Are you looking to really improve your doodle game? Then you’ve come to the right place. You don’t need to be particularly artistic to add some extra character to your bullet journal spreads. Just follow these simple tips to make your doodles really stand out.
Aside from personalising your bujo and giving you the chance to express your creativity, doodling is a great way to de-stress after a busy day (or week)! It only takes a few moments to draw a small, simple image; try out a sun, a cloud or a small flower if you’re just a beginner.
What do I need to get started?
The best thing about doodling is that you don’t need much at all. Just something to draw on (your bullet journal, an old notebook, a piece of paper, even an old receipt or an envelope – anything will work!) and a pen or pencil of your choice. That’s it – you’re all set.
But wait, I can’t draw…
Don’t think negative thoughts…just give it a try! There’s no wrong or right way to draw as long as you can create something that you’re happy with. The more you practice, the better you’ll get, even just taking a few minutes each day to doodle will help vastly improve your skills.
8 Tips for making your doodles look amazing
Don’t be afraid to give it a go
One of the main hurdles to overcome with any kind of drawing is a fear of making mistakes. I know it might seem a bit scary, especially when you’re confronted with a blank page but the best thing that you can do is put pen to paper and get started.
The more confident you can be with your drawing, the better the outcome. So have fun, make mistakes but more importantly just give doodling a go!
Sometimes it can be a little intimidating to look online and see stunning artwork that other people have created. Don’t let that scare you off, instead let it be a motivator for you to improve and learn.
Everyone has to start somewhere. I promise you that no-one just picks up a pen or pencil and is suddenly able to create perfect pictures (plus imperfections often give that little bit more character to your sketches). The best way to begin learning is by picking simple things to draw. Once you have mastered the basics then you can move on to more complex ideas.
Look online for help
Is there something you really want to doodle but don’t have a clue where to start? A quick search online is guaranteed to give you the inspiration that you need.
Let’s say I want to doodle a strawberry but I’m not sure of the best way to go about it. Just type ‘draw a strawberry’ into your search box, click on ‘images’ at the top and pages worth of pictures will appear, several of which will be offering to teach you how to draw the perfect strawberry. Just pick one that you like and get started!
And just in case you really do want to draw a strawberry then here’s how:
Start with pencil
If you’re not very confident with your drawing skills then doodle in pencil to start with. That way if you make a mistake then you can always use an eraser. It also means that you can make your doodles look exactly how you want before going over them in pen. It may be a little more time consuming initially but it’s well worth it!
Outline in pen
Once you have a drawing that you’re happy with then it’s time to outline it in pen. This is guaranteed to make your artwork stand out and give it a neater and bolder feel. I use these Faber Castell Pitt artists pens, in either the S or XS sized nib. They work really well on almost any type of paper and have very minimal bleeding.
Once you’ve outlined your doodles, don’t forget to gently erase any pencil marks showing through!
Adding a splash of colour to your pictures is a great way to cover up any mistakes that you may have made along the way, plus it can really brighten up your pages. You can use colouring pencils, markers or whatever you feel most comfortable with.
Use a ruler or straight edge if you have to
I’m sure that there are lots of people out there who don’t like the idea of using a ruler but I think it’s an underrated tool. My free hand drawing is a bit wobbly so sometimes it really helps to use a ruler or a straight edge to draw my lines. It just makes the image look that little bit neater and more amazing! 😉
Find things from around the house to help you
Similar to using a ruler, I sometimes like to find items from around me to help with my drawing.
Looking to draw the perfect curve? Draw around part of a glass. Want to draw a small circle? Use a milk bottle lid or a small coin. It’s a really easy way to make your drawings look even. Also, if you have stencils for your Bujo then you can use some of the shapes to help with your sketches.
Hopefully these tips will take your doodles to the next level. So just remember, simple pictures with bold colours and a good solid outline can make your bujo pages really shine.