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!?
Here's your basic list. I don't get commission, 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 clean and texturize
Stencil Girl has great stencils (but be warned: stencils are addicting and not cheap!)
Find washi tape on Etsy or at Michaels
Create ephemera pages from magazines (or Kelly Kilmer sells one-off's fairly regularly)
Uni-Posca paint pens are my faves!