As a nurse, I look at medical supplies a liiiittttttllllle differently. Here's a few to use in art journaling.
Pour paints and ink in them for portion control. You can use top for making circular marks in your journal. Use it as a mini measuring cup for making love potion (sorry...a little cheesy).
Inks are messy (I love spray inks) and gloves help keep hands clean. In an attempt to not waste ink, I'll rub my glove covered hand on kraft paper. I use the kraft paper to cover my work surface and the inked up paper will end up in my journals.
Alcohol pads are great for cleaning up after using inks. You can use them to "tidy up" an errant line. Large bottles of alcohol can be used as a way to drip/spray on inks to create spatters and spontaneous marks.
I've used pipettes (think "mini turkey basters") to get paint/inks out of their bottles but also as a way to distribute them on the journal/canvas and mix it around...that's how I made the swirls above.
I've used gauze to create texture on pages by applying it with gel medium. You can also absorb color with it first and then apply.
They really are called "cotton tipped applicators"...fancy medical term for "Q tip" on a long wooden stick. Apply paint, inks...dab or write with it.
This is my FAVORITE medical supply to use...paper tape. Think "medical washi tape"! I like the white surface because I see it as a blank canvas to create my own washi tape...cut a strip and place it on the shiny side of freezer tape or deli paper ...then stamp on it, paint it, mark it. It will lift off easily and then place it in your journal.
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