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 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.
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ONLINE ART SUPPLY STORES:
Supplies You Can Find Around the House
- Accordian file to store images, quotes, etc.
- Baby wipes (fragrance, alcohol and propylene glycol-free)
- Bubble wrap
- Old books and magazines
- Old credit/gift cards
- Old file folders
- Paper plates or old plastic lids to use as palettes
- Paper towels
- Scrapers with serrated edges (old combs and hair brushes work great for this)
- Sponges, variety:
- Spray bottle (for water)
- Wax paper
- Wooden skewers
You could literally spend thousands of dollars on art supplies. And that’s NOT a good plan, usually. So, here are some of my fave extra special things I like to play with. Some are MORE useful than others (stamps, sticker letters and stencils). Some add joy (glitter glue and metallic paint). Many require a little technique learning time. My advice: proceed with caution!
Metallic acrylic paints (in Liquitex, Daler Rowney and Craft Smart brands)
Rubber and foam alphabet stamps (I find Ebay to be an excellent source for this)
Rubber and foam image/pattern stamps
Stamp cleaner (I use Simple Green and water in a spray bottle)
Stencils (favorite brands: Crafter's Workshop and Tim Holtz)
Sketchbook/journal designed for mixed media or watercolor:
- Canson XL mixed media 9x12" or larger
- Strathmore Visual Journal Watercolor 140lb paper
- Ranger Dylusions Creative Journal large
- Ranger Dylusions Creative Journal square
- Ranger Dylusions Creative Flip Journal large
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)
- 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 Ballpoint 1.5, from OHTO, black
- Pitt Artist Pen set, in black
- Uniball Signo gel pen 0.7 in white (also comes in 1.0)
Graphite pencils, 4B or higher
Pencil sharpener (hand-held is fine)