mindful art studio
These are some of the supplies that I most enjoy using in the studio. I believe in having a few, good quality supplies that behave like they should instead of cluttering my space with many that don’t work quite right. This is a link to my Amazon Affiliate store, you can shop there and support my work if you wish. Happy creating!
Water brushes are my favorite way to paint with watercolors in my journal. Whether I’m out in the woods, or at my kitchen counter while the water is boiling, having the water in the brush just makes getting started too easy to pass it up.
People often ask about my large, ceramic watercolor palette. You can easily get a white plate from a thrift shop. However, if, like me, you find you need more space to spread out with your paint, I love this porcelain tray. It measures 26.5 x 39.5 cm.
FOUNTAIN PEN SUPPLIES
I’ve just begun exploring using fountain pens with refillable cartridges to cut on plastic waste from pens. This pen has a bent Fude nib that does a thin line one direction and thick the other.
DISPOSABLE PENS + MARKERS
A good drawing pen is so fun to use. Something that doesn’t pool ink when you pause is super important. I have information about refillable fountain pens to help cut on plastic in the section just above this one. Micron pens are typically single use. Some folks do have luck refilling; look on Youtube for guidance.
Once you know you are into art journaling, making your own journal is an incredibly satisfying practice. I have a class where I teach you how step by step in photos, written instruction, and a video.
When I want to work a wee bit bigger, this Strathmore is my go to journal. I love the beautiful cover, and thick, quality paper. I have used my high flow acrylics in 5 or 6 layers and these books held up amazingly well. This means I have room for mistakes and do-overs. YAY!
Handbook, like Moleskine comes with a handy elastic to hold the journal closed, as well as coming in different fun sizes and colors. These journals also have lovely quality paper, not quite as sturdy as Strathmore, but the price is more economic.
YES paste is my go to adhesive for a lot of jobs. I use it for a lot of the glueing in hand made journals and tunnel journals, as well as glueing small pieces to backgrounds. You apply the glue with an old credit card or a palette knife. I use this in the BIG ART, Fluid Art, and Handmade art journals classes, amongst others.
PAPER CUTTING SUPPLIES
CAMERA AND TECH SUPPLIES
People frequently ask how I hold my phone to show my art as I teach. This is the tool that holds the phone for me. I also use a tripod with a clamp holding a piece of wood over my table, depending on what I’m doing. 🙂
Hi, I’m Amy, the founder of Mindful Art Studio. I believe we are all artists, and I love having the opportunity to help nurture the artist in you. I think buying just a few, high-quality supplies, and then giving yourself permission to just play and experiment, is one of the most powerful things you can do as an artist. You don’t need tons of supplies or complicated techniques. You need supplies with rich color and that do the job they are meant to do so that your practice builds confidence, and you get more joy from your creative practice.