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Easy to Draw Doodles for Adding Basic Bullet Journal Accents

Today I wanted to add a quick tutorial for doodling a few of my favorite bullet journal style accents. I primarily use these in doodle notes in the classroom- to draw attention to key concepts or just to fill empty space to create a visually balanced page of notes, I keep them tucked in my bullet journal idea notebook, and these accents make my top tips for bullet journaling.

How to draw basic bullet journal accents step by step


And here’s the play by play:

  1. LIGHT BULBS: I like to draw lightbulbs to illustrate key concepts or where in the notes something “clicked” for me. Plus, they are just fun to doodle- Just draw a balloon, add a little stack of pancakes and you are halfway there. 😉 Long, skinny, fat, squatty, they all turn out pretty charming and look great colored yellow or uncolored.

2. BLUE RIBBONS: Used in my doodle notes to denote a really good idea, I like drawing award ribbons a lot. If I’m bored, adding shading to the ribbon lets me play a bit while still (mostly) paying attention.

3. PUSH PINS – Mostly a filler doodle to occupy blank space for me, occasionally in my doodle notes I use the pushpin to denote a good idea worth remembering- or a place in my notes that I need to come back to and study.

4. NOTEBOOK or CALENDAR – Perfect for serving as a visual reminder to help remember dates or key information. Bonus: I like that this doodle of a spiral bound calendar can  be done sideways for a notebook effect. Also, the design begins with a basic square- meaning as a lecture is progressing I can draw a simple box around vital data and then come back a few minutes later and add the embellishment to turn the square into a spiral bound booklet.

5. BOOK or TEXTBOOK- Like the spiral notebook, this icon is extra handy for headlines and setting apart important information.



Part 2

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.

How to draw basic bullet journal accents step by step

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