Whether you looking for the best gifts for the artist in your life, or you are an artist hoping to pass on a wish list, I’m sharing some of my favorite art supplies, online classes, and inspiring art retreats. I’m hoping this list will have something for everyone, but please also add some of your own ideas in the comments section below.
10 Best Art Supply Gifts
I’ve always used white gel pens in my art journals to trace around shapes or create patterns with dots, squiggles, and circles, and now I’ve started using them on canvas too. Isn’t it amazing the way that art journaling teaches you to break the “rules?”
These high-quality soft pastels are one of my guilty pleasures. I usually end up with pastel on my face while I’m drawing. My family makes fun of me, but that’s part of the fun! They move and blend so easily – I find myself drawn in directions I wouldn’t go otherwise.
Windsor and Newton makes some my favorite paint. These paints have a heavier body that makes mixing colors a pleasure. I use them on canvas and in my art journal pages.
Loew Cornell brushes have been a long time favorite. I use this round brush for softening edges or creating blurry backgrounds.
Speaking of paintbrushes and where to put them…ahem:
Speaking of a portable art kit, I always carry micron pens because they don’t pool or run when you pause while drawing, and I carry it all in a zippy pouch that fits in my bag. I have several art kits ready to go – one for my purse, one for travel with watercolor, and one with neocolors, acrylic paint, and mixed media. I buy pouches in different sizes to accommodate my needs.
One of my all time favorite art “toys” are water-soluble crayons. I use them to draw, paint, or mix them with some gesso right on the page of my art journal to create cloudy, moody, bright, or tinted backgrounds.Think creative this holiday season! #giftguide #inspiration. Click To Tweet
Every artist needs some a beautiful space in which to create. What about a lovely art print for the studio?
You can check out some great ideas for creating an art space in your home here.
Gift Ideas for Artists: Art Classes
What about buying someone you love the gift of an art class or retreat? You can find them locally or online. Here’s a few I offer online:Spread some artsy holiday cheer: Give the gift of an art class, book, or an art retreat! #giftguide Click To Tweet
And here’s some art classes and retreats I’m lusting over these days:
Alena Hennessy is offering a year-long guided experience of artistic self-exploration:
Flora Bowley, a beloved painter and yogi, is offering her ever-popular Bloom True E-Course that teaches an intuitive approach to painting that incorporates yoga and movement.
This next suggestion comes straight from my own wish list. What about sending your loved one on a weekend art retreat to relax, get inspired, create, and connect with a community of other artists? I’ve not been to Squam yet, but I’ve heard amazing things about this artist getaway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Low Cost Gift Ideas for Artists
Finally, if you are pressed for cash and want to do something amazing for the artist in your life, what about offering your time or your space? Is the artist a busy parent in need of some free time to create? Perhaps you could give a “coupon” for your babysitting services? Or maybe you have a space in which they could create uninterrupted for an afternoon? Get creative with your ideas! Your artist will appreciate it!
Share These Holiday Gift Ideas for Artists
And for all you artists out there, starving or flush, young or old, feel free to pass this post on to your loved ones as a little *hint* about what might tickle your fancy this holiday season. Please also remember to join Mindful Art Studio’s mailing list, follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest, for more creative inspiration.
Comment below to add on more gift ideas! Cheers!
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