It’s Day 4 of National Stationery Week and Thursday is #LetsGetCreativeDay! Today I want to talk about how you can get creative in your Bullet Journal as a beginner since it’s one of the biggest questions and difficulties beginner Bullet Journalists seem to face. If you haven’t started a Bullet Journal yet then what are you waiting for?! Take a look at my Bumper Starter Guide Blog Post to learn everything you need to know about getting started with a Bullet Journal.
I also have a big treat for you and an announcement: I’ve created my very first online class dedicated to helping you develop basic hand lettering skills to get your creative juices flowing in your journal!
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Being able to make your journal look nice is one of the biggest difficulties beginners face. Although it isn’t essential that your Bullet Journal looks ‘pretty’ we often can’t help but want it to look good. If we’re happy with our Bullet Journal and proud of our creations we’re more likely to pick it up and use it, which in turn will then help us to be more productive!
My new Skillshare class is all about introducing you to the very basics of the art of hand lettering. Hand lettering is a skill that you can use a lot in your Bullet Journal either just as a way to fill a page with some creativity or to title a page full of other more organisational information. But it’s something that a lot of beginners find scary to start with because let’s face it; less and less of us are using handwriting nowadays! But there are ways that you can practice and tricks you can use that will help you create beautiful lettering to be proud of, whatever your ability.
Hand Lettering for Complete Beginners
If you’re a subscriber to the newsletter and have had a peek in the Free Resources Library (you should definitely got take a look!) you’ll know that there’s a Hand Lettering for Complete Beginners Workbook in there. Well this class basically follows the structure but with more support, videos and a fun final project challenge at the end! It’s more interactive than following a workbook and you get more advice.
Who is it designed for?
This class is designed for absolute beginners who want to build confidence in their ability to letter. It’s really simple but it will teach you creative techniques to make interesting letters for your Bullet Journal and beyond. It’s a great place to start if you eventually want to go on to more detailed and complex lettering such as brush lettering in the future.
What supplies do I need?
All you really need for the class is a nice black pen (My Favourite Black Pens) and some good paper. I recommend dot grid as it will act as a faint guideline. You can download an A5 dot grid page on the Skillshare page or use the workbook in the Free Resource library which is available when you subscribe to my newsletter.
What will I learn?
You’ll learn techniques to go from handwriting to hand lettering. This first class is based on Print Lettering only (I’m also planning a cursive class coming soon) which means you don’t even need to have particularly nice handwriting to start out.
We start out with the absolute basic letters and then explore simple techniques that can add another dimension to our letters such as size, space and height and width as well as some easy accents anyone can put into practice. The final project is a challenge to see if you can fill an A5 piece of paper with words that represent things that you love in as many different styles as possible, just like the example I’ve done below.
How do I get access to it?
You can get a free trial of Skillshare via this link so that you can take the class. Afterwards it’s completely up to you whether you carry on your subscription or not after your free trial. I highly recommend you take a look at some of the other amazing creativity classes they have available. There are loads of other more advanced hand lettering and journaling classes that can help you on your way to being more creative in your daily life as well as courses that will help you develop professional skills.
More Ways to Get Creative in your Bullet Journal for Beginners
This isn’t just a post about my new Skillshare class (but you should definitely go do that -ahem-) I promised you some more simple ways to get creative too so here’s a quick fire list and some links to more of my blog posts on getting creative in your Bullet Journal:
- Have fun with Washi Tape in your Journal to add accents.
- Use stickers if you struggle with drawing or want to save time writing repetitive information.
- Try out an easy Bullet Journal Theme to create a consistent month of planning.
- Get inspired by finding a Bullet Journal style that suits you