I hope you’ve been encouraged by our interview and our Spotlights lately to try something new, or get back to something you once did creatively. I think a lot of us have the desire to exercise our creativity, but sometimes it’s hard to get going. Personally I found that having a place and the right tools to be artistic is half the battle. I shared about my easy art journal method (see May 25 post).
Here are some affordable materials that I use, as well as our Spotlight Michael uses. I hope this list is helpful.
Sketching and Doodling
These are the sketchbooks I use for art journaling. I love that they lay flat when open and the paper quality can handle ink and paint. I got mine at Barnes & Noble, but you can find them on Amazon too. Link HERE
I love these pens. They flow so well, and the variety of sizes is great for varying widths of calligraphy. The handy case is a bonus. You can find them at Michael’s Craft Store or on Amazon. Link HERE
Michael uses a larger sketchbook called Pentalic. He likes that it lays flat when open, has quality paper, and a durable cover. Westly also uses this sketchbook. Link HERE
Michael loves those pens. They have a nice tip and good flow. You can get them in bulk too! Link HERE
There are a few good starter palettes for watercolors. The brand on the left called Reeves is a good low-cost brand for starting out. The brand on the right called Grumbacher is one of the more prominent watercolor brands.
Again Reeves is a good starter brand for acrylics and oil pastels. This brand can be found at Michael’s Craft Store and Amazon.
Keep in mind these are low-cost choices perfect for just starting out and experimenting. I totally get that you don’t want to invest a lot of money into something you want to just try out. When you find a medium that you love, there are higher-end brands out there whose quality does make a difference.
Now be brave!