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Build Your Art Material Stash

Updated: Jan 5, 2022

If you've been wanting to be more creative, but don't know where to start in terms of art materials, check out the list below for some ideas on building a small collection of good materials that can be used for low-stress art making.

If you're in one of our When We Create workshops, the minimum necessary materials are ONE of each items from the "You Will Need" list below: (1) art journal, (1) pencil, (1) line marker, (1) watercolor set, (1) gesso. You can expand your collection with items from “Good to Have” list and “Extra” list. Many of the Extras you can even find around your house.

Needed for Virtual

1. Art Journal - you only need ONE - either mix media pad or a sketchbook (see below - mix media pad will be able to withstand heavier use of medium and paint, unlike a sketchbook). Think of the size of the journal you’d like and the thickness of the paper.

Mix Media Paper Pad (good for light paint work, collage, and pastels, and ok for pens and markers)


2. Graphite Pencil (any pencil is fine, if you have 2B or HB, that’s good, I like sketching with Paper Mate Sharpwriters)

3. Line Marker

4. Watercolor Set (with waterbrushes - a brush you can fill with water)

5. Gesso (a primer, prepares surfaces for painting, strengthens thin pages so media doesn’t seep through, mutes colors)

Good to Have

Colored Pencils

Brayer (a roller for applying gesso or color, but you can also apply Gesso with a BABY WIPE!)

Bristol Paper (vellum is good for pencil, pastel, crayon, charcoal; smooth is good for marker, pen, ink).

Large Watercolor Brush

Gel Medium (works as a glue or sealant, a fancier version of Mod Podge - won’t turn yellow)


  • Washi tape

  • Stapler

  • Spray bottle

  • Exacto knife

  • Stencils

  • Stamps

  • Glue or Mod Podge

  • Makeup sponge (for gesso)

  • Magazines

  • Scissors

  • Construction Paper

  • Glue (if you get the gel medium, you don’t need additional glue)

  • Paint knife

  • Paint brushes in different sizes

  • Pastels or Crayons

  • Acrylic Paints

  • Palette



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