Art Supplies are oh, so much fun!
To begin a journaling practice you don't need too much.
Here you'll see some of the basic things you'll need. As we move through the class I'll be introducing you to a variety of ways to make art. In each session I'll share links to any materials that you might want to try.
Although it's fun to play with different mediums, you can take your time to build up a supply collection, because high quality materials can be expensive.
Here are the "Getting Started" basics:
You should be able to find these at any craft supply store (Michael's and Hobby Lobby in the U.S.). The blue colored text is a clickable link, and below those there are links to Amazon and other suppliers.
1. You need a Watercolor Journal, 5.5 x 8.5" is a good size. Something easy to carry that isn't too big or small.
2. Drawing and writing tools such as pencils and pens.
3. Ways to add color!
1. The Journal
This needs to have thick paper for wet media, so you don't want to purchase a Sketchbook unless it has heavyweight paper. A sketchbook is usually made from thin paper, is used just for pencil and pen, and it won't work as well for what we'll be doing. For best results, the paper should be at least 140 lb.. There are Mixed Media journals available, and they are fine if you can find 140 lb paper (they are usually around 98 lbs, and this weight will buckle when wet).
Here are 2 journals I would recommend. You'll be good to go with anything that is similar.
The journal size and format is whatever you prefer. I like a sewn journal because they're great for 2 page spreads. A wire bound journal limits you to one page at a time.
Strathmore Watercolor Journal – Landscape sewn binding
Strathmore Watercolor wire bound journal - Portrait
2. Drawing and writing tools and brushes
There are so many choices!
Essential: A pencil and eraser (you probably already have this), and a pen that is waterproof. I like these: Micron Pens – set of 3.
Also essential are some brushes. For travel, Water Brushes are great. Otherwise, just some assorted soft round brushes.
I like these Creative Inspirations brushes
Really nice to have: Uni-Ball Signo White Pen by Sakura
These next two are fun but not essential - I'll demonstrate them in one of our sessions: