A beginner’s supply list for creating a Flourish Journal
You don’t really need much to create a Flourish Journal – a notebook and pen would do – but sometimes it’s fun to invest in a few supplies that can add colour and personality to your Flourish Journal.
Here is a list of some of my favourite supplies.
To be honest, I haven’t yet found a favourite journal and prefer to make my own or to alter an old hard covered book. But here are a few options you might like to try. These have paper heavy enough for art journaling. You may prefer one paper type over another and also one journal size over another.
- Moleskine Art Plus 3.5 x 5.5 pocket journal: A small journal fits in your purse so you can work on it anywhere
- Moleskine accordion fold journal: This journal folds out to one long sheet of paper.
- Strathmore watercolour journal: Has intermediate weight water colour paper, which is ideal if you want to incorporate a lot of acrylic or water colour painting in your Flourish Journal.
Paints & Gesso
- Golden Fluid Acrylics: A versatile paint, ideal for mixing, tinting and shading.
- Windsor & Newton Water Colour Tubes: Good quality water colour paint.
- Faber-Castell Water Colour Pencils: Water colour pencils are great for providing detailed colour.
- Liquitex Gesso: This relatively liquid gesso is easy to spread across journal pages to give tooth when using acrylic paints. It can also be used in place of white paint.
Glue & Adhesives
- Liquitex Gel Medium: I prefer the gel mediums that dry with a matte surface.
- Amos Glue Stick: Strong adhesive for all paper projects.
Pencils, Pens & Ink
- Prismacolor Coloured Pencils: Great for adding colour without the mess of paint.
- Micron Black Pen Set: Excellent for outlines and text.
- Uni Pin Drawing Pens: Another option for text and outlines.
- Gelly Roll White Pens: great for writing over dark surfaces.
- Liquitex Ink: These inks provide loose colour for page backgrounds or can be used with a dip pen for writing.
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Great for giving age to your pages.
- Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink: I love using these inks on tracing paper or vellum to create semi-transparent pages.
- Book Binding Tools: this kit is ideal for creating leather and paper handmade journals and includes awls, needles and waxed thread.
- Washi Tape: Ideal for embellishing pages. I love the floral varieties but there are loads of choice on Amazon.
- Erasers & Lino Cutting Tools: to create your own stamps. A basic set of lino cutting tools will do the job.
Thrift Shop Finds
- Magazines: a great place to find imagery for collage into your Flourish Journal.
- Books: can be altered to form your journal. Children’s books and encyclopaedias are great for imagery.
- Wallpaper: provide interesting backgrounds for journal pages, although if the wallpaper is acrylic it will need to be sealed first, otherwise other materials, including paint, will not stick to it.
- Textiles: material provides attractive and colourful backgrounds for pages, can be used for collages, and can provide interesting textures to pages. Old lace can be used to print through.
- Sewing Patterns: provide slightly transparent backgrounds.
- Buttons, beads, ribbon, lace, and jewellery: can be used as decorations.
Things Around the Home
- Tea & Coffee: great natural materials for creating aged and stained looking backgrounds.
- Old wrapping paper and greeting cards: useful for backgrounds and images.
- Gift bags: can be used a pages in a handmade journal or as added pages in an existing journal.
- Flowers & Leaves: can be used to create natural prints.
- Sticks: can be used as painting or writing tools to create organic random marks.
- Bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard, toothpicks, drain covers, tinfoil, plastic bags: these objects and others like them can all be used to create texture on your pages through stamp making techniques.