Free Doodle Border References

free doodle border references for your art journal or sketchbook

Hello artsy friends! Happy Monday! Today I wanted to share a bit of a follow up to my free doodle reference sheet.  It’s full of doodle designs and patterns to use in your art journal, bullet journal, planner, sketchbook, or wherever else you like to doodle, so I thought sharing some great resources for doodle borders would be fitting!

These borders come in handy whenever you want to section something off, but still in an artistic way. So let’s get into it! Draw them yourself in your sketchbook or visit their sources by clicking the images to download the full resolution images to print!

doodle border ideas
This sheet is full of a variety of doodle border styles. From L’oiseau noir.
doodle arrow references
Arrows are simple but virtually endless in the variety you can get by changing the way you draw them! From Twenty Something Meltdown (visit her blog for more free doodle downloads!)
doodle border art journal ideas
Feathers, arrows, and nature-inspired vines all provide limitless variety. From Passion Themed Life (check out her blog for more doodle ideas too!)

So I hope you’ve enjoyed this little roundup of doodle border ideas! Thanks for stopping by, and till next time, keep creating!

-Ashley <3

Zentangle for Beginners: Shading & Highlights 2

Hi guys! In this video we’ll add some final shading and highlights thanks to our Gellyroll white pen on our toned tan paper to really make our tangle pop! I’ll also discuss some basic art shading techniques that can help take your doodle to the next level!

See the full playlist of my Zentangle for Beginners series here

Download your FREE Doodle Reference Sheet from my blog here

Leave me a comment below if you enjoyed, subscribe if you’re new, and thanks so much for watching!

-Ashley <3

Free Doodle Reference Sheet!

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Today I have a freebie for you! I was asked by a lovely reader on one of my Zentangle for Beginners videos where she could find a reference sheet for various doodles and patterns.  I gave her my advice of what I do, which is to keep a running collection of favorite doodles and patterns in my sketchbook as I learn and discover new ones, but I thought it might be nice to have a little starter reference sheet, so I made one 🙂

free doodle patterns list

The sheet is divided into two sections: stand-alone doodles, and space-filling doodles, to make it easier to find the right doodle you need at the time.  The stand-alone doodles can of course be repeated and turned into a pattern to make them space-filling doodles, and vice-versa, but for the sake for simplicity I’ve divided them up.

The sheet is available as a PDF, sized to fit on standard letter size 8.5×11″ paper, so just print it out and put it in your sketchbook or wherever else it’ll be easy to look at when you need it! Please keep this sheet for personal use only, thank you!

Click the image below to download the PDF:

free zentangle reference sheet
Click the image to download!

So enjoy and be sure to share this post with your doodle-loving friends! And if you missed it, check out my post on 3 tips for learning to doodle! Thanks so much for stopping by, and till next time, keep creating!

-Ashley <3

3 Easy Tips for Learning to Doodle

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Today I wanted to share a quick little tutorial on how to start learning to doodle.  Doodling seems deceptively easy to many people – seeing someone make a beautiful doodle by scribbling and drawing freely without any previous thought on what was going to be made.  Drawing like this can really spark creativity and give a feeling of freedom, but what do you do if you just don’t know where to start?

how to doodle

Staring at that blank page can be really intimidating, so here’s my three tips on learning to doodle to get you started:

Have a Reference Library of Doodles

This is my biggest tip, and that’s having some kind of resource you can look to that’s filled with doodles, patterns, shapes, etc. that you can look to for inspiration and ideas when your brain goes blank.  As time goes on, and as you practice more and more, you’ll have more doodles and patterns memorized that you can simply use whenever you want, but in the beginning it can be really tricky, and you can end up feeling “not creative enough” in your doodle attempts.

So have an arsenal of doodles ready to be used whenever you need them! This can happen in two ways, though I suggest doing a mix of both (which is what I personally do).

1- a reference sheet in your sketchbook/art journal/etc.  Building your own reference sheet of your favorite doodles is an excellent way to keep them at hand whenever you need them! Simply draw some boxes on a piece of paper and fill them in with your favorite doodles, Zentangle patterns, etc. Then you can refer back to them when you need to, and you can constantly add more doodles to your personal library as you discover new ones.

how to learn to doodle
A little collection of some of my favorite Zentangle patterns I keep in my small sketchbook.

2 – doodle related books and other reference materials. A good book can go a long way, and there are tons of doodle and Zentangle books on the market with the sole intention of teaching new doodle patterns and images. So grab a good book, start reading and practicing, and add the ones you really love to your own personal collection from step 1.

Here’s a couple of my current doodle-related favs:

One Zentangle a Day – this is the book I always recommend to anyone looking to learn how to Zentangle.  Its patterns are easily digestible and the book is full of inspiration and ideas.

20 Ways to Draw a Tree – this book is full of nature-related doodles from trees to animals, birds, owls, acorns, leaves, you name it! It’s set up so each page is full of different doodles of the same subject, then there’s blank space in the book for you to practice your own way of doodling the subject. It’s perfect for adding any real subject to a doodle instead of just abstract objects.

Doodle Art Handbook – this book is perfect for beginners to doodling because it’s full of beautiful and easy to understand doodle patterns and ideas. It’s not an official Zentangle pattern book, so it’s full of other creative doodles to add to your mental library. I’ll be doing a full review of this book soon, but it’s worth mentioning in this post, so here it is!

free doodle patterns list

I also have a free doodle reference sheet you can download here!

Start Drawing Your Doodles Separately, then Fill in the Spaces

Now that you’re ready to get doodling, the best way to start is to simply begin drawing your “main” doodles first. Any doodle that can stand on its own, and not part of a pattern can be drawn anywhere on your paper.  Put them all in, then use patterns to fill in the gaps.  You’ll have a completed doodle in no time!

If you need a little more guidance, you can take a note from Zentangle, and drawn some organic shapes or lines to fill in first.  Fill them in with patterns or stand-alone doodles, then fill in any gaps with smaller patterns or shading. For more information on the Zentangle approach, see this video I made on the basics of Zentangle.

No matter what way you decide to doodle, you’ll always be placing your main elements first, then filling in the gaps, then shading.


how to learn to doodle

Of course my last tip is going to be to practice your doodling. The more you draw and doodle, the easier it will come to you.  So don’t worry about having to look at a book or your sketch notes in the beginning, soon you’ll have patterns and doodles memorized, and it’ll come to you much more easily.  Then you’ll be able to make your own doodles without having to look at anything else.

And finally, as an extra tip, if you’re still not sure how to get your mind around doodling (it really is more of a mental block issue than an artistic skill issue) then I suggest taking the CreativeBug course, Creative Doodling.

Pam guides doodling noobies through the basic elements of doodling in a 4-part video course that explores the basic mark-making techniques of setting up your doodles, exploring pens and artful lettering to enhance your doodles and take them into the next level, working on different types of paper, and filling in your work with color!

So if you’d like to learn more about the class, click here to check it out! You can buy it outright on its own, but what’s cool about CreativeBug is that you can sign up for a membership of $4.95 per month, and have access to all of their classes! You can keep one class (like this doodle one!) forever even if you cancel your membership, and you even get your first 14 days for free! Check it out here!

Do you have any extra doodling tips you’s like to share? Leave me a comment below, and till next time, keep creating!

-Ashley <3

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Doodle Owl Speed Draw

Hi friends! In this video I’m drawing some whimsical doodle owls from start to finish! You can see the entire drawing process.

These owls are going to be part of a whimsical woodland animal colouring book I’m working on, which will be available in the springtime this year. So stay tuned to this blog for more information 🙂

Thanks for watching!

-Ashley <3