Best Gifts for Artists 2023
Dear Wonderful, Creative You:
I love creating a yearly list of gifts for artists. I love getting gifts, don’t you? But as time goes by, I feel more and more strongly that it’s important to have a few high quality supplies that we use well, rather than tons of mediocre quality ones. There are a few reasons for that.
- Too many choices of supplies can feel overwhelming. When you’ve got a focus, it’s easier to sit down and begin.
- Jumping on every new technique and art supply can lead to perpetual dabbling, and mastery over nothing. I’m a big fan of rotating between techniques, but there is meaning and joy in delving deeply into each one.
- You can’t get the same effects with mediocre supplies. One of the things my students love the most in my work is the way my watercolors bloom with bold color. Frequently the reason they can’t get the same effect is because they are using poor quality paint or paper. Once they make the switch to a quality paper, suddenly they are filled with joy at the results.
- It’s environmentally friendly. And while I am far from perfect from an environmental perspective, (I still fly and wear plastic clothes, etc.) for me it’s feels important to begin weeding out some of the plastics in my art practice and to invite you to do it too if it feels right.
Environmentally Conscious Artist’s Bundle
Choose a few key colors and then mix your own variations. I love the following:
Rose Madder Permanent
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Folks ask me all the time how I film classes and live workshops, and how I photograph my work. They also ask me what light I use for paper cutting, drawing and painting. I’m happy to say that the Canvas lamp is what I use for all of the above. This is the best, brightest light for paper cutting and detailed painting and drawing. It’s also super easy to use for filming and photographing. I would highly recommend it. it is the ONLY product that I am a specific affiliate for, and that’s because I love it so much. It’s a small family-owned company that stands by their product and produces a quality item.
I hope that you found some of my suggestions useful. I’d love to hear what is on your artist wish list for this holiday season in the comments. Happy Holidays!
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