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Doodling a Leaf

Today I spend time in the morning doodling. Doodling is relaxing and can decrease anxiety. As an Art Therapist, I recommend doodling. Here is a way to draw your own doodles. I recommend to stay on a budget as this is a fun activity and supplies don’t have to be expensive.


  • Drawing paper 9″x12″
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • x-acto knife
  • gel pens
  • shapes to trace/stencils

Choose the colors you want for your color scheme. Below is a photo of the different sizes of pens. You can start out my one size and later on add more to your collection.

Measure out the paper. I cut my paper in quarters measuring 4.5″x6″ . You can measure off the size that is preferred.

Use an x-acto knife for precise cut.

I have wooden shapes available to trace. As an art therapist, my studio is full of all sorts of supplies. I bought these shapes for a project and had some left over. You can use stencils. Or find images on the internet to trace and cut out.

Once you have the pattern you want to trace, lightly trace around it in pencil.

Take a black pen and section off areas you want to have different patterns. Then start making patterns of shapes in each area.

After the sections are filled in, take the black pen and go over again to make it thicker, also don’t forget to outline the sides.

Below is a youtube of a video about:

Doodling A Leaf

Happy doodling