The world of art supplies can be confusing and it seems like cool new stuff is coming out every day! Listen people, art supply addiction is a thing. I think you should have all the supplies you want - as long as you are USING them. They do you no good if they're just sitting there unused. And guess what? They WILL go bad.
With that in mind, I've put together a few lists of things that I love, use and recommend. Please note that these are affiliate links, and if you purchase supplies through these links, I may get small commission - thank you for supporting a dream!
9" x 12" Canson Mix Media Pad: https://amzn.to/39suV2T
Liquitex Basics Acrylic Color Set: https://amzn.to/2MxlDcX
Paint Brushes: https://amzn.to/3r2jiFT
Glue or Matte Medium: https://amzn.to/39oOIAm
Mark-Making tools - whatever you have, or feel drawn to. Here are some of my favorites:
Oil Pastels (My personal must-have!): https://amzn.to/3ou1EsM
Collage ephemera - magazine clippings, junk mail, old books, newspapers
Palette or paper plates
Beginning Acrylic Painting
Not all of the supplies listed below are needed for my acrylic painting classes, and you certainly don't need these exact items. These supplies are just suggestions.
Basically you'll need something to paint on( usually canvas or paper), and something to paint with: (acrylic paints and brushes).
Optional, but helpful: paper and pencil, or (better yet charcoal pencil), a palette knife, and a palette pad. Links to my recommendations below.
Palette Knife Painting
We've been exploring a different color each week this month in my art journaling classes.
It's interesting to be assigned a color to explore (even when you're the one doing the assigning!) We tend to have "go-to" colors that we like to use, and colors that we avoid. Generally speaking, I don't use a lot of red in my work. It's bold and powerful, and can overwhelm. Which is not necessarily a bad thing in art; it all depends on your intent.
Art can soothe, enrage, amuse, entertain, cause us to think, and feel a whole range of emotions. Color can be a big part of that. How does color influence your art?
Some things to consider when you paint:
Above are my art journal pages for Red, and below for Blue. Interestingly, I struggled more with Blue even though I paint with blue more than red in my everyday work.
For Red, I layered magazine images, acrylic paint and oil pastel over my journal writing on the color red.
The first version of Blue has layers of magazine images, a sheet from and old book, acrylic paint, oil pastels, and song titles and lyrics written in pen. All layered over my journal writing about the color blue.
The randomness was bothering me, so after class I worked on it a bit more, and below is the final version of Blue. Did I make the right decision? Whether I like the final result or not, the answer is yes, I absolutely made the right decision. I was what I was moved to do in the moment, and for me, art journaling is about my own personal expression.
In my journal I create art for myself, for my soul, not for anyone else.
Would you like to create some art for your soul? Our art journaling class meets Thursday evenings 6-7:30 MST on Zoom, and you can sign up right here.