30 Gorgeous Watercolor Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

If you have been around for a while, you may have noticed that I love the use of watercolor in my bullet journal layouts. I use both paint and pen as well as brush pens. This unique form of paint can be used in so many different ways to enhance your planning spread. If you have never used watercolor before, I highly recommend you give it a shot. Here are 30 bullet journal layouts that use watercolor fearlessly!

29 Gorgeous Watercolor Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

Hello November by @paperboat.pirate

This layout is super fun because of the use of a fun font in addition to the splatter effect of the paint. Also, I just love the way watercolor moves on its own and creates such unique patterns and shapes.

29 Gorgeous Watercolor Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

One Word per Day by @bujo.by.anouk

I love “one word per day” layouts because they are really whatever you make them. Further, this one used washi tape to leave white spaces in the paint to write in words. This is such an amazing idea.

29 Gorgeous Watercolor Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

Hello Oktober by @contracrastination

The blending in this layout is gorgeous and such a great way to bring in a new month! Also, the lettering is beautiful.

29 Gorgeous Watercolor Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

Watercolor Flowers by @laia_journal

Here is a beautiful art page. Further, I love a good art page added to a bullet journal planner.

Lecture Notes by @french_dreamer_life_lover

Lecture Notes by @french_dreamer_life_lover

This layout just goes to show you that watercolors can be used in any type of page, even lecture notes! Additionally, the doodling and lettering are beautiful.

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Hello June Splattered Watercolor by @lacqueredworld

I love this splattered effect in this spread. Further, you can do so many things using watercolor paint, and the splattered effect one of the easiest ways to implement it.

29 Gorgeous Watercolor Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

Watercolor Trees by @thepalepaper

This isn’t a bullet journal spread per-say. However, I’ve included it because it’s a neat tutorial for creating fall trees in watercolor. Additionally, it gives you a basic idea of how this painting style works!

29 Gorgeous Watercolor Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

Watercolor Lightbulb by @doublerainbows.sg

Again, this is not a  planning spread. But it is a beautiful work of art done using watercolor and paint. Further, I love the way this layout looks and it could be easily thrown into a planning spread!

Watercolor Splash Weekly from Pinterest

I love this bright and colorful watercolor effect! Additionally, I would like to know what they used to get such clean lines in the weekly spaces!

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Affirmations and Memories by LittleCoffeeFox

Affirmations and Memories by LittleCoffeeFox

Another aspect that I love about watercoloring is when the watercoloring is behind the text. This layout is not finished yet, but, I can imagine how great it will look once the text is added!

October Week 41 from Pinterest

October Week 41 from Pinterest

This spread is confusing to look at initially. However, if you look closely, she has added a ton of paint splotches behind the text and doodles. Further, I love the way this looks!

Purple Clouds by @overalergens

Purple Clouds by @overalergens

The way the paint was used in this layout is really cool and gives the illusion of clouds! How beautiful!

Hello March from Pinterest

Hello March from Pinterest

The way watercolors blend and move together is fascinating! This hello march layout does a great job at showing this off!

September Monthly by LittleCoffeeFox

September Monthly by LittleCoffeeFox

Little Coffee Fox does such a great job with watercolors. This layout is pretty simple compared to her other work but I love it! I highly recommend checking her out if you are interested in using watercolor paint in your journal or planner.

Daily Watercolor Splash by @dotsandpens

Daily Watercolor Splash by @dotsandpens

I love the color choice of these pain splotches, they are a fantastic choice behind the daily headers.

Daily Hexagons by @intemporelle.creation

Daily Hexagons by @intemporelle.creation

This layouts is such a clean example of the use of watercolor. I would love to watch this one be made!

Hello September by JihiElephant

Hello September by JihiElephant

This layout is one that I created using watercolor paints. Things like crystals are a great way to start with watercoloring because there is no specific shape since crystals are so organic. 

January Week 2 by @juian.k

January Week 2 by @juian.k

The pink used in this layout is gorgeous and the lines are so clean! I would love to learn how this look was achieved, I assume a stencil.

29 Gorgeous Watercolor Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

Watercolor Bubbles by @dutch_dots

I love the way the paint was used to make each day look like a bubble! Great work!

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July 14 by @planninginspiration4u

The organicness of this layout is what draws me in, I love how this layout keeps that organic shape but also creates such a beautiful picture!

29 Gorgeous Watercolor Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

Watercolor Week by LittleCoffeeFox

Similar to the next layout, watercolor is really great behind headers, this layout uses a variety of colors and patterns to show off the paint’s plethora of uses.

This Week by ProductiveandPretty

I love the bright blue and purple splotches in this layout, it is perfect to lay behind a title or header.

29 Gorgeous Watercolor Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

Watercolor Quote by @kellyro77

A little splash of watercolor is sometimes all that is needed to do the trick! Its a great addition to any layout.

29 Gorgeous Watercolor Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

November Monthly by @little_coffee_fox

Here is Little Coffee Fox again, except this time the paint is on the outside of the boxes instead of inside. This layout is still just as beautiful!

29 Gorgeous Watercolor Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

Fall Leaves by @laia_journal

Watercolor paints are so fun to play with, a planning page is sometimes not even needed. Sometimes you just want to play around with the paints!

29 Gorgeous Watercolor Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

Watercolor Vines by @laia_journal

I love the use of color and nature in this art spread, its seriously so beautiful!

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April Tulips by @JihiElephant

I created this layout for a client and it was so simple to add the watercolor, yet it is such a beautiful addition. If you are new to the paints, try starting out simple!

29 Gorgeous Watercolor Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

Hello November by @amandart_x

A hello page is a wonderful place to throw in some watercoloring! This layout is the perfect example. 

29 Gorgeous Watercolor Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

15-Minute Tasks by @nola.maine_

I love the blending of colors in this layout, it looks so fantastic!

29 Gorgeous Watercolor Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

Watercolor Quote by Samantha Carraro

Again, throwing some watercolor behind a layout can turn out to be so gorgeous!

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Top Brush Pens for Beautiful Brush-Lettering

I am by no means a hand-lettering professional, nor do I claim to be very good at it. However, I do a lot of hand-lettering in my bullet journal—most people do. Hand-lettering is a beautiful, fun, and creative way to add some functional art to a bullet journal layout. This post will overview 10 of the most popular and trusted brush pens for handlettering.

These pens are in no particular order, and I have not personally tried every single one of these pens. This post may contain affiliate links

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

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Tombow Dual Brush Pens are one of the top, most popular brush pens out there. They come in smaller packs of 4 all the way up to packs of 96 which include the stand. These pens not only have a brush pen side, but they have a fine tip side. They write smooth and come in beautiful colors.

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 4.5

“They blend pretty well and get darker with more layers. You can blend them out with some water too, if needed! (so it’s not waterproof) And you can scribble some colors on plastic and pick them up with another marker for a more seamless blend!”

“They are incredibly pigmented, but easy to work with. I use them for handlettering and calligraphy, and they flow smoothly and are perfect for people starting to hand letter or just looking to draw with quality brush pens.”

“Best brush pens I’ve ever owned! I can’t wait to buy the whole set of all of the colors. They’re great for modern calligraphy, easy to hold, and vibrant colors.”

Ecoline Liquid Watercolor Brush Pens

I absolutely love my Ecoline Brush pens, they look so amazing and write so smoothly. I splurged on these pens and bought every single one, and I do not regret it. These pens are so pigmented and look so beautiful. I highly recommend these pens for higher quality hand-lettering.

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 5.0

“Beautiful colors! Like any brush pen, a little practice and play before doing ‘serious’ work will definitely help you get the feel of these. The color saturation varies greatly with the amount of pressure you use, so it’s very easy to get an ombre look with just a little practice.”

“I absolutely love these pens. Well worth the cost. The colors are vibrant, and the pens are ‘juicy.’ These brush tips give you the true thin and thick lines of modern brush calligraphy. As a newbie, these give me the very best results in my practice, outshining my practice with Tombow brush pens.”

“Very juicy, heavily pigmented brush markers….good for calligraphy and coloring…can bleed through lighter papers.”

Life of Color Watercolour Brush Pens

Watercolor pens are of my favorite brush pens out there. I love Life of Color’s pens because they are super pigmented, work perfectly as brush pens or watercolor pens, blend well, and come with a water brush pen! I have used these pens for blending, lettering, and coloring.

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 4.7

“These make watercolor painting so much easier; the brushes are great to draw with, and the tips are perfectly shaped for both painting and lettering. There’s also a cool blending brush that helps get a nice watercolor effect which I love.”

“The colors are so vibrant, and they all blend beautifully! I mostly do calligraphy (brush pen and dip pen) and I love that the bristles of these pens don’t fray when used on mixed media/watercolor paper.”

“Excellent markers, they make you feel like a true artist! Vibrant colors, easy to use, they glide and feel like paint brushes without the mess, would recommend to everyone!”

Faber-Castell PITT Artist Brush Pen

Faber-Castell is one of my favorite fineliner brands and I love the brush pens just as much. These brush pens take some getting used to as the tip is softer and longer than normal. However, they write beautifully and come in a ton of beautiful colors, I cannot wait to collect them all!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  4.1

“I am a big fan of the Faber-Castel PITT brushes and use them primarily for my handlettering craft. I own a numerous amount of different pens, along with other PITT sizes, and I am starting to find that the PITT brand seems to be one of my favorites.”

“With a super thin tip, and wider base, these are the perfect pens…you press lightly, and you can do very thin details, press a bit more and you’ll get wider lines. Because of this, all drawings just look more professional due to the variance in width in your lines as you work on your piece.”

“I had a hard time finding any marker that would not bead up excessively, had good colors, and did not smear before I could spray more lacquer over them to protect. These work well.”

Metallic Brush Pens

I have been using these brush pens for a long time. I have never heard other people give them a review or using them, but I love them. Not only are they beautiful metallics, but they draw well and aren’t super expensive. That being said, the ink does not last as long as more pricey brush pens. Regardless, I recommend these pens!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  4.0

“These are a good value for what they are. I like the colors, and they are just metallic enough to add some pizzazz to my cards, etc. They are great alone and for highlighting letters that are not written with metallic pens.”

“Great product, works awesome. More than happy with it. Thanks so much!!”

“these write well on dark and light paper, and the tips don’t fray too easy which I like.”

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen

I have not personally used any of the pens that follow. However, they come highly recommended, and are on my list of pens to try! Check out some of these reviews to learn more.

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  4.2

“Now if you haven’t used these before, I would highly, highly recommend getting this pack of both the hard and soft nib! At first, I was leaning towards getting the hard nib pen, but after reading several reviews, the opinions on hard vs. soft were everywhere making me unsure whether or not I was getting the right product for what I needed.”

“love these pens!! I just recently got into brush calligraphy and heard this brand was the best. OMG, they are fantastic! They are easy to use (if you can get the hang of going light on the upstroke and harder on the downstroke!) They write well and they got here just when they said they would.”

“There honestly isn’t any competition when it comes to brush pens. These two Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens are all you need for calligraphy and illustration.”

Pentel Arts Sign Pen Touch, Fude Brush Tip

These pens are must-haves! Most hand-letterers recommend these pens or actively use them. I have not personally used any Pentel pens, but I hear about them all the time and would love to try them sometime!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  4.5

“Absolutely LOVE these pens! They write so smooth, and the pigment is amazing. I’m just getting into brush lettering/ modern calligraphy, and these pens make practicing a breeze! Highly recommend.”

“f you’re into brush pen calligraphy, they’re good for small lettering. They’re comparable to the ((thicker tip)) Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens, they’re just less precise due to the fact that they release more ink.”

“These pens have flexible yet durable-feeling tips. Lots of juicy ink! Great for smaller brush lettering and illustrations. Makes a great range of thicknesses for a super fun drawing experience! A joy!”

Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Markers

I had never really heard of Prismacolor brush pens before researching brush pens. However, they highly recommend and sometimes find themselves in a top 5 list. I will definitely be trying out these pens!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  4.5

“I really like working with these markers. Fun, in a word. They blend well, and the brush tip feels so smooth against the paper. It also gives you great line diversity options.”

“Very nice quality and beautiful rich colors. You don’t need to press hard. But, do note that, depending on your paper, they do bleed through the paper.”

“These markers are high contrast, pigmented ink in a felt brush tip. They color like water paints, giving you control over the saturation of your lines. These are the best markers to use when you want a gradient effect in artwork. “

Zebra Fude Sign Brush Pen

Zebra is a pen brand that is everywhere in bullet journaling and calligraphy. While I do not own these pens, I have tried them out, and they are wonderful! Highly recommend!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐   4.3

“Just got these and love them. There is no English on them at all so I’ll have to learn which barrel color is which brush so I don’t have to keep removing the lids to figure it out. All pens write smoothly with no issues right out of the packaging.”

“My favorite thing about these pens is the opacity of the ink! The blacks are pitch black, and the grey is very opaque! My favorite out of the 4 has to be the fine tip pen and the usuzumi (grey) simply because they are incredibly smooth.”

“These are the best inking pens I have ever used, and I will never go back to any other pens after using these!!”

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Brush Tip

And this final brush pen is from a well-loved and trusted brand, Sharpie! While I do not own any Sharpie brush pens, I own a lot of Sharpies, and I love them! Considering how trustworthy Sharpies are, I am sure the brush pens are equally as good!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐   4.1

“These are wonderful and bold, as Sharpies always are. However, if you want to use them for hand-lettering, be warned that the tips dry out surprisingly fast. After only a couple of uses, the lighter upstrokes are a bit spotty and ragged.”

“So glad I found these! I do a lot of calligraphy work and never knew sharpie made a brush pen.
For the price, they are absolutely worth it. The pens are extremely juicy and maintain a relatively fine point. I’ve used scores of brush pens, and I’d rate these up with Tombows for the quality — not necessarily in the fineness of the tip,”

“I love these markers. Although there are many types of markers to choose from, I particularly like drawing on glass with these.”

I highly recommend all of these hand-lettering brush pens to at least be tried! Not every pen is for everyone, but pick at least one and try them out!

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Night Sky July 2018 Bullet Journal Plan-With-Me

This month’s bullet journal layout is far different than my layouts usually are. Normally I keep my bullet journal fairly minimal and simple, I keep color and art to a minimum; however, this month Life of Colour sent me their watercolor brush pens to try out, and I just had to create my July pages around the idea of watercolor. This post may contain affiliate links.

Theme | Watercolor Abstract Night Sky

If you follow me on Instagram, then you are well aware of my love for watercolor and how often I try to incorporate it. That being said, when Life of Colour contacted me about trying out their pens and becoming an ambassador, I simply HAD to say yes. After messing around with the pens and creating their ‘pen test” page (see below), I can safely say that these watercolor pens are amazing!

I messed around with the pens for a few days, then inspiration hit! First, I needed a new theme for July but had been too busy to give it any thought. I have always loved seeing super artistic bullet journaling Instagrams who create night sky art that is phenomenal. While I could never do something so beautiful with any kind of pen, I thought that I could embrace my imperfect art style and create something sort of abstract—a night sky was the perfect fit! Thus, I created my night sky themed July bullet journaling layouts.

 

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I chose the night sky theme. However, you really only see that at play on the title page. The title page is covered completely using the blue and gray watercolor pens speckled with “stars” using the yellow pen. I blended out the starts using the water blending pen that came with my Life of Colour pen set I also used the yellow pens in the center of “July” and then outlined it using a black Tombow Dual Brush Pen. The goal of this layout was to be messy and abstract, I did not want perfection because the imperfections are my favorite part of watercolor.

After I created the title page, I focused on my monthly page. I wanted to switch things up even more while I was being uncharacteristically artistic. I put the calendar on the right side of the page and put my goals on the left. This month I felt there to be no need in taking up space with labeling the month since I had a hello July page. I filled the background of these layouts with the yellow watercolor.

I kept the weekly layouts incredibly similar to normal. The main difference was filling the top with the yellow watercolor. Additionally, I used the same blue and black watercolor night sky method on the days of the week. I was so inspired by this theme that I ordered some night sky washi tape to add to my weekly layouts. This month may easily be one of my favorite layouts so far this year!

 

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