Art Journal Supplies I Recommend for my Course, Visually You
Art Journaling Supplies I Use All. The. Time.
I use my art journals almost every day. Every now and then I have to devote every last second to an upcoming project, but even when I feel like I don’t have time to work in my journal, I try to gift myself that time because it feels great and it helps keep me feeling grounded.
I also teach some courses that lean heavily on the practice of art journaling, one of which is Visually You, a series of classes that comes around once, maybe twice, a year, and I always recommend the same supplies.
The following list is a comprehensive collection of everything we use in Visually You.
So if you’re looking to get yourself set up with a “just-enough-but-not-too-much” level of supplies, this is a great starting place.
Supplies for Visually You:
A journal.This watercolor journal is my absolute favorite for the type of exercises I teach and the kind of watercolor work I paint. If you’re looking for something more economical, I’ve found these to be a good substitute, though the paper can warp a little if you’re using a lot of water.
Watercolors. For the purpose of this class, I suggest this set. The colors are vibrant and rich, and some even offer some lovely granulation. It’s a nice set for starting out and to have available for travel. If you already have a set of watercolors, there’s no need to buy something new. You’re welcome to use whatever you have.
A watercolor block. I like to have spare paper around to use for practice. It’s also nice to have a fresh surface available if I want to keep moving, but I’m waiting for a journal page to dry. Having a block of paper nearby gives me the option to work on more than one piece at a time. These are my current favorite watercolor blocks.
Brushes. I do a lot of my work, (and teach), using a 1″ flat brush. It’s my go-to. However, it’s nice to have a few different kinds of brushes to play with, and of course – when you work larger you need larger tools. But as a starting place for journaling, I’d suggest a 1″ flat brush, a round brush and a smaller flat brush as well. You’re welcome to use whatever brushes you already have on hand. If you need some, this set has a flat brush and a nice variety you’ll be able to play with over time, and it travels well too.
A water cup/container for rinsing brushes
Mixed media paper. I like this one, but really any brand of thicker mixed media paper will do.