My Art Journal Essentials

One of the most common questions that I get is what are the must have supplies for art journaling. I haven’t been answering this question for a long time and mainly because art journaling is such a personal way to express your creativity. I like acrylics but maybe you like watercoloring or chalks! I like stamping but maybe you like drawing! I like having a theme but maybe you like to let go and be free and random with color!

But I get this question like a hundred times a week!

So after popular demand I decided to share what works for me and what are my go to supplies these days.

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However please keep in mind that art journaling is all about creating something for your self and you can use whatever you have on hand. Just be creative, there is no right or wrong.

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel.

Supplies:

Below I am linking to products I have mentioned on the video. Some of the products are linked to more than one online store, so you can compare prices. If you are starting out you obviously need one gesso, one gel medium etc. Enjoy! (compensated affiliates below where possible)

Book and tools (click images for more):

Gesso (click images for more):

 


Gel Medium (click images for more):

Modeling Paste (click images for more):

 

 


Tissue Paper (click images for more):

 

Stencils (click images for more):

 

 


Paint (click images for more):

 

Stamps and Ink pads  (click images for more):

 

 


Markers and Pens (click images for more):

 


I hope this video was helpful to decide how you want to start or what products to add in your collection. Thank you all for visiting and have a great and creative week!

Hopefully spring will finally come in the next days!

41 Comments

  1. Adriana Gouveia said:

    Hi Vicky !
    Thanks you very much to be só kind and gentle, sharing with us all you knowledge !
    You havê inspired me a lot !
    Kisses !!!!

    March 22, 2015
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  2. maureen said:

    interesting and enjoyable…….. thank you

    March 22, 2015
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  3. Mary Anne Perlmutter said:

    Thank you for a great video. I now know how to get better results from my white gel pen.

    March 22, 2015
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  4. Sheryl Kramer said:

    Vicky, thank you so much for this video! I love your art journal tutorials, and really appreciate all the detail you add to them. You have really inspired me to start my own journal, as I already have many of the supplies from making cards and 3-dimensional projects with mini-albums. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge and experience!

    March 22, 2015
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  5. ANA HERRERA said:

    VERY, VERY USEFULL, THANKS VICKY TO SHARE, IT WILL HELPS ME TO SAVE TIME CHOOSING THE CORRECT PRODUCT. HUGS, ABRAZOS DESDE QUITO ECUADOR.

    March 22, 2015
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  6. Marcie Lovett said:

    Thanks, Vicky, very helpful.

    March 22, 2015
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  7. KT Fit Kitty said:

    Vicky, you have read my mind! I am so grateful for this video! I have finally decided to start an art journal and you have given so many wonderful suggestions. I always enjoy your art journal pages and watching your videos. This is a go-to video for someone just getting started, like me! Thank you so much for taking the time to make this video!

    March 22, 2015
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  8. Vicky,
    What a wonderful video – and I know it took precious time to go through and demonstrate all the items and to set up links and so it is much appreciated. I am such a fan of your blog and you tube channels. Your art journal pages have helped me immensely in many ways. Thank you for sharing your art and your time.

    March 22, 2015
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  9. Lisa O said:

    I am just beginning to art journal so this is perfect timing. Thanks for taking the time to share what products you use. Huge fan!

    March 22, 2015
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  10. Jackie Quintana said:

    Vicky, because of you I just decided to try art journaling. I’ve made cards for over 10 years but never was interested in art journal until I started watching your videos. You have also inspired a friend to start a journal. So thank you so much for all of your inspiration.

    March 22, 2015
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  11. Jodi B said:

    This was a great video. I’m new to art journaling and it was really helpful to get an idea of the supplies that are available and useful. I’ve watched a few of your videos now and have enjoyed them all. Thank you for taking the time to do them.

    March 22, 2015
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  12. conil said:

    You’re a doll to do this for your followers. Thanks.

    March 22, 2015
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  13. Mary Kelly said:

    Vicki thank you so much for this video. It was very informative and you explain everything beautifully.
    Mary

    March 23, 2015
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  14. wow that is really really awesome thank you for taking the time to describe it all!!!! I am now registered!

    March 23, 2015
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  15. Mary W said:

    Great video and instructions and tips!! You did such a good job of explaining and showing everything.

    March 23, 2015
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  16. Jo Ann said:

    You are so generous with your time to show all of your current art journaling essentials, Vicki. Your explanations are clear and helpful. Thank you very much.

    March 23, 2015
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  17. Wonderful over view! I haven’t done a lot in my art journal, but I’m starting to put together some ideas and supplies that I want to use. I think my next purchase will have to be some of those India ink markers. Thanks for all the great information!

    March 23, 2015
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  18. Thank you so much for making this video. It was very informative and helpful. <3

    March 23, 2015
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  19. Tracie Salamay said:

    Vicky, thank you so much for this video. I loved it, like all of your videos. I’m sure I will refer to it several times. It’s wonderful

    March 23, 2015
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  20. Wow, it must have taken you ages to find and link all those products. Thanks for the time you have taken to answer this question.

    March 23, 2015
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  21. Diana W. said:

    Vicky!! Amazing post. Thanks so very much for all of your advice and ideas. You are the best!

    March 24, 2015
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  22. Smabee said:

    Thank-you SO much for making this awesome video for us! I am sure it took a lot of time to make it and I just wanted you to know that it is truly appreciated!

    March 24, 2015
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  23. Inge Oostendorp said:

    Thank you very munch. This is a very helpfull video. One place to go when you consider to start whit artjournaling. I’m a big fan of your videos, especially the artjournaling ones. Love your work 🙂
    Keep up the good work.
    Thank you so much!
    Love from Norway

    March 24, 2015
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  24. teresa ankeney-mackenzie said:

    Vicky, thank you so much for this very information, I was having difficulty with selection of gel mediums and embossing/texture paste, but through this and you kindly answering my youtube questions, I have finally been able to purchase the items I need to get where I am going with my art journal. Also, big thanks for the tip on using the Gel Pen, I was having trouble with getting mine to “work”, but following your tips, it works Great now. Thanks again, and take care, Teresa

    March 25, 2015
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  25. Tamytha said:

    Thank you, not only for the video, but for also including links to the products. I know that took a lot of time, so I’m very appreciative. Thanks for the guidance and providing a jumping off point for those of us who are wanting to start art journaling. Also, your art is very inspiring. I’m now a new follower. 🙂

    March 26, 2015
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  26. Stacey M said:

    Thank you so much for all the great suggestions!! I love your videos, they are always inspiring!!

    March 26, 2015
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  27. Elizabeth said:

    Thanks so much. I often want everything but my budget won’t let me.

    April 1, 2015
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  28. Georgia said:

    I’m quite new at all of this and your blogs and demonstrations are wonderful in helping me find my way. Your instructions are clear and easy to follow allowing me to spend more time creating than watching. Thanks for making this so fun.

    May 5, 2015
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  29. musette herring said:

    I admire your work and find all of your pages inspirational. Thank you for taking the time to
    share this information with us. You explained things very well.

    May 5, 2015
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  30. Tracey said:

    Hi Vicky,
    Your work inspires me!
    I see that you have a moleskin journal listed above. Does that paper do well wet?
    I tend to use lots of water.

    Thanks for sharing your work!!

    May 6, 2015
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  31. glori alsop said:

    I’m glad you made a video about your supplies. the items I was most curious about, however, I didn’t see… the tape that you only dab onto a flower and then it sticks to the ‘what a beautiful day’ card (for instance), and the other types of glues and sticky tapes. that would be helpful even to put on the end of your supply list. with the sped up camera, it almost seems magical that you grab something and it sticks. I can’t stop the motion to get a clear view of what it is you’re using.

    May 12, 2015
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    • Vicky said:

      The ones that you mention are not my “essential” ones and that is why I did not mention them. But I think you are mentioning the “glue dots”, they really do work like magic!! LOL!!

      May 23, 2015
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  32. Priscilla said:

    Hi Vicky! I love your videos and your designs, you inspired me to start art journaling myself and this video was a big help. I was wondering, I’ve seen you use a lot of different types of glues and adhesives could you do a video or a blog explaining the different types and what they’re best for? I’m just starting out and I hadn’t realized there were so many different types of adhesives!

    June 19, 2015
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  33. Darlene Kalampalikis said:

    I just read all of the comments. Wow!!!! Took the words right out of my mouth. You inspire us all and are so calm and share all of your knowledge. Don’t ever leave us. Thanks for sharing kitty also.
    Bye for now!
    Lol & hugs
    Darlene

    June 23, 2015
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    • Vicky said:

      Thank you Darlene for being so kind! Really appreciate your feedback 🙂

      June 23, 2015
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  34. JESSICA CATE said:

    Thanks for the great video. It provides a lot of useful information for beginners like me. You’ve inspired me to do an art journal.

    June 30, 2015
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  35. Christine said:

    Bonjour Vicky
    A very very helpful video!
    Merci pour toutes tes bonnes idées. Depuis que je suis tombée sur ce site j’ai eu envie de commencer un art journal. Mais les produits sont très onéreux là j’habite alors je me constitue d’abord un minimum de matériels avant de commencer.
    I’m suscribed to your videos. I do like them !
    Thanks a lot Vicky for sharing .

    Christ from Reunion Island

    July 1, 2015
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  36. Sara Jansen said:

    Your work is wonderful and your willingness to share with people is much appreciated. Even tho I’ve been at this for a few years now, it’s always nice to see what other artists are using.

    August 25, 2015
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  37. Ruthie said:

    Thank you Vicki for introducing me to art journaling. I bought my first journal today and a few supplies that I needed. This is going to be fun. I am a watercolors and so this will be a great way to enhance my artistic abilities.

    January 11, 2016
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  38. Susan Carlson said:

    Thank you for putting out this video! I have been a cardmaker for a few years but I am new to art journaling and was confused about some of the supplies and how to use them. This video was very helpful! I am also taking your class @ Craftsy and I love it! I have been wanting to start an art journal for awhile but wasn’t sure how to go about it. You make it so easy and I love your designs!

    May 12, 2016
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  39. Kandy Rojas said:

    I love your art journaling videos. You inspired me into doing this. I’m only 12 years old but I really love to draw and craft. I love the supplies you use in your art. Thank you for inspiring me into doing this.

    July 23, 2016
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