11 Simple Doodle Ideas For Beginners

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Learning how to doodle can transform your Bullet Journal pages from simple notes to personal masterpieces. And guess what? You don’t need to be an artist to make your pages look stunning.

I’ve got you covered with 11 simple doodle ideas for beginners that will add that extra sparkle to your journal. These doodles are here to make your journaling experience both fun and visually appealing by adding a touch of creativity and personality to your daily logs and trackers.

Doodling is all about expressing yourself and turning those blank pages into a canvas of your daily adventures. So, grab your pen, and let’s get those creative juices flowing with some easy-to-follow doodle tutorials that promise not only to beautify your journal but also to bring a smile to your face every time you flip through your pages.

Have you ever found yourself doodling on the corner of a page during a meeting or while chatting on the phone? It turns out, those little scribbles are not just a way to pass time. Doodling has some pretty fantastic benefits!

Not only does it help in improving concentration and memory recall, but it also serves as a creative outlet that can reduce stress and spark joy. So yeah, it’s not just something silly to do, it’s actually a powerful tool for all areas of your life.

And how about incorporating those delightful doodles into your Bullet Journal, it adds a dose of personality and creativity. I know for sure doodling is my favorite way to decorate my pages and I love looking back and seeing how each doodle shows my mood and life at that time.

Adding doodles to your Bullet Journal really helps you make it more personal, and I’m not even talking about the calming experience of actually doodling. I find that often, when I’m stressed, just sitting down and adding doodles to my pages helps me to calm down and see the day in a brighter light.

But you’re here so chances are you abslutely agree with me and feel the same. So let’s see what kindo f things we can doodle today.

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Stationery Recommendations

Before we get to doodling, let’s talk about supplies, since you’ll need those. Of course, you can star doodling with whatever you already have, be it a pencil or your kid’s old school pens. But we all know that having better tools can help you do better and motivate you to keep on practicing your skills.

So, if you want to get some extra supplies to enhance your doodling, here are some of my recommendations:

  • Notepad. You’ll need some paper to doodle, and I prefer a dot grid since it helps keep the doodles straight. Plus, especially if you want to add color to your doodles, you’ll want something with smooth paper; otherwise, your ma§rkers can be damaged. I recommend Rhodia Notepad.
  • Pencil & eraser. For the pencil, I really recommend getting the one with a comfortable grip since you’ll probably spend a lot of time using it. My top choice is the Pilot Dr. Grip pencil. And for an eraser, get something that won’t leave any traces behind, like this Sakura Foam Eraser.
  • Fineliners. These are the blood of your Bullet Journal. But also are wonderful for doodling. The black lines are perfect to outline your doodles, and the pen thickness variety will definitely allow you to make your doodles stand out even more. My choice for these are Sakura Pigma Micron.
  • Markers. If color is your thing, you’ll want some markers, and I recommend Crayola Super Tips, since they come in so many colors and are pretty affordable. But I also really love Tombow Twin Tone and Zebra Mildliners for the special colors they offer.
  • Colorful Pens. Another option if you want your doodles to be colorful. Tons of different pens you can use, but I would recommend Staedtler Triplus Fineliners or Sakura Gelly Roll, the latter being also amazing for working on black paper.

Now that you have all your supplies ready, it’s time for you to cozy up on the couch or in your home office and get doodling.

11 Simple Doodle Ideas For Beginners

A lot of people feel like they are not creative enough to actually doodle. But here is the scoop – doodling, just like most things, is a muscle. To be able to doodle, you just need to practice.

Trust me, when I started my doodling journey (once I started my Bullet Journal in 2018), I couldn’t doodle anything other than a smiley face. But I stayed on track, kept on practicing, and looked at me now, helping others do the same.

The best way to start practicing is by following tutorials. And that’s when this post comes up, because these easy tutorials will help you get started even if you’ve never doodled before.

So let’s dive in and let me show you that you, too, can doodle!

How To Doodle A Pencil

Starting with a pencil doodle – it’s simple and super fun! I love using pencil doodles for my notes or weekly spreads.

These are also a must-have when it comes to creating a stationery theme in your Bullet Journal.

How To Doodle A Cupcake

Next up are desserts! I love my sweets, but I am trying to cut down on my sugar consumption. One solution is to add more sweet doodles to my Bullet Journal pages!

As you can see, it’s a very simple doodle to do, and you can play around so much with the colors.

How To Doodle A Hot Beverage

Hot drinks, be it coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, are the epiphany of cozy and comfy. They are great for creating a full Bullet Journal theme around.

Plus, they always have a space for any of your self-care-themed pages because you don’t love a hot beverage to calm your nerves and cozy up with a book.

They are pretty easy to doodle, and you can add any details you want to make them into drinks that you like.

How To Doodle A Camera

Doodling is all about seeing your objects in basic shapes and then putting them all together. A camera is very obviously a bunch of rectangles and a few circles, so it’s a perfect doodle for beginners.

Plus, I love how much you can play with color to make it fit your exact aesthetic.

How To Doodle A Pie

A pie is a staple doodle for Fall, and it’s also pretty easy to make.

These also appear on my Falkl to-do list, but they are great for your cooking pages as well. You can create a whole theme around baking and pies.

How To Doodle Roses

Flowers are one of the most popular doodles, and they are always a popular theme for your Bullet Journal.

Despite the general feeling that flowers are pretty difficult to draw, there are absolutely easy floral doodles you can try right away, like these cute roses.

And you get to play around with the colors, so it always looks a bit different.

How To Doodle A Planner

Here at Masha Plans, we’re all about planning, so what a doodling post this would be without us trying to draw a planner!

There are many different types, but for this particular one, let’s do a travel journal. As you can see, it’s a cute little doodle, and you get to play around with the colors and patterns you want to see on the cover.

Step-by-step tutorials on how to doodle a travel journal

How To Doodle An Umbrella

This might seem like a boring doodle, but you get to play around with the color and design of an umbrella to make it truly yours.

Plus, these are perfect for an “April Showers” theme for your Bullet Journal.

How To Doodle A Houseplant

Houseplants are our cute little companions, and thankfully, they are also pretty easy to doodle, so you can bring your plant close to your Bullet Journal pages as well.

They are also a great theme to try in your Bullet Journal, and you can play around with pot shapes and designs to add variety.

How To Doodle A Marker

Stationery is one of the easiest things to doodle, so here is one more – this doodle was inspired by my all-time favorite Zebra Mildliners.

Here is a little trick – if you make a doodle shorter and a bit thicker, it adds to the general cuteness!

Step-by-step tutorials on how to doodle zebra mildliner

How To Doodle Cheese

Ok, cheese might not be an obvious choice for a doodle, but I think it’s an easy one, and you get to have a pretty elaborate-looking drawing.

Even if it’s just to give you more confidence in your doodling skills, I say – give it a try!

Easy and Cute Bullet Journal Doodles - how to draw cheese

And there you go, 11 doodle ideas for beginners that you can start drawing in your Bullet Journal right away!

Free Doodling Course

As a beginner, you mgiht be lookijg for soem more direction when it comes to mastering this new skill of doodling.

I’ve been there! I couldn’t doodle anything myself until I started my Bullet Journal, and I had to go on a full-on journey to teach myself how to doodle.

I gathered all my best techniques, tips, and tricks to help you get there faster in my FREE course on doodling for beginners.

Simply sign up in the form below, and once you confirm your subscription, you’ll get all the details to start your doodling adventures right away.

More Resources

Do you feel like diving deeper into doodling? Looking for more tutorials? I’ve got you covered, there is plenty more information on the blog about all things doodling.

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>>> What kind of things do you want to learn how to doodle? Let us know in the comments.

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