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How To Make Outlined Letters in Bullet Journals

You don’t have to have an uncanny ability to create outline letters in order to create bold outlined texts in your sketchnotes and bullet journal.  This post (part of a series of posts on ways to create dramatic subject-specific content during a live lecture or presentation), shares my favorite method for creating bold, tidy outlined letters in any color or style.

This method is easy to make part of your notes. Even if you are struggling to keep up with a speaker, you can still learn to space your notes and leave room for header text like we’re creating here. Later, when the speaker is answering questions or telling a story, you can come back to the open spaces in your notes and add relevant illustrations or headline text.

You just need a pen (I prefer sharpie pens) and a very very light grey marker (I use a copic marker in Neutral 0 Grey).  While just about any bleed-resistant pen will work for this technique, I have not located another marker that can create this effect without changing the brightness of the lettering when done.

Step 1: Letter Header with Faint Grey Marker

To begin, letter your word using the Neutral 0 Grey Marker . The N0 leaves a line that is easy to make out in bright lighting, but is very very faint- just faint enough to outline.

An outline and header on artistic class notes.

Step 2: Begin Outlining

Use your pen to outline around the edges of the marker letters. The marker makes it easy to outline your letters evenly- and even make slight corrections like I did with this “C”.

An outline and header on artistic class notes.

Step 3. Keep Taking Notes

Usually, live notes mean I don’t have too much time to spend on any one part. So continue note taking.

An outline and header on artistic class notes.

Step 4. Fill

Fill the outlined text when you have time. Because you’ve created the initial design with such a faint marker, the N0 grey will minimially, if at all, impact the fill color.

An outline and header on artistic class notes.
Psychology course notes created with artful drawings shown in a pretty flat lay photograph.

I love colorful outlined headers for bullet journal layouts because they help me to organize my thoughts and ideas. I can use them to create a visual representation of what I want to accomplish in a given week or month. Additionally, they help me to add a personal touch to my journal and make it more fun to look at.

If you are anything like me, you are always looking for ways to make your bullet journal more visually appealing. One way to do this is to use colorful outlined headers for your layouts. This can help to make your journal more fun to look at and can also be a great way to add a pop of color to an otherwise mundane page.

There are many benefits to using colorful outlined headers in your bullet journal.

One benefit is that it can help to make your journal more visually appealing. If you are someone who likes to add a lot of color to your journal, then using colorful outlined headers is a great way to do that.

Another benefit is that it can help to make your journal more organized. If you use different colors for different sections of your journal, it can be easier to find what you are looking for. If you are looking for a way to add a little bit of personality to your bullet journal, then using colorful outlined headers is a great way to do that.

Colorful class notes are easier to go back and study. Fun colors and outlined headers help break up the monotony of black and white text. When all of the text is the same color, it can be easy for your eyes to gloss over important information. However, if your notes are pretty and colorful, it can help you to better focus on the material and retain the information.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to what colors you can use. You can use your favorite colors, or you can use colors that represent different parts of your life. For example, you could use green to represent your love of nature, or you could use blue to represent your calm and relaxing personality.

No matter what reason you have for wanting to use colorful outlined headers in your bullet journal, there are many benefits that come along with it. So, go ahead and add some color to your journal today