Hey Planning Mashers!
It’s doodling time! I gathered here several simple and cute Bullet Journal doodles you can use to bring a pinch of happiness to your spreads!
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It all started with me sitting at home during the quarantine and going a bit coo-coo. So, of course, the creative person I am I decided to add some fun to my days by doodling.
I must say though, if you just sit down to doodle, it isn’t really easy to decide on what to draw. Yeah sure, it is easier for some extremely artistic and lucky people, but for the rest of us, we actually need to think of a theme or something.
So here are some theme ideas for you to use when you feel like sitting down and just doodling away.
An extra plus of this collection is that all these can be a great reference point for future themes in your Bullet Journal, or just as a collection of doodles you can randomly use for decorating your pages.
Oh and if you think you can’t doodle – Let me tell you, you totally can! It’s just a skill like any other and all you need is to learn and practice!
Before we dive in, I wanted to mention some of my favorite doodling supplies.
First of all – a good notebook. Any from my list of Best Notebooks For Bullet Journaling could be your choice. At the moment though, I’m madly in love with Archer and Olive notebooks and I’m using mostly their B5 notebook for all creative stuff.
Secondly – a good black pen. Usually, I’m using fineliners such as Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens – they are definitely my favorites. Lately, I’ve been also in love with doodling with fude pens, especially hard tip Tombow Fude.
Finally colors! Here I usually go with Zebra Mildliners, since I’m obsessed with their muted tones. But since it’s quarantine and I wanted some bright happy colors I went with my favorite Tombow products – dual brush pens and TwinTone markers.
If you’re more into doodling with colored pens, I definitely advise you to get some Sakura Gelly Rolls – they are the best gel pens on the market in my opinion and come in a huge variety of colors.
So, here are the themes and doodles ideas for you!
Doodling By Color
The first thing I decided to try is doodling by color. It was more challenging than I thought, but ultimately a lot of fun!
It was interesting to push and think about things in terms of color!
A little cheat here – you can use things that can be of any color, like polaroid cameras or running shoes.
Another approach you can use here is just drawing tons of different things in a color, without thinking of the original color for them.
Like draw your favorite food and color it all in pink. It could be pretty fun!
These ideas can come very useful if you choose a color as your Bullet Journal theme, you can draw so much inspiration from these.
Doodling By Season
Another fun doodling collection is seasonal doodles. In this case, I doodled summer things since it’s my favorite season and also my birthday season!
This page of doodles can be a great inspo for a theme for summertime, as well as maybe a start of summer bucket list collection!
Doodle Your Favorite Things
Turn the things you love the most into a doodling page!
And yes I know unicorns aren’t real, but I still love everything unicorny so it’s totally legit to have one on the list of my favorite things. Maybe it’s my unicorn plushie, you never know 😉
For the future, you can reference it when you create some fun collections like “Things That Make Me Happy” or “Things To Be Grateful For”.
Holiday Themed Doodles
Think of your favorite holidays and just doodle everything holiday-related. It will be great for creating a holiday theme in your Bullet Journal, creating a bucket list of maybe just collections like recipe and gift ideas.
There are more holiday themed doodles in these posts if you want to check them out:
I love taking doodling challenges, it’s basically a ready list of prompts to challenge your creativity. This takes a lot of decision-making pressure and allows us to just enjoy the doodling process.
My favorite doodling challenge at the moment is Different Doodles hosted by @plansthatblossom and @menwhobullet. They always come up with something different that challenges you and ultimately helps you develop your creative muscle.
More or less, this is it for broad topics, now let’s look into something more narrow and specific.
As I’m writing this, my monthly theme is sushi, so I’m all into food doodles! As an example I’m giving you here my little sushi tutorial, as well as my November mood tracker that is basically a page of doodles.
When doodling food, I love giving them personality, I think it makes it look more fun and definitely cuter!
You can absolutely do it with any type of food.l Think of your favorite cuisine and maybe doodle a spread of Mexican food.
Or think of a meal and doodle breakfast food. It’s up to you!
Fruit and Vegetable Doodles
Speaking of food, fruits and vegetables can be a very cute theme to explore, especially if you use my trick and animate them all.
The key to cute doodles is to make it all more rounded and add fun little expressions.
I have few go-to expressions, but it also helps to sometimes just think what kind of character it will be like when you see my chilly pepper is a very fiery guy with a short fuse!
I love my stationery, you can check out my YouTube video of some of the supplies I own if you wonder. I have to admit I might have a bit of a problem, but I do use most of them, so I guess it’s ok. Please don’t judge me
So back to my point, doodling stationery is probably my favorite thing, so it was a no brainer to create a collection of stationery doodles.
Apart from having fun with these, it actually inspired me to later have a Stationery Themed Bullet Journal Setup.
Moreover, I have now a crazy amount of spreads with different stationery doodles, including pen tests, that are kind of essential to have in your BuJo and it looks so much cuter with doodles.
Plants are a very simple thing to doodle and they look super sweet on your BuJo pages.
However, when you start plant themed Bullet Journal setup it might get difficult to keep coming up with different plant types, especially if you’re not really a plant person like I am not.
So a great idea is to create a collection of plant doodles, so later you can just look back at it. It will make your plant themed setup so much easier.
Speaking of doodling plants, if you want to learn how to or get more plant ideas, check out Skillshare class “Line Drawing: Cactus & Succulent Edition”. You can take it for FREE if you use my exclusive link.
If we talk about plants, we can’t not mention flowers! Flowers are probably the most popular theme for a Bullet Journal.
Moreover, for me, they are always a symbol of love, hope, and human strength, which we definitely need these days.
So a floral doodling page is not just fun to doodle, but also an extra pinch of happiness. Plus of course a great referencing point for future use.
In case you’re new to floral doodles and want to learn more, be sure to check my post How To Draw Beautiful Flowers In Your Bullet Journal, which also includes some fun and free resources for you to improve your floral skills.
Self Care Doodles
Self-care is so super important, so why not doodle some cute things that bring you happiness.
There are several things that I do for self-care, but I feel like my go-to thi9ng would be body care – bubble baths and face masks!
Speaking of self-care, this is another way I love to have a moment for myself – by applying makeup. There is really something calming about applying makeup.
I don’t have a large collection of makeup myself, but I do like doodling them. There are so many cute bottles and shapes you can use when doodling makeup!
Ocean Themed Doodles
Oceans are magical and full of fantastic creatures and bright colors. I always think of the wonderful world of Disney’s Little Mermaid. I never understood why she would want to leave that enchanted place.
Well, at least until she met prince Eric (who is totally Henry Cavill), that guy looked like he was totally worth it. Plus he had a dog – sweet deal if you ask me!
What was I talking about?
Oh yeah ocean doodles!
I had a lot of fun creating those. The best part is that with the ocean you can really let your fantasy go! These are so many types of fish and amazing underwater plants, so you can totally go wild with the many different colors to use!
Oh and now I’m super pumped to give a try to an ocean theme in my BuJo. Would you like to see me giving it a try?
Speaking of magic (cause the ocean is magic!), that could be another fun doodling theme to explore.
For me, I went for pastels and pink magic unicorns. These are by the way the doodles I used in my Unicorn Themed Bullet Journal Setup.
But you could think of something different, maybe go with black cats and witches, which would make it a perfect inspiration for a Halloween theme.
Finally, here is a theme which is probably the most practiced one – weather doodles. It can end up as a Bullet Journal theme (April showers? Let It Go January snowstorms?).
It also can be something you could use on a weekly basis if you track the weather in your weekly spreads.
For today this is all, folks! I hope you got a ton of inspiration for your future doodling!
What theme would you add? What are your favorite things to doodle? Let us know in the comments!
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