Do you want to learn how to doodle? This list of free resources will have you creating doodles for everything!
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With my 30 Days of Bullet Journal Doodles YouTube Series just around the corner, all I have been thinking about and doing is doodling.
Actually, I think creating this series has helped me improve my doodling skills, too. It’s taken me back to the bare bones basics and forced me to work through my doodling process step by step.
As things like bullet journaling and Procreate on the iPad Pro become more prevalent, more people are wanting to learn how to doodle. Let me help you!
Now, I am friends with a lot of bloggers that write about the same sorta stuff I do. Rivalry friendship? No, just great people who I can bounce ideas off of.
Anyways, a lot of these women have put together bullet journal doodle blog posts. And they have shared the most amazing Instagram accounts to learn how to create doodles for your bullet journal.
They are wonderful and easy to follow along with. I am a huge fan of Instagram, and I love the people that share doodle tutorials there.
But, I know that not everyone has social media. Not everyone wants to go search through someone’s feed to find doodle tutorials or tips. With that said, I want to share some of the best free resources I have found to learn how to doodle.
None of them are from Instagram.
Whether it’s for your bullet journal, sketchbook, as a relaxing hobby, or just to learn a new skill. With these free resources, you’ll be doodle master in no time.
Learn How to Doodle for Free
30 Days of Bullet Journal Doodles
Obviously, I have to promote myself. *shrug*. But really, I have worked super hard and tomorrow, March 1st, it all begins.
This 30 day doodle series is beginner friendly and will help you learn the basics of doodling by breaking things down into simple shapes.
Each day a new video will go up on my YouTube channel at
If you want to learn more, download the free workbook, and see the prompts for the month, check out this blog post.
The people at IQ Doodle may have me one-upped. They have an entire library of How to Doodle Tutorials. Each of their doodles includes step-by-step visual and textual instructions for drawing household items such as a mobile phone, microwave, cactus, blender, tea kettle, and more.
Here are few of the doodles I created following along with their doodle tutorials. They are easy to follow instructions with awesome results.
They also have a paid doodle course. But, you can get the first 5 lessons for free.
Even if you don’t love social media, Pinterest is a must-have. Many years ago when Pinterest first started it contained a lot of recipes and self-help related articles.
However, over the years Pinterest has become a second search engine and can be used to find just about anything, including doodle tutorials.
I have an entire board dedicated to Doodles and Doodle Tutorials that you can see and follow here. More shameless self-marketing.
My favorite thing about Pinterest is that it’s a visual search engine. So, you don’t have to spend hours on Google, clicking through webpages just to find that they aren’t what you’re looking for.
I think the Skillshare crazy has died down a bit. But, that doesn’t mean they have lost their value.
Skillshare is an amazing resource for all of your creative needs, including learning to doodle.
Now, it’s not technically a free resource, but you can get a 2-month free trial when you use my link to sign-up. And, you can cancel at any time and still have access to your full free trial period. There’s no risk!
Some of the classes I have taken on Skillshare and loved are:
- Doodle Art: Basics and Beyond
- Learn to Draw Animals by Doodling
- Create Fun Patterns Easily for Sketching, Doodling, and Lettering
- Alphabet Art: Doodling Words and Letters Freehand
Aside from my own channel *plugging away shamelessly*, there are a number of fabulous artists and teachers on YouTube that are sharing how to doodle videos.
YouTube is one of the most valuable sources of information we have today because it’s quick to digest, it’s visual, and it doesn’t cost anything to learn if you know what to look for.
I wouldn’t call myself a YouTube binger, but I definitely spend a few hours a week watching videos to improve my skills, my life, and sometimes for pure entertainment.
But, keeping on subject, here are some fabulous channels to help you learn how to doodle.
My Favorite Doodling Supplies
Before closing out this post, I want to share some of the supplies I use on a daily basis when creating doodles. But, please remember that you don’t need anything special to get started.
When I first started bullet journaling and dabbling in doodles, I had one Micron pen that once belonged to my mom, a standard #2 pencil, and some Crayola markers that my daughter had.
And guess what? I did just fine!
But, if you’re looking to upgrade your stationery supplies to accommodate for thicker and thinner line widths, easily blendable colors, and a wide variety of colors, here are my favorites of what I have tried through the years.
Pentel Twist-Erase 0.7: You need a pencil. Any old pencil will do the trick, but this pencil is my baby. I love the grip, the twistable and replaceable eraser, and the overall weight of the pencil in my hand.
This pack on Amazon includes 6 pencils, 6 spare erasers, and 3 tubes of spare lead.
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens: These pens have grown on me so much. The ink is rich black in color and it’s archival. Also, they don’t seem to smudge as much as other
This pack on Amazon includes 8 pens. XS (0.1mm), S (0.3mm), F (0.5mm), M (0.7mm), a brush pen, bullet nib, soft brush, and soft calligraphy tip.
Tombow Dual Brush Pens: Of all the markers I own, these are my favorite. They are easy to blend, come in the most beautiful, deeply rich shades, and they are multi-purpose. I love to use the light grays for shading and the pastels for adding just a hint of color.
I definitely recommend picking these up on Amazon, as the last time I was in my local arts and crafts store, a 10-pack was over $30.
I hope this post has helped you to find some new resources to help you learn how to doodle.
But, at the end of the day (and this post), I want to remind you of the most important aspect of doodling and creativity in general.
It’s not about how good you are. And it’s not about how quickly you can pick up a skill. Everyone has a starting point and we can’t change our initial skill level.
Accept your abilities for what they are right now. Be content in your position on this creative journey. And then, absorb all the information you can and let your mind and your creativity run with it.
Don’t hold yourself to expectations about what your doodles should look like. You will develop your own creative style, and that’s part of what makes doodling such a relaxing and enjoyable activity.
This quick rundown of that is: have fun and allow yourself some grace when learning to doodle.
Where do you go to learn new creative skills? Are you working on a specific creative goal? Let me know in the comments below!
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Laurie Elliott says
Erin — thanks so much for this list of doodle resources. I appreciate that you did not include Instagram references for those who do not have Instagram. But I’m wondering if you could r commend some of your favorite Instagram accounts you follow who hacpve doodling tutorials?
By the way, I did print out your workbook and plan on following along for the 30 day Doodling tutorials. I look forward to improving my doodling skills. Thanks so much for your free resource.
Thank you for your kind comment and of course! I really love @plansthatblossom. Nicole is an amazing doodle artist and she frequently posts how-to style posts. I also really like @sarazorel for doodle ideas.
I’m super happy to hear you are taking part in my doodle challenge! I hope you are enjoying it so far. It has been such a fun project to work on and it has helped bring me back to the basics and focus on the main components more.