Beginning your bullet journey but not sure where to start? Here are the 5 must-have supplies to get you going!
#1 – Dotted Journal
Unless you plan on keeping a ruler close by, you’re going to want a dotted notebook. I use Michael’s brand of Artist’s Loft, which is pretty cheap and available here.
#2 – Black Pens
Black pens are a staple of bullet journaling. You’ll want to make sure yours create thin, crisp lines that won’t bleed through your pages. Always make sure to protect your pages! I use PIGMA Micron Archival Ink pens, available here. They come in a variety of widths, but I usually stick with 01 and 03.
#3 – Colored Pencils and/or Markers
People tend to favor either markers or colored pencils for bringing some life to their pages. For me, it’s vivid markers all the way! You can view my complete guide on How-To: Pick Your Pens here.
#4 – Washi Tapes
If you don’t feel like spending hours on your pages, washi tapes are a great way to divide up sections and bring some color. These can get a little pricey if you start buying individual packs, so I’ve linked a basic, beginners collection on Amazon here.
#5 – Pencil Case
This may seem like a no-brainer, but pencil and pen cases are a staple of bullet journaling. You’ve just spent all this time and money researching, testing, and committing to your supplies – so why not keep them safe?
As a self diagnosed OCD Doodler, I’ve put way too much effort into researching and testing the best pens for Bullet Journaling. But luckily, now you don’t have to! Here’s what’s inside my overstuffed pencil case:
PIGMA MICRON Archival Ink Pens
I swear by the PIGMA MICRON Archival Ink pens for everything from outlines, notes, quick doodles, and quasi-calligraphy attempts. These are the only black ink pens I’ll use on the pages of my planner, since I’ve found that don’t bleed through thin bullet journal paper! They come in a variety of widths, but I usually use the 01, 03, and 05.
Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens
If you’re looking for some bright colors to liven up your pages, these are perfect as they don’t bleed through at all! Faber Castell makes a variety of pen widths that come in pretty much every color imaginable. I prefer to use the S width, which draws clean, thin lines.
Copic Ciao Markers
If you’re looking for something a little more advanced, try Copic markers. These dual tip markers are great for seamless coloring in both large areas and small details. But, BEWARE – they do bleed through thinner pages! When it comes to doodling characters, Copic’s line of skin tones is unmatched. You can get the pack on Amazon here. They’re a little pricey… but worth the investment!