Suggested Supply List

For the Creative Breakthroughs Collage Teleclass

There is no limit to the amount of supplies you can use for collaging, however, you can really have a great time with just a few basics!

With that in mind, I’ve created 2 supplies lists for the tele-class–the Basic List and the Very Detailed List–pick the list that works best for you!

Above all, please remember that this class wasn’t created to force you to buy lots of supplies, but to free you up to get closer to your creative self and provide a simple system to help you connect to this essential part of who you are every week.

The Basics

  • Something to collage onto:
    This can be paper or mat board or cardboard from a chocolate bar. I love big, but I recommend starting out with smaller pieces like 5″ x 7″ because I really want you to work on more than one collage at a time (because it’s more freeing) and keeping them small makes that a little easier.
  • Glue:
    Ideally, this should be something like Mod Podge or Matte Medium.
    If you only have white glue, that’s fine but pour it into a cup and mix it with water so that it’s thinner.
  • Something to Glue Down:
    This can be anything–tissue paper, torn out magazine pages, rice paper, newspaper, old telephone books or calendars, pretty paper or ugly paper–it doesn’t matter.
  • A Paintbrush
    Something that you can use with your glue and a container for water that your brush(es) will sit in.
  • Color:
    Cheap paint or a few rubber stamp pads. You don’t need a lot of color options, so don’t worry if you don’t have them. One or two is fine!
  • Mark Making Tool(s):
    One or many–whatever you have is fine–markers, crayons, pastels, pencils–you get the idea.
  • Something that you can stamp with.
    This could be a collection of rubber stamps or the lid from last night’s spaghetti sauce jar or a cut potato.
  • Scissors
  • Paper Towels
  • You might find having a hair dryer handy if your collages get too wet to work on. That doesn’t really happen for me, but I notice some people on the calls find it helpful.

That’s it! But if you want to imagine more or find links to buy specific supplies, read on…;-)

The Very Detailed List

This is me going overboard with lots of suggestions, links, and explanations. Feel free to ignore or dig in whichever suits you best–you know who you are!

Printable Version of the Supply List (PDF)

  • Heavy paper or mat board: 5″ x 7″; 8″ x 10″; 11″ x 14″…
    • You really can use any size you want–but if you’re at all uncomfortable or new to collage, I’d start with 5″ x 7″–because it’s a little easier to work small at first—especially if you work on more than one piece, which I’ll be encouraging you to do. It’s a great size that you can easily frame and one I often use myself.
    • Also, I personally use either paper or mat board. Participants in the first classes I taught, however, strongly preferred to use matboard, cardboard, or something similarly heavy.
    • You might ask if you can buy matboard scraps from your local framer, or you can try ordering from here:
  • Inexpensive Acrylic or Watercolor Paint
    • I like inexpensive acrylics because they’re usually more transparent than the “good” stuff–which I find handy for collaging. Choose your favorite colors plus white and black.
    • Feel free to use any brand but I usually use these from Dick Blick:
  • Decoupage Medium (I really recommend you have this in your supply set.)

  • Drawing Tools–your favorites are fine.
    • Pencils, markers, charcoal, pastels, oil pastels, etc.
  • Inexpensive glue and paint brushes.
  • Ink or paint that can be thinned and easily dripped or spattered.
  • Tissue Paper
    • Colorful sets of tissue paper are ridiculously cheap, create nice transparency and are a personal favorite. If you know this is not your kind of thing, totally feel free to skip it. But if you’d like to try it, you can usually buy this at any local art or party store as well as recycle the pretty paper that you get when you buy pretty stuff.
  • Gesso
  • Rubber Stamps
    • If you already have a collection of favorite stamps–great. If not, and you’d like to get yourself started, visit your local big box craft store or try these online options:
    • I personally prefer all-over pattern stamps, decorative pattern and shape combination sets, florals and geometrics, alphabet and number stamps, and stamps of maps, postage, etc.
    • Of course, it’s really fun to carve your own stamps out of erasers, potatoes, large rubber sheets. You can buy rubber sheets here:
    • And don’t forget about things around the house you could stamp with–potato masher, the flat side of a plug converter, the bottom of a cup, etc|
  • Rubber Stamp Pads

    • I love to use stamp pads for all kinds of things, not just stamping. They’re great for making backgrounds or for adding a bit of color here and there. I use stamp pads more than I use paint.
    • You can buy a basic or deluxe set of stamp pads from me (along with an embossing gun, powders and a free stamp) or just get single stamp pads from any big box craft store or on the web. My personal favorite is Tsukineko’s Versafine pigment stamps (good for embossing) but there are lots of great stamp pads out there to choose from.
  • Decorative and/or Interesting Paper (important!)

    • This can be anything–scrap book paper, gift paper, handmade paper, rice paper, newspaper, telephone book pages, pages from old books, sewing patterns, etc. Color or B& W copies of things.
    • We’re making a collage so you need things to glue down. The more options, the better. Just open wide your notions of what might count.
  • Cool Embellishments
    • Again, this can be anything from fun scrapbooking bits you buy at a big box store, to stuff you find on the ground.
    • Think buttons, ribbons, bottle caps, shells, rub-ons, feathers, decorative tape, postage stamps, pressed flowers, you name it.|
  • Other Cool Stuff to Consider
    • Neat or compelling images you’ve collected. It could be parts of faces or other things cut out of magazines, old labels, old calendars, strange photos from flea markets, old letters, etc.
    • Glitter. It’s fun and well, quite trendy right now in the fine art scene as well as the craft world. Thought I’d mention it to get you thinking.
      I love Art Institute Glitter:
    • Office Supplies–think staples, gold stars, punched hole protectors, string, paper clips unbent, etc.
    • Unexpected stuff like hair, thread and feathers can make wonderful lines in your collage–start looking around your house
  • General Studio Supplies
    • Scissors
    • Plastic cups for water or paint or ink
    • Paper towels (important)
    • Hairdryer–not a typical studio supply, but very handy during the class where you might want to move forward by helping something dry for a while.

If you have any questions about any of the supplies, please feel free to contact me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.