How To: Dr. Seuss Quote

Posted by Maria Irina on

Hey guys! Masha here from Masha Plans and today we are creating a quote page.

March is the birthday month of Dr. Seuss, and seeing what an amazing author he was and what an impact his work had, I thought it’d make sense to create something special commemorating that happy event.

His birthday, as you probably know, also is the Read Across America Day. That’s why, from all the quotes out there, I chose a book-related one for this tutorial.

The quote we’ll be doing today is “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”

SUPPLIES

Here are the supplies I used for this quote. Feel free to use the same or change up to something you love in your collection.

Archer and Olive Notebook - for a quote, I used my A5 notebook, but for tutorials (there will be some!) I needed more space so I went with a B5 one.

Pencil and eraser - I always sketch everything in pencil first and I recommend you do the same. I used Pilot Dr. Grip mechanical pencil and sakura foam eraser.

Faber Castell Fineliners - my go-to black pen when it comes to doodling or creating any spreads in my Bullet Journal.

Zebra Mildliner Brush Pens - my go-to set for all the things - from just coloring to brush lettering.

White Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - I’m adding something fun to my lettering and I needed a white pen for it. Sakura gel pens are in my opinion the best gel ones on the market!

TUTORIALS

Before we dive in and start creating the quote page, I thought I’d share with you some step by step tutorials that will help.

First is the doodle of the Cat in the Hat.

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It looks very intimidating, but as you’ll see, like most doodles, it’s all just based on basic shapes.

Start simple and add more details bit by bit, eventually, you’ll end up with exactly what you wanted.

Next is the bubble lettering I used in the quote.

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It’s all pretty simple as well. 

Start from writing down your word in block letters, but be sure you keep enough space in between to add bubble effect later.

Next step - add the bubble effect! Once you already have the block letter, it’s much easier to create a bubble around it. Try to keep it the same width in each letter.

Once your block letters are done and colored - it’s time to add some shadow! I went for double shadow here and used a fineliner and then a grey brush pen. Use both or just one - up to you. I feel like using a grey marker gives it a bit more depth, especially if it’s a lighter grey one.

A good way to add 3d effects is also using a neon color. Make sure you first test it out to see if the neon color matches the color you chose for your lettering.

The final step is adding the white elements inside your letters. Grab your white gel pen and play around with the placing.

That’s about it. Let’s dive in and create our quote page!

QUOTE PAGE

Step one, of course, is choosing a quote, and you already know mine. I decided to decorate the quote with some doodles from Dr. Seuss’s books.

STEP 1 - SKETCH THE DOODLES

I usually start from words, but here I really wanted the accent to be on the doodles, so I started from creating these.

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As you see I went with a pencil sketch first. That way, I can see if I like the placing or if it needs to be moved in any way.

STEP 2 - ADD QUOTE

I also add the quote in pencil first, it helps to make sure it’s all well placed.

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Just like in every other quote, I first found what are the most important words and made sure to accent them.

You can create accents by using different styles of lettering, or color. In this case, I used both.

STEP 3 - USE FINELINER

Once you’re happy and satisfied with everything - it’s time to use the pen!

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I just outlined all the doodles and lettering in black fineliner. The places that will be in color are left in pencil.

I also tried not to add any details, so they don’t fade when I erase the pencil.

STEP 4 - ADD COLOR AND DETAILS

Once everything is outlined and you erased the pencil and added other details - it’s time to color!

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Honestly, coloring is my favorite part of creating anything, it reminds me so much of childhood fun!

And we are done! If you followed the tutorials and all the steps you should now see a cute quote page in your BuJo.

If you recreated his quote page be sure to share with me and @archerandolive on Instagram, we love seeing your creations!

And remember: Keep Bullet Journaling and Don’t Be A Blob!