Updated on 21 September 2019 making it 60+ amazing doodle how to’s!
This is probably going to be one of my favorite posts of all time! And I dont even know where to start I am so excited!
So i started collecting these little “How-To” posts because I found them so helpful when creating little doodles in my bullet journal! So lets talk about some of the benefits of doodling!
Why should you doodle in your bullet journal
So according to the Harvard (<yeah fancy!) Health Blog stated (and i found this insanely interesting so instead of summarising it I popped the whole quote in!)
In 2009, psychologist Jackie Andrade asked 40 people to monitor a 2-½ minute dull and rambling voice mail message. Half of the group doodled while they did this (they shaded in a shape), and the other half did not. They were not aware that their memories would be tested after the call.
Surprisingly, when both groups were asked to recall details from the call, those that doodled were better at paying attention to the message and recalling the details. They recalled 29% more information!
Spontaneous drawings may also relieve psychological distress, making it easier to attend to things. We like to make sense of our lives by making up coherent stories, but sometimes there are gaps that cannot be filled, no matter how hard we try.
Doodles fill these gaps, possibly by activating the brain’s “time travel machine,” allowing it to find lost puzzle pieces of memories, bringing them to the present, and making the picture of our lives more whole again. With this greater sense of self and meaning, we may be able to feel more relaxed and concentrate more.
So I sat there and thought for a second – I must be a genius with all that doodling I do! haha! So I am so glad that I put together is awesome list of doodle how-to for your bullet journals
Benefits of doodling in your bullet journal
I then read another post that covered 7 benefits of doodling!
- It helps you concentrate and focus
- It can help empower creative insight
- It can help process emotions
- It can help alleviate stress
- It can be a creative outlet
- Can help you visualise learning and help you learn better
- helps with big picture thinking
What do we use to doodle?
A basic pen and some paper, and some imagination! There are a ton of amazing posts out there showing us how to draw cute animals, or simple doodles, so use your imagination and keep it really simple!
You can easily use some other goodies like markers or crayons or really anything that lets your mind wonder 🙂
If you are struggling to find time to doodle or practice doodling, do not get overwhelmed, and simply add a couple of boxes to your weekly spreads – they do not have to be huge – but gives you some space to promote you doodling a little more in your week!
These step by step doodles can help you feel more creative and help you practice drawing some of the things you might usually use stickers or stamps for in your journal.
On to our amazing doodle how-to features:
We have taken the time to divide up our 60 amazing doodle posts based on theme for this post, so look around for something you might like!
Drawing florals can add a really feminine feel to your bullet journal, and learning to draw flowers is not that hard as the below floral doodles show us! So looking for ways on how to draw flower doodles? My favorite floral instagram accounts, “Bon Journal” is a whiz at making it easy to draw florals. You can check out the interview we did with her here.
Flower doodles make up a majority of this post, as they seem to be really popular and people love adding floral drawings to their bullet journals! Finding easy to follow templates can be tricky and there are number of awesome books out there that make drawing flowers and florals easy and awesome!
My personal favorite book is from The Pigeon letters – again you can see her interview here and you can shop some of her books here:
Even drawing simple floral arrangements can be done easily with the doodle guides!
Succulents can take some practice, but once worked out are easy to draw, design and color in. It doesn’t take to many steps to learn to draw cacti/ cactus and succulents and the colors are easy!
Banners and Headings
While headings and banners are not REALLY doodles, these simple how to’s for your journal can show you how easy it is to add something a little different to your banners mor header in your bullet journal.
Doodle ideas can come from anywhere, and adding cute pictures of your day to day or house hold items makes it a fun addition to your planner or journal. It is not hard to add household item doodles to your bullet journal, and these simple doodle instructions below show you how easy it can be to add them to your day.
Food (And Fruits) and Drinks