Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hobonichi Planner Doodles

Click on any image to enlarge

Have you ever noticed that the planning
for and anticipation of an event is 
half the fun?  I agreed to do a
Doodle Demo at a Planner Event
in Columbus, Ohio
last week. I really had no idea what
to expect...

I made four posters with doodle designs
penciled in, so I could easily see the steps
to go through as I demonstrated. How nervous
would I be? Would anyone even want to try?
So happy that the group was enthusiastic
to try drawing!  I confessed that many of the
designs were straight from Pinterest (though
the Pins don't always give you a step-by-step) 

The coffee icons were fun to do, but most of us
agreed that we make it at home. One person
asked about tea, and I did have a tea bag
drawing example to show! A couple of people
were delighted by the coffee and toast
doodles that I draw from breakfast. Toast 
is pretty easy to draw...

I think the really important part of the 
Toast Doodle is 'dropping down' those little
lines at each rounded corner to create the
 'thickness' of the toast. Add a few 
lines to suggest the crust, a few dots
 to suggest the texture of the bread,
 and add color. It's gonna be 
pretty small in your planner, and it's not a
fine art piece. It's just for fun! I did add a 
couple little shadows in the last step with
gray watercolor. (make sure the shadows on
each item are on the same side)
And I'm ok with wonky and sketchy!

I feel that I need some new purple watercolor.
I'm not a fan of purple to begin with, and 
mixing it with the colors I have seems to
really dull the hue and look muddy. I need a
'bluer' version of purple. I thought the violets
and the lavender just aren't the right color.
But I can live with it.

Above, is what happens when I'm behind
in my daily journaling. I make
 notes on the page about what happened
that day, what got done, what didn't.
 The drawings might come later. 
Doodles may get added in later also-
even weeks later if I spot a blank space
that I think needs filled.

I hope you will try making some coffee
-or tea- doodles today. Thanks for stopping
by. Linking up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth
for our weekly T party. Join us for a
beverage and a chat!

P.S.  I think this might be a new record for the 
number of cups in one post...how many did you see?

♥ ♥ ♥


  1. Thx for your step-by-step on the toast drawing. Those little art pieces in your journal fascinate me, the way they are arranged through your journal. Happy T Tuesday!

  2. I saw a lot of lovely cups....and yummy toast and gorgeous blossoms and much, much more! Thanks for sharing and happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  3. What fun and I'm so pleased that your demo went so well, I would have loved to join you and learn more about drawing too! I bet everyone enjoyed themselves with all that prep. that you did and I loved seeing the process for drawing toast - amazing 😁. Your pages look wonderful and the llama washi tape from your exchange is so cute πŸ˜‰. Hope your wishes come true and spring is with you soon! Happy T Day! J 😊

  4. The toast step by step looked fun. Your pages have so many wonderful drawings and sketches and I notices the little cups as well.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  5. More wonderful Hobonichi Techo pages, Dianne. Yes, I've noticed that the planning for and anticipation of an event is (at least) half the fun.

    I would have loved to be at the doodle demo given by you! Thank you for sharing some tips.

    Thank you, thank you for saying, "The drawings might come later. Doodles may get added in later also - even weeks later." I'm trying to adjust my attitude and approach to daily journaling. Statements like that and your tips and are a godsend!

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  6. I never thought to look for some basic line drawings to help my lack of drawing skills so thanks for that! Such a pleasure to view your daily pages and illustrations. I'm not a fan of purple either so sometimes I make myself work with it:) Happy T day!

  7. I"ve long been a fan of your pages so it was fun to have a little walk through of your process.

  8. Beautiful pages. I really like the purple but perhaps that is because it is my favorite color. But I think your idea of a 'bluer' purple would be beautiful. Your toast and coffee doodles are so cute.
    Happy tea Day,

  9. Dianne ,

    Always enjoy your post... Love seeing all your sketchiness. You are such a wonderful talent. And go you! Teaching doodling! How fabulous! I'm glad that everyone was so receptive and inviting.. and had a good time. Will you do more? Happy happy T day my T party friend! Hugs! deb

  10. Sounds like you had a very successful demo and people really got into it. You had a washi tape exchange? Lucky you. It must have been a fun and productive time.

    I got an envelope from you today. I must say, you shouldn't but I won't because I'm going to wait till my bEARTHday to open it. Thank you dear friend.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful art and your great doodles with us for T this Tuesday. I hope it's still Tuesday in your world. I've fought with my keyboard all afternoon and am just now getting to you. How sad is that?

  11. Cherry blossoms- I am off to Japan tomorrow and think I will miss them :(. Glad I got to see your drawings to make up for that-and happy belated T day. Hugs-Erika

  12. so nice to follow some of your steps through the process. and yes, sometimes we fall behind in daily journaling, but then there are times which are not so cram packed, so we can fill up. nice demo!
    happy (belated) t-day:)

  13. Absolutely stunning again and I would have loved to doodle with you as a teacher! Your style is so to my liking Dianne!I could never do daily journalings like you do even when you have also pages without doodling. Your coloring makes it so specially amazing!
    Happy belated T-Day my friend!
    Hugs, Susi

  14. Love all of the journal pages and your tutorials on doodles are fantastic. I really do need to get back to doing art on a regular bases but could never keep up with a daily journal like yours.
    Happy Late Tuesday!


I really appreciate your comments. Leave me a note and Thanks for visiting!