In the previous post, I mentioned the adult coloring craze that has inundated the leisure time activities market. I think that one of the main trends fueling that is the doodling craze started by the creators of Zentangles. In case you didn’t know, Zentangles are doodle algorythms that enable almost anyone to create beautiful patterns by repeating a series of steps. The original idea was for theraputic relaxation but soon people were creating these patterns and selling them for other people to color. I’ve seen them on color-it-yourself items from greeting cards to origami paper. You can download free doodle algorythms from online sites, attend doodling workshops, buy doodle pattern books, or create your own algorythms as I did in the composition above.
The thing is, the patterns many people are publishing now have always been around – in fabrics, wall papers, architectural accents – everywhere. You just have to look for them in your surroundings. When you find one you like, just reverse engineer it to find out it’s algorithm.
I personally like to use doodling as a standby sketchbook activity when I can’t find anything interesting to draw from observation. It’s also great for practicing pencil shading, filling in empty spaces in art journals, and entertaining small children.
Overlappage, the tie-dye resembling doodle below was created with an algorythm that children used years before algorythms became a thing. If you think back to your childhood you may remember several such things that were fads in elementary school. If you do, maybe you can make some money publishing them in coloring books.