The Best Bullet Journal Supplies For Any Artistic Level
Today I’ll help you lift the heavyweight of choosing the right Bullet Journal supplies! I still remember how stressful it was to pick supplies and how many mistakes I made.
Yes, I did overspend and bought plenty of not-so-good supplies that I didn’t really need…
So today, I’m here to share with you my wisdom and let you know exactly what stationery is worth your money, whether you’re just starting your first Bullet Journal or looking for things to add to your collection.
With all the brands on the market, it’s hard to know exactly what they will be and which ones are worth your time and money.
Let me mention here the main types of supplies you might need for your Bullet Journal and my personal favorites a.k.a. the supplies I use all the time and restock once I run out of them.
Let’s be clear here – you don’t need all of these! To start a Bullet Journal, you only need a pen and a notebook. So don’t start buying ALL the stationery at once.
Everyone in the BuJo community has their own style and their own favorite supplies they use.
For example, I adore my Zebra Mildliners and use them all the time, but I’m not much of a sticker or washi tape girl. So the crazy washi haul I had when I started Bullet Journaling was kind of a waste.
I’d recommend you start from the very basic supplies and slowly build your collection from there. The more you Bullet Journal, the more you’ll get the feel of your style and supplies you might want to have.
If you feel like you want to try a new medium, start by buying cheap supplies. Once you know it’s yours and you want to use it more – it’ll be time to upgrade.
Now that we talked about all of these things, I think you’re ready to dive into a stationery world.
To make things easier for you, I divided this post into supplies for beginners and advanced supplies. I also included at the end a little section with storage solutions for your stationery collection.
And be sure to scroll until the end to get more stationery recommendations and a free stationery guide.
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Bullet Journal Supplies For Beginners
All you really need is a pen and a notebook, so don’t feel pressured to buy everything I mention in this list.
However, if you want to invest in your Bullet Journal, a small purchase of a set of colored markers might bring a significant difference to your journal pages. And might make your setup process more fun. I know it definitely helped me to enjoy planning even more.
So here are some of my favorite basic things you might enjoy as a beginner. Don’t start with buying it all, though. Just pick a few ones to get you started and see how you like them.
Bullet Journal Notebooks
Of course, the first thing you should worry about is getting a good journal. From my own experience, I always advise you to first give it a try in some basic school notebook.
Bullet Journal might not be for you, and, let’s be real, spending $14-20 on a notebook to discover you‘ll end up not using it sounds like a waste of money. So get a basic notebook, give it a try, and once you know it is your thing – time to choose a proper companion.
Uh, and by the way, welcome to the exciting world of Bullet Journaling!
If you’re ready to start with a proper notebook, here are a few things you should consider before choosing what’s best for you:
- Size. Do you want the standard A5 size or something bigger, like B5 or A4?
- Paper density. Make sure the paper is thick enough; I’d advise nothing less than GSM 100
- Paper color. Do you want ivory paper? Cream paper? Or maybe pure white? The paper color will, of course, affect the colors you’ll get from your markers.
- Extra features. Do you want your pages numbered? Do you need pre-made pages, such as an index or key?
Here are a few notebooks I would suggest you take a look at.
Archer And Olive
Archer and Olive journals are on the expensive side, but you’ll be getting something really special for this price!
The paper is GSM 160, the designs are absolutely adorable, plus it’s a wonderful woman-owned company with the most caring customer delight service.
I bought and was gifted quite a few Archer and Olive notebooks, and I can absolutely vouch for them.
If you wanna buy yourself an Archer and Olive notebook, be sure to use code MASHA10 to get 10% off your order.
If you want to learn more about the notebook, check out my Archer and Olive review, with a YouTube review and a grid spacing guide for A5 and B5 notebooks.
Scribbles That Matter Bullet
Another player in the notebook market with 160 GSM paper! I haven’t used these notebooks myself, but enough people are in love with the journals and the brand.
Apart from empty dot grid pages, these notebooks also have some pre-made pages to help you get started with planning right away.
The new pro collection offers 160 GSM paper which is whiter than in previous editions. Be careful when you scroll for these to pay attention that you choose the latest edition.
This brand is famous for being eco-friendly and featuring different animals on its covers. I’ve had these on my wishlist for a while and was so happy when they offered to send me one.
Dingbats notebooks have adorable cover designs and pretty dense paper. I personally enjoy using mine and how smooth the paper is. Another special treat of these notebooks – the pages are perforated, so if needed, it’s pretty simple to take a page out.
Probably the only thing that I don’t really like about these is that the paper is ivory, and I always prefer white paper. Ivory paper, since it has a bit of a yellow color, actually makes your other colors look different.
You can check out my detailed review if you want to learn more about this notebook line.
Lemome journals have a high-quality paper in ivory color. Even though you won’t find here any special features like a pre-made key and index or numbered pages, it’s still a great notebook to use for your Bullet Journal.
These are good-quality notebooks with an elegant designs. Considering the price point, it’s probably the perfect journal to use as your first BuJo.
Pens And Pencils
A good notebook is a body, but the blood keeping it alive is definitely the pens.
You’ll use your pens to write, draw the pages, and decorate them. So your planning experience will really depend on how good your pens are.
If you want to invest in some supplies, my recommendation would definitely be to invest in good basic pens.
Pilot Dr. Grip Mechanical Pencil
Pencil is probably my favorite trick to avoid mistakes in my journal. For me, it’s the basis of all my pages.
Considering you're using a pencil a lot in your journal, I find it's very helpful to have one that is comfortable and easy to use. Of all the pencils I've ever tried, this one has the most comfortable grip.
During my school days, Pilot pens were a dream (let’s remember that I grew up in 90s Russia, everything foreign was just coming in). Once I managed to get my hands on some of their pens, I never switched.
Pilot pens are much more affordable now, but they still provide excellent quality and will be a great addon to your writing supplies collection.
Muji Gel Ink Ball Point Pen
This is my number one choice of pen. They are super smooth and don’t bleed or smudge.
I started my BuJo journey with these, and I’ll stick to them until the end.
Sakura Pigma Micron
If you want to bring your doodling and decorating game to a new level – fineliners are the way to go.
These are my first fineliner pens, and they are definitely one of the top fineliners on the market. They have archival, waterproof ink, which means you can easily use them together with watercolors on your spreads.
Moreover, the ink is dark black and doesn’t bleed through any paper I’ve tried on.
Uni Pin Drawing Pens
Despite being the cheapest set on this list of fineliner pens, I absolutely love these.
They are extremely durable and can TOTALLY endure me putting all my weight on them while doodling.
I personally don’t use colored pens that much in my journal, but when I do, they’re definitely great for note-taking and doodling. If you’re using your Bullet journal for school, I’d say colored pens are definitely a must-have.
Here are some of my favorites which I know you’d love as well.
Zebra pens are fantastic, smooth, and have a wonderful color palette. They have a very comfortable grip as well, so you can work with them for a long time.
These pens really stand out because they are erasable, which is a huge help if you’re a student or if you’re just starting your Bullet journal and want an easy way to fix your mistakes.
A little tip with these – make sure the ink is dry before erasing; it works best that way.
PILOT Enso Pop Lol
Another amazing set of pens from Pilot. They have a very comfortable grip, smooth writing, and amazing bright colors.
These pens would be a great help in doodling or coloring.
STABILO Point 88
I love my Stabilo pens – they come in a bright variety of colors and are very smooth to write. Moreover, they are on the cheap side, so you can get all the colors at a good price without compromising the quality.
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens
Personally, I don’t really use any felt-tip pens, but if you do – I know you’ll love them.
These pens were on the list of favorites Bullet Journal supplies from many BuJo experts, as I call them, and came highly recommended.
Tombow TwinTone Marker Set
I wasn’t sure exactly in which category these should be because they have both a marker and a pen tip, which is very convenient.
Plus, they have several packs in different colors. I love them, and it’s absolutely my go-to when I think of stationery to travel with.
It all depends on your style and needs, but I bet at some point, you’ll yearn for some of these!
I’m crazy about using colors in my journal, so here are my go-to items in this category.
My absolute favorite tool ever. I love their colors – they vary from bright neon to gentle grey. Unlike other brands, these highlighters are much smoother and don’t scream at you from your journal pages.
Zebra Mildliners also have a dual tip, which means that they are great not only for highlighting but also for coloring.
STABILO BOSS Highlighters
Another famous brand of highlighters in the Bullet Journal community. They have a variety of colors, from my favorite gentle pastel to the more traditional bright colors.
Pilot Frixion Markers
I love these markers, first of all, because of their gentle pastel colors.
Another fantastic feature of these is the fact that they are erasable, so you don’t have to stress out about your mistakes anymore.
Crayola Super Tips
With this line, Crayola provided high-end markers in tons of different colors and very affordable ones too!!
Thanks to a special tip these markers have, they can draw both thick and thin lines, meaning that you absolutely can use them for lettering.
If you’re just beginning your BuJo adventure and want to add some color to your pages, these markers are a great choice.
These pens are more like thick pens, but I decided to qualify them as markers.
Wonderful quality and colors that are in the same style as my favorite Zebra Mildliners.
There are many other things you might find useful on your journaling adventures besides a notebook and a pen.
So here I gathered some basic supplies, which are my absolute essentials at the moment.
Plus, some stickers and other things will help you set up your Bullet Journal faster. This is not something I use at the moment, but they are very useful, especially for beginners.
Helix Circle Maker
It’s definitely a must-have tool if you plan to do any circle trackers or monthly logs!
Or, for any other reason, draw circles.
Westcott Transparent Ruler
This is the ruler I’ve had since my scrapbooking days, and it makes it very easy to keep things centered.
Plus, it has a metallic edge, so if you’re doing a Dutch Door spread – this ruler will help you to cut all the straight lines.
These are a great way to decorate your planner and actually hide some mistakes. I wouldn’t buy the whole store of them (even though I totally did that, and I’ve been struggling with buyer’s remorse ever since).
However, you could try and get a set or two to give it a try; maybe washi tape will be your jam.
Stickers are adorable, and I just can’t stop buying them. They are a great starting point for Bullet Journal decorations, especially if you aren’t that good at doodling yet.
There are tons of amazing stickers both on Amazon and Etsy, so I’m sure you can find something that would fit you.
I recently fell in love with stickers from my friend Rose at RoseKPaperCo. She has some amazing BuJo stickers, as well as some Hobonichi ones!
Advanced Bullet Journal Supplies
If you’ve been journaling for a while, got a grasp of all the basics, and are ready to step up your game – this section is for you.
As you’ve been working on your BuJo you probably already figured out what supplies you like and need, so you’re probably looking for an upgrade to your gear.
Here are some of my favorites for more advanced journaling. As a beginner, it might not make sense to invest so much in supplies, but as an experienced planner and creative – you’ll probably jump over the idea of getting some of these in your collection.
Pens And Pencils
Of course, we’re starting with pens.
All the pens I mentioned before are wonderful, and I still use them myself, but there are some more you might consider trying or upgrading to.
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens
These are definitely my favorite fineliners, even though they are a bit on the expensive side.
The ink flows smoothly, and it creates dark black lines. All you’d ever want from a fineliner pen.
Tombow MONO Drawing Pen
These pens are definitely on my wish list. They are great for writing and drawing, and they also come in different nib sizes.
Plus, Tombow is one of the best brands for BuJo stationery, so you can totally count on them to release amazing products.
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen
Want to give a try to a fountain pen? This one will be perfect for you.
It’s a good quality pen, and it will give you the perfect entry pen for your fountain pen journey.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen
If you’re already in the game and want an upgrade for your fountain pen, consider getting a Lami. The sleek deluxe design and high quality of these pens will definitely add joy to your writing process.
There is so much when it comes to colored pens, so of course, I have some more ideas for advanced users.
Not that you can’t use them as a beginner, but from my personal experience – I didn’t really need them until later in my journey.
STAEDTLER Triplus Fineliner Pens
If you want MORE colors, these fineliners are your choice. They come in a wide variety of colors and will work great for color coding, doodling, or just coloring in your Bullet Journal.
They have acid-free water-based ink, which means it’ll be easy to wash it off clothes and any other surfaces. Plus, they are dry-safe which means they won’t dry even if you leave them without a cap.
Sakura Gelly Roll White
This might sound pretty random, but a white gel pen is definitely on my must-have list.
Why? It’s one of the best ways to fix any Bullet Journal mistakes, especially some of the smaller ones that you know are there and keep bothering you,
For white gel pens, I definitely recommend Sakura Gelly Roll; they are the smoothest gel pens out there.
Sakura Gelly Roll
Sakura Gelly Roll are some of the smoothest gel pens you can ever find.
They also come in a million colors – bright, pastel, and metallic. Here I just added my favorite Moonlight set.
These pens by Archer and Olive appeared and blew everybody’s mind! They really are super fun.
Because they are paint pens, there is so much more you can do with them. Plus, you can use them outside of your journal as well!
Check my complete review of Acrylograph Pens to learn all the pros and cons of these, but as an advanced BuJo addict, you’ll probably want to give them a try.
And with my code MASHA10, you can get 10% off your order.
Brush Pens And Markers
Brush pens are something everyone wants – it helps you create beautiful brush lettering.
But as a beginner, you’ll probably do more faux calligraphy before you master actual brush lettering. Plus, you can always use cheaper Crayola Super Tips to achieve the same effect.
But as a pro, you might want to spend a bit more to get those perfect pens, and here are some of my top picks.
Tombow Dual Brush Pens
These high-end artist brush pens will steal your heart. They are great for decorating your Bullet Journal, lettering, and coloring. The brush tip is great for beginners, and the other thin tip will allow you to use them for faux calligraphy.
Moreover, by now, there are 108 colors in the Tombow palette, so I bet you can find ANY color you’d want.
Just one tip I want to share with you – be sure not to use your brush pens on the usual printing paper. When I started Bullet Journaling, I printed out tons of lettering practice sheets on usual printing paper, and my poor brush pens were completely frayed. Be sure to use brush pen-friendly paper for your practice sheets.
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen
I think these are a must-have for a Bullet Journal. They will be a great help in doodling and drawing.
Moreover, because they have a much smaller tip, you can also use them to create smaller headers, like names of the day or other headers for your weekly boxes.
Pentel Arts Sign Pen Touch
Speaking of brush pens with smaller tips, these ones are probably my favorite.
Another cool thing is – they also come in lots of different colors.
Zebra Pen Mildliner Brush Pens
Love the Zebra Mildliner colors? Well, now they are also available in the brush pen form!
The brush itself is very beginner-friendly, and the other tip gives you very thin lines, so even if you already have the highlighters from the series, you won’t feel sorry for getting these as well.
Be sure to check out my detailed Zebra Mildliner Brush Pen review for more information and a color comparison between the two products.
KARIN Brushmarker PRO
These are water-based brush pens, and they come in a lot of absolutely stunning and rich colors.
The price might be a bit steep, but they are worth it, and they also can double down as watercolor paints.
Faber-Castel Pitt Artist Brush Pens
I absolutely love those! The colors they come in are pretty unique.
Plus, they have a medium-size brush tip so that they can be used for both smaller and larger lettering projects.
Miscellaneous Bullet Journal Supplies
Here are the things that I think you’d still enjoy, but I had no place to include them.
These are some tools and accessories that help you decorate your journal as well as stay organized.
Portable Foldable Ruler
This ruler is with me at all times since I actually do lots of journaling outside the house.
If you also bujo outside a lot, this one will be of great help.
Bullet Journal Stencils
These little babies will help you so much with your Bullet Journal setups. First, there are basic shaped stencils that will help you to create neat-looking daily boxes or even just your signifiers. Secondly, there are many different stencils that will help you with the creative aspects, such as lettering or doodling.
Finally, there are stencils that help with specific Bullet Journal tasks, such as creating habit trackers, future logs, or circle monthlies.
I’d recommend starting with some basic stencils from Amazon to help you figure out if this tool is something you want to use.
But if you’re in, definitely check out Jayden’s Apple store on Etsy. I have her Basic Bullet Journal Stencil set, and it’s a complete lifesaver (you probably see it in my every YouTube video).
These stencils are not just pretty and useful; they are also made of metal, which means that they will stay and serve you for a very long time.
Tombow MONO Permanent Adhesive
This little guy is so useful! Want to use printables in your Bullet Journal? Use this adhesive to stick them.
Need to cover a big mistake? Cut out a piece of your BuJo page from the back and use this adhesive to stick it to the page with a mistake.
Have a Blackout Book? Create black and white Bullet Journal pages by adding black paper to your usual notebook with this adhesive.
Archer and Olive released their notepads a while ago, and I went absolutely crazy for them.
They are available with white, black, or kraft paper (or all three), and recently also appeared in rainbow colors.
There are many uses for your notepad; some ways I use it – to cover up mistakes, add pages to my journal, and decorate it with paper of different colors (like I did in November, February, and September).
I’m sure you can come up with many more ways to use your notepad, especially since it’s also a GSM 160 paper with a dot grid.
And remember to use code MASHA10 for 10% off.
Calendar Rubber Stamps
Another great tool that would help you to create spreads faster, especially for creating a future log.
Thankfully, at the moment, you can find stamps for everything.
Whether you’re thinking of trying out watercolor or just want to add spark to your pages – these are a great choice!
Kuretake is a famous high-quality Japanese brand, and these watercolors and beautiful and very pigmented.
I love mine, even though I must admit I barely ever use them in my journal.
Stationery Storage Solutions
If you’re really getting into the Bullet Journal game, at some point, you’ll have stationery, probably a lot of it. So it’s pretty useful to consider some storage solutions.
When talking about storing your pens and markers, there are a few things you should consider.
You probably shouldn’t store them vertically. Please pay attention to the recommended ways to store your pens because a lot of them will be damaged if stored standing up. Better safe than sorry, I always say, so for permanent storage, just go with something horizontal.
Below are some of my favorite ways to store supplies.
Giant Pencil Case
This is a great solution for storing and moving your supplies. Just one pencil case can fit up to 130 pens!
Personally, I have 4 of them, and I couldn’t be happier. They all are of different colors, and each has its own assigned role – some are for pens, and some are for brush pens. So I can easily find whatever I’m looking for.
Plus, having things on display when I open the pencil case gives me a better idea of what I have and what colors I could use.
Deflecto Stackable Cube Organizer
This is my absolute dream way to store pens, but we’re moving too much for this to be a feasible option.
This box will store your pens safely and horizontally, plus you’ll be able to easily find the pen you’re looking for and see all the colors at your disposal. The perfect storage!
Standing Pencil Case
I know I said it’s better not to store your pens vertically, but I meant it if you do it permanently. This pencil case has a different purpose.
This pencil case is just created for somebody who Bullet Journals outside a lot. With this one, you can just go to your favorite coffee shop, put it on the table, and you’ll have a clear view of all your pens. No more taking all the pens out just to find that one you need right now.
I love my little caddy; it’s perfect for keeping all my Bullet Journal essentials.
It’s definitely an awesome solution if you don’t have your own planning space and kind of need to carry your planner supplies around the house.
Free Stationery Guide
There are so many different options out there, and these brands all know how much we are obsessed with stationery.
I know when I started, I definitely bought tons of supplies that I ended up not using. That’s why I created this guide, which will help you to buy only high-quality supplies you’ll love using.
Sign up in the form below, and once you confirm your subscription, the guide will be on the way to you.
Well, I think this about covers it. Hopefully, you got the full picture and are ready to dive into the wonderful world of Bullet Journal stationery.
What are some supplies you think are a must-have? Which ones are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!
I can talk about stationery for hours, so I can’t fit it all in one post. That’s why you can check a lot of other posts if you need more.
Here are a few to get you started:
- Bullet Journal Supplies On The Budget
- Where To Buy Bullet Journal Supplies
- How To Pick A Perfect Notebook For You
- How To Organize Your Bullet Journal Supplies
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And always remember! Keep Bullet Journaling, and don’t be a Blob!
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Hello! I’ve been bullet journaling for a while now, but this post helped me to find my favorite supplies to use. Thank you so much!
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