Hey, Masha here from Masha Plans. I have a blog and tons of other resources that teach people how to Bullet Journal and doodle. And today, we’ll be talking about fun and easy winter doodles!
When I started my very first Bullet Journal, I had no creative abilities in me at all, and all I could doodle was probably a smiley face. But with some perseverance and practice, I’m now in the place where I love doodling, like the doodles I make, and actually teach others how to doodle as well.
So trust me when I say – you absolutely can doodle!
You see, creativity is a muscle. To become creative and learn to doodle, you just need to keep practicing.
This is the hard part: keep practicing even when your first doodles and just a bunch of scribbles.
I think, especially as adults, it’s very hard to start new things and be bad at them. And that’s why so many people don’t even give doodling a try.
But trust me, if you just persevere in your practice, you’ll have some wicked creativity skills. And I want to share with you one doodling secret.
All doodles are made of simple shapes. That’s the key to unlocking your creativity and being able to doodle anything at all.
Train yourself to see things as a collection of basic shapes, which you just need to shape a little bit to turn into a doodle.
It’s that easy! And probably the best example of this concept is following a tutorial like the ones you’ll find below.
Step-by-step tutorials will help you start doodling to keep you motivated to continue and will help you master the necessary skills to start seeing things as a collection of basic shapes.
I also wanted to share that I have a free course that I think you might like: Doodling 101. It walks you through everything you need to know to master doodling as a complete beginner.
Before we dive into the tutorials, though, let’s talk about why you‘d want to learn to doodle and how it can help you and your journal.
There are so many benefits to doodling and generally being creative!
It’s a fun way to spend your time, but it can also:
- Help with problem-solving. Doodling helps you give your brain a break and allow it to work on its own. This can lead to some incredible and creative solutions.
- Improve your memory retention. Doodling actually helps your brain to stay alert and prevents you from daydreaming. So, in the end, you’ll remember more of the conversation or lecture if you doodle during it.
- Alleviate stress. When you’re in a stressful situation, sometimes you just need to take a moment for yourself, take a breath, and stop your brain from overthinking. Doodling allows you to do just that, ultimately making you feel much better and calmer.
Yup, doodling might seem like a waste of time, but it has a lot of power in it. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to decorate your Bullet Journal.
With doodles, you can create pages like a countdown, doodly mood trackers, bucket lists, and wish lists and use them to decorate your other day-to-day pages.
I hope by now you’re fired up and ready to start doodling, so let’s look into these tutorials.
Winter Doodles: Step-By-Step
Since I’m writing this post just when winter is about to begin, I figured it’d be fun to create some tutorials for the cold season.
This will work great for your winter Bullet Journal pages, but it could also be a good activity to do with your kids or an idea for a handmade holiday card.
Let’s dive in!
I say hot chocolate because I’m thinking of cozy winter evenings, and it has marshmallows in it.
But you can definitely just skip that step, and this can become a good cup of coffee or tea – whatever beverage you prefer.
I think it looks the most like a gingerbread house, and it’s something that mostly makes me think of winter.
But again, it can just as well be an actual house; it’s for you to decide and customize it however you want!
This doodle is a bit more elaborate, but it makes me think of Christmas and winter.
There is definitely some magic and extra charm in an old-fashioned oil lamp.
There are many ways to doodle snowmen, but that’s what I like about it. You can play around and customize this doodle.
Add a scarf, a different hat, and maybe some mittens.
I used to be so obsessed with these, and they are 100% connected to all things winter.
I love that snowglobes always have s magic to them, and you can definitely play around with the things you include inside. For example, you can add there the gingerbread house doodle instead of a snowman.
I think candles are amazing for every season, but maybe they are most magical and warming during winter.
I don’t think there are many of these types of candles out there now, but I really like this old-fashioned look of the doodle. Plus, it’s a bit more fun and elaborate to doodle this one, instead of the usual type of candles.
When I hear gnomes, I usually think of the garden gnomes, and those are mainly for Summer I think.
But there are also Christmas gnomes! So I think it still works. And it kind of depends on the colors you use. So this doodle work for both seasons!
Ok I have to admit – this is mostly a Christmas doodle. But how can you make winter doodles without including something holiday themed?!
Apart from being an angel, this is also a pretty fun Christmas toy, so it could work as a decoration if you’re doing a big Christmas tree illustration.
Cake was never a Christmas tradition in my family, but it totally should’ve been! I can’t believe I missed out on so many cakes when I was a kid, not knowing that Christmas cake was a thing.
I love this doodle, because, with a few minor changes, this can be a birthday cake!
These are all pretty easy doodles, and if you follow tutorials, you’ll see in no time that you also can doodle!
I’m excited to see your creations, so be sure to tag me on Instagram @mashaplans so I can see how you’re doing with your creative journey.
What? Flowers? But this post is about winter doodles!
Yes, it is, but flowers are some of the most popular doodles out there, especially when it comes to decorating your Bullet Journal.
So, just in case this is something you’d be interested in, I wanted to let you know that I created a course for Foxsy which is just about that – how to doodle flowers.
It’s beginner-friendly, and you’ll learn tons of different flowers to doodle and how to make them stand out and look even more beautiful.
We will also do two final projects that will be so perfect for any floral-themed DIY or just to create stunning Bullet Journal pages.
Click HERE to learn more about the course and Foxsy.