Hello Planning Mashers!
To start a Bullet Journal, you don’t really need much; a pen and a notebook will be just fine. And, of course, you don’t need any special talents or skills. Bullet Journaling is for everyone!
But that doesn’t mean it has to stay like that forever. There is a chance you might want to add some more creativity and fun to your pages the more you work on them. If this sounds like I’m talking about you, you’re in the right place.
Today we’ll be talking about some super enjoyable Bullet Journal fonts that can easily spice up your pages and allow you to have a little bit more fun with your setups.
There are many ways to add some more creativity to your pages. Among some of my favorite ones are stickers, washi, and stamps!
But those require you to make a purchase, while fonts just need you to use the same old pen you’ve been using so far.
Below are 23 different fonts, all beginner-friendly, and I hope you’ll have lots of fun using them in your journal.
Another cool idea to use those is in sketchnoting. It’s an amazing way to divide information and make the important bits stand out more. And generally make note-taking more fun and useful.
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Bullet Journal Font Supplies
Of course, it’s up to you what you use to create fonts in your Bullet Journal, but I thought I’d quickly share here a few of my favorite pens.
- Fineliners are perfect not just for doodling but for creating fonts as well. Just by playing with different line widths, you can get some really interesting effects. My favorite ones are Sakura Micron and Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens.
- Highlighters and markers are great for adding some color to your fonts and basically making your headers stand out. My favorites are, of course, Zebra Mildliners. I also would recommend Crayola Super Tips since they can double as brush pens as well.
- Brush pens are great for brush lettering; I use them as highlighters sometimes too. My favorites are Tombow Dual Brush and Faber Castell pens.
If you want to learn more about different stationery to use in your Bullet Journal, check my post Bullet Journal Supplies For Any Artistic Level.
Hand Lettering Tips
Decorating your Bullet Journal pages with different fonts might sound like a hard thing to do. I know when I started, I didn’t think I had it in me to actually make these look cute.
But the truth is – everyone can do it! So here are a few of my tips that will help you avoid some silly mistakes when you start.
- Practice is everything! You can pretty much master anything if you practice enough, including the most elaborate fonts.
- Use a pencil first. You probably know by now that I always use a pencil first (just watch any of my YouTube videos). This allows you to avoid mistakes and perfect your font before making it permanent with a pen.
- Try tracing. This is a good trick if you’re still doubting your calligraphy skills – just print it out in the font you want and trace it.
- Use the dot grid to guide your writing. It can help you keep it straight.
- Get a good pen. A smooth writing pen is always helpful when you experiment with your fonts.
Bullet Journal Fonts
I created here 23 different font ideas for you to use in your Bullet Journal.
For each font, I created a complete alphabet, and I’ll be sure to explain any tricky elements.
Simple Print Font
Well, of course, start with the most simple font.
No wonder this is the one they teach kids at school. It consists of some very simple lines and is very doable even if you’re not that good with your writing yet.
If you want to add some more fun to this simple font, you can use color, add shapes and play with the size of your letters.
Easy Fonts To Write: Serif
Want to add some interest to your simple print? The solution is just to add serif to your letters.
Just like with the simple print, you can add some more character to your letters if you use colors, add shades, or maybe just add color as a background for your text.
Skinny Caps and Quirky bullet journal Fonts
These two fonts came out looking pretty similar, so I decided to combine them into one.
Skinny caps are just your usual simple print but stretched a bit vertically. I like using it for headers and other titles.
The quirky font is very similar; I just tried to make it a bit more fun by playing around with the size of the letters and adding some curves.
Block letters might look difficult, but they are much easier to draw than you think.
Drawing block letters is all about connecting straight lines. The secret is just to make sure you use the same sized area for all your letters.
If you are using a dot-grid journal, the grid will help you so much to make sure all your letters are straight.
I also really like block letters because you can do so much with the inside of the letters – play with colors and patterns.
Font Ideas: Half Block
If creating a complete block letter seems too daunting for you, you can try doing a half-block instead.
The great thing is that these are easier to draw, but you still get to have fun with adding colors and patterns in the block parts.
This one is super fun, especially for summer themes!
At its core, it’s basically block letters but with rounded corners. The fun part about bubble letters is that you don’t have to be precise, they can get curvy and crazy, and it usually looks really cute.
This is a bit more difficult, but it’s worth it!
Drawing those is kind of therapeutic, and even though it takes a bit of effort, it can look so very interesting.
Basically, you draw your block letter; then you draw another block letter but a little bit offset. Connect your two letters, and you’ll get a perfect 3D letter.
Your basic cursive can look just as awesome in your journal as any other of these fonts.
You can use color and different banners to make your cursive stand out.
And if you’re not very confident about your cursive yet – don’t worry. Just keep on practicing, and you’ll see your cursive getting better.
This is definitely at the top of my list of favorite fonts to use in my Bullet Journal.
Learning brush lettering takes a while, but it’s absolutely worth it!
If you’re new to brush lettering – I got you covered. Give a look at these posts:
If you want to have a brush lettering effect but haven’t mastered it yet, you can go with faux calligraphy.
The idea is simple – you just write your words and then add thickness to your downstrokes as if you were using a brush pen.
The fun part about faux calligraphy is that you can play around with the thick part of your letters and use different colors or patterns to decorate them.
I actually used faux calligraphy and colored in the letters in my April Floral Bullet Journal Setup. Be sure to check that post if you want to see an example!
Perfect for Valentine’s Day, wouldn’t you agree?
It’s also pretty simple to create this font since the basis of it is a simple print.
That’s how I approached creating this one: start from a pencil sketch of the letters, then use color to add the hearts, then use a pen to draw the letter.
The fun part is that you can play around and use different little doodles, like little stars of maybe closer leaves, for Saint Patrick’s Day.
Journaling Fonts: Floral
Florals are a great theme for your Bullet Journal and using a floral font can add some more fun to your setup.
The main approach is the same as the hearts font – start from a pencil sketch of the letters, draw a flower and then finish up by going over the letters with a pen.
I love that you can also get creative with it. You can create block letters made out of flowers or maybe combine the flowers with some faux calligraphy.
Fun little font and pretty simple to create as well.
You start with your basic simple print font, and you add curves to the ends of the letters.
There are many ways to make this pop; my favorite is probably using a marker to write the letters and then outline them with a black pen.
This modern kind of art deco style is pretty perfect for the 20s, I think.
I wrote here the whole alphabet for your convenience.
It’s a very simple font, it consists of basically just straight lines, so it will be pretty easy to make it look perfect if you just use a ruler.
Here is a font that takes extra effort but looks unique.
This is how you do it. You start with a thick letter in pencil. After that, you use your black pen or a colored pen to outline the letter.
The final step – erase the pencil.
I really didn’t know what to call this font, but since each letter fits in a square, I decided I’ll just name it a square font.
This font is pretty easy; just use the dot grid to guide yourself and keep each letter in its square.
This can be a great phone for a computer theme or something like that. This font makes me think of the ’90s, old games, and maybe Matrix movies.
Just a few extra lines, and there you go – a whole new font!
This would be a totally fun font to use if you’re doing a boho theme.
If you’re looking for some inspiration for this kind of theme, check my post Boho Bullet Journal Theme Inspirations.
Ok, this one takes a lot of time, but the stippling effect always looks great.
Here is how I did this.
You start with a pencil drawing of a letter, and it’s better if it’s a thick letter.
After that, you start drawing dots to form the shape of the letter. Then you just keep adding dots around it.
Spread your dots away, and the further they are from the letters, the fewer dots you’ll have.
As you can see, there’s also another option of instead outlining the letters and then adding dots. This usually makes the letters better visible.
Easy Fonts: 90’s Font
The 90s were a good time full of fun and bright colors that make for a very interesting and happy font.
I feel like apart from the 90’s theme, it would work very well for a theme like back to school.
This font is kind of like block letters, but with rounded corners and without circles in the letters. Pretty simple, but I think it looks quite bright and happy.
Your handwriting can be a great decoration for your Bullet Journal pages.
If you feel like just handwriting isn’t enough, you can use banners to add more fun to it.
Developing good handwriting is really just a matter of practice, so don’t worry if your letters don’t look perfect on the first try.
Check my post 9 Simple Tricks To Improve Your Handwriting, if you’re interested in working on that.
I honestly just called it that way because it reminded me somehow of old neon billboards.
For this alphabet, I chose what’s probably my favorite color of Zebra Mildliners, but I feel like a neon color would also work very well.
It’s pretty easy to create as well – just do block letters with rounded corners, add dots in the middle, and an offset outline on one side of the letter.
I always use the right side, but you might as well use the left one – depending on your preference.
I love this one, and how fun it looks!
This font is super simple – use a colored marker to write a letter and then add a black pen outline of this letter but offset it a little bit.
The easy part? Your letters don’t need to be perfect. The whole point is to make this looks quirky and uneven, so really don’t worry about it,
If you want to see this font in action, check my post Brilliant Book Bullet Journal Theme Inspirations, where I share my September setup with a lot of offset lettering.
This is the first time I have tried this one, and I love this effect so much!
Basically, what you do is just draw a shadow of your letter. As you can see, with just a shadow, you can still recognize all your letters.
Just be careful how you do your shadows because here, for example, I feel like I made a small mistake with my N.
If you aren’t sure yet, you can just draw the shadows, start by drawing your letter in pencil and then add a shadow with a pen.
That’s actually how I did it – I was too worried about preparing all this for this post, so I needed things to be perfect.
So, which one of these fonts do you like the most?
Are there any fonts you like using in your journal but are not on the list??
Share with us in the comments!
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