Doodles on paper.

12 Vibrant Doodle Prompts To Play With Drawing

Doodling has many amazing benefits. It improves focus and emotional well-being, relaxes, helps you decompress from stress, and develops creativity. If you’re new to doodling, here are 12 beginner-friendly prompts you can start with right away.

Food and Drinks Prompts

Dark chocolate pieces on a cutting board.
Image Credit: New-Africa/Shutterstock.

Still-life art shows a long-standing history of people using fruits and vegetables as a reference for sketching. It’s also a great way to rouse your appetite for some juicy fruits or aesthetically pleasing meals like sushi.

Ideas: bread, baguette, burger, cupcakes, donuts, teapots, coffee cups, avocados, apples, bananas, grape vines, sushi

Hobbies and Activities Prompts

Bikes at meal in nature.
Image Credit: Dennis Albert Richardson/Shutterstock.com.

What better way to doodle than pick your favorite hobbies and translate them into visual art? Your favorite painting brush or palette, a guitar, or a barbell from your local gym are playful ways to have fun with your newfound craft.

Ideas: guitar, notebook, painting brush, running shoes, barbell, pen, tennis ball, tennis racket

Animal Prompts

Black and White Border Collie Dog with Wide Eyes Staring at Food on a Red Wooden Picnic Table in Summer Time.
Image Credit: danceswithwords/Shutterstock.

Animals are always a fun way to start sketching. The most popular ones are dogs and cats, as there are many ways to draw your favorite fluffy-tailed pets. Make it cute, minimalist, or colorful; the choice is yours, as long as you have fun with it.

Ideas: cat, dog, giraffe, horse, cow, chicken, bird, zebra, snake, hamster, butterfly, raven, swan

Nature and Flowers Prompts

Pretty field of wild red clover flowers.
Image Credit: Pavlo-Baliukh/Shutterstock.

Nature surrounds us with its infinitely beautiful diversity, offering all the inspiration we need. Take a dive into the vibrant world of flowers, trees, valleys and mountains or into the exotic realm of palm trees and waterfalls right in the four borders of your sketchbook.

Ideas: potted plants, roses, tulips, daisies, palm trees, oak trees, mountains, valleys, waterfalls, hills, cactus

Fashion and Accessories Prompts

Men's Derby Fashion with Bowties
Photo Credit: Nmorguelan Shutterstock

If you’re a fashionista or just enjoy drawing pretty things, play around with lacey dresses, ruffled skirts, necklaces, dainty heels or other fashion-related ideas. If you prefer other fashion-related ideas, you can get inspired by the fashion style of various decades, like the classy 1920s, the glamorous ‘50s, creative ‘60s, stylish ‘70s or colorful and playful ‘80s.

Ideas: shirts, dresses, heels, necklaces, earrings, tiaras, skirts, gloves, cute patterned socks, hats, suits and ties, jackets

Beauty and Bath Prompts

Woman in Bath with wine glass and candles relaxing.
Photo credit: Depositphotos

Beauty and bath products are some of the most fun ones to start doodling. Whether it’s an ornamental mirror from the 1800s, a somber grandfather clock from the 1800s, a luxury lipstick, or just some cute facemasks, you can play around with many colors and shapes.

Ideas: hairbrush, mirror, make-up brushes, make-up palettes, lipstick, facemasks, mascara, soap bubbles

Traveling and Adventure Prompts

woman in a swimming poll while traveling looking out over a city.
Photo credit: Depsitphotos

Wanderers and travelers will love this one. If your heart sings amid regal mountains or the birdsong of wild forests, these adventure prompts will be perfect for you. Create your own little adventure with these mountain, bonfire, or tent prompts.

Ideas: tent, hiking shoes, bonfire, hot air balloon, car, boat, taxi cab, backpack, map, pin, compass 

Vacation Prompts

Bucket of sand on beach.
Image Credit: Depositphotos.com.

If you’re looking for a dopamine boost, play around with some travel and vacation prompts as you envision faraway palm trees with snowy-white beaches or misty mountains hidden in the heart of remote lands.

Ideas: palm trees, islands, ocean waves, sand dunes, margaritas, beach shores, swimsuits, straw hats, airplanes, sunscreen bottle, umbrella

Seasonal Prompts

Holiday Pets Christmas
Photo Credit: Svetlana Glazkova Shutterstock

Try your hand at some cute Halloween motifs like carved pumpkins, spiders, and orange treats. Or, if you’re a Christmas aficionado, opt for fancy Christmas trees with rainbow lights, shiny glass balls, and other cute ornaments.

Ideas: Valentine’s chocolate boxes, Easter bunny, carved pumpkins, spiderwebs, Thanksgiving turkey, snowman, Christmas tree, glass balls

Architecture and Decor Prompts

Perast town in Montenegro beautiful stone buildings with tile roofs next to a lake.
Photo credit: Depositphotos

You don’t need perspective or artistic skills to doodle around with gorgeous architecture or interior decor. It’s enough to have a passion for beautiful things, organizing, or just doodling. Sketch out your own little dream home or countryside cottage and furnish it to your heart’s content!

Ideas: house, mansion, palace, marble pillars, fenced garden, painting frame, vase, box, table, chair, wardrobe, gazebo, Mediterranean terrace, pool, hot tub

Fun Shapes and Symbols Prompts

Idea and innovation concept hand hold a lightbulb with intersting symbols floating above.
Photo credit: curiosity-depositphotos

Simple shapes or symbols are some of the easiest prompts you can start with. Whether it’s an artsy musical symbol like clefs, cute hearts, or trippy space motifs like planets and stars, there’s an array of ideas to choose from.

Ideas: squares, ellipses, rectangles, spirals, swirlies; clefs, hearts, diamonds, cash, fire, rain, sun, moon, stars

Colors and Rainbows Prompts

hands holding multiple colorful powders.
Photo credit: Depositphotos

Last but not least, you can always enjoy the therapeutic use of colors by sketching rainbows or coloring shapes. It’s a wonderful way to tap into your playful, creative energy and heal your inner child.

Ideas: all colors of the rainbow, from red, orange, and yellow to green, blue, purple, and pink

How to Start a Doodle Journal

A hand holds a doodle journal. You can see doodled pictures scribbled on the page. There is a pencil and pen nearby.
Photo Credit: Alissa Zorn.

Doodling is a great way to release stress, express yourself, and have fun with art. Here's how to get started:

Author: S.K. Lumen

Title: Writer

Expertise: women's personal development, mental health, self love

S.K. Lumen is a writer, artist and blogger who is passionate about helping women become their best selves. She writes about personal development, self-love, self-care, wellness & mental health.