Collage Supply List

I love to experiment and try new techniques and materials. If you’ve taken one of my workshops, you have been introduced to some of my favorite things to work with. Here is a handy reference, with links, of collage and mixed media supplies, including my favorite adhesives. I’ll keep adding to the list as I am constantly trying new supplies! (Find at your favorite local art supply store, or click on the images to purchase on Amazon.)


For paper and mixed media collages, I like the following substrates:

140 lb (or heavier) Watercolor Paper – I buy the 9”x12” or 11″x15″ Fold Over Bound Pad from Canson

Matboard (variety of sizes)

Wood panels

Gesso panels

Ampersand boards (variety of styles)

Wrapped canvas

Canvas panels

Masonite (or hardboard)

Old Book Covers – check library sales, estate sales, etc.

Old Game Boards – check thrift stores, garage sales, etc.


Depending on the materials, size and application, I will use one or more of the following:

YES Paste – I apply with an old credit card or hotel key card – or you can use a plastic putty knife.

Elmer’s EXTREME Glue Stick

UHU Glue Stick

Mod Podge (variety of finishes)

Matte Medium – I prefer Golden, but Liquitex is good, too

Gloss Medium – again, Golden or Liquitex

Gel Medium – Golden


Other things I couldn’t live without:

Plastic placemat – from the dollar store – easy to clean off the extra glue

Self-healing mat

Paper cutter (for cutting the watercolor paper to size) – this one is portable and replacement blades are easy to find


For mark-making, painted papers, and more

Gelli plate for printing unique papers

Posca pens



Water-soluble crayons

China markers

White-out pen


Acrylic paints


Pallet knives

Home-made stamps and linocut plates

Workable fixative

Varnishes and sealants

So, tell me, what are your favorite collage tools and supplies?

2 thoughts on “Collage Supply List

  1. When I am doing large collage projects and smaller ones I add stitching to-these products are my substrate go to:

    Acrylic mediums adhere well and the finished piece is somewhat flexible. It does not buckle or warp, even when soggy with medium.
    Kelly, I believe you tried them, too, with good success?

    1. I have been experimenting with the fabric interfacing, per Selena’s recommendation. I really like it, especially when I add stitching to the glued down papers. I can’t wait to make a really big piece, as it is very flexible and you buy it off the bolt in any length. Very fun find!!!

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