In Part 1 of Doodling Journal Accents I demonstrated how I add light bulbs, blue ribbons, thumbtacks, and spiral bound calendar pages to my notes and journals. In part two, I show my process for doodling lightning bolts, award medals, gears, question marks, and check marks. All helpful accents for bullet journals, visual notes, or doodles.

LIGHTNING BOLT – So simple, but easy to mess up. The trick is to keep your angles consistent on the first line, then match the angles with parallel lines. This lightning bolt doodle is great for marking major ideas.

AWARD MEDAL– A fun doodle to fill blank space, denote a “best practice” idea, or congratulate yourself in your journal for a goal met, the aware medal has a 3-D ribbon that can be fun to shade in notes if you’re bored. It’s a simple 4 step doodle, shown below.

GEARS–  Perfect for denoting when information starts to “click” and make connections.


QUESTION MARK – Because a cool question mark should be a standard icon in your doodle-repertoire, large question marks help mark things left unresolved, not understood, or places you need to give special attention to during review or engage the instructor about during office hours.

CHECK MARK – Helpful for marking off checklists with style.


Did you miss part one of my doodle series? Click below:

Cheat sheet for drawing simple bullet journal accents

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *