Point me in the direction of craft supplies for a few hours and I’m a happy camper!
The supplies you “need” for your adult coloring books and Zentangle are so much fun to collect.
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I swear sometimes I get things the next day and wonder how they can do that. You probably already have a few Adult Coloring Books and an art journal for your Zentangles and now you wonder what the best supplies are. I went to Walmart and found some very inexpensive markers that I love… but they bleed through the pages! Discovered that on the first one so now I put a piece of paper behind the one I’m working on if I am going to use those markers. They also aren’t color safe so if I wanted to watercolor on that page I would ruin the whole thing.
So. these are some of the things to keep in mind when you are coloring or doing some Zenspiration patterning, dangles, lettering or Zentangling (is that a word?)
Joanne Fink swears by Sakura pens and so far I agree with her 100% although I’ve found a few other brands I’m a fan of as well.
The first thing you need is the high quality acid-free permanent black markers.
The black fine tipped markers I like are:
Sakura Pigma Micron 3 pack of pens: size #01 and #03 for the detail and then using a #05 for more weight (this 3 pack is perfect to start)
Sakura Gel Pens
These pens are just so luscious and have the most wonderful smooth paper feel when you are using them.
Gelly Roll Pens I Love
Sakura 6-Piece Gelly Roll Assorted Colors Stardust Meteor Pen Set this is a Dye-based gel ink ideal for writing and designs. The Stardust pens work best on white and light colored papers. This Gelly roll stardust meteor set is my favorite glitter gel pen: silver, marine, copper, pink, green and blue. CLICK TO ORDER
Sakura 10-Piece Gelly Roll Moonlight Gel Ink Pen Set – Gelly roll moonlight 10 (bold point) gel ink pens. Archival quality ink chemically stable, waterproof, and fade resistant. Fluorescent Moonlight colors are not fade-resistant, but no smears, feathers, or bleed-through on most papers. Best effects on black paper and can be used on white paper. I haven’t played with these very much since I tend to use white paper but they are on my next thing to try list.
Sakura 10-Piece Gelly Roll Metallic Gel Ink Pen Set – It’s really hard for me to decide if I like the glitter pens (aka Stardust) or these metallic ones best. I usually end up with probably far too much of these two on my designs but after all, this is MY therapy so I’m ok with being a shiny sparkle lady. These are a MUST HAVE set!!! The thing that confuses me is that these have a glitter cap and the glitter pens don’t.. so don’t get confused.. or do.. it doesn’t really matter as they are both fantastic. The cool thing about using Sakura pens is that all the different types blend perfectly so you can have the same color palette but with the fun textures throughout your art or scribbling or doodling or whatever you like to call it. CLICK TO ORDER
The Gelly Roll Metallics are archival quality ink chemically stable, waterproof, and fade resistant, No smears, feathers, or bleed-through on most papers. Metallic colors include silver, copper, blue, red, green, purple, pink, emerald and 2 golds. CLICK TO ORDER
- Glides smoother than a ballpoint pen and doesn’t bleed or blot through thin paper like ordinary ink pens or liquid roller-ball pens
- Dries permanent, water and fade proof
Sakura 10-Piece Assorted Color 3-Dimensional Glossy Ink Pen Set. These pens are really unique! It dries to a glossy glaze look in 45-60 seconds and doesn’t bleed through most papers and vellum and is water resistant Colors included: white, yellow, peach, 3 shades of pink, purple, green, blue, and black. You get a raised effect that is delicate and can be crushed-down. The Dimensional Glossy pen is waterproof on most surfaces; use on light backgrounds, and on plastic, glass, ceramic and metal. CLICK TO ORDER
Sakura Souffle 10-piece Gelly Roll Gel Ink Pen Set – This is another one I haven’t tried yet but want to after watching the Sakura Video. Glaze and Souffle can be used on other surfaces other than paper. Souffle dries lighter and pastel than when you first draw it on. The Souffle looks fabulous on darker papers or on top of darker inks or paint. The set consists of-Yellow, Orange, Green, Pink, Purple, Light green, Light orange, Blue, Gray, and White. Joanne Fink’s video below shows you all of these fun Gelly Rolls! CLICK TO ORDER
If you already know you are going to want everything then you can splurge on this jumbo pack of Sakura Jelly Roll pens that have all the glitters, metallics, golds, silvers and moonlights as part of the pack. The problem with these packs is a large number of gold and silvers. I use those only for accents but this pack has a TON so you might be better off with just getting exactly what you want in the smaller packs. I DO really like that storage case, though… looking to see if I can find one that is similar. CLICK TO ORDER
For me, Colored Pencils are the MOST important part of my adult coloring book arsenal of happy. I’ve written an in-depth analysis of my favorite colored pencils and why here. You can never go wrong with a basic set of Prismacolors though.
Markers are a bit tricky in your coloring books, not so much with Zentangle where you normally are working on artist paper. Be sure to check the saturation of the paper before you start working on your project. More about using Markers in Coloring Books for Adults can be found here.
Inexpensive Watercolors can be fun with your Zentangles
These Prima sets are so cute! Just the tins they come in are worth the full price. I love that they come in small sets that are portable. Just bring along a water brush and you are good to go.
Prima Watercolor Sets
Koi Watercolors – I just bought this set so I haven’t gotten to play with it yet but I loved that it comes with a medium water brush. I thought this was a great value and I can’t wait to play. CLICK TO ORDER
Sakura 24-Piece Koi Assorted Water Colors Field Sketch Set with Brush – This Koi kit is a Portable field sketch kit for use on the go or at home and it includes brush, sponge, built-in palette, 24 mini watercolor cakes, plastic case with a refillable koi water brush.
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Maybe it’s just because I grew up coloring my folders with these pens but I’m still a big fan of Flair pens for Zentangles. They come in lots of fun colors and last quite awhile, plus they are just nice to write with. CLICK TO BUY