I was very excited to give a presentation on art journaling at the National Art Ed Conference, which had gotten cancelled due to reasons you can guess. I am presenting a similar presentation at the Call to Art Un-Conference, which is a virtual professional development un-conference going on now. You can watch the presentations for a week for free. Each day 9-10 new presentations are released.
I wanted to give a big SHOUT OUT to the Blick Art, Nasco and Strathmore companies. These companies either sent me a big box of supplies in the mail or they were going to provide some supplies at NAEA for my hands-on workshop participants. Blick and Nasco are where I order most of my supplies for school. I plan on saving all these supplies for next year, when hopefully I will be able to conduct my hands-on workshop at NAEA. I also bought a whole bunch of extra supplies, so I’m all stocked up if they approve my workshop again.
I thought I would share with you some of my favorite art journaling supplies. These are supplies I use for my own personal art journaling, not with my students. Many are higher quality (more expensive) for more advanced artists (like you!).
First you will need an art journal. I prefer to use a book with thick, sturdy pages because I like to use a lot of paint and collage in my art journal. Here is a great book from Strathmore called the Visual Journal, Mixed Media. (Amazon affiliate links are used in this post, as well as regular links to Blick art and Nasco. You will want to do your own price comparisons as pricing changes sometimes, especially on Amazon.).
Click on the products below to find some links to stores.
Jack Richeson Metallic Watercolor, Crayola Educational Watercolor sets, Prima Confections tropical watercolor set
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens Set, Micron pens, Copic Multi-liner pens, Sharpie markers
Uni-Posca Paint Pens and Molotow Paint Markers
White Uniball Signo and White Molotow Paint Marker
Crayola Premium Colored Pencils, Soucolor Colored Pencils. Lately I’ve also been enjoying using oil pastels of different kinds to add embellishments and marks on my pages.
You can find a lot of fun Washi tapes and stickers at Michaels craft stores.
Thrift stores and book sales are great places to get old books to find interesting pictures. I have bought interesting postage stamps on Ebay. Hope these links help you find some new and fun art supplies to try out. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Here are a few of my Art Journal pages. Enjoy!