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Art Therapy: Gathering Your Art Supplies

Updated: Aug 2, 2023

By Lynn Cukaj, ATR-BC, MHC-LP

Art Therapy for Children, Teenagers and Adults

A Thoughtfully Curated List of Art Materials

Below is a list of carefully selected items, readily available on Amazon or conveniently found around your home. While these materials are perfect for Art Therapy sessions, they offer endless opportunities for creative self-expression right in the comfort of your own space. Unleash your creative expression and delve into a world of boundless imagination. As always, feel free to get some inspiration at for Art Therapy activities that you can try at home and on your own. Enjoy!

Prang Watercolor Paint Set and Mixed Media Journal, Assorted Colors

Pentel Arts Oil Pastels, 50 Color Set

Cezanne Professional Colored Pencil Set of 24 Colors, Artist Quality Soft Core Blendable Lead for Drawing, Coloring, Sketching

The Pencil Grip Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint, Super Quick Drying, 12 Pack

Artist Brush Markers Pens for Adult Coloring Books, 34 Colors

Strathmore Sketch Pad, 9"x12" Wire Bound, 100 Sheets

Other Art Materials

Imagery Online: offers beautiful, free images and photos that you can download and use for any art project.,, or Facebook Marketplace for old magazines and imagery books and any sort of arts and crafts that neighbors are willing to give away.

Dollar Stores for cheap materials and other fun craft items.

Materials around the home for a collage:

  • Wrapping Paper

  • Old Magazines

  • Newspapers

  • Old Photos

  • Junk (snail) Mail

  • Bubble wrap (for texture)

  • Maps or Atlas pages

  • Origami Paper or Colored Construction Paper

  • Colorful Candy Wrappers

  • Old Calendars with Artwork or Photos

  • Cardboard Boxes (cut into shapes)

  • Colored Tissue Paper

  • Leaves / Dried Flowers / Rocks

  • Fabric Scraps or Swatches

  • Greeting Cards (used or unused)

  • Paint Swatches (from home improvement stores)

  • Yarn / Ribbon / Buttons / Beads


For more therapeutic activities and resources on how to incorporate Art Therapy into your life, read more from Lynn's Creative Expressions Blog.

Learn more about Art Therapy and Lynn Cukaj, Board Certified Art Therapist here:


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