I take lots of online workshops and I also read tons of blogs (can’t you tell by all the blogs I subscribe to?) Through those venues I am always learning about new (to me) supplies to use in my art and art journaling. If it is recommended by an artist or workshop teacher that I respect, I will often run out and buy something they tout as being great to use.
This does not always end well.
Some of the supplies I have invested in at the recommendation of (or sometimes just by the use by) my beloved art friends are not ones I wind up liking or I find they are not worth their cost when there is another supply that is as good at a better price. Because of this, I thought I would make a list of supplies that I like and find cost affective so y’all can see what I use to create my art as well as what supplies I have found that don’t work so well for me.
Well, a list like this would be HUGE so I’ve decided to start a series I’m calling “Supply Saturday,” where once a week I will rate various art supplies and give you my thoughts on each one I critique. I’m going to rate each product/supply on a scale of 1 to 10; with 10 being the best and totally worth the money and a 1 being not worth the cost at any price and a poor (in my opinion) choice of products.
As we all know, opinions differ from person to person so you may love something I’ve not had great luck with but this is just how I see it. I just hope that some of my experience through trial and error (not to mention wasted money) might help some of y’all out.
Each week I will cover one supply that I really like and one that I think is overrated. I will tag each of these posts with Supply Saturday so, if you happen to miss a post you can always find it by the tag. Oh, and if there is a supply that you’d like to see critiqued in a Supply Saturday post, let me know…I would love your suggestions.
Anyway, let’s get this party started (LOL)…
- Moleskine Journals~I really like these great journals. I have only used the sketchbook and the watercolor Moleskines so I can’t tell you anything about the lined or grid (although I do have a grid, I just haven’t used it yet). I tend to use quite a bit of wet media (acrylics, watercolor, gel mediums, glues, etc.) and the sketchbook I am finishing up right now has held up superbly to my extreme abuse…probably just as well as the watercolor Moleskine. If you are buying a journal to work in (as opposed to making your own or buying a handmade journal, the two best options if you ask me), then you can’t go wrong with Moleskine sketchbook or watercolor journals. The biggest downfall to these would be that they can be a bit pricey, depending on where you buy them, and that is the one thing that really keeps me from giving them an higher score. All in all, I give the Moleskine sketch and watercolor journals a rating of 8.
- Coccoina Glue Sticks: A wonderful artist and dear friend of mine loves these glue sticks and uses them exclusively in her art journaling. Because of her love for them, I had to give them a try. Contrary to her wonderful outcome when using Coccoina as her adhesive, I haven’t had that same great result in using them. I will admit that the fabulous almond scent to these glue sticks is absolutely mouthwatering but they just don’t seem to adhere papers, ephemera and magazine clippings into my journal as well as many other adhesives I have found will do. The price is relatively high and, in my opinion, not worth the cost, the stickability (yes, I just made that word up…like it? lol) is even less than Elmer’s School Glue Sticks unless you really use a thick coat of the product but admittedly the smell is yummy…because of these factors I give the Coccoina Glue Sticks a rating of 2. (My suggested alternative glue stick? Uhu brand.)
Well, there are my Supply Saturday critiques for this week. Don’t forget to leave any suggestions for future Supply Saturday posts.
I hope you’re all having a great Memorial Day weekend.
Peace & Love,
Disclaimer: Take these ratings as you will, these are my opinions only and none of the supplies I rate here have been provided by the manufacturer but have been bought and paid for with my own hard-earned money.