on IG or anywhere using the #wedoodle hashtag.
Please feel free to share with friends, family, students, coworkers or anyone. The more doodlers the better.
I look forward to doodling with you. Cheers to another year of beautiful creative energy. See you on the other side of 2015.
Happy New Year!
Ah, 2014. This year has been tremendous for me. In terms of growth, creative expression, and risk-taking I have learned a lot about myself and the world around me. And most importantly, this year I focused on making the choice to be happy in every moment possible instead of waiting for the happiness unicorn to appear in the sky and fall on my head.
I started the year with many goals, but there were two that I really wanted to work on: making time to make stuff (remember #letsmakestuff2014?) and following my gut. The result of both led me to that place of feeling really good. I learned that we all know what we want or where we want to be. We already know what gives us joy. We just have to listen so we can hear it all. Listening to that intuition, that space that speaks to us and tells all the time reminded me that I need to make stuff in order to thrive. By listening then doing I've found my space, my corner, my voice.
As 2014 comes to a close I would like to say thank you for your time and support. I appreciate you everyday. Whether here, on the FB page, or IG I always look forward to connecting with you.
I wish you all a wonderful end to your 2014 and a huge cheers to your 2015. May this new year bring you all that makes you smile and good creative challenges and opportunities that make you grow and evolve. See you next year!
I'm bad with doing gift guides in time for the holidays. It falls in line with the end of the semester which is always bananas, but here's a small niche one for last minute ideas.
I imagine when I have a little girl I will encourage her to explore the beauty in global cultures. Like my parents did with me as a little one. From Brazil to India, Ghana to Guatemala, here are some fun gift ideas to inspire that global girl in your life.
clockwise: Untitled Yellow Print; Indian Voile Muslin Blankie from Masala Baby; Little Miss Rue: Zuri Doll from Quelly Rue; woven bracelets from Miss Mochilla; Guatemalan worry dolls; Woodblock Rhino by Benjamin Bay; Just Add Color: Brazilian Carnival coloring book by (my homie) Sarah Walsh; Abeo Doll Kit by AskeyPrint; Following My Paintbrush by Gita Wolf; My Elephant from Mirasa Designs; Emi Girl Playsuit.
When visiting New Orleans in October there was one boutique I was excited to visit, and that was Exodus Goods. Sadly, it was closed the day I was able to make it over to that area nestled on the outskirts of the French Quarter. So I didn't get to see the stylish goods I'd been hearing so much about — but thankfully they just launched their online store! Now we all get to see and purchase from this shop co-owned by the Okpo sisters (Darlene and Lizzy), Armina Musa, and Solange Knowles.
I'm excited to share this fun project/challenge with you. For years I have been carrying around a sketchbook capturing my thoughts, ideas, doodles and sketches. Whether I'm sitting in the doctor's office, at a lecture, or having a latte at a coffee shop, it's always been my way to just be in the moment or let my mind go. It's also a wonderful way to get those creative juices flowing. When thinking about projects, which is always, my little book has been a perfect go-to for recording those ideas.
Documenting your thoughts and ideas, or doodling is not just for artists. It's for all of us. What I love most is that you can always revisit those notes and be inspired by something sketched or written some time ago.
Because I believe so much in the process of doodling (or you can call it brainstorming, sketching, or simply writing), I'd like to share this process with you. Regardless if you do this already, or if this is your first time, let's dedicate a few moments a day for 21 days to do this together. It's an opportunity to try something new and to inspire one another.
To get us started, I'm giving away 25 doodle books that were printed and hand-made in my studio. (I really wish I could give away more.) If you would like for me to send you a hand-made book please email me at andrea[dot]pippins[at]gmail.com with your full name and mailing address. **Update: the giveaway has been reached. Thank you all for your support and interest!
The first 25 folks who email will receive a book, which I will mail within the next two weeks. If you don't make the giveaway, that's totally ok. Grab a sketchbook or notebook and join along. The more the merrier.
Once all the books are mailed a post will go up with an update on how all this will go down. I'm soooo excited and really looking forward to sharing the process and being inspired by all of you.
In light of recent events in Ferguson and around the country, today I am using this platform to support the Black Friday boycott, now known as Blackout Friday. During this boycott, consider only supporting independent black-owned businesses to make a statement about the power of the black dollar. If you're not black and just want to support this a great way to do so, black businesses are for everyone!
Change can come in so many ways. Yes protests, yes writing articles, yes making art, etc. All of which are necessary. But hitting the pockets where it hurts can say so much more when addressing a need for change. Inspired by my fellow blogger friend Afrobella's list, I decided to put together my own list in hopes that we can make our voices heard, create awareness, and highlight some amazing black-owned businesses, all for a cause. I know I'm missing some, but here are a few to get us through the weekend. And please feel free to share in the comments section any independently owned black businesses you don't see on this list. For more information about the boycott click here. And Happy Thanksgiving!
#Blacklivesmatter and #Blackmoneymatters too!
1. Mo's Bows
7. Boy Beads
1. Rachel Stewart
4. Asiyami Gold
6. Dpiper Twins
3. Yinka Iori