Hello Planning Mashers!
Chances are if you’re in this blog, you want to learn how to doodle and improve your creative planning skills. I got you covered – here is a list of FREE resources for you to learn how to doodle!
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Doodling isn’t a secret creative talent only a few people possess. My own experience proved to me that it’s really just a matter of perseverance and practice. I talk more about it in my blog post on how to Master Your Bullet Journal Doodles.
The key to improving your doodling skills is to keep learning and practicing. In time, you’ll see yourself improving and reaching levels you didn’t think possible before.
I love to doodle and I know you and other Planning Mashers are interested in improving your skills as well. So I decided to give a hand to all of us and collected a list of free resources we can all use to work on our doodling skills.
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What? A little shameless self-promotion doesn’t hurt anyone! But seriously, I just want you to get the most out of my blog, so I had to mention doodling posts I’ve had so far.
You can find all my doodling related posts here, and I’m working on adding more and more in this category, as I see that it’s something that interests you guys greatly.
Here are just a few posts to get you started:
If you don’t use any social media, don’t worry, the rest of the resources will be independent. However, chances are you do, so I had to mention some awesome step by step tutorials you can find on Instagram.
Below is a spread in my Bullet Journal inspired by flower tutorial by @bonjournal_. It was so easy to follow!
You can also find some fantastic ones from these creators:
In case you don’t want to scroll down bujo accounts looking for doodle tutorials, check out @shibadoodle feature account that already gathered the tutorials from all over the platform.
If you follow my Instagram, you know that I do some tutorials as well. If you want me to do more of those, just let me know and I’d be absolutely delighted to!
I know, I know, I said there won’t be any more social networks, but Pinterest is actually a search engine, so it doesn’t count.
Pinterest is one of the largest search engines on the web and you can find there information on anything, including doodling. You can find loads of different doodle tutorials of any level and style.
If you pardon me one more bit of shameless self-promotion, you can check out and give a follow to my Pinterest account, since I have a very large doodle related board and I try to gather some new doodles every day.
A great thing about Pinterest is that it’s a visual platform, so what you get is what you see. It’s quite convenient to scroll around Pinterest looking at the images and picking the ones you are looking for. Don’t miss out on this!
IQ Doodle is a fantastic resource for step by step doodle tutorials. For each tutorial they have step by step images, texts, and videos, so you can learn in any way you prefer.
I go to their website pretty often to get ideas and, of course, to practice my doodling. Here are some of the doodles I made based on their posts.
They also offer paid doodling courses, but you can get 5 first lessons for free.
It’s not a secret that there is nothing you can’t find on YouTube, and when it comes to doodle tutorials, video is definitely the best medium for these.
I’m also launching a new series – “How To Doodle”, where I’m showing step-by-step tutorials and giving a bit more detail on how to draw each doodle.
Now, enough with shameless self-promo. There are many amazing YouTube channels I love for doodling tutorials and I‘m sure you’d love as well:
Skillshare is my go-to place every time I need to learn something. This is where I learned how to take pictures with my phone, how to have an Instagram account, how to edit videos and so much more.
Skillshare has classes in absolutely every niche! I took some fantastic classes in doodling, watercolor, zegtangles – the list goes on and on.
It’s really a one-stop shop for any of your creative needs.
Even though the platform has a paid membership, if you sign up with my link here you can get 2 weeks for free! You can cancel any time and after you do you would still have all the access to the free content available.
I’ve been on and off the platform for a few years already, and here are some classes I loved:
I hope you’ll check these out and I’m sure you’ll find these resources useful and helpful in improving your doodling skills.
If you’re looking for more classes on different creative skills you can take for free, check out my post How To Bring Your Bullet Journal To The Next Level.
Always remember, that with doodling you have to punch your inner critic in the face and just allow yourself to enjoy the process. None of us was born Picasso (well, except Picasso himself, but that’s not the point), it’s all about practice.
So prepare your pen, pencil and doodling pad (or maybe a doodle journal) and dive in the magical world you create for yourself.
Speaking of supplies, let me do a small rundown of my favorites.
Favorite Doodling Supplies
With the supplies important thing is – you don’t really need super fancy expensive ones. Your kid’s Crayola markers will do just fine. or maybe just your usual writing pen.
The important message here – don’t let your supplies limit your creativity!
However, if you want to up your doodling game here are some of my favorites.
Pilot Dr. Grip mechanical pencil. I had many pencils, but this one is hands down my favorite. The grip is so comfortable! A pencil is probably the tool I use the most when creating and it’s so important to have the one that is very comfortable and nice to use.
- Intact feature writing instruments to reduce the fatigue of "Dr. Grip G-spec" series, is a mechanical pencil of Frost color series reflecting the image of healing.
- Core comes out and shake.
- Lead Size : 0.5mm
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens. These really grew on me and became my favorite fineliners to use for doodling. The archival ink is rich black, waterproof and they seem to smudge much less than any other fineliners I tried before.
- PITT artist pens contain pigmented India ink that is both archival and acid free
- Perfect for drawing on the go!
- Convenient wallet keeps all your drawing tools together
Zebra Mildliners. When it comes to coloring this is hands down my favorite supplies. I’m so in love with their muted colors! And since they released a brush pen set as well I barely ever use anything else. Ok no, there are also a few more things.
- Double-sided design offers 2 tip sizes in single utensil
- Mild color shows up softly for unique results
- Reusable storage case allows easy storage and travel
Tombow Dual Brush Pens. When it comes to lettering and using many colors – these brush pens are the best. They come in a very wide range of rich colors and can serve many purposes since they have a brush pen tip and a marker tip.
- Ideal for fine art, brush lettering, faux calligraphy, illustrations, water color illustrations, journaling and more
- Pastel color 10 pcs assortment set in plastic case
- Great for Fine art, illustrations, doodling, journaling, Hand lettering and more
Tombow Twin Tone Markers. These are great for doodling and coloring since they also have a dual tip. And the colors are so bright and happy! They work great with summer doodles, rainbows, or basically anything where you want the colors to stand out.
- Perfect for color coding and decorating planners, journals and notebooks
- Double sided marker creates thick or thin lines with two tip choices broad bullet tip for bold lines or extra fine tip for detailed, precise lines
- Long lasting fiber tips maintain shape after repeated use
What is your favorite place to find ideas and inspirations for your doodles? Share with us in the comments below!
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