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Paper - virtually anything goes but if you use a lighter weight paper it is important to flatten it under a book after a layer is dry.  I like to save cardboard and gesso over it and if I'm in the mood to splurge I buy handmade paper from Etsy.  

 

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Adhesive - For 99% of anything I need to glue I use glue sticks.  They are inexpensive and are very durable once the glue dries.  If I am adding a 3D embellishment I use a glue gun.  For larger areas I recommend YES! Paste.  Its very sticky but does a good job without buckling the paper too much.

 

Paint - Acrylics in tubes are my go to in most cases.  You can get a fairly inexpensive set at any local craft store or online. Craft paints work well too, especially for covering large areas of a page. Watercolors are not necessary but if you do want to use them I highly recommend spending the money on a decent set such as Paul Rubens or Winsor Newton as they are highly pigmented.  Cheaper sets will not give you rich colors.

 

Brushes - I like inexpensive synthetic brushes with nylon bristles. You can usually find a set with different sizes that are inexpensive at your local art supply store or online.

 

Ephemera/Stuff - In creating backgrounds for my work I like to use a random assortment of papers.  Old newspapers are fantastic as are vintage magazines.  I save envelopes, and other junk mail as well.  Sometimes I use stickers so if you have some go for it but it's not necessary.  If you want a cheater's way to make something look vintage you can paint it with a light brown watercolor wash or run a brown stamp on it. I sometimes use more three dimensional objects like buttons, pieces of old jewelry, feathers, scrapbook materials, anything you find in your junk drawer (!), etc.

 

Markers - Any set of gel and/or paint markers are a good place to start.  That being said in order to get some of the specific techniques to work that are two must have markers in my toolbox.  The first is a Tombow watercolor marker.  It has two ends to draw with and when you add water it's almost magical!  In order to get a white outline on a darker paper the only marked I have found that works is the Uni Ball Signo Um-153 in white.....trust me I've tried many!!!

 

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Other - Rubber stamps, washi tape, decent pair of scissors, white gesso, any my personal all time favorite random tool.....a brayer.  Brayers are traditionally used for printmaking but I adore using them to spread paint on a page.

 

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When it comes to mixed media art pretty much anything goes so if you have something that I have not mentioned please go ahead and use it.  If you have any questions please feel free to message me on Facebook!