Whether you’re new to the art journal scene or a seasoned veteran, we’re excited to reveal today’s must-have materials to work with, chosen by top artists in the industry. Follow along as they divulge their favorite art journal items to work with, insider tips, and tutorials:
Traci Bautista’s Must-Haves:
- Speedball soft rubber brayer
- Sakura waterbrush
- Collage Pauge Matte
- Graffiti glam stamps
- Sharpie paint markers
Click here to check out the tutorial for this gorgeous art journal page.
Tim Holtz’s Must-Haves:
Click here to learn how to recreate the Time Canvas piece that Tim Holtz creates using his favorite materials.
Mindy Lacefield’s Must-Haves:
- Foam stamps are great for adding layers of pattern, like I did in this art journal page.
- Stickles serve as a finishing sparkle to my page.
- Deli paper was introduced to me through artist MaryBeth Shaw. I love to do stream of consciousness writing on the deli paper and tear out words and/or phrase and paste them directly into my journal.
Click here to discover this free art journal DIY.
Roben-Marie Smith’s Must-Haves:
- My huge scrap paper box – I am not sure I could journal without paper from my stash.
Jen Cushman’s Must-Haves:
- White sharpie oil based paint marker – It writes over everything. Paint, crayon, watercolor – everything!
- Pan pastels are gorgeous and highly pigmented, perfect to use for full-bodied color or like watercolors with brush and water.
- ICE Resin paper – I coat old book pages and paper scraps with ICE Resin that’s left after my bezel pours. These snips of paper are saved and then brought out during art journaling and collage work to add texture and a bit of the unexpected. Resin loves paper and there is something magical about using snippets of this translucent-yet-strong paper in your art.
Junelle Jacobsen’s Must-Haves:
- Homemade art journals – The kind where the old and loved book gets painted with new white gesso and wrinkled with paint and ink. I love everything about homemade art journaling. It is a transformational wonderment of delights.
- Sketchbooks – The simpler the better.
Claudine Hellmuth’s Must-Haves:
- Gel medium – for gluing collage papers and items down. If I was stuck on a desert island I would want gel medium with me!
- Scissors – I don’t know where I’d be without scissors. My favorite are the tried and true Fiskars with orange handles.
- Word salad – I like to cut words and phrases out of dictionary pages, old books, ephemera, etc. The text gives me prompts and ideas on what to make a journal page about.
- PITT pens – these are my most favorite pens for sketching and drawing, they even draw over acrylic paint. 10% off 1 week only!
Seth Apter’s Must-Haves:
- Black gesso
- Alphabet Rubber Stamps
- Cold Press Watercolor Paper 10% off 1 week only!
- Signo Uni-ball Gel Ink Pen 10% off 1 week only!
We’d like to give a huge “thank you” to each artist for sharing their favorite art journaling materials and interesting mixed-media tips with our blog readers! These artists have been featured in a number of Stampington titles including Art Journaling and Somerset Studio.
Please comment below if you have any questions for the artists!
With Somerset Place Love,
Posted: Friday, January 17th, 2014 @ 11:30 am
Tags: art, art journal, Claudine Hellmuth, Jen Cushman, Roben Marie Smith, Tim Holtz, Traci Bautista.
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