Art supplies don’t have to be expensive or fancy. Actually, one of my favorite things to do is go through my local Dollar Tree, office supply and hardware stores and find supplies for my journal! These stores carry many cheap and interesting supplies that could be used creatively in your art journal.
These are three of my favorite office supplies to use in my journal.
These come in many shapes and forms, and I love using them! You could punch them into shapes, cut them, print on them, draw, doodle and paint on them, stamp and gelli print them! After which, you would of course stick them into your art journal!
I love gelli printing on these label sheets, and if you don’t have a gel plate, you could always paint on them!
My kids also love these label sheets, they doodle and draw on them, and then they have their own stickers!
Label stickers can come in all sorts of interesting shapes, they could be used to resist paint, or simply as stickers, like I did in this spread:
Binder Hole Reinforcement Labels
These cute stickers can also be stamped, painted, used as resist. They’re cheap and fun to use.
Sometimes I’ll even use them as a stencil! 🙂
One of my favorite mark making tools is correction tape! I love how smooth it is, so I can use it to both make marks, and write on them. It may take some trial and error to get used to it, but once you get the hang of it, it’s like magic!
In this spread I used it to mark lines for journaling-
And in this one I used it to make random marks on my background.
In this spread I used the tape runner to add texture between my colored thought bubbles.
And most of the time, I’ll just use it like a pen.
This post is nearing its end, but I just had to share my six year old’s sweet hands. She loved art and loves coming into my studio, and this was when she entered and saw me playing around with tape, and asked to try it out herself.
If you enjoyed this post and found it useful, I think you might enjoy my post about masking tape as well.
So… what kinds of interesting supplies have you used in your art journal, besides “classic” art supplies?