Hello Planning Mashers!
Here we are with yet another doodling post, where I’ll share with you some of my best tips, and of course, leave you with 17 step-by-step tutorials.
Let’s dive in and take your Bullet Journal to the next level with these simple and fun doodles. Each of these doodles requires just 4 steps, so it’s all very beginner-friendly.
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When I first started my Bullet Journal in 2018, I had no idea how to doodle. The idea of doodling myself in my journal really intimidated me. I thought I could never have doodles as pretty as I saw on Instagram and Pinterest.
After practicing and gaining my confidence, I think I figured out the secret to getting better at doodling. It very rapidly became my source of therapy, calmness, and creativity.
There is no major science to it – each doodle consists of simple basic shapes anyone can draw!
There are many benefits of doodling and I’m here today to tell you – you can enjoy them all as well because you can doodle!
In this post, I’ll go through some of my best tips and share with you 17 easy tutorials you can follow to get started on your doodling journey.
If you want to learn more on how to start doodling, be sure to check my post Learn To Doodle: Beginner’s Guide To Bullet Journal Doodles.
Let’s start with some simple tips that I picked up on my journey to improving my drawing skills.
- Warm up. Just like with brush lettering, before you start doodling it can be a good idea to warm up a bit. Try freehand doodling – take a piece of paper and randomly start filling it out with shapes and lines, or whatever you want. Put the timer, don’t pressure yourself – just let your creativity flow.
- Learn to see everything in basic shapes. This is a skill that will take some time but once you master it – there will be nothing you can’t doodle! My tip is to start doing a lot of step-by-step tutorials like this one, it will train you to see simple shapes each doodle is created from.
- Try different pens. There are many awesome pens you can use for doodling, all of which have different thicknesses and ink. Depending on what pen you use, your doodles can look different, so try out different things and find what you like the best.
- Don’t pressure yourself. There is no right or wrong way to doodle something. My way of doodling a laptop can look different from how you doodle the same laptop and that’s totally ok. Don’t pressure yourself to doodle exactly like somebody else.
- Find your comfy place. Finally, since doodling is in many ways a mindfulness practice, try to sit and doodle in a happy place. Somewhere you feel comfortable, safe, and can have a minute to yourself.
Best Doodling Supplies
There are so many amazing Bullet Journal supplies, but you really don’t need them all to start doodling.
To be honest, all you need is a pen and a piece of paper.
But let’s be honest – if you’re here you’re probably also a bit obsessed with stationery and investing in your Bullet Journal supplies. So here are some pens I think you might consider working on your doodles.
- Fineliners. These are definitely the pens to draw with. They are smooth, have black and water-resistant ink, and come with different thicknesses. Perfect to add more interest to your doodles. My go-to ones are Sakura Pigma Micron and Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens.
- Colored pens and markers. Keeping your doodles black and white is super fun, but you might also want to add color. My favorites are probably Crayola Super Tips, which come in 100 colors for a very good price. As for colored pens – I love my acrylograph pens by Archer and Olive (you can also get those with 10% discount if you use my code MASHA10)
- Circle maker. I’m not a huge fan of using rulers at all, but when it comes to circles – you can’t really do it without one. My go-to is this Helix circle maker.
There are of course tons of other pens I love for doodling, with different ink and price range. For more ideas, check my post Best Pens For Doodling.
Free Doodling Course
If you want to learn to doodle, I’m here to help you with a free doodling course I put together.
It won’t just give you an organized list of all the doodling resources I have on the blog, but instead, I’ll walk you through all the basics of doodling and my best tips and tricks.
In just 7 days, you’ll learn all you need to rock your doodles. And it’s completely free!
But enough with the course, let’s dive into the doodling tutorial I promised you.
Simple Step By Step Doodles
There are tons of fun things you can doodle, and here I want to prove to you that doodling doesn’t have to be hard – you can create cute doodles in just 4 steps.
Flowers are some of the best ways to decorate your Bullet Journal, so no wonder it’s one of the most popular themes. It was actually the first theme I tried in my journal!
Here is a little tutorial with 4 simple flowers that can get you started.
For more ideas on flower doodles check out these posts:
I love my coffee, and I love to doodle coffee-related things even more. You can always go with stickers for coffee (like these ones from my shop), but if you want to doodle, check out these simple tutorials.
To see how you can implement these doodles in your Bullet Journal check out my post Coffee Themed Bullet Journal Inspirations.
Fruits are fun to doodle and are a wonderful way to decorate your Summer Bullet Journal pages.
Here are a few simple tutorials to get your imagination going. The strawberry Bullet Journal theme sounds especially cool to me.
I like doodling tech, it’s always a fun way to decorate my work-related pages for example. Plus these are the doodles I often use in my sketchnotes.
Another beauty of doodling technological things – it’s usually easier with these to see the basic shapes, it all starts from rectangles.
I decided to finish this lineup of tutorials with some random things I like doodling.
How To Practice Doodling
You have all my tips and you have these tutorials, let’s talk about the ways you can practice doodling so you get better and better as time goes.
- Have a doodling journal. You can practice on any piece of paper, but I found that it’s more fun to have a separate journal for doodling. That way you won’t just be able to see your progress, but you’ll have an entire journal full with ideas on what to doodle in your Bullet Journal.
- Practice every day. I know it might seem like a big commitment, but it doesn’t have to be. Just 5 minutes a day will do well and help you progress.
- Draw what you like. Doodling should be fun, so just have fun with it and doodle whatever you like.
- Don’t turn doodling into a chore. Always remember that doodling is something that should bring you joy and help you be creative. If it becomes a chore, it means you’re doing something wrong, take a step back, have a break and go back to it later.
What’s your favorite thing to doodle? Let me know in the comments!
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