16 Gifts for Art Journalers for Under $50
- Draw Every Day, Draw Every Way (Guided Sketchbook): Sketch, Paint, and Doodle Through One Creative Year by Jennifer Orkin Lewis – a daily sketchbook to guide you through creating something every day of the year. This is a great way to work on creating a daily habit of making art!
- Uniball Signo Broad Gel Pen in White – These are the BEST white gel pens I’ve used and love how opaque the ink goes down. Every art journaler needs and requires a white gel pen & these are simply perfect.
- LYRA Water Soluble Graphite Stick – I was introduced to water soluble graphite earlier this year, and it’s become one of my favourite mediums. The graphite can be used as a dark pencil, then activated with some water to create lovely washes and inky effects. I love adding some watery illustrations to my pages.
- Moleskine A3 (16.5″ x 12″ Art Plus Sketchbook – This bad boy is the talk of the art journaling community right now because it is so dang HUGE. Like massive! It’s my #1 pick for Christmas this year. Moleskine journals are amazing quality, and this one comes with 135 lb watercolor paper in, making it perfect for creating huge art journaling pages.
- Liquitex Wide Paint Marker – Paint markers are a must have, and Liquitex makes some of the best wide ones. The nib is 15 mm or just over half an inch wide, and lays down the blackest paint. You can also get it in multiple other colours. A few of these would be perfect in a stocking!
- Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Water Soluble Crayons – These are water soluble crayons/pastels that make for some really cool mixed media effects. Lots of art journalers swear by them.
- Uni-posca Paint Marker Set – Medium Tip – I’m obsessed with Posca paint markers! I bought a set last year and they are now one of my essential tools. The paint is opaque, flows great and are fantastic for adding details or writing to pages. You can get these in fine tip as well.
- Finetec Gold Watercolor Palette – I don’t think I can sing enough praises for the Finetec palette. The BEST metallic watercolor set out there, these bad boys can add a ton of dimension and shimmer to page. They’re a definite must have.
- Liquitex Professional Gesso – Gesso is every art journalers best friend and is essential to prepping pages. It’s by no means a very exciting item, but anyone would be happy to have their stock replenished with a bottle or two of it!
- Liquitex Fluid Matte Medium – Another standard item, matte medium is used by almost all art journalers for collaging, as a glue, to seal their pages, to take the shine out of acrylic paint, etc. It’s workhorse of art supplies and again, would be welcomed with open arms to replenish someone’s stock!
- Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Ink Set – These inks are an affordable and super cool way to start using inks. These bottles are small, which is perfect for experimenting with. They are India inks, so they dry to a waterproof finish. Perfect for layering!
- Gold Washi Tape Set – I think every art journaler has some kind of washi tape collection, including myself. I find though that the only ones I want to use regularly are metallic tapes as an embellishment to a page. This set would be a happy addition to anyone’s collection!
- Liquitex Professional Inks Muted Collection – Another highly coveted item in the art journaling community, this limited edition ink set is on every art journaler’s Christmas list this year. The muted tones are soothing and a little dark, and great in pretty much every way [can you tell I really want these?!] They also come in heavy and soft body acrylic paints.
- DYMO Embossing Label Maker – I picked up one of these earlier this year and am addicted to making labels for my pages. The embossed labels add an old school vibe to pages and makes adding some text super easy.
- Speedball Calligraphy Kit – This beginners calligraphy kit is great for getting started in drawing with ink on art journal pages. It’s a new technique I’ve been trying out and I’m convinced everyone needs to give it a go. This set won’t break the bank and works great for drawing!
- Arespark Handheld Sewing Machine – This seems random, but adding stitching to pages and sewing down materials is an art journaling technique that everyone loves. This is a great tool to have so there’s no need to pull out a full size sewing machine.
Also, If you’re looking for some inspiration or new ideas for art journal pages, then look no more! Well, no, keep looking too – just after you’ve looked at this! These pages aren’t the ONLY way to art journal – they’re just pretty killer.
You can find the full step-by-step tutorial for this Bright & Geometric Art Journal Page over on Dawn Nicole Designs™ where I show you how to make the entire thing from start to finish. If you follow the tutorial, or are inspired by these pages, I’d love to see what you come up with! You can tag me on Instagram, and I’ll be sure to share some love!