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« on: March 21, 2013 11:13:51 AM »

I want to put together an art journalling started kit for a 14 year old family friend and would love some thoughts on what to put in it.  I can't spend a fortune, and am not certain the recipient would have ever been exposed to art journalling before.  I was looking at a couple of books to possibly include ( this one and this one )  would these be a good teen friendly introduction?  Are there better ones? 

What supplies would be essential to include?

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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013 11:46:43 PM »

Hi, I'm fairly new to Art Journaling myself so I can't say if those specific books would be helpful or not. Although I think for a teen, yes, a book would probably be helpful if they don't have much experience to begin with. I bought this book last summer called "The Journal Junkies Workshop" I love it! Tons of useful info and easy to understand instructions with pictures. It's teen appropriate with lots of learning techniques and tips. Also lots of Art Journal pictures as examples and inspiration. Here is a look at the book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-journal-junkies-workshop-eric-m-scott/1112247121?ean=9781600614569

There are many techniques/materials people use in art journals such as colored pencils, watercolor paint, markers, drawing pencils and pens, collages, etc...As far as what supplies to include for a "kit" It's hard to say if you're not sure exactly what the teen is interested in. Since you are trying to keep funds to the minimum I would personally choose the following for "essential" supplies:

-A drawing pencil and eraser (you can buy a very small pack of 2 pencils. Sometimes they include an eraser already. HB lead is a good pencil to start with)

-Drawing Pens OR markers

-Either a pack of colored pencils OR watercolored pencils (if you're willing to spend a bit more $$ then I would suggest water color paint and a few paint brushes)

-Liquid glue or glue stick for collage work. (They can glue in cut outs from magazines or personal memorabilia)

Some extras to possibly include; stickers and decorative tape Smiley

I hope I could help you out at least a little bit

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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2013 05:16:49 PM »

Thanks so much beautifulsoul it helps a lot, I will check out the book and your ideas for supplies are really helpful.
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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2013 02:45:17 PM »

I'm not sure if this is super belated, but my suggestions:

A nice blank notebook. You don't have to spend a small fortune on any fancy brands, you can get any random one as long as the pages are thick enough to hold glue, ink, etc.

A small shoebox with random things to use in colleges, like colourful paper, old postcards, buttons, ribbons, etc.

A couple of magazines or catalogues with lots of images that can be cut up

Good glue - at least two types, like stick glue, regular tube glue, glue that can be applied with a paintbrush over collages, fabric glue, etc.

A brand new pair of scissors (you wouldn't believe how much difference it makes to have a pair of scissors you can use comfortable and which cuts well, most people probably have scissors at home but they're likely not the type that can be used for long periods of time and which can be used just for really basic things)

A compilation of links and tutorials, this is probably one of the best things and a good source of inspiration

Links to places where you can get public domain images for collages

As to books, I'm not sure as I've never really used any, but I've heard good things about Wreck This Journal (I think that's the title).
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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2013 07:09:07 PM »

Thanks, those are some great ideas for tongs to include.
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