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!


 

Substrates

Art journal

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

Watercolor pad

Art journal

Canvas

You will also need a canvas or other substrate of your choice (wood panel, canvas board etc.)

  • In the project of the class I'm using a square 24" x 24" / 60x60 cm gallery-wrapped canvas but you can use any size you like.

Stretched canvas

Wood panel


Basic Tools

  • A palette (or a simple white plate) Personally I often 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 often have a lid to prevent paint left-overs from drying.

  • Water

  • 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...)

  • Scissors

  • Parchment paper

  • Binder clips

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)

Palette

Scissors

Mini transparent palettes

Spray bottle

Pencil case

Heat Gun

Apron


Painting tools

  • 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

Assorted Paintbrushes

Small brayer

Large flat brushes

Plastic Palette Knives


Painting materials

  • 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.

White Gesso

Acrylic paint: Titanium White

Acrylic paints

Raw Umber

Titan Buff

Nickel Azo Gold

Paynes Grey

Sap Green

Yellow Ochre

Turquoise Green


Acrylic inks

Titanium White

Raw Umber

Magenta

Turquoise

Paynes Grey

Yellow Orange


Alcohol inks

(for fun finishing touches)

A lovely brown set

A light pastel set

Distress inks

(great for the translucent portrait project)

Tattered Rose

Walnut Stain

Antique Linen


Collage Materials

  • 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)

Matte Gel Medium by Golden

Matte Gel Medium by Liquitex


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

Color

  • 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)

Graphite Pencils

Stabilo All Black Pencil

Charcoal

Black and White Posca Set

White Correction Pen

Flesh tones

Assorted colors

Neocolor 2 set