All you need to set up a journal is a notebook to work in and a pen or pencil. Bringing character and joy into your journal is a personal journey but doodling can be a simple and effective way of achieving a stunning and uplifting look. We asked journaling expert, Annie Weir, to share some of her tips for floral doodles.
Annie: As a creative person I think it’s only natural that I would enjoy drawing and doodling in my journal. I think it’s amazing how a small doodle can bring a page to life or transform a simple ‘to-do’ list into something special and unique. I draw inspiration from the world around me, so during certain months I may include doodles relating to festivities or events taking place that month. I also especially enjoy drawing leaves and flowers in my journal and I like my journal to be in line with each season.
- Nobuku A5 dot grid journal
- Uniball Uni Pin Fine Line Pens 0.4 & 0.2
- Pigma Micron Fineliner 005
- HB pencil
- doodling templates – free download from Simply Lettering
You don’t need to be an expert calligrapher or brush letterer to add beautiful text to your journal. I created this header using faux calligraphy. To create this lettering I drew the word ‘September’ in a handwritten style, then drew in thicker downstrokes where they would naturally appear if I had written this with a brush pen.
Practice is key – it’s okay to have journal pages dedicated to practice and doodle ideas
You can create a frame for your journaling page by adding a doodle to the corner of the page like the one you see here. For this drawing I began by drawing the flower in the corner, then added leaves to create the shape of the frame. I added additional detail to the leaves to differentiate them from the flowers and help the flowers to stand out.
I added a border doodle on this page of my journal in the opposite corner to the frame on the facing page in order to balance out my design. Again, I drew the flower first then added the leaves, which determines the shape of the border. I extended this drawing right to the edge of the page for variety and to give the look that the flowers are growing onto the page.
Sketch out doodles/page layout in pencil first – this lets you get everything positioned to your liking before you go in with pen
I also enjoy creating standalone doodles in my journals. I often add drawings like this to break up a page or in this case to add some additional detail to what would have been too plain a corner in comparison to the rest of my design. I added a simple leaf as I felt another flower would have been too much and taken away from the space I had allocated for writing.
I use a pen with a thicker line width to create the outlines of my drawings and add details using a pen with a thinner line width – this helps add depth and dimension to your doodles
To help you get started on your journaling journey, you can download all the templates you need to recreate Annie’s doodles right here.
Annie Weir is an artist and blogger who began journaling at the end of 2017 after discovering bullet journaling via Instagram. She finds journaling is the ideal way to combine her loves of lettering, illustration and artwork while simultaneously providing a place to store her ideas, thoughts and memories. She is known for her simple, clean designs and love of nature, which she combines through her journaling and artwork.