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Expanding Doodle Illustration example

Expanding Doodle Illustration Technique and Facebook Group

Leisanne Sylvester-Jarvis: artist, Crimson Cricket


My name is Leisanne and I am the artist and digital content contributor at Crimson Cricket.

I’m pleased to announce our new Facebook group focusing on our unique doodle techniques that you can use in your journal.

When you join the Facebook group you will gain access to an ever-expanding doodle library, finished examples, templates and tips.

Our goal is to create an engaging community where you can share your own work, doodle ideas and inspiration.

You can find our Facebook group at : https://www.facebook.com/groups/crimsoncricket/

Doodle art

I created my unique style of doodle illustration 5 years ago. There is just something magical about doodle art. It doesn’t require more than pen and paper; and the act of tracing and repeating pattern in a completely intuitive way is so relaxing.  It is what always brings me back to this simple yet effective art form.

It is with great pleasure that I get to share my doodle art techniques with you.

Our style of doodle art draws inspiration from popular forms such as Zentangle and Zendoodle but with a twist

What makes doodle art so appealing is that it requires little artistic know-how.  You can make your doodle art as simple or as complex as you like.  

Our ‘Expanding Doodle Illustration’ technique makes it virtually impossible to make a mistake. If you don’t like something you add, you simply layer it with another mark.  It’s like it never happened!

Doodle art also doesn’t require a laundry list of supplies either. You can get started with just a pen and paper. Of course you can always add more media to include color and texture. (And believe me once you get started, you wont want to stop)

The need for just a few supplies makes doodle art an easy technique to take on the road. You can easily stash it away and take it with you half-way around the globe or to your favourite coffee shop.  You decide.

Lastly, doodle art is so relaxing!  It’s all about having fun, going to your happy place and simply enjoying the process.

Let’s get started!

Join our Facebook group today.

10 Techniques You Can Use in Your Interactive Art Journal

10 Techniques You Can Use in Your Interactive Art Journal

The interactive pages in our art journals are what set our journals apart from others on the market.
Interactive pages include additional work surfaces that extend from the center of the page. Pages vary in their design, and they have extensions that unfold from the top, bottom, left or right of the center. Most are a combination of extensions with a variety of shaped edges.

Here are 10 techniques you can use in your Interactive Art Journal.

Use all your favorite supplies without warping pages

Love and Doodles art journal spread
layer it on example

1. Layer it on

Pages consist of watercolor paper that’s adhered to thick cardstock, so they are really, really, durable.

Add layers of acrylic, ink and collage to your heart’s delight! You can experiment with all your favorite mixed media techniques without worry of warp.

watercolor art journal spread
play in the water example

2. Play in the water

Did I mention that pages are made from watercolor paper? So of course they are perfect for watercolor and ink.

Load lots of water on your brush, use wet on wet techniques, and create washes without any issues.

Limitless possibilities with Interactive pages

Doodle heart art journal spread
One image on all surfaces

3. One spread on all work surfaces

Why create a typical art journal spread when you can create an extraordinary art journal spread?

Use all the work surfaces of a page to create one large piece of art. For example, you can paint flowers or branches that climb across all the work surfaces of the page.

frog prince art journal spread
peek-a-boo surprise element

4. Peek-a-boo

Add something unexpected to the inside of a folded work surface.

Take advantage of the page structure to add elements of whimsy and surprise by choosing what is seen or hidden when the viewer first turns to the page.

April showers bring May flowers art journal spread.
beginning, middle, and end

April Showers bring May flowers spread.
beginning, middle, and end

5. Beginning, middle, and end

Because an Interactive page is made of multiple work surfaces, it naturally breaks the page down into workable segments.

You can use individual segments to create a story with each work surface depicting the beginning, middle, or end. Or before, during, and after. We call this “Working in Series”.

flower art journal spread with quote.
what’s on your mind?

6. What’s on your mind?

Use the main work surface for your art, and the connected work surface as a place to record what you were feeling when you created your art journal spread. You could also use the space to write down a passage, quote, or affirmation.

A place to practise your skills

roses painted in art journal
improve with repetition

7. Improve with repitition

Use the work surfaces of a page to focus on one subject. The result is a record of your progress.

Choose a subject, like as rose, and paint it on each work surface. You can choose to paint the very same image of a rose on each work surface or change it up by painting it from different angles, colors, or bloom.

a painting that uses blue throughout
get to know your color

8. Really get to know your color

Choose one color to be your main theme color. Use it on all work surfaces of the page. Then choose 2 more colors per work surface that will be your secondary colors.

Experiment with mixing the main color with a secondary. Observe how your main color is affected when placed beside the secondary colors. Does it pop off the page, or recede into the background? What happened when you mixed your main color with a secondary? Make note of your results.

art journal paintings of elephants
character creation

9. Character creation

Draw and paint an illustration of your favorite animal. Draw the same animal on each work surface of a page. It doesn’t have to be realistic, or very detailed. Focus on the basic shapes and any distinct features. Exaggerate any features you want to stand out.

By choosing to emphasize certain features in your illustration, the result is artwork infused with your own signature style.

circle doodles in ink in journal
repeated patterns

10. Repeated patterns

It’s time to put away your stamps and stencils, and to create a pattern of your own.

Select 1 to 4 objects, shapes or symbols to use on each work surface of a page. Arrange them to create a pattern. Play with the arrangement on each work surface to create different patterns.


Use these suggestions as a starting place for working in your Interactive Art Journal. They are just the tip of the iceberg of possibilities for what you can achieve in your journal.
Whether you are experimenting with different media, trying new techniques, or creating a record of your progress, your Interactive Art Journal is a safe place to experiment. (You can keep it private; for your own eyes only) It provides space to grow as an artist and provides a new approach to your visual storytelling.

Happy Journaling!

If you have your own ideas on how to make the most of the interactive pages, please comment below and share it with the community. We would love to hear from you.