Artistic Planning For Beginners

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Course Description:

I’ll admit it: I have found myself in a planning rut more often than not. It can be difficult to fall back into a routine once you’ve neglected your planner for so long. I struggled for years to keep a consistent planning routine, and my life fell into chaos each time. Planning was boring, and nothing could keep me motivated.

Nothing, that is, until I discovered artistic planning. By adding something as simple as a brushstroke of color, I began looking forward to planning. I was able to bring order to my life and be productive while also indulging my creative side.

With this course, I will show you what artistic planning is and why it could be the right planning system for you. Then, we’ll dive into what materials you’ll need to get started and how to get into a creative mindset. Finally, I’ll show you various planning spreads I’ve used in the past and help you figure out which spreads will work best for you.

What You Will Learn:

  • What a bullet journal is and how it works
  • The benefits of keeping an artistic planner
  • How to move past first-page fear
  • Variations of classic bullet journal spreads
  • Unique ways to personalize your planner

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Journal (Dot-grid recommended)
  • Pen or pencil
  • Highlighters (optional)
  • Brush pens (optional)
  • Ruler (optional)

Your Inspiration:

In this course, you’ll see examples of bullet journal spreads that we hope will inspire you in your own creative planning journey.

This course is part of the Watercolor Academy

What’s In The Course?

  • 8 Videos
  • Planning Spread Ideas
  • Self-Paced

Course Level: Beginner
Run Time: 45 minutes

Meet Your Instructor:

Shelby Abrahamsen

Blogger at

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11 Ratings
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Avatar Kolina Winburn
Posted 6 months ago
Done Not Perfect!

I loved the section about perfection. It really helped me embrace the chaos that can come with a bullet journal. I do wish there had been more about how to use the planning to strengthen artistic pursuits.

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Avatar Zoie McIntyre
Posted 8 months ago
Hard to rate

This was hard to rate because I had to step back and look at it from a different perspective. I would have given it 2 stars because it was not what I expected at all. If a person is a complete beginner to an artistic bullet journal it was a very broad surface explanation and it appears it was useful to newer people. There are not enough remaining characters to give a proper review, sorry.

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Avatar lryan27
Posted 9 months ago
Bullet Journalling for Artists

It was easy to follow and helped me to begin my bullet journalling journey. I highly recommend this course for anyone interested in starting a creative bullet journal.

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Avatar Janet Gillis
Posted 11 months ago
Plan Your Creativity

Planning and creating might seem like opposites but getting the results you want don't happen accidentally. There are "happy accidents" in watercoloring of course.

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Avatar Kristin Reimer
Posted 1 year ago

I thought it would be more in depth

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Avatar dlcosper
Posted 1 year ago

Really liked the overall presentation; it flowed well, had good ideas, and was doable for a beginner. I appreciated the recommendations from inexpensive to high end and permission to use any and all. Now I’m ready for an intermediate class.

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Avatar Caroline Brown
Posted 1 year ago
Awesome intro for beginners

Such a great class for those who want to get into bullet journaling. Loved learning about ways to use watercolours in my journals.

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Avatar Jasmine Jobe
Posted 1 year ago
Nice Intro to BuJo

My favorite parts were when Shelby showed us example spreads, drawings, layouts. I did think we were going to learn how to make the example spread in the course picture though.

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Avatar Katrina Miles
Posted 1 year ago
Great for beginners

I really liked how Shelby made it accessible and kept reinforcing the idea of done not perfect. Definitely something I want to adopt in multiple areas of my life.

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Avatar Marianne
Posted 1 year ago
Didactic Intro to Watercolor in Bullet Journal

A nice pep talk to encourage the usage of watercolor in bullet journal! A great way of introduction, especially for beginners who don't journal but want to. It also gives a nice and new aspect to watercolor and their versatility.

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