What you see below is a list of my basic essentials. These are the tools that I use repeatedly in my artwork. If you click on the name you'll find that it links to a post describing my "essential" tool:
Acrylic Paint and Mediums Post
Adhesives-glue sticks, gel medium and more
Another post on tips for painting with acrylics and acrylic mediums
art books-My favorite books for inspiration
bookbinding supplies-awl (I use an inexpensive clay tool for $3 or less), wide eyed tapestry needle (bookbinding needles are too expensive), waxed linen thread (I buy mine from the Caning Shop), scissors, metal ruler, bone folder (Post coming soon. No link yet.)
Caran d'ache Neo Art Watersoluble Wax Pastels
every day tools (including where I get my glue sticks)
Paper for collage: Magazines, Books, etc... -I pretty much pick up what I find wherever I can find it. I have a detailed post here explaining how I find my stuff.
Paper for my pages-I usually use 140 lb wausau exact index (when I'm not using found papers for my pages.) 140 wausau takes a beating and can be used for acrylics, collage and more. It comes in 8 1/2 x 11" and large parent sheet sizes (25.5 x 30" or so.) UPDATE: Wausau has closed it's mills and Neenah has picked up the 140 line. I'm trying to get Kelly Paper to carry it on a regular basis as opposed to a "special order." More on that here.
basic short list of my favorite pens (not to be confused with this extensive list of my favorite pens)
basic short list of my favorite tape (not to be confused with where to find decorative tape)
Visual Inspiration: My Favorite Magazines to Read
what's in my journal bag
Where I shop in L.A.
Where I shop in Berkeley/San Francisco, CA
Anything that you think I'm leaving out?