I hope that pep talk from lesson one inspired you to get started! Let’s take that momentum and dive into our next topic—my favorite tools and why I love them!


A piece of paper and a pencil are all you technically need, but my personal favorite tools are:  

  • Micron Pens with different weights
  • Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens
  • Sketchbook – I prefer smooth paper or marker paper. A lot of texture on the paper is annoying.
  • Tracing paper or a lightbox
  • iPad Pro & Apple Pencil – Admittedly, this is a bit excessive, but it saves you a ton of paper and is super portable. It’s also great for digitizing your work if that’s something you’re interested in.

The fun part about doodling is that these supplies—with the exception of the iPad Pro—aren't expensive. Experiment and find out what you like. What works for me may not work for you, and that's okay! Get the supplies that fit your style and that you like to use. 

An image of colored pens next to a doodling pad

Now that you know what you need, let's get to the fun part. Join me in the next lesson to explore some doodling inspiration! 

ASSIGNMENT: Gather up the supplies you want to work with and get that pen to paper. We'll discuss inspiration, specific techniques, and prompts later in class, but for now, just get yourself familiar with pen on paper.