Bullet Journal, Crafts

5 Tips for Bullet Journaling with Shaky Hands

When I first started bullet journaling I was disappointed that my spreads didn’t turn out the way that I wanted them too. I know that we can’t all be like Amanda, but I was disheartened all the same. We all want to have the perfect Instagram worthy bullet journal. Here are a few things that I’ve learned over the years to enjoy bullet journaling with shaky hands.

1 ) Make the lines wobbly on purpose

My freehand January cover spread ©2019 The Reluctant Spoonie

Work with what you have and make something that is uniquely yours. If you’re not able to draw a straight line, then why force yourself to. Remember that even Picasso said that it is impossible to draw a perfect circle.

From errors one gets to know the personality.

Pablo picasso

2) Use stencils

My August 2018 cover spread, created using a ruler ©2019 The Reluctant Spoonie

Use stencils or a ruler to make uniform shapes. You can also just draw around objects that you have on your desk such as a pen pot or washi tape roll.

3) Find a pen that you can hold comfortably

My favourite bullet journaling pens ©2019 The Reluctant Spoonie

With my joint hypermobility, I often find it difficult to hold a pen. I’m currently using these Unipen lightweight fineliners a which are easier for me to hold s well as Tombow Duel brush pens. If you’re unsure of what will work for you, go to a pen shop and try out a few.

4) Collage

Collage in my bullet journal ©2019 The Reluctant Spoonie

Collage is the friend of those who can’t draw. It’s the only reason that I got an A in my Art GCSE. Cut out pictures from magazine or print out your favourite Pinterest pictures. Collect stickers and washi tape for a whimsical aesthetic. Check out Jenny Journals for more inspiration.

5 ) Use chalk pastels

My Mean Girls Inspired cover page using chalk pastels ©2019 The Reluctant Spoonie

Pastels have to be my favourite medium to use in my bullet journal. They are messy and don’t require you to hold a pen for long periods of time. Set your work with hairspray once you’re finished to prevent smudging and transfer.

What are your best bullet journaling tips?

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