Doodling for beginners

Hey everyone, It’s Katie here! You’ve probably heard of zentangles, right? It’s a method of line drawing where you create repeating patterns and turn them into designs. I took a class once (I was actually volunteering in the class, but the teacher didn’t need help, so she let me take it) on zentangling and became obsessed with it for a short while. I don’t do it so often anymore, however I do still love adding doodles and lines into my art, and a few of the patterns have stuck with me. Today I am sharing a few different patterns you can easily doodle and work into your journal pages. But! First! I want to share a free printable with y’all! I use a lot of butterflies in my work and I’ve gathered up some of my butterfly paintings into a printable that you can download and cut out to use. Download the printable here.

Free butterfly printable Okay, now onto the tutorial! In the video I share 5 easy patterns you can recreate, and then I used those patterns to create a journal page with some of the butterflies from the printable.

  • I recommend using a permanent fine point marker for this, I use a 03 Tombow MONO Drawing Pen, but another good option is a Micron pen, and you can also use a extra fine point Sharpie, however it’s still a little too thick of a tip for me. I recommend permanent so that it doesn’t smear if your smudge your hand across it.
  • Try alternating colors!
  • Want more pattern inspiration? Check out, or search for patterns on pinterest.

5 Patterns to Doodle 5 Patterns to Doodle

Action steps:

  1. Try out 1 of the example patterns I show in your journal today!
  2. Print out the butterflies so that you have them in your stash and ready to use!

That’s it for me today! I’ve really been enjoying the Season of Nature! Remember that if you create a project inspired by this tutorial, or using these butterflies I would love to see it. Please tag me on instagram, @studio.katie


Katie is an Artist located in Washington, USA. She loves anything and everything crafty- from scrapbooking and art journaling, to drawing, to quilting. Katie is constantly inspired by nature, outer space, and colors.


  1. Riet

    The butterfly printable- finally! Best day of my life! Thanks, Katie!
    I like zentangles to calm myself, it’s very soothing!

    • Katie Smith

      YES! it’s finally here! lol

  2. Marsha Smusz

    Fun! Will definitely try this. Thank you Katie, had not thought of combining zentzgles for ar journaling-looks great!

  3. Sasha Zinevych

    My hand hurts from doodling, but ir was so worth it! <3