Need a Beginners Toolkit for Art Journaling?
Welcome to Art Journaling! It’s wonderfully creative and very flexible – there are literally no rules.
But, there’s so much to choose from, where do you start? Here’s a basic list of supplies to get started. Best part: these are all affordable and easily available!
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- A journal, preferably mixed media
- A water brush
- Matte medium
- Acrylic paints
- White gel pen
- Black artist pens
- Magazines, paper clippings, ephemera
A journal to work in. The Canson mixed media pads work well with sturdy paper that stands up to wet media like watercolors and acrylic paints.
Inexpensive watercolors from your local supply store are fine to start with. If you decide you like working with watercolors, you can try out various artist quality versions. You’ll need a brush too – try a waterbrush. They’re easy to use and have the water right inside!
Matte medium works as an adhesive and sealer and is indispensable for collage of all types.
Gesso (pronounced jess-o) is the main page primer as well as covering other elements and mistakes! A must-have for art journaling.
Acrylic paints come in so many varieties and colors, it can be overwhelming. Start with either 2 or 3 tubes of your favorites or a starter set. The Liquitex Basics line is ideal: Affordable, good quality, and lots of colors.
Use pens to add detail and the journaling to your pages. The Micron pens are waterproof and don’t smudge or bleed. A white gel pen is good to make marks on dark areas for contrast and interest. Two to try: the Uni-Ball Signo Broad pen and Sakura Gelly Roll pens.
Having a stash of collage materials is one of the easiest ways to start art journaling. Collect magazines of all types and cut/tear out the images that appeal to you. Start your personal library of images!