Suggested Materials & Tools

There really is no way to list everything you can use in your Heart Journal, but this is a good start. One of the delightful things about this kind of journaling is the joy of discovery...when you stumble upon a way of adding meaning or beauty to your page that was not exactly planned. "Happy accidents" as Bob Ross would call them. This list of materials gives you lots of opportunities to let those accidents happen.

We'll be sharing a new tool or material in our monthly email, and adding it to this list, also.PAPER art journal

Art journal.

There are so many types to choose from! If you are in Huntsville, The Art Cart inside Lowe Mill has a great selection of journals in all different sizes. Barnes and Noble, Michaels and Hobby Lobby also carry them. This is something you want to purchase in person, not online if possible. Why? Because you'll probably want to actually hold the journal and feel the pages....this is a personal choice! I spend WAY too much time deciding on my new journals, but that's just the way it is.

Mixed Media journals are great for paint, watercolor pencils, glue and vigorous work. The paper is thicker and has a bit of texture (or tooth) to it.

Regular writing journals with thinner paper work well if you don't use a lot of watercolors..however, you can glue pages together to make thicker work surfaces.

Printed Books (old or new) can also make very interesting art journals. You will probably need to glue some pages together though, for heavy water or paint use.