Mixed-Media Journaling Supplies

Here is a list of basic supplies to get you going with visual journaling. It's quite remarkable what one can do with a sketchbook and some simple art materials.


Here are sketch books I recommend for journaling, I like these books because of the weight and quality of the paper. When choosing what size to work in, listen to your heart and hands to choose the size and style that speaks to you. Some of these journals are spiral bound, that last one is book bound. Each has its advantages and drawbacks. If you are unsure about what to get, please email me.

Aquabee Super Deluxe Sketchbook

Natural white, heavyweight, textured paper works well with wet media, charcoal, pencil, and more. Spiral bound. Available at Riley Street Art Supplies (San Rafael) or online:
Blick art supplies  |  Cheap Joes 

Strathmore Visual Journal

Spiral bound, come in a variety of paper type. I like their "mixed media" paper. Available at Riley Street Art Supplies (San Rafael) or online:
Blick art supplies  |  Cheap Joes

Canson XL Mixed Media

A sturdy, well-priced spiral-bound pad. Available at Michaels art supplies, Aaron Brothers and Riley Street Art Supplies or online:
Michaels  |  Blick art supplies  

Stillman and Birn

These are beautiful, hard-bound journals with heavyweight paper. Available at: Riley Street Art Supplies (San Rafael)

Additional Supplies

It's quite remarkable what one can do with a limited array of materials. The basics are: some means of adding color (tissue, water-soluble pencils), writing/drawing implements (pens, water-soluble pencils), glue, scissors and collage elements.

Bleeding Art Tissue

Made by Spectra. This is an amazing, fun, easy and surprising material to work with! Use as "paint" to add color and visual texture, or collage material. Be sure that is says "bleeding" on the package. Available at: Riley Street Art Supplies or online: Blick art supplies

Water Soluble colored Pencils

Brands I like: Prisma Color, Caran d'Ache and Derwint


So many options! Here are a few suggestions:

  • For metallics, I like Gelly Roll by Sakura. According to Blick art supply: "Every Gelly Roll pen contains archival-quality ink that is chemically stable, waterproof, and fade-resistant. What's more, the ink won't smear, feather, or bleed through most paper." A Gelly roll pen in black is great for writing.
    I also love Uni-Ball Gel Impact Roller Ball Pens in gold and silver.
  • Sharpie paint markers: opaque and comes in a variety of widths. My favorites are white, black and red extra-fine. Also available in metallics.
  • White writing pen: My absolute favorite is "Signo" by Uniball. Has pigment ink, and is very smooth to write with.

Make sure it says archival and avoid anything that says "washable." Uhu is my favorite brand. And it comes in blue, so you can see where you've put down the glue -- dries clear!