Art Supplies

for Classes

{the basics}

This is a general supply list - you do not need everything for any of my classes.

You can have a wonderful time with just the first, very basic list below. In truth, I personally like to work with very simple and standard materials in my journals and paintings.

You will see me use an assortment of surfaces and materials in my classes.

I will specify in each class or lesson any extra supplies I use in a demo video that are in addition to this list.



An art journal and/or sketchbook of your choiceMixed media, bristol, watercolor or just thicker stock paper is best for painting. An altered book could work, too. If you have just one, I suggest making it at least 7 x 10 inches. If you can have a larger one as well, go for something 11x14 inches or bigger.

I like THIS ONE, THIS ONE and THIS ONE, among others.

I am also enjoying THIS larger Moleskine journal right now.

You might consider dedicating an additional simple sketchbook, journal or composition book just for class practice, notes, journaling that won't get painted over, or for taping in inspiration related to class and your practice.


Acrylic paints

Use what you have or can afford comfortably.

Get an assortment of colors you love, plus red, blue, yellow, black, white, and a few neutral tones.

I personally use a wide assortment of paints, ranging from common craft paints to pricier Golden acrylics.

Acrylic craft paints can be bought in lots of places these days.

HERE is a great craft paint that's a bit thicker with nice opacity

Liquitex BASICS are great for journaling - and are an affordable way to step up from craft paints. The liquitex heavy-body sets and Golden High Flows and FW acrylic inks are all personal favorites.

I like Dick Blick's brand of acrylics, too.

Paint Brushes

Have an assortment of shapes and sizes

Make sure you also have at least one large brush - larger than you would normally select - and one very small brush for fine details

Brushes can make a big difference in how you make marks - but you don't have to spend a lot to find ones you like. If you can, going to a supply store and feel them for yourself - it's the best way to buy new brushes in my opinion.



Mark-Making Tools

pencils, pens, crayons, markers, pastels. Use whatever you have on hand!

Adhesive for Collage

school glue, mod podge, or glue sticks can work just fine,

but if you can, I do suggest trying a gel or matte medium


And that's it for the very basic list. Work with what you have, get to know your tools, and add new things to try when you are able.

Keep scrolling for some of my additional favorite supplies...



Gesso - white, black, clear

Vine charcoal

Ebony graphite pencil

Water-soluble graphite or pencils

Kneaded eraser

Pitt pens (or some other permanent, non-bleeding black pen)

White gel pen - or this one

Aquarabelle Stabilo pencil - white and black

India Ink and sketching fountain pen with nibs

Oil pastels

Water-soluble oil pastels

Water brush

Paint pens

Watercolor set

Gouache set

Inktense Watercolor Pencils

Metallic Gel pens

Collage fodder, magazines, scrap paper (start collecting)

I have listed other favorite supplies and books from my studio HERE, as well.