Dreaming on Paper Supply List

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The following is a list supplies you’ll need to shop for or gather in preparation for the workshop.

Just five basic supplies are needed to get started 


1. Blank Sketchbook 

Size: Around 8 x 10 inches or 5 x 7 inches are ideal.

Binding: Either spiral or hardbound works. Choose what you like best. Bindings are a matter of personal preference.

You can find blank sketchbooks at artist supply shops, stationers and some drug and department stores. It doesn’t have to be fancy. The pages can be text weight paper, the kind for sketching. No need for heavy paper like the kind used for watercolor.

Blank, unlined paper, is ideal, but if you you absolutely love to work in books with lined paper, go for it. Again – it’s all a matter of preference and what feels best to you.

Blank Sketchbooks I found on Amazon

a couple of recommendations:

Hardbound binding:

Sketchbook Black cover 8 1/4 x 11″

Sketchbook-Black Blank Book-5 1/2 x 8 1/4″

Spiral binding:

Strathmore Visual Journal- Smooth Bristol Paper 9×12 Inch

Strathmore Visual Journal Spiral Bound 5.5″X8″-Bristol Smooth


If you have a blank sketchbook already, that you’ve been saving for something “important” maybe you want to use that?

It’s preferable to start with a totally blank, new book. So you if have something with a few pages worked in, consider taking them out before the class.

If you’re not sure which size or binding to get, and you can splurge on more than one sketchbook, then pick up several in different sizes and bindings to get a feel for what you like to work in best.

2. Craft paint – you’ll find this in 2 oz bottles, get the stuff that’s a couple of dollars a bottle (sometimes on sale for less).

I like these:

Set of 18 Martha Stewart brights (!)

Beautiful 18 color set of 2 oz. craft paints

If you have Michael’s craft store, look for their store brand called CraftSmart. Michael’s and JoAnn Fabrics carry other brands of craft paint. If you look for the 2oz bottles in the Craft Paint aisle (not the Art Supply aisle), that will get you to the craft paint. Some large drug stores carry craft paint as well.

Michael’s also has a line of Martha Stewart craft paint, they’re about $2 per bottle.

Another source for 2oz bottles of craft paint is Blick Art Supplies – check out their online store if you don’t have one locally. They also have a great selection of Sketchbooks.

Get white, off-white or cream, and light grey, plus a several of your favorite colors. If you are attracted to glitter or metallic colors, you can pick up those, too, just make sure you also have some basic recommended colors.

3. Glue Stick

4. Pens – your favorite writing pens, plus a few ballpoint pens and pencils

5. Expired gift or credit card. We’ll use this as a painting tool.

Optional: Roll of waxed paper (from grocery store)


The rest of the supplies are for Sessions 2-4. 


Ruler (not for measuring, but for cutting paper – I’ll show you how)

Crayons, markers and/or colored pencils(whatever you like to doodle with, stuff from the drug store or office supply is fine)

Tissue or thin papers (think stuff you get for gift wrapping). It’s ok if they are wrinkled, torn.

8.5 x 11 paper – several sheets in your favorite colors, whatever you may have on hand

Decorative paper This adds a lot to the journal – scraps are OK.

Magazines and books to cut up. Go through  your stash and gather image-intensive magazines. Ask friends for discards, try thrift shops and check your library. Many libraries give these away or sell them very inexpensively.


Start collecting a bag of junk and scrap paper:

It’s time to raid your recycling bin and or/office supply stash, or dump out the paper from your junk drawer.

Paper items that are good fodder collecting include:

greeting cards


old file folders



paper in colors you don’t like, don’t use

graph paper, ledger paper

pages from old notebooks, calendars



In addition to the above, you may choose to work with the following supplies.

Photos of yourself, family, work, home (make copies of originals so you’re not afraid to “ruin” anything)

Favorite quotes or poems

Rubber stamps/ink pads

Alphabet stamps or stickers

Collage Ephemera – whatever you may already have


Needles, thread, buttons, fabric pieces, ribbons


The links on this page will take you to Amazon, where I have an affiliate account. You don’t have to shop there, it’s a convenient place to browse. If you do shop via my links, I do get a few cents to use toward my *ahem* long list of Kindle purchases. 🙂 thanks.

15 Responses to Dreaming on Paper Supply List

  1. Joy Lowell August 5, 2015 at 4:29 pm #

    Hi Lisa.

    I finally signed up for Dreaming on Paper about 20 minutes ago!

    I got my receipt from paypal, and since it’s late in the day and you have already sent the first session, I’m just commenting to make sure you know I’m here.

    looking forward to being part of your class,

    • Joy Lowell August 5, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

      … forgot to mention that my paypal email is a little different from the one I put here. Just in case that helps you identify me.

    • Joy Lowell August 5, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

      Hi again Lisa.
      Just want to let you know I received your email with access to the first week’s material.

  2. Jennifer Clark August 5, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    HELP!!! I’m so excited for this class and signed up last week for the bundle but haven’t gotten anything yet . Super sad face :((

    • Lisa Sonora August 5, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

      Oh no! the first session email is on the way, Jennifer! Enjoy!

  3. Julie July 12, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

    I always have the worst time deciding on what book to use, I have 2 right now that I am considering for the August class, one has lined pages and one is blank. Any other recommendations that would help me decide which is the best choice?

    • Lisa Sonora July 12, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

      Julie – I think you’ll really enjoy working with the unlined pages in this workshop. Give it a try and see. You can always go back to lined pages if that’s what you prefer.

      This course is heavier on visual work than writing, and most of the writing happens in conjunction with the visual pages. So much fun!

  4. StarS May 29, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    When will you offer dreaming on paper again? It says it is a current class but I can’t see a way to join. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to take this course!!!! Please tell me I can join now or that you will be offering it again soon!!
    thank you!

  5. Cindy March 18, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    I missed this Feb work shop and would love have the opp to sign up
    for March 🙂 Wow it took me a long time to find a place to opt in.

    Been on line for a while and having an easy way for people to opt
    in is always a good idea to build your clientele.
    Sorry if I am stepping on toes.

    • Lisa Sonora Beam March 18, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

      Hi Cindy – sorry for the navigational issues – you are right – the opt-in sucks!

      I’m in the process of switching email service providers / making new optins / etc.

      So this will all be clearer and easier in days to come.

  6. Abby Andersen February 12, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    I’d love to see what’s on *your* wishlist! Thanks for posting this. I should hopefully be getting my very own copy of The Creative Entrepreneur tomorrow or Friday. Yay.


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