Now is the time to stock up on commonly used supplies for your art practice.
Glue sticks, glue, pencils, ink pens, markers, paints, composition books, loose leaf paper, rulers, tape, air dry clay, you name it-it’s on sale now.
Glue sticks are wonderful temporary adhesive for art journaling. I wouldn’t use them as your only source of adhesive, but they work great to hold your pieces in place while you build your pages. I always go over my pages with gel medium or clear gesso to seal them and I make sure the edges are secured on all my pieces.
Composition books make great art journals! They are currently on sale in my area for fifty cents each. The composition books have 100 lined pages per book. I use DIY mod podge and a gift card scraper to glue 4 pages together. This gives me an art journal with 25 thick pages to work on. The glue adds to the heft of the pages, and they are ready for gesso and whatever else you want to add to them. I made one this morning and it takes me about 45 minutes to glue all the pages together. I put waxed paper between the pages while they are drying. When I’ve finished gluing all the pages together I go back through the book and gently pull the pages from the waxed paper so they don’t stick. Often there is a bit of paper stuck to the waxed paper, but that doesn’t bother me because it will all be covered. The pages can become a bit wrinkled while you’re gluing them-again it does not bother me in the least, just adds texture which art journalers are all about anyway. So for less than a dollar you have a nice sized art journal with 25 pages to work on.
Cheap markers are perfect for adding color to your art journal pages. Use as they were intended, as markers. Crayola markers can be smudged around for a short time after you lay down your color, which is perfect for art journaling. Or color the marker onto your craft mat or a ceramic tile, add water and use. Use with a paint brush, press a stamp into the puddle and stamp your images, dip paper, coffee filters, doilies, lace into the puddle and create one of a kind everything. Mix colors to create your own unique ones.
Cheap White Glue can be used as is for mod podge. I find the inexpensive Dollar Tree glue is runny enough to put into a container and use it exactly as it came from the bottle. If you have thicker white glue, add distilled water to it to make it the consistency you want.
Colored Pencils can be found for .50 cents per package. You can also find watercolor pencils cheap, cheap, cheap. Both these items are staples in art journaling. The colors might not be as vibrant as artist quality materials, but they will work for the same techniques.
File folders can be used for countless things in your art practice. I use mine for tags, cards, make into art journals, use as the base for embellishments and pockets. I was so fortunate to have been given at least a hundred used manila file folders. I have used nearly all of them in my projects.
Crayons, air dry clay, craft paint, watercolors, etc are all on sale now and very useful to have. I often use white crayon as a resist on my projects. I’ve melted the crayons and made art pieces on canvas with them. There is a lot you can do with kids crayons and art materials. Air dry clay is one of my favorite things to make embellishments with. You can press it into a mold and make all sorts of cool stuff. Press a piece of jewelry into some and make a simple mold. Craft paints are used in nearly all my art journal layouts. They are perfect for all kinds of stuff and I really cannot go a day without using them. Any watercolor pan palettes work for watercolor techniques, you can also find gouache’ paints (Reeves brand is my favorite) very inexpensively and they work for other watercolor techniques as well. The gouache’s is opaque, sort of a mix between watercolor and tempera paints. You can also buy (Reeves brand) water-soluble crayons, which gives you a wonderful, wide range of technique options.
White Correction Pens work well as white pens for art journaling.
Black stamp pads from the office supply area will also work in art journals for a fraction of the cost of the craft store kinds.
Printer Ink, which you can find in liquid form to refill your cartridges, is also on sale now. These can be used to make your own spray inks. Works great!
These are just some of the things you can find right now at a fraction of their usual price. If you begin looking at things with an eye to how you can use it in your art practice, you’ll find you have a much larger, and often less expensive, selection to choose from.