Get those itching fingers ready for a quick draw
National Doodle Day
5 February 2016

National Doodle Day

National Doodle Day takes place on 5 February 2016 and it will be time to raise money for a good cause while celebrating all those little drawings we can't seem to stop ourselves from doodling!

The day was first established in 2004 by Epilepsy Action an organisation which acts as a voice not only for the 600,000 people in the UK who are thought to have epilepsy, but also their friends and family.   Since it began, the day has raised over £310,000.

All the money raised goes towards helping people whose lives are affected by epilepsy and neurofibromatosis.

You can get involved by submitting your doodle, along with a donation of £1, into the prize draw.  Winners will not only win a prize, but their artistic doodle will be displayed in the National Doodle Day's Hall of Fame!

And you'll be in good company - a number of celebrities have taken part and doodled for charity, like Gok Wan, Joanna Lumley and Rita Ora, whose doodles were auctioned for charity.  You can see their doodles at the celebrity archive

I bet like me you've come out with some strange doodles in your time?!  I start scribbling and come up with some strange shapes - but I never thought very much about it until now.   But apparently the way you doodle is really a subconscious outpouring from your mind!

The truth is that a pattern or shape represents a facet of your personality in some way - so you could draw the exact same object as, say, eight other people but each one would have its own individual quality!

So what do our doodles mean?  If you draw boxes, it usually means you're highly organised!  Or, if you like to draw triangles and other pointy shapes you're likely to be very determined!  I often like to draw love hearts, stars and sometimes flowers ... which apparently makes me peaceful and 'irrepressibly romantic'!

Even the stroke of the pen matters because it reflects how rushed to relaxed the person is feeling at the time.  Size and spacing also counts, as does colour!   See, every little detail means something ...

To see past winning doodles and find out more, visit the official National Doodle Day website, and get doodling!

And, once you've got your finished product of random scribblings, click the doodle decoder to find out what your drawing says about you!

Happy Doodling! 

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