Well, know that it is going to change and I will keep up the best I can. I have been stamping for over 20 years, dabbling with calligraphy and hand lettering for longer than that, and currently have added more creative outlets in my life.
To start with I check out what others are using that they find successful and try out that first unless I already have something similiar. One does not have to spend a lot of money to be artistic and creative.
Watercolors that are what parents buy for their children for school that I paid .48 cents on clearance, yes, seriously. I have discovered some pretty new water soluable crayons, the most current brand I use http://www.walmart.com/ip/Reeves-4890586-Water-Soluble-Wax-Pastel-24-Color-Set/34039659?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=14&adid=22222222227022612408&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=52337027055&wl4=pla-79434049095&wl5=9016157&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=10606398&wl11=online&wl12=34039659&wl13=&veh=sem
The above are pretty awesome and they do the job I use for faith art journaling and when using in a bible they do not bleed through the pages. Once applied I actually use a baby wipe to spread as desired.
I have been collecting rubber stamps since 1990, I am ashamed of myself for buying a card, but it happens! Too many places to name as far as where I get mine but I will say this, I wish I had available the ability to buy sets from Stampin Up it would of saved me money. I am currently a Stampin Up person but because I am not such a good business person and I do so hate being salesy I do not have a link........yet.
Blitsy.com is a great place to purchase at a discount almost everything you can imagine and shortly I will post my link if you would like to help me get credit for my creative habits.
My site is under construction so check back because I will make a list with links and such so that you can just click and research what you are wanting.