Consider this a virtual shop where you can discover (or rediscover) some of the most wonderful art tools in all the land. This is a smattering of the tools I use on a regular basis, love, and highly recommend. These links are affiliate links, which give me a small commission, but cost you nothing. As always, I only promote products and services I use and love.
All Sharpies. All the time.Micron Ink Pen SetKuretake Water ColorsPrismacolor Dual sided markersGolden Acrylic PaintsDr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Ink BottlesNeenah Cardstock Starter KitStrathmore Watercolor Softcover Art JournalNeenah Premium CardstockGelli Arts Gel Printing PlateMod PodgeUHU glue sticksEK Tools Circle Punch, 2-InchWood panelsSpeedball Deluxe 4-Inch Hard Rubber Brayer
Sharpies: I use Sharpies all the time. I write with them, draw with them, chat with them.
Microns are amazing pens for drawing, and perfect for tangling. Try using them over or under watercolor.
Speaking of watercolor, I was blown away when I first tried these. The colors! The saturation! They rock.
I have some Prismacolor markers I bought 10 years ago that are still going strong. Seriously. Not that I use them all the time, but they haven’t dried up. They are buttery smooth and utterly layerable.
It’s a toss up between Golden and Liquitex acrylics. they’re both great. These are the fancy paints, so use these if you are wanting to mix colors and see what magic high quality paint can make.
Bombay India Ink These inks are delightful. I love that you can use them in the same manner as watercolors, but they dry permanent, so they won’t smudge if you want to seal them or paint hot wax over them or drool on them.
Colored card stock beats stupid old construction paper any day. Thick, bright, vibrant colors aplenty. Make cards or make collages.
Watercolor sketchbooks. You can paint, draw, stamp, scribble, sketch, write, and throw things at it and it will hold up and keep your creations safe.
White card stock may be the single most-used item in my house. I print on it, draw, cut it out, etc. So awesome.
The Gelli printing plate is a magical, wiggly glob of a surface with which to make prints. It is the most fun you can have making art. Can you tell how much I love it? I think you will, too.
Who doesn’t love the Podge? You can use it for anything form gluing to collaging to finishing to print transfer. Everyone needs it.
Uhu glue sticks are my fave. They are permanent when they dry, and smooooooth like my butt (sorry).
Big old 2″ paper circle punch. I guess I didn’t realize how much use we would get out of our punch when we bought it. We’ve used it for cards, books, garland, collaging, and I’m sure more things I can’t recall.
Wood panels are perfect for painting directly on, or you can prime them with gesso first, collage on them, print, draw, glue paper on first, etc. Then you just pop them on your wall and have instant art.
Brayers are another under-appreciated tool. I use them for rolling out paint or ink, and sometimes for rolling glued paper together to get the air bubbles out.