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.

Comments

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

Pretty.

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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