Studio Favorites

Below I’ve listed some of the visual journaling supplies I use most frequently. Please keep in mind, you don’t need fancy supplies in order to tap into your intuition. It’s taken me years to gather the supplies I have, many of which I rarely use. These days, I most frequently use magazines, scissors, an Uhu glue stick, and cheap acrylic paint. Some of the most powerful experiences I’ve had were with printer paper and crayons.

I always recommend starting where you are, with what you have. 

Basic Supplies

  • Blank journal, preferably 9×12 or larger. I recommend 90lb paper or higher. Here are a couple of options: Canson XL, Strathmore Vision, Moleskine XXL (Note: You can use virtually any type of paper, just know that thinner paper has a tendency to ripple/buckle when it gets wet.) 
  • Magazines, catalogs, or images printed from your computer
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick (I use this one from Uhu)
  • Paint in assorted colors. I use a variety of acrylics, craft paint, and watercolors.
  • Paintbrushes in a variety of sizes – start with whatever you have available.
  • Palette for paints. (I use a plate from the dollar store.)
  • Water container for rinsing brushes
  • Crayons, markers, and/or colored pencils
  • Permanent ink pen. Sharpie ultra fine or Sakura Micron are good options. 

Optional Supplies

  • White paint pen and/or white gel pen. I use these: Sharpie Paint Marker and Uniball Signo 
  • Assorted paint pens. I prefer the POSCA brand. 
  • Brayer for smoothing collage images
  • Matte medium for waterproofing your collage (so you can paint over it)
  • Stamps & ink pad (I use this one from Stayz as the ink is waterproof)
  • Stencils
  • Stickers, washi tape
  • Acrylic ink
  • Patterned paper & other ephemera