Doodling Leaves

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Get out your markers and let’s Dooooodle!

Today we are doodling leaves.

In Lessons One and Two we worked fast without effort to control the pen.  Last week, we worked on control with Circle Slow Down.  Today, we continue with slow doodling. 


Our focus this week is on spacing and symmetry.

I was asked this week if I marked the spacing between the Beginner Loops from Tuesday’s Tutorial.  

I do not.  Over time and with lots of doodling, I have developed a pretty good sense of spacing.

Another advantage to doodling–it helps you develop an “eye” for spacing the elements within your quilt.


Doodle sets of leaves with a stem.

Work on spacing the sets equidistant apart on the line.

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyIt is difficult to make identical, mirror image leaves, but do your best.

Try for “sisters not twins”.

Play with the leaf shape to make other designs.

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyTry a tapered leaf…

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Doodle Lessons, LKennedyAnd different shapes and sizes.

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyUse these samples as a guide.  Look at them once, then see where your imagination takes your pen.

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Doodle Lessons, LKennedyPlay with sizes.

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyThen add Messy Lines, Messy Circles and Circle Slow Down to make new designs.

Doodle Lessons, LKennedyRemember…No Rules…Just have fun!



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11 thoughts on “Doodling Leaves

  1. I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying these doodling lessons! I’m not naturally a doodler, so your lessons have really helped me. I have been amazed at how much my circles have improved (especially counter clockwise) after just a few practice sessions. I haven’t tried these doodles on a quilt sandwich yet, but will soon. Thanks for all the time and effort it takes to teach us!

  2. As an engineer, I have never liked doodling. I much prefer rulers, exactitude, erasable pencils, and definitely gridded paper (ok, throw a pocket protector in there too…). But! You have taught me many quilting things, so I decided to take your challenge. I went into town and bought 3 kinds of pens and an unruled (oh my!) sketch book. It took me two weeks to open that sketch book and decide which pen to use first lol. Now I find I’m actually looking forward to your next lesson, and to my doodle time everyday. Yes, you read that right, EVERYDAY! And today’s lesson….wow, I may not get dinner on the table!! Thank you Lori! It drives home the point….you never stop learning!

  3. Oh yes – the idea to teach us to doodle is definitely a decision I’m very happy you made. I have never, ever doodled but your step by step is a wonderful inspiration. I’ve got to catch up but have saved each lesson and will look at the photos as I practice.

    You started doodling years ago but it’s obvious you remember all the things we need to know to be successful, even warning us of potential pitfalls and how to avoid them.
    KNOW that all your efforts with us neophites (where’s spell check when you need it?)is much appreciated. If you don’t try doodling, you’ll never get it. With specialized instruction such as yours – now is the time to learn.

    Tavette – S. Fla.

  4. Lori, these leaves and stems you’ve shown here are not connected. Does that mean we should stop, then start again before each new one?

  5. This doodling practice is also fun for all your blog followers who have been doodling, practicing and quilting your quilty motifs for a while now. I loved the thread sampler and not I’m enjoying the refresher course on doodling and the way doodling every evening frees up my drawing skills.

  6. I like these lessons – I see different shapes – like an S curve that can help make designs later! Appreciate.

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