April 05, 2009

186: I Doodled

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A couple of months ago or so, my Alabamanian friend
Mary devised a simple enough scheme to exchange small pieces of art through a small doodle swap. Twenty or so folks joined in, and were divided into a pair of groups who exchanged addresses and were given a send-out deadline in mid-April. And nice for me, since in a few weeks these things will begin randomly dropping in my mailbox – if all goes according to plan – on ten separate occasions.

Some folks, I believe, are theming their cards; me, I went straight to the heart of doodling and created ten individual scribbles with little or no link to one another. Some were ├╝ber-quick, some I spent more than a handful of minutes on. A couple I even tore up and started over (going against everything the doodle stands for). I used a scrap of brilliant orange posterboard, littered with X-acto scratches from its previous life as a cutting surface for old Howiezines. I used two pens – one ultra-thin and a thick calligraphic nib – and a brown-ink brush pen, with bits of pencil, white watercolour paint and blue ball-point thrown in for good measure. I rubber-banded the lot and let them bang around in my backpack a week or so to erode them a touch. And as a bonus, on the backs of the cards I pasted equally-random photographs.

Shown above are four of the total ten. I'm not divulging who they were sent to, nor for the moment offering a closer look until the swap is complete – keep pants on.

9 comments:

devon spec said...

i like the one that says "box.." but can't tell what the rest of it says.. but it kinda reminded me of a saying in college i liked to use, "shut yer squak box!!" haha.

Anthony Woodward said...

Wow these great! Sounds like a great swap to get involved with.

pricklypearbloom said...

I love the randomness, especially with the cutting scratches and banging them up in your backpack. You are so great.

Mary said...

I am SO excited! I can't wait to see which one I get!!!! I really like the paper you chose...great idea!

Jeope said...

Thanks, crew. I can't wait for my mailbox to start paying out in return.

Mary said...

I got mine in the mail over the weekend! I love love love it!

Jeope said...

Thanks Mary!

jroz said...

Damn, those are sweet!

ksavage said...

I love the one I got! LOVE…IT! But now I sefishly want all the others too. Ha!And the scratchy surface of the paper is utterly cool. So glad these made your bike spill. You took one for the team!

:o-) (<- mah bear)