Supplies for Lessons

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My Essential Supplies for Art Journaling

  • gel medium
  • glue stick
  • paint- any kind!
  • stabilo pencil- black
  • sharpie
  • Fude
  • Carbon pen
  • oil pastels 3-5
  • watercolor crayons 3-5
  • gesso
  • catalyst blade
  • stencils

 

Essential Questions for Picking a Journal

  1. What do I have access to?
  2. What size do I want, small, large, or jumbo?
  3. Can the paper take the paints and layers I am going to throw at it?

I also consider if it will lay flat and the binding in the middle if I am doing a 2 page spread.

If you’re brand new to art journaling, and want my recommendation on a journal to buy,  I recommend any size of the Canson Mixed Media journals or Dylusions journals.

 

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Paint

 

Every brand of paint has its own feel and unique characteristics.  The best way to find your paints is to experiment with different brands and different types of paints.  If you are buying your very first tubes of paint, I recommend you pick 5-6 colors you love but each one from a different brand or style of paint.  This will let you see the differences in the types of paints and get a feel for what fits your way of art journaling.

What’s the right one for YOU?

  1. What’s in your budget?
  2. What colors do you like?
  3. What fits with your style of play- thick or thin? Opaque or translucent?

When I got started with paints, I bought all sorts of craft paints for two reasons. – it was in my budget and I didn’t know how to mix colors.  This was the perfect low pressure way for me to learn what colors were my colors, the ones that made me smile when I used them. Just because a paint is a craft paint doesn’t mean it isn’t great- there are some wonderful colors and paints that work beautifully!  My all time favorite go to paint is a craft paint from Dick Blick.

Then I began to experiment with artist grade paints.  I was intimidated by all the labels and names and terms I didn’t understand.
Translucent– means you can see what is below through them

Opaque means it hides what is below

Heavy body paint is thick like a smooth peanut butter or thick frosting.

Fluid paints are runny, more like a thin syrup.

Artist grade paints have more pigment in them so they are more vibrant and should look the same wet or dry.

Artist grade paints mix more predictably.

Is there one brand of artist grade paints that is the “best”?  That is a personal preference.  I actually enjoy colors from a variety of brands.  When I am deciding on a paint to buy, the first thing is the color.  Do I love the color?  The next thing is how opaque is it.  I like to cover up things, so I lean more toward opaque paints. That said, if I add glazing medium to most opaque heavy bodies, I can get a translucent look.  So when I buy opaque paints, I can make it do both!  The more versatile a supply is the more I tend to use it.

 

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Bonus Lessons

 

 

Lesson 1- hearts color

Sharpie marker

Carbon Pen

black heavy body paint

3 colors of liquitex paint Cobalt Teal Cadmium Yellow Light Hue Medium Magenta

glazing liquid

art journal

liner brush

uplifting words stencil

cosmetic sponge

 

Lesson 2- getting to know your supplies

catylst mini blade

oil pastels

dylusions paints

washi tape

watercolors

journal

stickles…glitter glue

deli paper

Lesson 3 collaging and glues

Supplies:

Glues: Xryon, Glue stick, gel medium, tape runner, fluid matte medium

Catalyst mini blade

Paints used: Liquitex Heavy Body- Cobalt Teal, Cadmium Orange Hue, Medium Magenta, Vivid Lime Green, Light Blue Permenant, Cadmium Yellow Light Hue

fineliner and white acrylic ink

circles layer me stencil and andrea bird

 

Lesson 4- how to know when done

Watercolor crayons (yellow, flame red -which looks orange to me, cobalt blue, and purple – which looks like magenta to me)

Gesso

White paint – I used heavy body paint so that it was more opaque

 

Lesson 5- the Uglies

Paint

Catalyst mini blade

 

Lesson 6 brought by number 3

Carbon pen

Fude pen

fineliner in white and blue

report card printouts

washi tapes

journal page from a canson journal

Now is the Time lg.

mixed media mail stencils

paints: Golden Quiacridone Magenta, Liquitex cadmium orange hue, vivid lime green, light blue permanent, yellow cadmium light hue

 

Lesson 7- dancing baby wipe

catalyst blade

paints- yellow teal, orange pink vivid lime green- liquitex

gel medium

2 rubber stamps

glazing medium

archival pad

Dance of this Life stencil

Wall of words stencil

Fine liners and inks…lots of colors

FUDE pen

 

Lesson 8 Tabloid Headlines

Paint: black,  white,  yellow cadmium light hue, teal, and orange

Craft Attitude

Digital Images -for you to download

FUDE pen

Circles layer me stencil

Magazine to cut up

Glue Stick

 

Lesson 9 bringing it all together

gesso

watercolor crayons

chain mail stencil

mixed media mail stencil

mary’s 4×4 arrows

circles layer me

now is the time stencil

gel medium

catalyst mini blade

fude pen

carbon pen

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