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)
(this one is at Walmart, not Amazon) Pen + Gear Sketch Diary, 70 Sheets, 5.5" x 8.5"
(this one is at Walmart, not Amazon) Pen + Gear Create A Cover Sketch Diary, 70 Sheets, 8.5" X 11"
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)
(not on Amazon, but is a big sale item on Jerry’s Art Supply) Marie's Sketch And Go 18 Watercolor Half Pan Set
5. Gesso (a primer, prepares surfaces for painting, strengthens thin pages so media doesn’t seep through, mutes colors)
Good to Have
Artlicious Colored Pencils - Pack of 50 Distinct Colors
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).
Canson XL Series Recycled Bristol Paper Pad, Dual Sided 96 Pound, 9 x 12 In, White, 25 Sheets (smooth and vellum surfaces)
Large Watercolor Brush
Gel Medium (works as a glue or sealant, a fancier version of Mod Podge - won’t turn yellow)
Glue or Mod Podge
Makeup sponge (for gesso)
Glue (if you get the gel medium, you don’t need additional glue)
Paint brushes in different sizes
Pastels or Crayons