About Art Supplies

Most art supplies are provided at the studio—and our small space is stuffed with them for your use! We hope this frees your mind, your spirit and your body to dash into the studio to create!


Your supply list for any event here—from classes to Open Studio—is really small. You just need to bring in a few items. You can expect that all classes and workshops will specify, but here is what you can most often expect to bring:


Your surface, otherwise known as the substrate. What substrate you'll be working on will of course depend on the class or event—and all classes and workshops will clearly let you know your surface.

 If you are using an art journal as your substrate, you'll find tips for how to choose an art journal below. You can also read more about why we encourage art journaling here.


Depending on the project, you may be asked to bring in personal and specialized items not supplied at the studio—or there may be a small supply fee to cover such items (but never for the supplies already at the studio). Classes and workshops will always specify.

Also, there are plenty of specialized and higher quality brands of paint and every other kind of art medium. The more we create, the more we learn about and sort out the differences and we learn our personal preferences. Only you know what you want for your art work, and always feel free to bring in whatever you need! 


We have a limited supply of ink pens at the studio—and that’s on purpose. The truth is, there are so many pens on the market, each specialized by ink type, ink flow, nib size... and while some are more expensive than others, most are easily destroyed. Ink pens really aren't meant to be shared. The more mixed media you create, the more you'll learn about (and become attached to) different pens for your artwork for different purposes.

We ask that all arters at Createful own (and always bring in) AT LEAST THESE TWO PENS:

One permanent ink black ink pen in size F (fine) or S (small)

- Faber Castell Pitt is a popular choice (size F or S)

- I am loving and now prefer the Staedtler Lumocolor line (size F or S)

One opaque white gel pen

- Uniball Signo white gel pens are my favorite

- People also like Sakura Gelly Roll white pens

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P.S. get yourself a pen case for these two pens and any other pens you like to you for your artwork. A case will slow drying out time—and if you keep your case with you at all times you don't even have to think about bringing it to the studio.

P.S.S. As you go further into mixed media, and as we introduce you to new techniques, the more pens you'll find you "just can't live without". Bring those too (in your pen case, of course). 



Choosing an art journal largely depends on personal preference. It takes a little time to figure out what you like, so for your first blank art journal, this is what I recommend:

Mid-range size (not too small or too large). Somewhere in the 8" - 12" range works best to start. Anything smaller than 5X8" is too small for our purposes (though not all art journaling purposes!), and even 5X8" can feel too small for beginners—while 12X14" or larger can feel too large! 

Coils or no coils: it's up to you. You almost need to work in both before you know which one you prefer. So pick one or the other to start.

The most important element is the paper. It must be heavy enough to withstand water mediums. Journals manufactured for mixed media or visual/art journaling work best.

You can purchase art journals at art supply stores such as Michaels or Rileys or online. Canson Mixed Media Journals, Strathmore Watercolor Journals and Dylusions art journals work well.

To Know: In addition to manufactured books, experienced art journalers often create in handmade art journals, alter used, hardbound books and even create separate pages or cards to bind later into creative forms. There are so many fun ways to art journal—this is just the beginning!