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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.
This is one of my favorite indulgent supplies – a script liner brush. It creates the smallest, most organic flowing lines. It’s meant for writing in paint, which I do occasionally, but usually I use it to create abstract lines, stems of flowers, or strands of hair. We use this brush in my class, BIG ART, as well as some of my live retreats.
PENS + MARKERS
Once you know you are into art journaling, buying a high quality art journal is one of the best investments you can make. I love Moleskine’s watercolor, pocket sized, and accordion journals. Their hard covers and elastics make protecting the books easy, too.
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.
Gel medium is a gel that helps to thin out paint and keep it flowing. However, it also makes an excellent adhesive, which, like PVA, is wonderful when applied with a brush. I think I use YES and PVA almost exclusively now, depending if I want to scrape on or brush on glue.
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.