April A to Z 2017: The Artists Toolbox

I’m doing it again – participating in the Blogging From A To Z Challenge, that is! Last year’s experience was exhilarating, and I’m eager to do take it up again this year.


All through the month of April, I’m going to introduce you to the tools, mediums and supplies that are the staples of an art journaling artist, as well as introduce you to some styles and techniques that you can incorporate into your work.

Here’s what you can look forward to next month:

A run-down of the basic tools that you need in your toolbox – paper, brushes, scrapers, found objects and the like.

A close look at the supplies (geared towards art journaling) that you need in your studio, as well as an introduction to various acrylic mediums. This will be invaluable for anyone wanting to start an art journal and wondering what materials they would need to get started.

An introduction to various art movements and techniques that will help you to get started on your artistโ€™s journey.

I do hope you will join me on this month-long journey, and that it will inspire you to pick up paints and paper and dive into this exciting hobby!


Posted in Art Journaling, Artists Toolbox.

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  1. May I give you a Hug? This is fantastic! I really had my fingers crossed you would pick an art-related theme! I am so so glad you have, and that too something from which we can learn (confession: I am an Artist at Heart – but in real life, I am artistically challenged!)

    • Awww….hugs!! I really hope you find these posts helpful. There’s so much information and fun stuff to share that I’m thinking of eventually creating an expanded ebook version – all of that information just isn’t going to make it on to the blog! Anyway, I do hope you enjoy the posts. And that it helps you to get started on your artistic journey!

  2. I’ll be making notes all along MG , even if I don’t end up picking paints and creating magical artworks by the end of the challenge .. I ‘ll for sure be picking up pointers on how to extend one’s personal brand across almost everything we do ..Last year I was really keen to create a ‘digital identity’ , this challenge is a strong step forward for you to do build on that for yourself and as always , I am rooting for you!

    • Aww Chandni, you know how much I love your support, encouragement and guidance. I will also be rooting for you, as you make your mark in your passion area!

    • Thank you so much Sanchie! I used to be in your camp, believe it or not. I couldn’t even draw stick figures to save my life. Which is why I say, if I can do it, anyone else can. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hello MG! I’m happy to read of your A2Z theme, as I began an art sketch journal just for this challenge. My artist ability is limited but for years I kept saying I really need to get back in the groove to drawing. I love creating whether it’s in the kitchen, behind the camera, or with an ink pad and rubberstamp! I always admire gifted artist and what they can do with a pencil or brush. I will definitely bookmark your site to find inspiration and I learn from you! I invite you to visit Curious as a Cathy to read my theme reveal post!

    • Hey Cathy! I hope you enjoy these 26 posts and that they inspire you to pick up paper and pencils and paint and draw and create more art!

  4. Wow! Last year, all I remember doing was looking at the awesome pics you posted of your artwork, and dreaming that one day, I’d be able to do so too! I hope this year something changes, and the awesomeness of art starts flowing through my veins ๐Ÿ˜€

    All the best dear! Looking forward to your posts โค

  5. Jini I am sure this is going to be the perfect precursor book to your last ebook on art journaling! Supplies are such a crucial part in any form of art. With the right supplies and technique even non-artists can create good works of art. I’ll be following you through April for sure. Cheers!

    • Thanks Kala! That’s the hope, combined these 2 topics should be an excellent foundation to start art journaling.

  6. Excellent idea! I’ll have to forward these to my artistically inclined kidlets (who are mostly adultlets now – LOL) and hubby, so they can be inspired by your journey as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I am already looking forward to it Jini. I love painting but with so many things it has taken a back seat somewhere. My teenager is an artist too and loves to paint. Will share your posts with her. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. This is absolutely what I need because I am thinking of doing some water brush fonts – and currently am in search of good water brush pens. I am hoping to get a peek into a lot of tools here Jini. All the best.

    • Water brush fonts? I’d love to see them! And yes, there will be tons of tools and supplies and a whole lot more, so watch this space!

  9. Wow! I was actually looking up for some info on art journaling on Youtube. I’m glad you’ve selected this theme. This should help me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh yes! Combine these with my Art Journaling 101 ebook and you should have tons of information at your fingertips.

  10. Nice theme. I would love to know more about brush pens and technical pens used for sketching if possible โ˜บ๏ธ although i guess u would have sorted out with topics and may be even posts itself.

    All the best

    • Yup, posts and topics are sorted already. You’ll have to wait and see if either of these made it to the list ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I sure hope you do, and that you enjoy the tips and tricks and techniques! Look forward to seeing you in April ๐Ÿ™‚

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