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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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And always remember! Keep Bullet Journaling, and don’t be a Blob!
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