I have been reading a lot lately about the supplies people like to use in their art journaling. These posts are inspiring and helpful all at once, so I thought I would add my two pennies worth and write a post about what I like to use.
As I have only been art journaling deliberately for a couple of months, I suspect the supplies I rely on will change and develop over the next months. I look forward to how my supplies evolve.
Of course the first thing we need to journal is a sketchbook. I have filled a Strathmore 500 series book which has very nice heavy paper and I have just started a Ranger Dylusions sketchbook which has heavy paper too, but is a little thicker. I can’t wait to fill it up! These are both larger books, 8″x 11″ give or take a quarter of an inch. I like to have lots of space to play with, so I like this size.
Pens pens pens. I use Micron pens in almost everything I do, so of course art journaling is no exception. They are most effective on a smooth surface though, so I also use a gel ball pen for writing and doodling. I find they move and flow over an uneven surface better than the Microns. The white pens are great over a colored background. The nicest paint pens I have used are the Sharpie pens. Sakura Gelly rolls are a finer pen for writing and drawing.
These are all paints at a reasonable price and I use them all the time. The watercolor palette is from Michaels craft store and I love the selection of colours in it. The acrylics are from Target’s Handmade Modern section and again there are a ton of colours to choose from. They are not top of the range so I think they allow more play with less pressure which is always a good thing!
I knew nothing whatsoever about gesso until this year. I even pronounced it wrong (the horror!). I have mixed feelings about it to be honest, I like that it gives a good background to work on, but I am not always mad about the texture it leaves. I am sure as I become more skilled in art journaling, I will master it. However I do really like black gesso, either all over a page or in blocks. The black works like a chalk board and is fabulous with the white pens over it.
The matt medium is what I mainly use as adhesive, I can slap it all over to stick things down and it dries matt, so it is not invasive on the page.
To apply paint and gesso I have a variety of brushes. The fat square brush is the one I use for gesso and I also use the gift card which gives a smoother surface. I picked up the stencil brush at a yard sale and I love to use it because it is a nice big brush and a great texture giver. Other brushes I use include the sumi brush (next to the white handled brush) which is lovely with ink and watercolours to paint words and patterns.
In the ‘other supplies’ section, I use ink pads for stamps and I like to use waterproof ink so that if another layer is added, the stamped images don’t get all smudged and ruined. Same with ink I use to paint and write with, always waterproof.
Masking fluid has magical powers in my opinion, I paint it on with a regular brush and I use watercolour over it. When I remove it with the rubber pick up (the square under the ink) the paper under it has no paint so it makes the final image really stand out. Kind of a batik effect but on paper.
Last but not least, paper ephemera. I haven’t used many modern magazine images in my pages so far, but I have ripped lots out of old National Geographic magazines. I also use old books, music scores, maps and old magazines. I especially love the vintage movie magazines which feature the film stars of the time. Wonderful stuff.
Happy creating and Happy Friday! Wishing you a wonderful weekend x