These are some general suggestions for materials that I find especially useful for our sessions together. Please don’t feel like you need to have ALL of the things listed here …or that you need to limit yourself to just these things! Get creative, look around your kitchen, dig around in your junk drawers, find things on the ground on your next walk.

I’ve also included a smaller list of “basics” for getting started. Most of the links I’ve included are for items on the Opus website but you will be able to find the same or similar items at any art supply shop!

  • Oil pastels (I like the brand Mungyo, good quality & affordable)
  • Chalk (soft) pastels (again, love Mungyo)
  • Large paper pad (18″ x 24″ ideally, nothing fancy, white cartridge paper is great).
  • Watercolour paper (9″x12″ is a good size).
  • Watercolour paints (maybe a small mixed colour palette to start with!)
  • Charcoal and/or graphite sticks can be great for working with less colour (black, greys).
  • Watercolour (handmade natural pigment) paints: Beam Paints and Caitlin Ffrench!

Things that you may already have on-hand:

  • Scissors
  • Glue (regular white glue and/or glue stick)
  • Masking tape
  • Magazines/books that you can cut up.
  • Pencils (regular pencils, graphite sticks).
  • Pencil crayons
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Paint brushes (these are some good affordable brush sets)
  • Paint (watercolour, tempera, acrylic).
  • Palette for paint (here are some simple plastic options). OR you can also just use a piece of cardboard or a plate (or anything with a smooth surface).
  • Palette knife (you can get plastic or metal)… these can be helpful for scooping and mixing paint, but also for painting with.
  • Paper (any size, or colour …I tend towards white as you’ll see more saturation of colours that way, but anything can work).
  • Clay! (I get some from Dollarama that’s something like $1.50/pkg and it’s great). You just want air-dry clay, nothing fancy …nothing that needs to be fired in a kiln.
  • Embroidery thread (assorted colours)
  • Embroidery/tapestry needle
  • Fabric swatches (for embroidery/patchwork/visible mending)
  • Re-usable cardboard weaving loom (DIY instructions here!)
  • Yarn (assorted sizes/colours)


For purchasing materials locally, or online for curbside/no-contact, delivery and mail order. Some of my favourites!



If I was to suggest a simple starter-pack I think I’d go with this:

Grateful to be living on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Thankful for their historical and ongoing stewardship of these beautiful lands. And honoured to move forward as an ally and co-conspirator in decolonization.