Sunday, August 19

A Letter to A Young Beginner Art Journaler

I just received a letter from a teenager in my family asking me about supplies for art journaling as she has just taken up the hobby. She wrote, "I'm stuck. I have no idea what supplies I need! I have the basic stamp pad and stamps and gesso and acrylics but I need help with the next step. I want all the materials I can get to make my art journal the best it could be so I was wondering what you would suggest. What should I by to make my art journals look so wonderful likes yours do?"

Dear ________, (name left out because she is a minor and for privacy reasons)

Art journaling is awesome...great for personal expression. There are so many things you can buy, so I'd figure out what style of art journaling you like, and see what products those art journalers use! LOL

 I do both paper style and digital style (with Photoshop Elements). All of these pages were created digital


These projects are either hybrid (digi + paper) or paper style (no digi):,, .

For now, I suggest starting with what you have on hand, and watching some Youtube videos on art journaling techniques...also, you can make your own products instead of buying some of this stuff and I'll give you those links too.

If you like digital, and have fun with it, you can ask the kit designer if they like your pages, and if they have room on their creative team, and you would get their kits for free in exchange for making a sample page with that kit. I'm only on Studio Tangie's team, but I also write for her blog. (Her shoppe is at

Other digital designers I like are CrowAbout StudioB ( and some of the designers at Deviant Scrap .

As for getting your hands messy with paper style art journaling: my favorite products include
matte medium (to mix with paints),

mists (you can buy or make),

stencils by the manufacturer Crafter's Warehouse,

water-soluble crayons (I only have a few colors so far, you can buy individual crayons),

black writing pen from,

black Copic sketch marker (will write on anything in your art journal, even over paint),

vintage findings from garage sales/flea markets such as vintage papers, vintage book pages, vintage postcards, etc., and magazine clippings.

You can check out my art journaling inspiration boards on my Pinterest page here:
and my art journal supply pinterest page here:

Be sure to check out how to make your own watercolor paints: as well as how to make your own mists: Let me know anytime if you have questions.xoxo

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1 comment:

glorygirl said...

WOW! Amazing post! Love how well you've covered the beginnings to art journaling. And your pages are amazing! I will be taking some inspiration from you for my new project. THANKS!

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