As a mixed media artist, I use a wide range of media including watercolors, acrylics, inks and a wide range or glue. I need a surface that is durable and easy to clean. I used the non-stick teflon craft mats. I can use a plastic scraper or credit card to clean the mat for storage. I keep the mats rolled and stored in an old paper towel roll.
An an mixed media artist, I love a little bling in my artwork. I've tried a lot of different types of gel pens with sparkle and have found that the Pentel Sparkle Pop Pens are absolutely fabulous. The pens work over a wide range of media including acrylics and gesso. These even hold their sparkle under thin layers of acrylic varnish.
Teflon Non-Stick Craft Mat
Pentel Sparkle Pop Gel Pens