Over the years, I have tried so many different paints, pens, and the like. I bought certain expensive brands because I was told they may cost more, but they're the best, that's why. But they didn't make me a better artist. Just because a certain journal artist told me to use Goldens, it didn't make my pages look like hers. Same issue with pens and other supplies. I didn't become an art journaling wizard because of them, suddenly whipping out pages left and right. I have a basket overflowing with different watercolors and acrylics because I HAD to have them. I realize now this was just a stall tactic on my part.
I’m trying to use these supplies up before I go out and buy much more. But it’s difficult. Last year, I vowed not to buy acrylics for the whole year. I broke down around July, when Jerry’s Art-a-Rama had an awesome sale and I WAS almost of out black and white. (Yeah, I know, it’s a sickness.)
But I’m glad I came to this realization NOW before I spent even more money on the expensive brands. I LOVE the cheapie acrylic paints you can get on sale 2 for $1 at Michaels. I LOVE using Crayola Pip Squeaks washable markers for their translucency and the fact they don’t seep through to the backs of my pages the way SOME certain expensive marker brands do.
So when you’re just breaking into journaling and you think you need expensive supplies or someone’s telling you do, stop yourself. Buy some cheapie paints and pens and markers and start small. And I’m not saying it’s wrong to spend good $ on supplies because I have. But it’s not NECESSARY. Build up your supply, buy what you need when you HONESTLY need it, look for sales, and buy what WORKS for you. Just because it says it’s “Golden”, doesn’t mean it is. (And I’m not knocking Golden, just saying it’s not REQUIRED to make journal pages that are yours and glorious!)