These are a few of my favorite supply resources. Just so ya know, I’m not affiliated with any of these companies – just love their products so much I want to share them with you!
- Sharpie Fine Point Pens – http://www.sharpie.com/enUS/Pages/fine-point-pen.aspx
So far, I’ve had great luck with using these on acrylic paint – as long as the paint is good and dry, this pen does not seem to “suck out” as other pens will do (“suck out” = dried up, no good, might as well trash the sucker).
- Stardust Pens (Clear) – http://www.sakuraofamerica.com/Pen-Glitter
LOVE these for adding a little bit of glitter – it’s pretty translucent so you can just write/color over the top or alongside for a little glittery shading.
- Used-up gift cards, expired credit cards, defunct discount cards – these are perfect for scraping on paint or smushing down gluey things (apply glue, position, then scrape with the side of your card to remove any air bubbles and cement it in place).
- Old Catalogs (every once in awhile, you’ll get a really thick one – like Bass Pro or Dick Blick) – these are great for applying glue or paint to smaller items; just lay your piece down on a catalog page and apply glue – when you’re finished, can turn the catalog page for a nice new start and no glue or paint contamination of your next item.
- Non-stick Craft Sheet – http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_inkssentials_craftSheetByTheFoot.htm
I went through my local paper store and ordered a big sheet of this (about 3×4 feet) and have affixed it permanently to my work table – paint, glue, whatever I’ve thrown at it wipes right off with a baby wipe or damp cloth.
Hardware Store Art Supplies
- Plain old beige masking tape – I use it as a base layer sometimes or just a decorative element in mixed media collage work.
- Joint Compound – works just like just like modeling paste, only cheaper!
- Sandpaper and sanding blocks – look for 150 grit or lower; works just like those expensive sanding blocks some of the papercraft companies sell.