How Doodling Changes Lives


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By Ann Skinner

Coach, Doodle Artist and Author/Illustrator of The Art of Contribution and Annie and Eva Love Devon.

26 Apr 2021

Did You Know Doodling Changes Lives?


Are you one of those people who stopped drawing after primary school because you were told at some stage that your drawings didn’t quite hit the mark? I certainly was one of those people and I know I am not alone. Many of us stopped drawing because we started to believe we weren’t good enough.

“…visuals, particularly in their most basic and imperfect form, can play an important part in creating personal and social change.”

At school, drawing was taught as an art form. And although it is, at its core drawings are a universal language – something we can use to communicate and translate information and emotions. And doodling is a simple form of drawing that is accessible to anyone who can hold a pen and pencil. It doesn’t need to be ‘good’, it just needs to be honest.

It is sad that doodling was often dismissed and seen as disruptive, because visuals, particularly in their most basic and imperfect form, can play an important part in creating personal and social change.

Earlier this year I came across The Big Draw – a pioneering visual literacy charity dedicated to raising the profile of drawing as a tool for wellbeing, thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement. The charity leads a diverse programme of advocacy, empowerment and engagement, and is the founder and driving force behind The Big Draw Festival – the world’s biggest celebration of drawing. The festival theme for this year was #MakeChange and it was part of the reason why I was inspired to start my Doodle Earth Challenge.


Here are 3 reasons why doodling is a powerful tool for change


If you are still wondering how doodling, or drawing, is useful, here are three reasons why they are a powerful tool for change:
1. Invention – Doodling helps to open up the mind and heart, allowing for creativity to flourish and possibilities to open up.
2. Learning – Creating visuals is a great tool for learning and helps us to listen beyond words so we may see more clearly.
3. Expression – The act of creative self expression gives our emotions a voice and helps to heal and empower us.
I stumbled across the power of doodling by accident when I had to design the cover of my book The Art of Contribution in 2016, and ever since then it has been important part of my own personal healing and transformation.
For the past couple of years I have also been very lucky to have learned from Diane Bleck of The Doodle Institute. Diane brought another level to my understanding of the creative power of doodling and that has helped give me gain the confidence to bring doodling into my work as a coach and a facilitator.
These days I actively use doodling as a creative force in my life and work and a powerful tool for healing and transformation.
If you are curious about how my work as a coach and creative can help you and want to have a conversation, please drop me a line!

Ann The Heartworker

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