The artist and the journal - Mixed media art class
supplies and tools
Below is a list of supplies for the class: click on the images if you wish to order from Amazon.
* IMPORTANT *
This class is all about growing your wings and deepening your voice, so it's really important that you use the tools and supplies that you already love and that you feel comfortable with. The processes I share in this class are much more about the creative mindset than step-by-step projects, so that you can translate them into your own unique style. My advice is to buy only the supplies you think you absolutely need, plus maybe a few that you really feel attracted to, but don't let the shopping fever get you just yet: there will be plenty of time to buy more supplies as you go.
Whenever possible, I'm listing a variety of options so you can use whatever you already own, and I really encourage you to go on a scavenger hunt and collect any tools and materials that you can (safely!) experiment with, or that you could use as substitutes for the ones I use in the tutorials. It's the beauty of mixed media and it is exactly how it all started for me, and how I came up with some of my favorite personal techniques!
For this class you will need an art journal that takes all kinds of media really well and opens flat:
- You can make your own with a large pad of watercolor paper and THIS TURORIAL
- The Dylusions journal is a good ready-made option
- A palette (or a simple white plate) Personally I use a whole lot of small transparent plastic lids (which, believe it or not, come from... Pringles cans! Not very glamorous but they work for me!). Petri dishes are pretty similar and have a lid to prevent paint left-overs from drying.
- Old cloth / old T-shirt
- Something to protect your surface (old towel, table-cloth, packing paper, plastic bag...)
- Something to protect your clothes (apron, old shirt...)
Optional but handy
- Craft heat gun (embossing tool) to speed up drying
- Spray bottle
- Large pencil case / make-up case with see-through pockets (great for traveling and when you have limited space)
- Your fingers!
- Your choice of paintbrushes, including a medium-sized flat brush for collage
- An old plastic card (credit card, key card...) and/or palette knives
Optional but fun
- A small brayer
- White Gesso
- Acrylic paints and inks: your choice of colors (the ones you already love!) + including Titanium White.
You'll find some of my favorite colors below. NB: These are some colors I really like. They are really part of my "personal palette" and I really advise you to take the time to explore YOUR palette, the color combinations that resonate with you the most.
- All sorts of papers (ask around!): magazines, book pages (preferably from books that inspire you!), sewing pattern tissue, colored and neutral tissue paper, mulberry paper, packing paper, wrapping paper, sheet music, dried, empty tea bags etc.
- Matte acrylic gel medium or "binder" (Golden, Liquitex or other brand)
Drawing and mark-making
Just like with color, you don't need everything on the list! Just use your favorites & the ones you already have. Gather a variety of materials to stamp and make marks with: bubble-wrap, shelf-liner, plastic mesh, corrugated cardboard, feathers, wood skewers and coffee stirrers... Look around and use your imagination!
Pens, pencils, pastels etc.
Black & White:
- A regular graphite pencil (HB to 4B is great)
- A piece of charcoal
- Black watersoluble pencil or crayon (Stabilo All, Derwent Inktense, Neocolor 2...)
- Black & White fine tip Posca pens
- Fine-tip correction pen ("white-out")
- Large White Posca pen
- Ball-point pen
- Brush-tip Pitt Artist Pens in colors you love (great for adding touches of color or shading a portrait, perfect to replace bottles of ink when traveling)
- Neocolor 2 watersoluble wax pastels (these are some of my absolute favorite supplies and again, great to replace paint when traveling)