BEGIN YOUR ART JOURNALING JOURNEY
GETTING STARTED with ART SUPPLIES
IT'S TIME TO GATHER YOUR MATERIALS TO START YOUR ART JOURNALING PRACTICE!
You are NOT alone if buying art supplies stresses you out! Walking into an art store can be overstimulating and intimidating. You might not be sure of what to get, when to spend more or less, even how anything is used. Not to worry!
The following list is a recommendation. It coordinates with the Art Journaling Nuts & Bolts videos My Favorite Basic Art Supplies and My Favorite Art Supply Extras (found here) and is similar to the most popular supplies used in my brick & mortar studio, Unfold Your Creative Spirit. You can take this list to your local art or craft store and find what you need that way. Or, you can feel free to use what you have at home already and add to your stock as you go through the course. I have mentioned brands that I like and linked this list to products on some of my favorite internet sources for art materials. I have no affiliation with any of these retail merchants and do not benefit financially from your shopping. I always recommend supporting local independent art stores with your business, however, if you have the chance.
Note: Buying new art supplies can really add up! You don't have to buy the most expensive products out there! You may notice I mention cost a lot (I highlight a lot of "cheap" supplies). I hope that doesn't offend you. I really think that it's better to start with basics and see if you want to invest in more expensive products, because if you budget that way you can get more (colors, styles, options). If you want to invest in top of the line quality for any of this you are welcome to do that. I'm just showing you that it's not required.
ONLINE ART SUPPLY STORES:
Supplies You Can Find Around the House
Old plastic containers and lids to use as palettes
Old file folders
Baby wipes (fragrance, alcohol and propylene glycol-free)
Old credit/gift cards
Scrapers with serrated edges (old combs and hair brushes work great for this)
Accordian file to store images, quotes, etc.
Spray bottle (for water)
White gesso, Golden brand, white, 16 oz
Black gesso, Bob Ross brand
Metallic acrylic paints (I like this product, especially)
Stencils (for example, this, this, or this)
Rubber and foam alphabet stamps (I find Ebay to be an excellent source for this)
Rubber and foam image/pattern stamps (for example, this, this or this)
Stamp ink pad, Ranger Ink brand, Archival, waterproof, permanent, in black or other colors
Stamp cleaner (I use Simple Green and water in a spray bottle)
Ink sprays, Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains and/or Dylusions Ink Sprays
Sketchbook/journal designed for mixed media or watercolor. my recommendations:
- Canson XL mixed media 9x12" or larger
- Strathmore Visual Journal Watercolor 140lb paper
- Ranger Dylusions Creative Journal or Flip Journal
Mod Podge, matte
Foam brushes: 1, 2, and 3"
Bristle brushes: Various sizes and bristle styles, including cheap chip brushes (Zen by Royal Langnickel are my favorites for variety and price)
Paint in an assortment of colors:
cheap craft paint (Craft Smart brand from Michaels is fine)
basic Liquitex Basics or Daler Rowney Graduate heavy body acrylics in tubes
Scissors, 2 pairs: large and small, precision point
Pens for journaling:
Sharpie Fine and Ultra Fine, black
Fude Ball 1.5, from Ranger Ink, black
Staedtler Calligraph Duo, in black
Sigma Uniball gel, in white, gold, silver
Sakura Gellyroll Classic, in black
Graphite pencil, 4B or higher
Pencil sharpener (hand-held is fine)
Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser, white