No Need to Break the Bank

What supplies do you need for this class?

This is a difficult question for me to answer because it really depends on you and what you like to use! If you’ve been working in your art journal for a while, you might already have a stash of favorite art supplies. Great! I encourage to work with what you already have on hand. If you are new, you might be wondering what supplies to try out. I have a lot of different supplies in my studio, but I find myself turning to the same materials over and over again. While you do not need to buy any specific supplies for this course, you might want to try out some of the techniques I’m using over the weeks. For that reason, I will provide a supply list with every video or pdf tutorial that I post during the class. I’ll offer possible substitutions, too, whenever possible. And, of course, I encourage you to experiment!

Still, some basic supplies that you might wish to have on hand are:

  • white and clear gesso (I use Liquitex brand for both.)
  • your favorite paint (I use cheap-o craft paints and Golden fluid acrylics*)
  • waterproof ink pen (I use a copic multiliners, but PITT artist pens are good, too)
  • watercolor pencils (I’m hooked on Derwent Inktense lately!+)
  • watersoluble oil pastels (Portfolio is the only brand I know of) -or-
  • watercolor crayons (Caran D’ache are the ones I use)
  • gel medium or other adhesive (lots of people use Mod Podge)

[*These are expensive! I bought the Watermedia starter kit for $40 and have been happy with it. If I were only going to buy one or two colors, I’d go for Quinacridone Magenta or Nickel Azo Gold, but that’s me!]

[+When in doubt, go ROYGBIV. I wasn’t sure what colors I’d use with the Derwent Inktense pencils so I ordered a selection to make up a rainbow of colors. My favorite color so far is Mustard. I didn’t order black, but keep wishing I had, so I’ll probably add that to my next art supply order. Jerry’s Artarama sells the pencils individually for $1.43 each.]

Here’s a PDF I created for my ongoing class, Falling For You:

My Favorite Supplies


About craftymoira

Weekly Art Date is an online art journal course taught by Moira Richardson of Crafty Moira. Weekly Art Date is hosted on

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