52-Week Art Journal
52-Week Art Journal

52-Week Art Journal Supplies, Part 1

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Okay, Friends, let’s talk about what you’ll need to create your 52-Week Art Journal. First off, of course, is the journal. But before that, the full-size fine print: This post contains affiliate links. If you click an affiliate link and make a purchase, I make a small commission. This doesn’t affect your price, but helps support my art and blogging, for which I thank you if you do. For more details read my Discosure & Privacy Policy.

My library buys these sets of three on Amazon for our art journaling group. I love mine. The paper is perfect. And I know because I’ve put pages through a lot. The price for the set fluctuates, but, so far, the math has always worked out to under $8 per journal.

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I literally made my own first art journal. I had received this basic book-binding kit for Christmas. And this is the paper I used that worked out the best. I had used thinner paper for pages that were just sketched on, but this worked the best, and gave me the freedom to just create and write without concern. And I didn’t have to jump back and forth between paper types.

You’re going to need a pencil. Any pencil will do. The lowly #2 of the old-school bubble test forms is just fine. You’re also going to need at least one black gel pen. For me, the finer the tip the better. The broader the tip, the more space your lines will take up, giving you less room for small art and for the words you’ll journal. The 0.3mm needle-tip Pentel Energel worked pretty well for me last year. I will say the Sharpie S-Gels were a bit disappointing; I found them too smudgy. I’m looking forward to trying new brands this year, including Sakura Pigma Micron Pens from Blick Art Materials.

So excited to be trying out these journals from Blick:

 

 


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