Introduction: Decorative Squiggles

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I learned how to do this in fourth grade. I never learned what it was called so I like to call it decorative squiggles. It is very simple to do, but also time consuming. You don't have to do it all in one sitting though. I also find it relaxing and it can give you time to just think.

Step 1: Start

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Start with a paper or card that you wish to do the design on, and have a fine point pen ready. I am using a black Sharpie pen, you can use any color you wish or mix mach colors.

Step 2: Draw

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First draw a shape. It does not have to be a squiggly shape it can be a rectangle or triangle.

Step 3: Draw Inside

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Next draw in the inside of the shape following the edge but not touching all the way around and join.

Step 4: Finish the Shape

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Continue following the edge and drawing smaller and smaller shapes inside until you can't anymore. You have finished one shape now.

Step 5: Continue

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Continue by joining another shape to the completed one and make the smaller ones inside.

Step 6: Keep Going

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Keep attaching shapes. This can be time consuming but it is worth it for how awesome it looks when it is done.

Step 7: The Edges

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When you reach an edge do not complete the shape leave the edge of the paper open like so.

Step 8: Edges Fill

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Continue filling it like normal but keep the edge open. This is not necessary but it looks nice.

Step 9: Finished

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Once you have filled in the whole of what you where filling in you are done. Congratulations! Not many people have the patience for an activity like this.


AF6YS (author)2016-08-05

I used to do this around other images. Very nice. Have you considered coloring inside the lines?

Very left brain.

BrittF5 (author)2016-08-02


BigRed1973 (author)2016-07-30

I found it relaxing just looking at your ible!!!! Think I see some doodling in my near future!! Thanks for the reminder.......

jameth15 (author)2016-07-28

Very cool! Nice instructable. I've seen something similar called Zentangle.

willneverbill (author)jameth152016-07-29

That may be what it is called. I have forgotten exactly what this is called. That is why I called it decorative squiggles. Thank you!

gravityisweak (author)2016-07-28

Very cool. I used to doodle during classes, I found it helped me listen well and stave off the boredom of lectures. I ended up with similar designs covering my folders. I saved a few of them after being surprised at how cool they looked.

wold630 (author)2016-07-28

This looks like it would be very meditative!

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