Hello friends! A lot of people message me about wanting to take up doodling and not knowing where to start, so I thought I’d offer a few recommendations.
Section 1: BOOKS.
a) Journals to fill in.
1- The Happy Book by Rachel Kempster and Meg Leder.
This is a journal that asks you to fill in the blanks in order to keep track of happy and great things that happen to your life. It offers prompts and doodling space+ideas. The Goal of it is to get you to take notice of happy things in your life, and to think more on what brings you joy.
2- Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith
This one is so popular that I’m not sure it even needs a description, but anyway, it’s a journal filled with prompts asking you to fill the journal, wreck it and make mistakes. It’s very good for people who are trying to be less perfectionist about doodling/journaling.
3- Listography Journal by Lisa Nola.
A journal in which you fill inlists about your life.
4- 642 Things to write about by San Francisco’s Writer’s Group.
Exactly what the title says.
5- 642 Things to draw by Chronicle Books.
Exactly what the title says.
6- What I wore today by Gemma Correll.
Sketch your daily outfit and fill in things about your day.
1- Drawn In: A Peek into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 44 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, and Cartoonists by Julia Rothman.
This isn’t an inspiration book that lets you see other artists’ journals and gives you information on what inspires them.
2- Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson.
This is a journal (that was formatted into a book) by Craig Thompson detailing his travels. It’s my #1 inspiration when it comes to keeping journals/doodles about my travels + even just walks in nature. The drawings are fantastic, and it’s good insight as to what kind of things one might want to write down in a journal.
3- Journal by Julie Delporte.
This is also someone’s journal in book form. This chronicles Julie Delporte’s life while going through a break-up. It’s good inspiration if you want insight as to what kind of things you might keep in a journal if you want to chronicle feelings and personal relationships. Plus, the colors are great.
4- French Milk by Lucy Knisley.
This is a journal in book form chronicling Lucy Knisley’s trip to Paris with her mom. If you want inspiration on how to journal your food, places you’ve visited and small snippets of every day life, this is a great book.
c) “how to” books
1- Blogging for Bliss by Tara Frey.
A book on how to make your own online journal.
2- Visual Journaling by Barbara Ganim.
A book on how to journal using drawings, pictures and doodles.
3- Drawing Words and Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel & Matt Madden.
This is basically a course on making comics contained in one large book. Very cool.
4- Creative Illustration Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists by Katherine Dunn.
A workshop in book form that provides exercise to help you get started on your creative/artistic journey.
d) bonus prompts.
1- The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood.
These are prompts intended for people who are more into the writing side of journaling, but you’re welcome to use them however you want. I have a copy here, and there is a lot of good stuff in there.
SECTION 2: ONLINE TUTORIALS & PROMPTS.
- how to make a chapbook
- 365 journaling prompts on pinterest
- doodle a day prompts on tumblr
- tumblr post with links to fun ways to keep a journal (includes lots of great stuff)
SECTION 3: ONLINE INSPIRATION.
- writing notebooks