Self Art Therapy Beginner Kit

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Self Art Therapy Beginner Kit

Hello my friends! I’m excited to share with you the essential art materials to have in your supply kit if you want to begin doing self-art therapy at home.

These are the materials that I go for when I want to do some therapeutic art-making.

Of course, you can expand on this list and add more materials as you go. However, this is a good starting point if you haven’t really started making art for yourself on a regular basis.

When you’re beginning, it’s better to keep the materials as simple as possible, cheap, and non-“fancy.” This is because if you get expensive, fancy things, you might not use it as freely and liberally as you would with more affordable ones.

As you get used to the materials, you can decide to expand into supplies that offer more colors or options, but it’s nice to keep it simple in the beginning.

So here is the list (scroll down to see the quick rundown of the materials):

List of Materials

1. Watercolor Paper / Pad

 
Expert Watercolor Pads 9x12” 32 Sheets - Set of 2, $26.99

Expert Watercolor Pads 9x12” 32 Sheets - Set of 2, $26.99

 

Painting is one of the most common ways to do self art therapy and it helps us express ourselves in a more expressive, fluid, and intuitive way than drawing. So I recommend having a pad or a spiral bound watercolor paper.

2. Multimedia Paper / Pad

 
9x12” Mixed Media Pad, 2 Pack, 110lb/180gsm, 120 Sheets, $23.99

9x12” Mixed Media Pad, 2 Pack, 110lb/180gsm, 120 Sheets, $23.99

 

These are great to have because of the versatility. You can collage, you can draw with pencils, markers, oil pastels, and even lightly paint on them too.

3. Colored pencils

 
Professional Colored Pencils - Set of 48, $18.99

Professional Colored Pencils - Set of 48, $18.99

 

Colored pencils are quick and easy to use on an everyday basis. I recommend having them for almost all occasions.

4. Oil pastels

 
Crayola Portfolio Series Water Soluble Oil Pastels, 24 Brilliant Opaque Colors, $9.11

Crayola Portfolio Series Water Soluble Oil Pastels, 24 Brilliant Opaque Colors, $9.11

 

These are more expressive and require a looser approach to art-making than colored pencils. It has its advantages and definitely helps you express yourself in a different way compared to pencils or paint.

5. Watercolor paint

 
Watercolor Paint (Set of 25), $16.89

Watercolor Paint (Set of 25), $16.89

 

You want to have some kind of paint because paint can help you have a wider range of expression. It helps you to tap into your emotions within the deeper layers of your inner self.

6. Brushes

 
Grace Art Water Color Brush Set WS12 by Grace Art, $7.50

Grace Art Water Color Brush Set WS12 by Grace Art, $7.50

 

And of course, to paint we need brushes!

 
Faber Castell Clic & Go Portable Water Cup with Brush Holder, $5.50

Faber Castell Clic & Go Portable Water Cup with Brush Holder, $5.50

 

You need a cup to hold water for painting and I recommend repurposing an old cup or jar for this. If you would like to get a portable water holder, this one is a good one.

8. Rag

 
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With painting, you also need a rag to absorb extra water from your brush or cleaning your brush when switching colors. Many use paper towels, but I recommend a rag or repurposing a leftover/used fabric for painting only.

9. Air dry clay

 
Crayola Model Magic White, Modeling Clay Alternative, 2 lb., $14.99

Crayola Model Magic White, Modeling Clay Alternative, 2 lb., $14.99

Crayola Air-Dry Clay, White, 5 Pound, $7.64

Crayola Air-Dry Clay, White, 5 Pound, $7.64

 

Clay is a wonderful medium to express ourselves. I recommend this (“Model Magic”) if you are wanting to keep it more clean, mess-free, and kid-friendly.

I recommend this air-dry clay if you don’t mind the residue of clay that you get on your hands and want more intricate or delicate work.

10. Tissue paper

 
Hygloss Products Bleeding Tissue Assortment- Multi-Color Assortment 12 x 18 Inch, 50 Sheets, $9.97

Hygloss Products Bleeding Tissue Assortment- Multi-Color Assortment 12 x 18 Inch, 50 Sheets, $9.97

 

Another favorite medium of mine is tissue paper, which can be used so many different ways - painting, collaging, and more mixed media work. I recommend the “bleeding” kind that can be used to “paint” as well.

Here is the quick rundown of the list:

  1. Watercolor Paper / Pad

  2. Multimedia Paper / Pad

  3. Colored pencils

  4. Oil pastels

  5. Watercolor paint

  6. Brushes

  7. Cup / container

  8. Rag

  9. Air dry clay

  10. Tissue paper

Hope that was helpful for you in starting your self-care, self-art therapy practice! Talk to you next time.

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