Thursday, July 21, 2011

Art {Journaling} My Favorite Supplies & a Page

**Please note: To see today's {Faith Journaling} post, please click here.

Since I am new to art journaling (since May 2011), I am finding products I love along with products that are "okay." I thought it would be great to list some of my favs here today. I will keep this list updated also so you may want to check back. These are things as an art journaler that I find I use on all/most pages, and I love them. But before I share the "Favorite's List," I wanted to show you this week's page.

My Page
My page for today was another one that started without a purpose, and I actually did not like it. The kids were laughing as I tried something else, and then the page got "messed up" further. We all ended up having a great laugh as I started this page. Here is where I stopped and put it away:

Yuck! Now what was I going to do with that? Well, the next morning I woke up, and I began adding pieces here and there. The page started taking shape, and by the end of the day it turned out to be one of my favorite pages! And while I didn't think there was a purpose for this page--oh there was! I will share that in a minute. Here is the finished page:

Stamps: Rollagraph Designer 10, Prima Large Flower Stem
Stamp Ink: Archival jet black
Pens: Faber-Castel PITT big brush pens, Pentel EnerGel
Stencils: The Crafter's Workshop basic hearts and eternity
Paints: Liquitex Inks, SEI Orange, Adirondack Paint Dabber sail boat blue, Tim Holtz Distress Stain antique linen
Ephemera: scriptures from vintage Bible encyclopedia, title from The Old Schoolhouse magazine

And remember I said there ended up being a purpose for this page? Look at the 3rd and 4th photo. Do you see where I wrote the word "clouds"? Oh my! When I created the blue splatters, first I had NO idea I would be using this page to share my love for God's creation. But then for that word to show up there on the page where it looks like a cloud. Wow! God is amazing! He is in the details! I just love that!

Favorite Products List
Okay, now for my favorites. I will update this list as I learn new techniques and about new products that I love so be sure to check back. :) Also, I included links to the products where I buy them or where I have spoken about them before. Be sure to click on the links for more information.

*Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal--9x12. My FAVORITE journal. Nice weight pages that are perfect for mixed media! After trying MANY others, this one is the winner!

Note: I get a lot of my old books for free from See my post here.

*old Bible encyclopedia--to use scriptures.
*old hymnal--used in the page above behind the yellow hearts.
*old magazines--favorites include The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and Today's Christian Woman.
*old 7Gypsies tags and cards from my stash.
*Postage stamps
*Security envelopes
*Etc., etc., etc.--think out of the box and look at everything as potential!

*Invisible Care--This stuff doesn't stop the paint from getting on your hands but makes the paint wash off VERY easily. I wouldn't create without it!  Here is my post about it. :)

*Muslin fabric--learned about this in Roben-Marie's class. She suggests using it to blot up color from a page. It makes gorgeous painted fabric. She calls it "inky fabric." Here is a piece of mine thus far. Ooh, I can't wait to use this on something!

*Liquitex White Acrylic Gesso--works great to prime pages, chipboard, or use as white paint!

*Blick Newsprint Paper--perfect for keeping your work surface clean. The kids love using it too!

*Holbein Atomizer Bottle--I purchased some regular travel spray bottles from Target only to find they kept clogging. These bottles by Holbein do not clog when I create my sprays. I should have started with these in the first place. :) (newly added 7/22)

*Krylon Matte Finish--I spray each finished page with this. Works great! (newly added 7/22)

*Pentel EnerGel Pen--0.7mm tip with acid free ink. Writes very smooth. You may hear that the Permaball Pen is everyone's favorite. It is a GREAT pen; however, is not longer being manufactured. The Pentel EnerGel Pen is a GREAT replacement.

*Plate Rack--for drying pages, storing journal and newsprint, etc. Will show in a separate post soon. (newly added 7/22)

Paints and Inks
*Acrylic paints--I use my old stash of Making Memories paints and the Adirondack Dabbers.

*Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Inks--I use direct from the bottle for painting, and I also mix with water and make into sprays! Love them. These are translucent and permanent.

*Liquitex Acrylic Ink--I use these exactly as the inks above; however, these have opaque and translucent colors and are permanent.

*Ranger Archival Inks--I much prefer these over Stazon. I am not friends with Stazon. LOL! Anyway, the Archival Ink is waterproof, smear-proof, fade resistant, and acid free. They come in many colors but I use the black and brown the most in my journal.

*a few versatile wheel stamps

*background stamps--anything you like but I love using sheet music, hearts, circles, etc.

*bubble wrap--Paint with gesso or paints and "stamp" onto page. Love it!

*Flip flop--use the sole. I got a pair at the $1 bin at Target and cut it apart. Love the image it creates.

*Prima Foam stamps--Love the heart and flowers the most. Works great with acrylic ink!

*Alphabet stencils--I found some in the drafting department at Hobby Lobby.

*The Crafter's Workshop 6x6 templates--I have many but use the hearts and circles the most. At CHA, they just came out with a Chickenwire template and a Punchinella template. I've got to get those! :)

*Delta Daisy Stencil

*Delta Flower Trio Stencil

*Doillies (paper)--use as stencils. Works great. As they get old, toss, and get a new one. :)


I hope this list is helpful. If you want specific stamp names or products, feel free to e-mail me. I also try to include the names in my product list below each page I share so be sure to look there too. :) Thanks for stopping by today!



Colleen G said...

Love this!!! I have just starting dabbling in art journaling, I haven't a clue what I am doing, but loving every minute of my mess in my journal!!! HA! Just trying to learn as much as I can off of everyone else... so thanks for sharing this!!! You post from today is great.. I love seeing how it transformed to the finished project and looks AH-MAZING! You have a great talent and gift in this!!!

Celina said...

gorgeous page! I kinda want to try art journaling myself, only just create a background and use it as a journal.

liannallama said...

I really adore all the pages you are making in your journal but this is my favorite so far! So pretty and fresh! Thanks for all the supply details!

Sam said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and I have fallen absolutely in love with it. I have been wanting to start painting with mixed media for SO very long, and within the last few days I've even begun to get all my materials together.

You really are an inspiration, and I hope to one day be as good as you. Your supply and favorite's list you posted was a real help to me, so thank you for that! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks to you, I just learned what Punchinella is today! I've got a piece from a gift received, and hope to try using as a stencil soon. This page is gorgeous!
Would a hymnal page (falling apart) work, too? I'm guessing if there are no photos involved the lignin-free rule might might suspended? Thanks--Jennifer in OH

Vicki Dutcher said...

Thanks for linking me up!! I appreciate you getting back to me!

Anne Gaal said...

Hi, Patter! Fabulous art journaling page! Personally, I think a lot of my artwork / art journaling pages go through an "ugly" phase, before they are finished. They are those ugly ducklings, waiting to blossom into swans! ♥

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