So you tried art journaling and you loved it! You want to keep going at home on your own in between classes, but you don't have paint, brushes, -- all the toys! Where to start!?
You can order your own personal Art Supply Kit and Art Box HERE!
-OR -- Here's your basic list:
(I don't get commissions, I'm just sharing what I like and use.)
Table cloth -- ALWAYS put something on the table first! You don't plan on making a mess (I didn't plan on cutting through my friends -new- antique table!) but accidents happen. Get something with a felt back, like THIS. If you don't want to buy new, simply use lots & lots & lots of newspaper.
GESSO -- I start every page with gesso. It acts like primer -- gives the paper tooth, texture, and holds the paint better than just paper alone. It dries white. (You can also find black and colored gesso.)
Matte Medium/ Gel -- This is your glue and your sealer. It dries clear. Apply with fingers or a brush. Again, Liquitex, Utrecht, Golden, Blick -- are are good! I use Nova.
PAINT -- the fun stuff! I simply use acrylic. The craft paints you get at Michael's or Joanne's will do just fine. But if you can, go to Blick's Art Supply. They have lots of options:
There a lots to choose from in these small tubes of paint for about $2.60/each. Great quality!
These medium-sized tubes have good colors too. Blick's has regular sales where you can pick them up for $4/bottle.
You can get Blick's bigger 16 oz. bottles for $9/each on sale, normally about $11.40. Not as many colors as the smaller tubes, but great value.
Brushes -- you can find decent brushes at hardware, craft, art, and dollar stores. My personal favorites (if you're willing to pay a little more for something that last a little longer) are the Princeton Select Artiste brushes.
Use empty pickle jars for water
Old credit cards quickly & easily spread paint
Baby wipes and paper towels clean and texturize
Water spray bottles dilute paint, and can be used to create rivers and lakes.
Stencil Girl has great stencils (but be warned: stencils are addicting and can add up!)
Find washi tape on Etsy or at Michaels
Create ephemera pages from magazines (or Kelly Kilmer sells packages regularly)
Uni-Posca paint pens are my faves!