Here’s how I use a mirror (or two) to discover new worlds in tiny doodles:
First Step: DOODLE!
Start in the corners, or along the edges, or right in the center of the page. Make sure at least part of your doodle reaches the edge of the paper:
Once you run out of time or space, your doodle is done! Now it’s time to unfold it…
UNFOLDING WITH MIRRORS:
Unfolding you mirror doodle with 1 (or 2) desktop mirrors is simple & fun!
With 1 mirror:
If you hold a small mirror up to the side of your doodle, you will get a peek at a wider “unfolded” world of surprising symmetries & designs:
You can try “unfolding” from all sides of the same doodle to find new surprises:
PRO TIP: You can use this “mirror check” at any point in the doodling process, to get ideas & see how the finished artwork might look.
With 2 mirrors:
To unfold your doodle in all directions, hold the doodle AND mirror #1 (together) up to a second mirror, like so:
Again, you can unfold from ALL sides of the doodle — Which version is your favorite?
This work is PATRON-POWERED!
I use GIMP image editing freeware to “unfold” my favorite doodles digitally. Here’s how:
Take a clear snapshot (or scan) of your doodle:
Our sample artwork for this demo was doodled by Jen Morris @ our March 2022 “DRAWING TOGETHER” event!
Import your image into GIMP & SELECT the artwork (w/ rectangular marquee tool):
CROP to selection:
Adjust BRIGHTNESS-CONTRAST as desired:
SELECT ALL & COPY to clipboard:
Create NEW image (same dimensions):
SCALE the new image by DOUBLING width & height:
PASTE artwork as a NEW LAYER, & move it into a corner:
FLIP entire image horizontally:
PASTE artwork again as a NEW LAYER & move it into a corner:
MERGE the pasted artwork into a single layer:
SELECT ALL and COPY that layer:
FLIP the entire image vertically:
PASTE the artwork again, & slide it into place:
FLATTEN all layers & save the image:
ROTATE and/or CROP the final image as desired:
Thanks to Jen Morris for the use of this cool demo doodle!
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