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Some Favorite Supplies

Yesterday I put together a resource guide for some of my favorite art things and I figured that I ought to share it here on the blog as well.  After all, if you're here, it's because you love to make art! So here is a quick guide to some of my favorite art supplies. I limited myself to just a few choices in each category. My true "can't live withouts." You can find a much longer list HERE.

Art Journaling


Stamp Carving


Mixed Media Collage


Gelatin Printing




I recommend any model of the DX machines (like this one) with the AutoBlade. The AutoBlade makes a huge difference. Some accessories that I use all the time:

  • Scanning Mat (you must buy the Scanning Mat for your type of machine, this link is for the DX mat)
  • Metal Hook & Spatula
  • Brother Brayer (for adhering paper/fabric/etc. to the mat) -- Using the brayer allows you to get away with using a less sticky mat.
  • Universal Pen Holder -- it's not actually universal, but it allows you to put most pens in the machine.

Studio Organization


I would say that my "must haves" change a bit over the years, but for the most part, these are the foundational items that I use almost every single day!

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