i love embroidery scissors because they’re super sharp and easy to use. the ones i use at the moment are from ebay. i also recently bought some tailoring scissors (here) which are great because they’re nice and weighty and cut well. i know a lot of collage artists use x-acto knives, but i tend not to unless i’m working on something super fiddly.
uhu stic glue
ebay, charity shops, car boot sales (also, if you’re lucky, friends and relatives). vintage magazines are fantastic for collaging, but i have a hard time finding them locally. maybe i’m just not looking in the right places. ebay is my saviour, but watch out, some people way over-charge!
i prefer vintage for the general aesthetic (and the lovely, worn colour and print) but modern magazines can have some really nice usable bits too. my main issue is that the paper is often glossy or silky, which i am not a fan of. if nothing else, magazines can be a great source of inspiration!
i’ve had these for quite a few years now, and they last ages! the colour is of good quality and mixes well. i particularly love the blues and reds. i do use cheapo watercolours from time to time too, but these are the ones i use the most.
kuretake gansai tambi
the shine on these in the palettes is quite something! they’re kind of a mix between watercolour and gouache. they have a fantastic creamy consistency and blend well. i’ve only had these a week, but they’re becoming a favourite already.
winsor & newton inks
inks aren’t something i use a lot, but every now and then i go back to them to draw with or to do washes for textures in my collages. i have some wonderfully vibrant pebeo ones too.
these are quite a regular! they’re useful for note taking, doodling/ideas, details and other things. a good little all rounder that’s nice to have and easy and cheap to replace if they get lost.
caran d’ache neocolor 2 crayons
i only got these last week and i’ve not had much of a chance to use them yet, but i bought them because a few people recommended them. from my use so far, the drawing/writing texture and feel is very nice, and they stay nice and vibrant when colour is applied.