I'm frequently asked what my favorite are journaling supplies are, and what a person really needs to get started. The simple answer is just a paper and pen, but the sky is the limit. You probably have enough laying around at home to make several pages right now. The beauty of art journaling is that anything goes. One man's trash is another man's treasure, and all of that.
My Favorite Art Journaling Supplies
I like to work in a variety of different journals. They have different paper weights, so some are better for wet things like paint and gel medium, and some are better for dryer things like collage work. I buy different size journals, too, because sometimes I feel like working ‘large' and sometimes I want to work in a very small space. The list goes on and on but I've curtailed it into some basics, and some favorites, in a one-page PDF for newsletter subscribers.
Rest assured, you can art journal with as little as a pen and paper. However, if you want to dive a little deeper, I'd recommend a variety of papers, paints, inks, and mediums. It was hard to keep my list short, but I was determined to keep it a one-page download for easy reference. Click here for your copy.
I'd love to hear what's on your list that's not on my favorite art journaling supplies list. We can compare notes if you'll let me know in the comments.
Online Mixed Media Art Class
If you'd like to see some of my art journaling videos, check out my online class with Craftsy. It comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee. The class is called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects. Here’s a 2-minute preview video: