Doodling a Frame Border

Some say, “Presentation is everything.”
Well, it might not be everything, but I think it makes a difference.
Drawing a doodle border can make a quote really stand out as special.

This lesson shows my process of doodling the border for a long quote in pen
as well as lettering.

doodle border detail- hope journal copy

Here is a list of lettering/doodling supplies you will need for this lesson to write the words and doodle on these pages in pen: 


  • Journal Pages of watercolor paper to doodle and write on
  • Pencil
  • Eraser –  kneaded eraser and/or white eraser suggested
  • Permanent drawing/writing pens, preferably in a few various widths, such as Fabercastell Pitt Pens (fineliner set which includes sizes XS, S, F, M) or Copic Fine Nib Inking Pens set which includes sizes 0.3, 0.1, 0.05, 0.03. Microns may work too, but tend to smear when writing over layers of acrylic medium or paint, so they aren’t my first choice.
  • White permanent pen for fixing mistakes, such as Painters Pen, fine tip, paint marker by Elmer’s, OR ACRYLIC water based paint marker/Extra fine by Montana Markers, OR BIC Wite-Out Correction Pen.
  • List of Quotes, Verses, Words you would like to use in your journal
  • Acrylic Matte Medium
  • Larger inexpensive paint brush for painting matte medium on surface once the doodling and lettering are done.
  • Water to rinse out brush

The following video is a demo of my process of drawing the Doodle Border in the Hope Journal:

The password for the video is: do-letter

2nd spread detail

In the video below shows how I fine tune some of the doodling and lettering and more designing:

The password for the video is: do-letter

2nd spread detail

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