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Don’t Underestimate Your Scribbles! – Watch the Video!

This week, I have a video for you about the topic that I am really passionate. It’s about scribbles and how they are a part of an artist’s path. Believe me, ugly notebooks can be the best thing to boost up your creativity. Your scribbles matter!


In the video, I have divided my art into three categories: scribbles, sketches, and paintings. Here’s an example of a notebook page with scribbles:

Scribbles on Moleskine Classic Soft Cover notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.


And here are some of the sketchbook pages that I show there (for you to pin if you like pinning!).

“Walking the Dog”
Walking the Dog, an abstract mixed media drawing by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

"Play", a sketchbook page by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See how she uses scribbles and sketches to boost her creative process!

“One Eye”
"One Eye", a sketchbook page by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet


Here’s a closeup of the painting that I am working on in the video:

Oil painting in progress. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

And here’s a detail of another painting in progress, also shown in the video:

Oil painting in progress by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

See my paintings in progress and buy my art:

Don’t Underestimate Your Scribbles – Watch the Video!

Join Bloom and Fly – Move Forward with an Inspiring Community!

Bloom and Fly is a community for you who wants to explore visual and adventurous ideas, get feedback and suggestions for your art, and connect with like-minded art enthusiasts. We have a private Facebook group, monthly themes, live sessions, and weekly opportunities for practical help and feedback.

Bloom and Fly is geared for those who have been creating for some time. It doesn’t offer regular step-by-step walk-throughs where everyone creates the same project. You will get ideas, tips, and process photos around the monthly theme but if you are a beginner, buy one of my self-study classes (for example, Inspirational Drawing 2.0) to accompany your membership!

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10 thoughts on “Don’t Underestimate Your Scribbles! – Watch the Video!

  1. Walking the Dog is one of my favorites! I love your enthusiasm, pink hair and the story with your sister. Thank you so much for sharing your methods, your studio, and your goals!

  2. This was different and I learned much more about one of my favorite artists! Thank you for the details and for sharing your insights. When you smile your eyes are smiling with excitement and I love to see them light up your face! One day when I grow up, I plan to have enough money to buy one of your works but for now, I will enjoy seeing everything I can and learn whatever you can share. One of my wisest decisions was to begin following you years ago and then to take your classes. I can’t say that enough. I’m also very fascinated with your acrylic painting techniques. The layers and layers have to add so much thought into each piece with all the time spent. Your the Best!

  3. So many of your pieces make me think of Hunderwassen (spelled wrong but I didn’t take the time to look it up. Also, my bucket list of art to make would be a larger piece of just clouds with beautiful colors just under the white/grey cloud. Have you ever thought about doing a painting of clouds? The greys seem as soft as a dove breast and the sunset reflections seem as strong as an explosion. So much to see in just plain clouds. I just thought when you get bored and want to paint something but don’t know what – maybe clouds would be a good choice.

    1. Mary, I love Hundertwasser! I often take photos of the clouds and entertain myself during the walks by observing the sky while the dogs are sniffing. Every observation adds to art, I believe!

  4. Paivi: Your videos are so inspiring and full of new ideas. Thank you for sharing your methods. I also enjoy hearing little tidbits about your life. Love your hair! I told my Granddaughter, if I was younger I would have pink hair.

  5. you are so inspiring, i am enjoying your videos and emails and want to know more and more! thank you for being so generous with your sharing!

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