Supplies!

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So you tried art journaling and you love it. You want to keep going at home on your own in between classes, but you don't have paint, brushes, and toys. Where to start? I got you. 

You can order your very own Art Supply Kit and Art Box HERE

-OR -- Here's your basic list: 

     (Note: 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 -- My motto is "ABG!" -- Always Be Gesso-ing. I start every page with gesso. It acts like primer; it gives the paper tooth, texture, and holds paint better than just paper alone. It dries white. (You can also find black and colored gesso.)

Liquitex, Utrecht, Golden, Blick -- any brand will do (at Blicks Art Supply). I use Nova, but even Walmart has decent gesso.

Matte Medium/ Gel -- This is your glue and your sealer. It dries clear. Apply with fingers or a brush. Liquitex, Utrecht, and Golden (at 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.

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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.

Et Cetera 

  • Use empty pickle jars for water 

  • Repurpose Old credit or gift cards to 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 (be warned: stencils are addicting!)

  • Find washi tape on Etsy or at Michaels

  • Create ephemera pages from magazines or the amazing, generous Kelly Kilmer sells packages regularly

  • Uni-Posca paint pens are my faves!