I dislike providing supply lists because I strongly encourage folks to use what they have and to make substitutions as needed, but I do understand that some people want to know exactly which supplies have been used in a project. With that in mind, I’ve done my best to list everything I used on the 10 pages I will teach you in The 5 Day Art Journal Challenge. (This list is available as a downloadable PDF for challenge participants in our challenge Facebook Group.)
The only product that is brand-specific is Ranger Distress Inks, and I do recommend you have a few of them on hand if you want to duplicate the techniques I use with them. See color recommendations under “Inks” below.
Basic Tool Kit - Scissors and/or paper trimmer, double-sided tape, 3-D foam dots, wet adhesive (Distress Collage Medium or Matte Medium, Heat Tool and/or Embossing Gun, stapler or Tiny Attacher, black marker, cosmetic sponges, ‘mark makers’ (stamps or stencils), charms or embellishments, skinny paint brush or water brush, Mini Mister, clear embossing powder, fiber or ribbon, water bottle cap, toothpicks
Papers - (cut pieces to 5” X 7” or 12cm X 18cm) - (1) brown paper bag, (1) cereal box, (4) heavystock or smooth light colored cardstock, (4) black cardstock, (1) corrugated cardboard, (1) piece of patterned paper, (10) any kind of paper - coordinated is nice as these papers will “finish” the back of each journal page
Inks - Ranger Distress Ink Pads - these are the only products on this list that are brand specific and very difficult to substitute due to their unique properties (I recommend one yellow + one brown + 2-3 other colors you like); and a black permanent ink pad (I recommend Ranger Jet Black Archival but you can easily substitute Stazon or Memento brands)
Paints - Assorted paints (I used 3-4 Distress Paints, 2-3 Fluid Acrylics and one Heavy Body acrylic)
Stamps - Any at all! I used a lot from my stash including Papillon, Lovely Women, Good Thoughts, Faded Type, and Stampers Anonymous Wood Mount E3-984, Stampers Anonymous Wood Mount KS-1516, Stamper Anonymous SCF006), Carabelle Art Stamp (hearts), Wood Mount “art” and “truth” stamps
Stencils - Any at all! I used these Tim Holtz stencils in particular: THS 006, THS 038, TH S053, THS 123
Embellishments - Metal charms such as Thought Tokens, brads, game spinner, washi tape, Baseboard Dolls, one 2” X 3” photo or image, fiber or thread, one plain shipping tag, collage images or magazine clippings, DW Collage Words, Snarky Sentiments, and a ribbon or large clip to hold the pages together
Die-cutting- Tools and Shape Cutters - Sizzix Vagabond machine, Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies, Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Wildflower Stems #2 (5-pack), Embossing Folders, Tim Holtz Steampunk On-the-Edge die, Tim Holtz Bird Mover & Shaper die, Sizzix Lace & Circle border strip die, or any Decorative Paper Punches
Misc. - Post-Its and a hole punch if you want to bind your pages with a ribbon or a giant “bull clip” if you want to hold them together that way.
Again, I encourage you to use what you have and to make substitutions. There are no rules in art journaling!