BuJo Tools Part 1: A Secrect Obsession with Art Supplies

(First and foremost I would like to say that I am not sponsored by any of the products I’m going to talk about in this blog post). The products that I’m going to talk to you about are just my favorite tools that I use in order to create the art and the look for my Bullet Journal.  I love art supplies and stationary supplies.  So it is no surprise that I get ecstatic over pens, pencils, markers etc.  When I started my bullet journal adventure, I tried many different manufacturers and brands of pens and markers and paints, testing them out on the bullet journal papers to find out what works and what doesn’t, what’s going to bleed through the paper, what’s going to feather or ghost behind the next page or if it’s going to do any damage to the paper fibers.  So without further ado let’s jump in and talk about some of the best stationery pens you will ever find to use for bullet journaling. 20180525_1412111639647536.jpg

Tools that Rule!

  • Uni Kura Toga Mechanical Pencils
    • Leads H, 2H, 3H B,2B,3B
  • Micron Pigment Pens
  • Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens
  • Stedleater Tripilus Fineliners
  • Prisma Color Pencils
  • Copic Sketch Markers
  • Zig Mildliner
  • Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections
  • Washi Tape
  • Atyou Spica Glitter Gel Pens Set A & B
  • Tombow Mono Adhesive

I love using mechanical pencils.  I also love drawing.  Most mechanical pencils come with a 2B lead, whereas drawing pencils come in an array of hardnesses.  When I found the Uni Kura Toga Mechanical Pencils, I fell in love.  Not only are they amazingly crafted, they feel feather light in your hand, and they offer a variety of lead hardnesses (Leads H, 2H, 3H B,2B,3B) These pencils are self-sharpening and I just can’t say enough about them.

Every BuJo’s goto pen is the Pigma Micron Pen.  The ink is waterproof and fade resistant.  They are sold individually or in sets.  I like using 005, 01, 03 pens.  On the same note, Copic SP Fineliners are also equally amazing.  They have refillable ink cartridges and replaceable nibs. They are a little pricey but well worth the investment.

Let’s talk markers a.k.a. artists pens.  Faber-Castell PITT artist pens are terrific because they are made with an India ink as opposed to the alcohol-based markers which tend to bleed through bujo paper.  PITT pens come in a variety of different sets, the 60 pen set is the largest that I have seen.  Also, the colors are vibrant and beautiful and don’t bleed through the paper.  Copic Sketch markers are an amazing alcohol based pen.  These pens blend together beautifully and also offer a colorless blender.  Like I said I don’t use these directly on the bullet journal paper, rather I use a marker paper to do drawings and doodles to place on the pages.  These markers are great for all kinds of artwork, cartooning, Magna, illustrations and more.  Zig Mildliners are a must in your bujo drawing pouch.  These are soft colors that are great for highlighting and they are not your typical highlighter colors.  These pens are dual tipped with a chisel point on one end and a bullet point on the other.  Colored Pencils are great if know how to use them.  They are very versatile and you can achieve many different looks.  I use Prisma Color colored pencils.  The leads are just the right hardness for blending the colors.

Watercolors are fabulous to use in bujo, however, if you use too much water, it will tear the paper and or wrinkle it very badly.  The good news is that if you do a watercolor image on watercolor paper you can paste it on the page.  My newest love is the Atyou Spica Glitter Gel Pens Set A & B.  The ink is so smooth and the glitter is brilliant.  A must have!!!!! I have used Gelly Roll pens too, but I prefer these.  One note, the metallic silver Gelly Roll is a different shade than in the Atyou Spica.

Finally in my arsenal of bujo goodies: Tombow adhesive tape, pink eraser, cutting matt, X-Acto knife, washi tapes, lots of washi tape! One other thing, I love adding a photo in my journal, so I have a portable printer.  I chose the Canon Selphy printer.  This printer is spot on when printing images from your smartphone and they have different paper types and sizes.

Those are a few of my favorite art supplies for bullet journaling.  I love art supplies and learning new ways to use them.  I’d love to hear what your favorite art/stationary supplies you use in your bullet journals.

Artfully yours,

Andi

 

 

 

 

 

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