No matter the age, art journaling is one of the simplest yet most therapeutic things you can do. There’s something about peeling off stickers and layering them with your art journal supplies, even the sound of tearing papers apart. Finding a simple quote or lyric that stuck with you, and knowing you have somewhere to write it down on. I could go on and on.
But before the best art journal materials to buy, check out the best art journal tools to prepare to get you started.
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Best Art Journal Tools
This kit has all the basic art journal tools you’ll need: a spatula, weeder, scraper, scissors, and tweezers.
Staedtler has always been my top choice for drawing, but it also works well for art journaling. With six smear-free, waterproof pens, this set is a must-have.
Of course, your art journal supplies are incomplete without colorful pens, and this set already features fine and broad tips in one. It also has a free storage case.
Additionally, you can use these colors for your productivity planners.
If you’d rather print your own photos, Fujifilm’s smartphone printer is the one. It’s more convenient, although I personally like the retro experience brought by an instant camera.
You might also want to check this Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film Value Pack and stock up on film.
Plus, if you have enough pictures, you can also use them for your bedroom decor.
Letter stamps are one of my top art journal material picks. They’re just very handy and make everything look pretty. This one already comes in lowercase, uppercase, numbers, and essential punctuation marks.
DIY tip: if you’re into pottery or clay art, you can also use these letter stamps to personalize your craft.
Can you really call yourself a journaler if you don’t have a quill?
There’s something very satisfying when using a wax seal stamp, at least for an old soul. This wax seal stamp kit includes a wax seal stamp, 720 pieces of wax seal beads in 24 colors, as well as a wax seal warmer, a sealing wax spoon, tweezers, 10 tea candles, and two metallic pens.
This gorgeous puncher is great for creating die-cut borders or even for your journal pages, with an alignment guide for precision. You can also choose from four designs.
This one is a must-have for that clean, straight paper cutting. It might also be a work from home essential you never knew you needed.
Say goodbye to sticky glues and glue sticks, this adhesive roller is in. With its strong adhesion, you can use it for your art journals, scrapbooks, home and office, and even gift wrapping. Completely jam-free and mess-free.
Comes in 30 journaling stencils, this set has basic shapes, labels, symbols, letters, lists, and even a calendar. Each stencil is 4″ x 7″.
I mean if you want your own customized self-inking stamp, why not right?
Here’s another tool that might not be used in your every day, but is good to have to make your journal pages extra gorgeous. Simply choose your design and add the text you want. Plus, it can be used to make your own gift tags, too.
Best Art Journal Supplies
Scrapbooking papers are some of the best art journal materials to have. You can use them either as a background or cut the images to layer with other stickers.
This pack includes 296 inspirational words and phrases to add some positivity to your pages. I don’t know about you, but a typewriter font really does it for me.
Another favorite of mine is these retro film stickers, some can be used as frames for tiny pictures or if you want to use a border for your scribbles, while some are plain back for that extra oldies touch. These retro items are also waterproof so you can use them wherever.
These vintage post stamp stickers sets come in 276 stickers per pack, including landmarks, planets, vintage art, and nature. Each sticker is about 1″ x 1.5″, perfect for layering.
These paper lace cut-outs are a great addition to your layers, with flowers, windows, and film strip designs. They’re double-sided in black and white.
Perhaps one of my favorite sets of journal materials, this vintage pack includes about 60 pieces of translucent stickers and 120 pages of matte papers with 60 designs (two copies each). The set comes with artistic designs from Van Gogh’s artworks to handwritten scripts and newspaper prints. Here is another option from Knaid:
Both are perfect if you’re into junk journaling.
I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do without washi tapes—they’re just so cute and you have so many designs to choose from. This pack comes in 10 stunning, black and gold rolls, and they are 15mm wide with about 8 meters in length each.
I also like this vintage set.
These mini dictionary papers are a journal material essential, with a typewriter font ideal for a retro page. Plus it comes in 800 sheets so get crazy.
This plant-themed set includes 160 transparent stickers. And they’re waterproof, so you can also use them for your tumblers, phones, and more.
Another waterproof set, these matte stickers come in four themes: green forests, pastel sunset, space & moon phase, and moon night. Each sticker is about 2″ x 3″.
For vintage lovers out there, this is a must-have. The handmade papers are 130gsm thick and are also chemical-free, and environment-friendly. have slightly burned edges. You can choose from A4, A5, or A6 sizes.
Some reviews also say the papers are safe for typewriter use, so.
12 sheets of stickers? Yes, please. With a total of 600 stickers, you have designs for every theme, whether it’s celestial, nature, black and white, or vintage.