By RICK BROWN Hub Staff Writer KEARNEY — Brandi Light understands the power of doodling. “Most of my images are basic outlines,” Light said. “I like animals, flowers and stuff like that. I do what’s called Zentangle which is just a glorified form of doodling. There are lots of circles and shapes you can fill in. It’s a lot more detailed than normal coloring.” Light, a Kearney resident, published “Curl Up and Color: A Delightfully Charming Coloring Book for All Ages,” a coloring book designed for adults. “It kind of flows,” Light said of her artwork. “You don’t have to think about it too much. It’s very relaxing. I think they call it Zentangle because it combines Zen but it’s still tangled. It’s a very relaxing form of art.” During a business meeting we doodle to keep our hands busy. That’s what Light believes. “It just keeps us from boredom,” she said. “Not everybody likes to do that. My husband would scratch his eyeballs out if he had to doodle. For me, it’s relaxing.” In Light’s world when it comes to creativity, people line up in two camps; those who doodle and those who don’t. “When I go to a craft show,” she said, “instead of paying the high price for the item, I’ll try to make it myself. The other people who don’t do that are the ones who are willing to pay other people to create for them. There’s no way they would even attempt it.” The point of her coloring book, Light believes, is to foster creativity in a gentle way. “I think everybody is creative in their own way,” she said. “Sometimes they don’t realize it.” For people who see the patterns and feel overwhelmed, Light urges them to step back and look at the book in a different way. “In the grand picture, if they think it is overwhelming and they could never do something like that, they should sit down and color it. They would realize that it’s just a series of circles, triangles and squares — a bunch of shapes drawn together. It looks complicated from a distance but it’s not that hard to do.” Light said coloring books for adults like “Curl Up & Color” have become more trendy in the last six months. “That’s what inspired me to do it,” she said of publishing the book. “I was just drawing for my own pleasure for a while. I shared a few on FaceBook and then people were interested in buying some.” The next logical step was to publish a book. And if you take Light’s book to an important meeting, it might just look like you’re taking some serious notes. “You absolutely could do that,” she laughed. “But then you’d be sitting there with colored pencils taking notes.” Light, a stay-at-home mom, sold scrapbooks online for awhile. She attended beauty school and now works as a hair stylist. To see more examples of Light’s artwork, visit her web page, DailyDoodler, at etsy.com. Light can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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