This is an alternative to the bijou punch (which has been discontinued). This punch creates these cute scalloped squares, which measure a little less than 2" on the sides (2.5 inches diagonally.
The squares a little smaller than the bijous as you can see in the picture, but they fit in the coin collector sleeves! Get the punch here.
8x8 Faux Leather Album
I use these 8x8 faux-leather albums by Becky Higgins to store my FINISHED TILES. These can hold four 4-inch tiles, and I like these better than the Zentangle specific albums because I sometimes use 4x4 tiles I cut out of paper myself instead of just the official 3.5 inch tiles.
8x8 Plastic Pocket pages for 4x4 tiles
These Becky Higgins plastic pages have 4 sleeves which fit 4x4 inch tiles. I like to use these for my finished tiles better than using Zentangle specific, since they fit both 3.5 and 4 inch tiles. I don't like the inserts, but I couldn't find the pages without them, so I just remove them.
Coin collector plastic pages for 2x2 bijou tiles
These coin collector plastic pages fit 2x2 inch bijou tiles PERFECTLY. And the pages fit regular Letter size 3-ring binders, so you don't have to get the fancy album. There are other brands out there, but this one is made of very good transparent plastic and I have bought them twice already.
2x2 Bijou Punch
This 2x2 punch from beckyhiggins.com is ideal to save some money and create small samples, thumbnails of tangles. They fit perfectly into 2x2 coin collector pages. I recommend using bristol paper or card stock.
UNFORTUNATELY THIS ITEM IS DISCONTINUED!!!!
If you can find it at Michaels, you're in luck. Let me know if you can find a similar 2x2 inch punch. Keep in mind that most punches are measured in DIAGONAL, which is not the right size.
Zencils: Get Organized with Eni! stencil trio
The wonderful and helpful Jenny Perruzzi from Acadia Laser Creations created this set of stencils for my Step-out recipe cards. They will fit on 6x4 cards, with three different layouts for you to choose.
Magnifier Glass and Lamp
My vision has deteriorated over the years due to harsh chemo and also aging. Glasses and head magnifiers weren't doing the trick! I finally found something I like, it's a magnifier glass that also has a lamp. I'm super pleased with it. Get it here.
GRUMBACHER WORKABLE FIXATIVE
Sometimes you need to seal the work first in order to continue adding more. For example, sometimes colored pencils can bleed the color onto Gems when adding the white highlights. Another example is when you've used so much colored pencil on the paper that it has lost its "tooth" (grain).
If you need to continue working on the piece, use a "workable fixative", that is, a spray that creates more tooth and allows you to continue working. This is different than a "Final fixative", which is used to seal off the work when it's done.
This is my favorite brand, it works beautifully and does not yellow (as far as I can tell). Get it here.
Krylon Workable Fixative
This is a fixative when you want to stop your coloring or shading from fading or brushing off. It can also help if you feel that the paper has lost its tooth. Get it here.
Sakura Pigma Micron 01 (0.25mm)
This is the inking pen most commonly used by tangler, and somewhat endorsed by Zentangle, Inc. The ink is very high quality, archival grade, and the price of the pens is very reasonable.
The only thing that bothers me is the numbering convention. Their 01 pen is NOT 0.1mm, but yet 0.25mm. I don't know why they did it like that. Get this pack here.
Copic Multiliner 0.1mm (refillable)
The Copic fineliners are some of my favorite inking pens: they are made with the very superior pigment ink from Copic, and the pen is heavy and substantial, feels really well balanced. They are a bit on the expensive side, so if you want to get only one to try it out, then get the 0.1mm.
The good thing about this pen is that you can get a replacement cartridge when the ink runs out:
Keep in mind that although these are wonderfully substantial pens and feel great to draw with, it is a high tech piece of equipment: if you tend to be heavy handed, you can flatten the nibs (like I have done countless times). The good thing is that you can replace them!
Also keep in mind that this particular pen might get clogged if you draw over colored pencil.
Staedtler Pigment liner 0.1mm
If you really want a thinner 0.1mm (true size) pen but are hesitant in spending on the Copics, then go with the Staedtler Liner. One of my favorite pens, the ink is beautiful, and the tip is very reliable, doesn't clog easily over other medium as the copics. Keep in mind that at this size, all pens have a tendency to clog a tiny bit when drawn over other media!
This pen is for the ultimate light hand artist: a mere 0.03mm, it produces the thinnest and most delicate lines. I like this pen because the barrel is only slightly thicker than other disposable pens, making it more comfortable to use. Get it here
Prismacolor Premier 0.05mm Fineliner markers
I love these fineliners because they are TRULY 0.05mm -- super fine -- and come in a variety of colors. Good for really tiny detailed work.
These are my newfound love: the gray pigment is not as strong as the black ink and allows for very subtle shading and softer lines than the black. This are only available in disposable pens, but in a good range of thin nib widths. Get it here
Derwent Graphik Line Maker Graphite - 0.1mm Nib
This pen is a thin 0.1mm and the color of graphite pencil. This makes it especially interesting when combined with black inking pen -- you can use it to create faded backgrounds or to complement pencil shading -- with the advantage that it will not be erased. I find it particularly interesting to use to create line-work before using other water media such as distress inks and watercolors. Get it here.
Staedtler Mars Lumograph graphite pencils
Most pencils are totally fine, and I've tried a number of brands, but this is by far my favorite. Not only the graphite is smoother, the wooden casing is very nice and never breaks when sharpened. This is rather hard to find, so if you can't find this exact set, get a set that has 2H, H, F, HB and 2B. Get it here
Bristol Smooth 100lb. paper
The paper takes a bit of a beating when shading heavily, so I always recommend a heavy card stock paper. My favorite is BRISTOL SMOOTH (or its nearest cousin Bristol Vellum), which has the smoothest surface for black and white shading. I would not recommend this one for coloring, though, it's too smooth. This particular pad measures 11x14inches, so you can easily cut twelve 3.5inch tiles from each page with minimal waste. Get it here
BRISTOL VELLUM 100LB ARTIST TILES
If you are not the cutting type, then you can get these Artist Tiles by Strathmore in Bristol Vellum. Not quite as smooth as the Bristol Smooth, but still excellent quality, and better for colored pencils since they have more tooth. Keep in mind that these are NOT in the original Zentangle® 3.5inch square sizes: they are slightly larger, measuring 4x4 inches. Get it here.
Scrapbook 3.5x3.5 inch sketchbook
This super tiny sketch book is the exact size of a Zentangle® tile, measuring only 3.5x3.5 inches. Ideal to carry in a purse for those moments of inspiration. What I like about it is that the paper is not too flimsy, it's 90lb. cardstock. Not as thick as a regular tile, but still pretty good for tests.
Dylusions Ink Spray
This is my all time favorite type of distress ink, it comes in a spray ink bottle, and you can also remove the top to dip directly into the bottle with a brush. Forms beautiful patterns, especially if you mix drip water, or work over wet paper. Get it here
Tim Holtz Distress Markers
These are fantastic water-soluble markers that not only can be blended with a simple paintbrush with a little water, they also form the gorgeous blooms with salt or water sprinkles. The have two different tips, a brush and a fine point. Get it here
PRISMACOLOR PREMIER SOFT CORE COLORED PENCILS
These are my all time favorite colored pencils, they are made of wax pigment and are soft and SUPER BUTTERY. The results are luxurious colorful!
I have the largest set of 150 colors, but you may not want to invest so much on pencils that soon. I recommend getting at least 72 colors. Get it here.
Faber-Castel Polychromos Colored Pencil Set In Metal Tin, 60 Pieces
Polychromos colored pencils are OIL BASED, not wax like the prismacolors. Because of that, the lead is not as buttery as the prismacolors, but it lays a much more vibrant layer of color, and at times, the delicacy of this pencil can be welcome. The wooden casing is of superior quality and sharpens to a super fine point. Get it here
Kutsuwa STAD Angle Adjustable Pencil Sharpener T'GAAL
This sharpener is excellent, produces very high quality points. It has 5 different settings for point sizes -- a bit of an exaggeration in my opinion, but the sharpness of the blade is really good. Get it here
Peter Pauper's Artist's Tile Set
These are an inexpensive option the original Zentangle® tiles. The tiles measure 3.5x3.5 inches, and instead of rounded corners have a chamfer. The quality of the paper is OK, it's very white and smooth. I find these a bit too smooth for my taste, and a bit too white, I miss the handmade off-white color and texture of the official Zentangle tiles. If you enjoy smooth shading with graphite, then these are a totally fine option.