You’ve probably seen a few super arty bullet journals on Pinterest and Instagram that you love, and wondered how to do the same in your BuJo. Well, bullet journal doodles are a quick and easy way to jazz up your pages, even if you’re not the least bit artistic.
Every so often I invite talented guests with experience in a given subject to join in and share their expertise. Today, we’ll hang out with Koko, a professional illustrator and blogger, and learn her doodling tips and tricks.
Bullet Journal Doodles = Fun Kawaii
My own pretty bullet journal is pretty minimalist but I do like the bright color and whimsy that doodles can add to a page spread. Doodles just make me smile. (I have a whole Pinterest board full of them!) When I saw all the cuteness at funkawaii.com, I knew I had to ask the artist behind the blog, Koko, for some doodle pointers for all the BuJo peeps out there.
That’s Koko and her family below. What cuties!
Koko blogs about Japan-inspired drawing and doodling and all sorts of kawaii fun. “Kawaii” translates loosely to “Cuteness” in Japanese, and Koko’s designs are super-cute! Originally from Tokyo, she now lives in Denmark with her husband and young son, Z.
Koko created four doodle tutorials with free printable practice sheets for BuJo, including an adorable unicorn unicorn doodle, perfect for anytime of year!
You’ll find Koko’s unicorn tutorial video below this Q&A:
Jebra: How did you learn to doodle so well?
Koko: I grew up watching a lot of animations and reading manga, and started drawing since I was 6 or so 🙂
Jebra: What kind of doodles do you do professionally?
Koko: Usually clients need icon designs for their website and apps. But I have done “story-telling” doodles – that convert long text explanation of their products or system into doodle drawings.
Jebra: What’s your favorite doodle style or character?
Koko: I like to draw food and cute characters with big sparkling eyes!
Jebra: When do you like to doodle in your personal life?
Koko: I like to draw for my Viking-Ninja son’s bento (school lunch box) 🙂
Jebra: Is there anything you’ve learned from doodling that surprised you?
Koko: It’s like zen. I am surprised that doodling makes me feel calm 😉 It’s a good to rest my busy mind, I can just focus by moving my hand and using imagination … such a relaxing, fun moment.
Jebra: Any tips for bullet journalists about doodles?
Koko: Always draw with pencil! (because you can erase it 😉 I am a pro illustrator but I always draw with a pencil. Using a white out is always handy. And, try not to do perfect. The most important is that you enjoy drawing.
Jebra: Anything else you want to share?
Koko: You may be surprised how creative are! There are no rules or limits for drawing, use your imagination … memory … things you like, or colour.
Keep practicing — there is no magic way of doing it … simply the more you draw the more better you get.
Happy Doodling! 🙂
Watch Koko’s YouTube tutorial and learn how to draw your own sweet mythical creature, this kawaii unicorn, below:
Want even more ideas for kawaii doodles and simple ways to decorate your bullet journal?
Check out my post: Make Your BuJo Super-Cute!