For this journaling course, you will need paper, black pens and alcohol-based markers. In each category, multiple options are given below. Choose just one from each list. You are always welcome to choose another medium and/or use materials already on hand.


  • 8.5″ x 11″ Card Stock (~10 sheets)
  • Smooth Strathmore Bristol Paper, 300 Series, 9″x12″ (~10 sheets)
  • Copic Wire-Bound Sketchbook, 5″x7″ 

The basic idea is to get heavier-weight paper because the alcohol-based markers tend to bleed through. If you are able to get smooth paper (like the Bristol or Copic brand), that’s great. Card stock will also work just fine!

Black Pens:

  • Copic Multiliners, Tip Sizes – Brush Small, 1.0 and 0.1
  • Sakura Pigma Micron Pens, in Styles – 10, 02, Brush Pen
  • Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens, Sizes – XS, M, B (Brush Nib)
  • Sharpies – Brush, Fine and Ultra Fine Points

The Copic Multiliners will give the best performance, as they are both water- and alcohol ink-proof. The Microns and Pitt Artist Pens will also work very well. You will experience a bit of ink bleed with the Sharpies option.

Your goal with the black markers is to have the capability to make 3 different line strengths. Look for a combination of pens that will give a bold line, a fine line and a very fine line.

Alcohol-based Markers:

  • Copic Sketch Markers
  • Blick Studio Brush Markers
  • Master’s Touch Twin Tipped Alcohol Markers (Hobby Lobby)

The goal is to get alcohol-based markers that have a chisel tip on one end and a brush tip on the other.

Artist supply stores and craft stores, like Michaels and Hobby Lobby, carry Copic Sketch Markers. You will find that many stores also offer their own versions of these markers at much less cost. Refill ink usually needs to be ordered online and can be used in any brand of marker. Here’s an example of refill ink.

The palette will be up to you!

Here are the markers that will be used in the instructional videos, as well as in Vonda’s journaling during the session.

One of the magical things about alcohol-based markers is that you can blend with them. Keep this in mind while choosing your colors.