I get so many questions about my favorite bullet journal supplies, so I thought it was about time to create a dedicated space to share my recommendations. I am constantly trying new things and falling in love with new products, so I’ll try to keep this as up-to-date as possible.
I’ve spent a lot of money over the years on products I didn’t love-so-much. I hope this page can be a source of avoiding that spend for you!
Keep in mind, while I love all of these products, you don’t need to drop a ton of cash on fancy supplies to get started. All you need is a notebook and pen.
That said, let’s dive in to my personal list of the best bullet journal supplies.
Best Bullet Journal Supplies
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Bullet Journal Notebooks
My notebook of choice is Leuchtturm1917, in A5 Medium dot grid. This probably comes at no surprise to you, as this is the notebook I see most people using and promoting around the time of publication. That’s because they have amazing paper quality, index pages, multiple bookmarks, beautiful color options, flat-lay with strong binding, and best of all, numbered pages.
Other popular brands include Moleskin, Piccadilly, and the more cost-effective Minimalism Art. I also love this Rhodia pad for handwriting practice, sketching out ideas, and doodling. The paper quality is great and when I first started it was just hard to find a notebook like this so this is the brand I have always used.
Bullet Journal Pens
Many bullet journal pro’s would gasp when I say this, but I do most of my writing with a regular ball-point pen. The reason being? There is never a time I’m without one, and nothing is worst than wanting to make a note but not able to because it won’t match the rest of my journal. Sure, you can just carry your bullet journal pens with you everywhere, but I can’t control what stays in my purse these days.
That said, I do love using artist pens for my spreads, handwriting practice, and coloring. Here are some of what I consider to be the best bullet journal pens.
Faber-Castel PITT Artist Pens
If I want to do a writing-heavy spread, or anything with hand lettering, PITT Artist Pens is the way I go. I love how smooth these are, how long they last, and how rich the color is. Plus they don’t smudge or bleed. I suggest starting with a variety pack so you can decide what thickness you like best. I like a heavier line so I go with a medium size nib (S or F).
Staedtler Triplus Fineliners – These have been a long term favorite of mine. I use them all the time, not only for bullet journaling but for almost every craft I tackle. Considering how expensive small pack of these are, the 36 pack is a great deal.
Tombow – These are great for adding some fun colors to spreads, or as highlighter to text, but I mainly use them for lettering.
Bullet Journal Highlighters
Zebra Mildliner – These are my all-time favorite highlighters. They don’t bleed through the page at all or smudge the ink. The dual tip is super convenient so you can use for coloring as well. They also make a glitter version that is blowing my mind a bit, as well.
Bullet Journal Other Tools
Folding Ruler – This ruler is awesome because it can span the two pages when opened, but can be folded to fit perfectly in a travel pen bag or purse. The clear color and lines help make sure you are straight with your lines every time.
Angle and Circle Maker – This little tool is perfect for making circles and measured angles, all at a great price. I had originally recommended a protractor (remember those?) but this little guy is actually cheaper and gets the job done!
Closure – This is one of the cooler things I’ve stumbled upon lately — it’s a closure band for your journal that will hold both your cell phone, and your pen. Obsessed is putting this lightly. This is not something I’d really make much use of around the house, but perfect when you are out and looking to keep your essentials together.
Washi Tape Dispenser – I am a total washi addict and get it from a variety of places. This is a neat tool because it organizes it, allows for even tears, looks gorgeous (better than previous versions I’ve recommended) and comes at a great price.
Pentel Aquash Brush Pens – These are a recent favorite of mine because it takes the mess out of painting. I can do it anywhere (and I do!) with just a small napkin or paper towel to wipe the brush between colors.
Artists Loft Watercolor Paint Fundamentals – These are one of my two go-to watercolor paint sets. Affordable and great quality. I’ve had luck painting under, and over, my writing!
Artists Loft Watercolor Paint Pearlescent – If I had to pick a favorite between my two watercolor sets, it would be this one. I love the pearlescent sheer that this paint leaves. No smudge, and no chalky residue when it dries.