The Best Gifts for Artists 2020

Dear Wonderful, Creative You:

Each year I compile a short list of gifts that I think would be wonderfully nurturing for the artists in your life. It’s a list that I hope you as an artist share with your loved ones to give them ideas, and also as a way to spur you to think about what would truly nurture your art practice. As always, there’s a range of prices in the products I suggest, as well as some that are free. Finally, I have another little giveaway to make it fun! Comment on the post about your best gifts for artists in 2020 is. You could be the randomly chosen recipient of the fun zippy pouch I include here. I’ll draw the winner 1 week from today.

A Book About Art: Color: A Natural History of the Palette

I loved reading about how ochre is the most ancient color, and how red was traditionally (and continues to be sometimes) sourced from a bug! I find that reading related to art enriches my experience when I’m working with art materials.

Art Journal: Moleskine Art Watercolor Album

This is my go to journal. It’s small and light enough to carry around in my purse. This means I can use it on the go and take advantage of those “in between” times to brainstorm ideas, make sketches, slow draw patterns, and create.

Drawing Pen: Micron Pens, for Slow Drawing and Other Drawing Adventures

These are by far my favorite drawing pens. They have a lovely range of nibs for delicate and thick lines, and are waterproof and never pool.

White Gel Pen: Uniball Signo Gel Pen

Out of all the gel pens I’ve used, I’ve found Signa to write the smoothest and stay the best.

Watercolor Set: Daniel Smith

There’s no doubt that this set is a treat. It’s the best quality, most vibrant watercolor paint I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. Most of the time I use my travel set since it’s all set up and ready to go. I frequently carry it in my purse for the same reason.

Watercolor Paper for Slow Drawing and Painting Adventures

This is the paper I use to create my little slow drawing pieces, larger watercolor paintings, and it’s what I cut into 2 inch squares to make work for my BIG ART approach.

Watercolor Travel Brush

I use my travel brush all the time because it makes creating so easy, whether it’s for a few minutes, or a few hours.

Glue: YES Paste – My favorite adhesive

I use YES paste when I’m glueing my inchies for BIG ART pieces, when I’m making accordion fold books with Fluid Art, and when I’m creating personalized cards and notes with my art on cardstock. It’s very strong and holds things together, but also gives you a few minutes to reposition something if it’s not quite right.

The Gift of an Online Retreat or Class

Another amazing gift you can give the artist in your life is an online retreat or class. Especially now, where opportunities to gather face to face are limited, an online retreat or class is an amazing opportunity to connect with other artists and grow in their abilities. I offer gift certificates in denominations of $25, $50, and $100.

The Gift of Time

One of the best gifts you can give your beloved artist is time alone to create without interruptions. Imagine this: create a coupon for an afternoon of uninterrupted art time, their favorite snack, and cup of tea or coffee. Doesn’t that sound amazing? I could use one of those too!

Comment for a Chance to Win this Pouch!

Be sure to comment for a chance to win this wonderful zippy pouch for your portable art kit! Everything, minus the YES paste, works wonderfully in a portable art kit to keep you creating on the go.

Creatively Yours,

Amy

156 Comments

  1. Sabine

    I love your art supply and book lists. It is always a treat to see what other artists like best and use in their practice. I will make a note of the pens this time, in both black and white! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Amy Maricle

      Hi Sabine!

      I know, I like that too. I’m not a fan of having too many supplies, but I think using the right tool for the job makes such a big difference in wanting to make art every day. I’m happy you like the list!
      xo

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      • Elaine

        wow! Love it as a gift list! I love your list of things to take for traveling, I used to use the Yes Paste years ago when I was making lots of books and have since moved to Indianapolis and forgotten it. I do not have the Daniel smith watercolors but have a few tubes to make my own pallet. I just love everything you have taught me and used the tools to create more of my own works. Thank You Amy!

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    • Sandi

      Oh, what a splendafabuloso giftie.
      Full of christmas morning
      Or 1st snowfall or
      Those first steps a baby takes.

      I would love such a giftie to land in my wee lap.

      Thanx

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      • Amy Maricle

        That’s a slendafabuloso comment! 🙂 xo

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        • Kathi

          Such great ideas! I think I will be sending this list on to the hubs!
          Merry Christmas!

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          • Amy Maricle

            That’s what it’s all about – happy artists and happy partners! XO

          • Lorraine

            I love art supplies. At the moment I do not have the extra money to splurge on art until I am employed hopefully, soon

          • Lynne Wright

            I really enjoy the tips and tools you suggest. I am big on pouches to keep items visible so you know where the tools are located. I think that is a big part of the process to avoid running around. thank you! I really enjoy your free classes and learning of the creative aspects. I really enjoy how you send updates etc. I look forward to taking a class one day soon! I really want to win! 🙂

          • Amy Maricle

            I’m so glad I could help, Lynne! XO

        • Lauren Erickson

          It’s great to have a go-to list to cut through all the search time & trying things that don’t work so well. In that same vein, my favorite on your list is honoring yourself with time to be creative. I’m so grateful for your meaningful work and shared circle. Thank you Amy!

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      • Jackie Rybin

        Amy,

        I have really enjoyed engaging in some of your free classes and I appreciate you providing a list of your favorite art supplies. I recently enjoyed your hand meditation a week or two ago. I am looking forward to more mindfulness art in the near future. Thanks again for being here!

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        • Amy Maricle

          Oh yes, Jackie, I’m so happy the hand meditation spoke to you. I love all those mindful practices that help us also have gratitude for the usefulness and beauty of our bodies.

          xo

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    • Ellen Coker

      Thank you for the wonderful art giving ideas . It is great to have favorites from an expert! Love getting your posts in my inbox!

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      • Amy Maricle

        Oh Ellen, that makes me so happy! Happy creating!

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      • Bonnie

        Thank you Amy. My husband always needs help with gift ideas! I’m sending this immediately to him! And I know he will thank you too!

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        • Amy Maricle

          Hi Bonnie: Oh gosh, you don’t know how many times I’ve sent the list to my husband when I have a wish item listed! HA! It’s nice to get artsy gifts, isn’t it?
          xo

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    • Laura

      This list of art supplies is super! I especially love the recommendation for a white gel pen and the gift of time. Thanks for your generosity in creating this list!

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      • Amy Maricle

        So glad this speaks to you Laura. Yes, the gift of time is huge. We all need that. xo

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        • Robyn Somerville

          I love the idea of a gift of time
          (Especially when it’s been a rather tight year ). To not feel guilty at all and that the time spent creating is a gift is awesome ! And thank you Amy for gifting your time all year with the slow drawing , such a wonderful highlight in a very crazy year .

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    • Pam McIntyre

      Thank you for a wonderful year of slow drawing Amy! You have inspired me in so many ways including your inclusive outlook and gentle, mindful approach to art.

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      • Amy Maricle

        This comment makes me really happy, Pam. Thank you for letting me know I’ve made a difference. It means so much to me.
        xo

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    • Cindy Morris

      What a great giveaway! I have used Pigma Micron pens for, dare I say, 28 years! I love them! I always look for great products and your list is giving me more “must haves”!

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    • Amy Crawford

      I’m adding this to my list! Thanks!

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    • Karyn Martin

      I thank you for everything you have given to us, you put the light in a dim year.
      Much love and happiness to you and yours

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      • Amy Maricle

        That’s so sweet of you, Karyn! XO

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  2. Pam Strum

    I’m so grateful I stumbled onto your site. I took the free classes then bought several others. I’m recovering from unexpected major surgery and ptsd so the timing could not have been more perfect. I’m finally investing in me. I’ve always being craftsy but you’ve helped me rediscover something I lost 35 years ago. Thank you ❤️

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    • Amy Maricle

      Hi Pam:

      oh I’m so so glad that I can help and OF COURSE you have an artist in you. She has a lot to offer. XO

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  3. Susan Clark

    I love putting together little art supply sets for friend’s birthdays. Most of them will say I’m just not creative, and just don’t know where to start. The art supply store feels overwhelming to them, the pouch filled with all the necessities is a great place to start!

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    • Amy Maricle

      This is so fun to hear, Susan! I love that. Happy Creating! xo

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  4. Sandra

    I love getting your email. I will certainly purchase soon of your favorite items. Thank you for stimulating my creative juices!

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    • Amy Maricle

      I’m so glad to hear it Sandra! xo

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      • Viviane

        Practicing with you and the mindful art community has been a one of the fantastic things about what I am calling “craptastic” 2020. So grateful for you sharing mindfulness, art and your own learnings. Such a resource during these challenging times.

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        • Amy Maricle

          Viviane! I have loved having you around these months. I’m so happy I’ve had something to offer you in this terrible time.

          XO

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  5. Robin Smith

    What a nice guide. I love the small Moleskine art books. Their size makes them less intimidating than large sketchbooks. I am going to put the Daniel Smith travel kit on my wish list. Love your classes and loved all the slow drawing Friday’s you offered this year on FB Live. That is an awesome gift right there.

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    • Amy Maricle

      Aw, Robin, that’s so sweet. Thank you! I LOVED our live slow drawing and I look forward to more in 2020! Yes that watercolor set is a wonderful treat. XO

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    • Donna Koranek

      Thanks for sharing all your talents with us, I’m truly grateful!

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  6. Cindy Hashimoto

    Amy, I am new to art journaling. I am so happy to have found your site. I am enjoying your “Slow Drawing” classes. They de stress and calm the soul! Thank you for sharing your time and talent!!!

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    • Amy Maricle

      Hi Cindy:

      YAY! I’m so happy you are here too! Slow drawing is such an excellent practice, isn’t it? I’m so happy I can help! xo

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  7. Yvonne Cournoyer

    I just bought a Signo Uniball pen and love it. I’m also having fun with Faber Castell’s gelato pens!

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    • Amy Maricle

      Aren’t they the best? Thanks for the other idea too! xo

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  8. Pat Huemmer

    Thank you, Amy for all you’ve done for so many people who needed the slow drawing classes this year. It’s been something to look forward to each week. I also enjoy seeing the supplies you have been using. Is it the Golden High Flow paints you use on your inches it the Golden Fluid. Much gratitude fir who you are. I’m thinking of getting the Daniel Smith travel kit as a treat to myself. 🧡

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    • Amy Maricle

      HI Pat: I love having you around here. 🥰 Oh I definitely recommend treating yourself to the Daniel Smith kit. Since I got it several months ago I’ve never regretted it for a moment. And yes, the high flow paints I often use, both on inchies + tunnel journals and journal pages is Golden High Flow acrylic. Happy creating! xo

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      • Pat Huemmer

        Amy, thank you so much for responding and taking your time to be so generous with sharing. We watch your slow drawing classes every week. We are not ones to contribute much during the classes, but we support you and your caring and sharing. Many blessings to you and your family.

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        • Amy Maricle

          Pat – I’m so glad that I can add to your art practice! XO

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  9. Roseanne Sabol

    The book on the history of color looks so interesting. It’s going on my wish list for sure. Moleskine journals are my favorites – in any size! I’ve really enjoyed the Friday get togethers this year, Amy, and though I couldn’t always join in real time, I appreciated that I could get to them during a few quiet moments on the weekend. I just purchased the paper cutting class and really looking forward to working on that. Thanks for your generous spirit in all you offer us and I hope your December quietude is all you need it to be. Blessings to you.

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    • Amy Maricle

      I looove that color book. I find reading about art enriches my experience and gives the critic even less ammo to speak to me with! And I’m so so happy you’ve been able to join the Slow Drawing! I think it’s exactly what a lot of us need right now. Blessings on you too Roseanne!
      xo

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  10. Glenda Hoagland

    I love this list of gifts. So many great gifts and ideas for establishing and maintaining my art practice. I love sharing goodies with friends. I too enjoy the slow drawing sessions.

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    • Amy Maricle

      Hi Glenda:

      I’m so happy that the list speaks to you as well! XO

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  11. Eileen Canova

    I am inspired by the drawing ideas that you have shown. I am a doodler and love seeing how you play with a pen. Thanks for your creativity.

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    • Amy Maricle

      That’s so great that we can inspire each other! Keep playing! XO

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  12. Karin

    Thank you so much Amy for all those great classes, mailings and ideas. I have a really strong inner critic but since I found you here he spends much more time on the sofa 😉

    The materials are great, for watercolors I love my Schmincke colours which are often used in Germany. Í‘m still looking for a store in Germany to get that Yes paste.

    All the best for you. ❤️

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    • Amy Maricle

      Hi Karin: I love having you here, ❤️ and it makes me smile that you’ve taken on the image of letting the critic relax on the couch! Thanks for the resource about German watercolors, I’ll bet other folks in your neck of the woods will appreciate it. And I was curious about Yes paste and Googled Amazon Germany and found this. Hopefully it works! xo

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  13. Cindy Smith

    I appreciate the time you take to encourage our inner artist. Thanks for being you!

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    • Amy Maricle

      Thanks for being here, Cindy. xo

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    • Amy Maricle

      HI Cindy: I’m so happy to announce that you are the randomly chosen winner of the pouch! YAY! I will reach out via email for your address.

      XO – Amy

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  14. Kathleen Wilson

    I have learned so much from you about slowing down and enjoying the process of my art. I really love slow drawing. The white gel pens you use and Micron pens are my personal faves as well! 💕

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    • Amy Maricle

      That really makes me happy to see Kathleen! XO

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  15. Sher

    Your posts are so helpful and concise! I always read your notes as soon as I see them. Your booklist was super interesting! Thank you for your supply recommendations! Your kind spirit and talents are a shining light!

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    • Amy Maricle

      Thank YOU for your kind words Sher, I’m thrilled I can help. xo

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  16. Judy Rosenbaum

    I always look forward to this list! I also now have 2 other travel pouches: one has a 5×5 Handbook journal and a Micron pen (currently sepia). In the journal, on every other page, I’ve glued a photo of a person’s head; then I use the opposite page to try to draw the portrait.
    My 3rd pouch contains several index cards, a variety of small pieces of ripped up paper, and a good glue stick (I like Uhu) so I can create small, quick collages when traveling.

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    • Amy Maricle

      Judy, I love that you gave your own process and suggestions here – so helpful to others! Does UHU actually stay on? My glue stick complaint is that over time things let go….Big hugs to you!
      xo

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    • Hollyve

      Great ideas! I have a hankering to try collages and your process may get me started.

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  17. Laura

    I love the suggestion of the gel pen…always looking for a good one😊 And, what a beautiful idea in regards to the gift of time💗. Appreciate you creating this list… grateful 🙏.

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    • Amy Maricle

      Laura – thanks so much for letting me know. I’m thrilled I could help! xo

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  18. Barbara V

    Hi Amy!
    You inspire me and taught me so much this year. I’ve creative some beautiful pieces by applying “what would happen if I did this” and the simple act of slowing down! Love your classes and your generous weekly workshops.
    Thank you Amy!

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    • Amy Maricle

      This makes me so happy, Barbara! What if is such a powerful question. I have to remind myself to use it in other parts of my life too! xo

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  19. Shannon

    I discovered you earlier this year, Amy, and I feel like a whole new world has been opened to me. Even this list is perfect. I have never thought of myself as a visual artist (a language artist, yes) but now I see what could be because I am seeing what I can explore and learn.

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    • Amy Maricle

      AH! YAY! What a thrill to know I’ve opened up your artistic life into your view. Now go create! XO

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  20. Lara

    This is where I come when I’m making my Christmas list! 🙂 I think I’ve seen in the past that you’ve also recommended Mixed Media paper. Do you have a preference for different projects? I’m working on background papers for a bifold book and using mixed media paper and high flow acrylic paint.

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    • Amy Maricle

      HI Lara – I use the mixed media paper for the pieces in Fluid Art – where I make the tunnel journals and such. The high flows buckle the paper, but much less with this one. XO happy creating!

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  21. Connie

    Hi Amy,

    I love your list of gifts, full of variety, yet all working together! I love Daniel Smith paints! I have several of the items you listed and reading through them reminded me how much I also love each one!

    The pouch is super cute! I sure love seeing how you practice and teachings have grown, always so inspiring.

    Thank you for all you do and may December be a wonderful month for you and your family.

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    • Amy Maricle

      Many thanks to you Connie! Happy creating!

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  22. Cathy

    I see we have a lot in common. I love and use many of the supplies you mentioned. Haven’t used the Yes glue before. I’ll have to check it out. Cheers!

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    • Amy Maricle

      It’s wonderful to have you here, Cathy! I’m a big fan of YES! I hope you like it too! xo

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  23. Linda Howland

    I am loving this list, the moleskine album is something l would love to receive. I think the best artsy gift l have given in 2020 is passing on to friends about you Amy and your wonderful slow drawing sessions, it has helped me do much l knew my friends would benefit from getting to know you and slow down once a week. I am sending Seasons greetings and every blessing.

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    • Tina Slater

      Lots of wonderful goodies here to lust after! And my favorite was your idea of “the gift of time” — create a coupon for an afternoon of uninterrupted art time, their favorite snack, and cup of tea or coffee. (I’m going to ask my Hubby for this one ….. tea, yes and my favorite snack of Reese’s PB cups!!”) The YES! glue does work very well — it’s the *only* glue/paste that I feel certain will stay stuck!! And thank you for your wonderful courses and ideas; you are a true inspiration and you provide us with a wonderful “landing place”, during these difficult times. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season!!

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      • Amy Maricle

        That’s so sweet of you, Tina. Thank you.

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    • Amy Maricle

      So sweet of you, Linda. Many many blessings on you! xo

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  24. Bonnie

    Thank you for the slow drawing art sessions. During this crazy time it’s great self care. Many blessings for you and your family.

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    • Amy Maricle

      I’m so happy you have found comfort here, Bonnie. All the best to you! xo

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  25. Namrata Shrestha Schmottlach

    Thank you Amy, as always, for this great list and your other list. I buy 1 from the list, slowly because good art supplies are really expensive.

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  26. Virginia Courtney

    Love my classes, my sister-in-law made me do it

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  27. Colette

    Always love hearing about new supplies artists use and how to use them.

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  28. Julie Nix

    Love your lists! A friend of mine recommended your site back in June. Your slow drawing parties and web site have been such an inspiration for me. I was in an artistic slump and your examples from your art journals have ignited the possibilities in smaller less intimidating pieces. I am coming to the end of a journal and love the process. Working in my art space has become a necessary part of my time and I love it. Thanks so much Amy!

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    • Amy Maricle

      Julie – This is exactly what I hope to spark, so thank you so much for letting me know. I love it! XO

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  29. Linda

    Thank you, Amy, for this lovely time of slow drawing. I haven’t participated as often as I’d have liked to, but have thoroughly enjoyed the workshops I’ve viewed. I hope to join more of them in the future. Thank you, Thank you for sharing yourself with us!

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  30. Hollyce Morris

    Happy December! It’s been a joy participating in your slow drawing Friday workshops. Not only for the hour of quiet time, but for the opportunity to try and create a form of art that is relaxing, accepting of “oopsies”, and done on a less overwhelming canvas size. I’ve mailed several to my Mom and her brothers and sisters as a “thinking of you” card during this pandemic. Many thanks and rock on!

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  31. Joan

    Thank you for the art supply suggestions, Amy! I am a new oldie to art and am overwhelmed with all the choices out there to use and buy. Your list is really helpful!

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  32. Karyl Howard

    Amy! It is truly appalling that I actually own everything on your list! 🙂 It is all really good “stuff”! Thank you for sharing your ideas and talent with us. Have a good break and I look forward to your “return”!

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  33. jacqueline

    Your list is spot on, but I do like gift certificate for art supplies. I tend to try new products when it is a gift. Funny eh? Funny huh?

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  34. Barb

    Thank you, Amy! I learned about YES paste from you and what a job it does on this year’s Christmas cards. So grateful for you and your generous spirit. 💚

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  35. Darlene

    What fun to go over this list of your favorites Amy! I have enjoyed gathering a number of these on earlier recommendations, but that book sounds wonderful for enrichment and I LOVE the idea of hinting for a gift card to use toward your classes! Thank you and wishing everyone creative-rich holidays. —

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    • Amy Maricle

      Darlene – I just love having you around. ❤️ I’m so happy I could bring something to you. Many blessings! xo

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  36. Kristina

    Great materials. When I travel I put YES paste in a small container because such a little goes a long way. I’ve also discovered that spreading it on with a palette knife is a great way to conserve it too. I’ve found so many wonderful materials from your posts over the years. Glad you do this!

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    • Amy Maricle

      Kristina: Yes, I have traveled with it at times too. I never tried a palette knife as I always use the broad side of a credit card. I like that. Cheers! xo

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  37. Nancy Johnston

    Absolutely NEVER have enough pouches. This was a great article on tips for getting gifts for my friends.

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    • Anna

      Your list of art supplies is making me drool.
      I love having a travel kit of supplies ‘to go’. I look forward to the day when once again when i can go out for adventures and whip out my little sketch book when i see something interesting. My lovely understanding husband is usually good to wait while i draw.

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  38. Rollyne Klem

    Wonderful list! I am longing for those Daniel Smith watercolors!! Maybe Santa is listening! <3

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    • Amy Maricle

      Isn’t he always listening Rollyne?? xo

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  39. Pat Murphy

    Great list! I had forgotten how much I liked the circular erasers depicted on the pouch. I googled them & I don’t think they are made any longer.
    Thank you for all your positivity in your classes. Looking forward to the cut work class!

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  40. Sheri Hartman

    Thank you, Amy, for your wonderful gift of slow and mindful art! I turn to your method often to help with these trying times. Your method calms my monkey mind, stimulates my creativity and restores my faith in humanity.

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    • Amy Maricle

      It calms my monkey mind too! 😘🤪

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  41. Gail Hartman

    Thank you for all you do to help keep us sane during this difficult year..

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  42. Donna Cain

    What a great, well curated list! My spirits always lift when I see your name in my inbox. Thank you, Amy!

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  43. Joan Zabelka

    Whenever someone on FB asks “Name something good that happened in 2020” I always say “Free online art classes especially the ones on Mindful Art Studio.”
    Really, these are the best things -your classes – from 2020. I have enjoyed making art that doesn’t have to “be” anything. It’s so freeing and fun.
    I finally started buying better art tools too, thanks to your classes. It makes a difference.
    Besides your great suggestions, I’d like to add Inktense colored pencils. I like the fact that they can be used wet or dry.
    Have a wonderful, healthy and blessed holiday season.
    Thank you for your gift of art.

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    • Amy Maricle

      Joan this is so sweet. Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m so happy I can help.

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  44. Gaby Litke

    Thank you for posting this list and for always being so prompt to Share your experience and advise. As I newbie in watercolor and total neofite on slow drawing, I’ve found true joy in these mediums. Merry Christmas!

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  45. Maureen

    Amy I just wanted to say thank you for hosting the slow drawing workshops. It’s been a difficult year and for you to share this gift of slowing down and diving into some art theraphy is a gift! I’m sure you’ve helped many of us find a piece of calm in a crazy world. I wish you peace happiness and health and the promise of better days ahead. 💕

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    • Amy Maricle

      I so appreciate your kind words Maureen!
      xo

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  46. Sandra

    Thanks for this list of suggestions. Im working on broadening my horizon and always looking for ideas on what other artist use. This pouch will make it nice to carry supplies when I head to my moms. I do acrylic painting but she is showing me ways to do watercolor instead. So something new is always fun! Fingers crossed…

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  47. Sally Berto

    Thank you for sharing the gift list with us. It’s such a thoughtful idea on what creative gift to give to someone. It’s wonderful to see what tools you use to create your slow drawings. I throughly enjoyed creating with you and the group this year Amy. It was a wonderful opportunity to come together and just slow draw. I have learnt some wonderful techniques that is my go too when I need to reconnect and just create. Thank you so much Amy

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    • Amy Maricle

      I’m insired by your work with Slow Drawing Sally. So glad to have you here. xo

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  48. Jennifer

    Great list! I definitely want to check out the white gel pen. A favorite item of mine to suggest is a set of 24 “Portfolio” brand water soluble oil pastels. They are inexpensive yet vibrant and fun to use for all ages.

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  49. Michelle

    I love this list….I’ve already taken some of your recommendations and have a journal that I’ve been gluing my inchies into. The DS travel set is definitely on my list for the future. I love the idea of having a cute pouch to gather all your supplies and be ready to go. Thanks for all of your posts and for sharing your art and guidance with us all.

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  50. Christen

    I was just wondering about good gifts for artists! Great list! I have never heard of YES paste, so definitely looking that up! And I’m curious which Daniel Smith set you’ve loved (is it pans, tubes?). I love the theme of portable/travel friendly things. And also the gift of time and learning. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Amy Maricle

      Hi Christen:

      It’s the pan set – just click the links to see all details.
      xo

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  51. Deanne

    Great list. I used to use YES paste… thank you for reminding me about it. Gonna put on my list. And I love the pouch….being able to see what is inside. I usually have to dump mine if I’m looking for a particular item.

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  52. Sue

    Love your list Amy. I have just about everything on your supply list. Still don’t feel like I am comfortable enough with dabbling in watercolor and mixing colors to “justify” the Daniel Smith watercolor set. Maybe that needs to be a gift I ask for. A treat someone give me. I know my watercoloring improved when I switched from Canson XL to the Strathmore watercolor paper that you recommended. So possible that would be true with the paints too. One thing I can’t live without is my Teflon bone folder. It helps so much when gluing down my inchies, etc. It wipes right off if I get glue on it. But maybe because I am still very much a bookbinder.
    Thank you, as always, for all you do so generously from your big heart Amy.

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    • Amy Maricle

      Hi Sue: I think it’s okay to use “okay” watercolors for a while until you see if you use them consistently. Once I use something consistently though, I upgrade because often the cheap stuff just doesn’t behave like it should and leads to frustration. Windsor + Newton make a travel set of watercolors too that I like.

      Your bone folder is a trusted friend!
      And thank YOU Sue, for always giving from YOUR big heart.
      xo

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  53. Joseph D Barnes

    I have a set of Micron Pens in Sepia, they are great!

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    • Amy Maricle

      Sepia is such a yummy color! XO

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  54. Diane Atwood

    Hi Amy, I’ve been using my Pigma Graffics pen from my scrap booking days but am going to ask Santa for the pens you like, and give them a try.
    I also have to tell you how your slow drawing classes really helped me this morning.
    I was having some trouble breathing, I have asthma, and knew I needed to slow down and breath. I got my little book that I have been doing my drawing in, and I sat down , concentrated on my breathing, while I drew slow ovals. It helped so much!!
    So thank you for classes on slow drawing.

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  55. Karen Hugo

    Love, love, love this list! I have a few friends who would adore some of these things! I can only hope someone gives me a few of them as well! Thanks Amy!

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    • Amy Maricle

      I hope so too, Karen! You can always share this post via email or social media and see if your partner gets the hint! 😂

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  56. Fiona Fitzpatrick

    I’ve really enjoyed the slow drawing classes, Amy. So generous of you to provide this during such difficult times. P.S. I wonder if i can find Yes paste in Australia. I’ll do some research!.

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  57. Tiffany Nething

    I love this collection of tools you have put together… I’ve had a lot of fun with the textures you have taught us, just a lot of inspiration here that I’ve never found before online. Covid is tough but I really feel you are bringing joy to people during a dark time and we are grateful 😁

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    • Amy Maricle

      I really appreciate that Tiffany, I’m so happy I could help! xo

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  58. Vicki Bashista

    New to art , so this list is greatly appreciated! Also, thanks for offering the contest!

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  59. Amy Carter

    This list is fantastic! And so are you, Amy. Your art parties and workshops have been a balm during this crazy time. Thank you!

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    • Amy Maricle

      I’m so happy to hear it Amy! xo

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  60. Nel Jansen

    Thanks for a lovely list, Amy. I tried the YES paste once, but it was a “seconds” from someone else, and it dried right up. Maybe it’s time to try it again. I’m also drooling over the Daniel Smith palette and colors. The book looks intriguing as well. And speaking of pouches, I have a special pouch just for slow drawing pieces that I glue onto blank cards and use as Thank You’s and quick notes. Thanks for a lot of peaceful Friday afternoons!

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    • Amy Maricle

      Oh Nel, I would DEFINITELY recommend trying it again. As long as you keep the seal on, I find it really lasts and it really is my favorite adhesive. It’s strong and gives you a minute or two to readjust if you need. XO

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  61. Nan Henke

    I have not found yes paste at my usual suppliers. Where do you buy it?

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    • Amy Maricle

      Hey Nan – The link in the post will take you to amazon. I also buy via Dick Blick. xo

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  62. Theresa

    Thank you for sharing your list and doing a giveaway!

    The color palette book seems really interesting! I may have to check it out. Unfortunately, I don’t have many artist friends so I end up buying too many art supplies for myself. :/

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  63. Monica Meggait

    This is a great list! I’m going to give it to my son as a hint!!! I love the bits that are for travel! One day we will be able to again and its good to be ready!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing your favourites!
    Thanks for freely sharing your talent!

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  64. Jen

    This is a great list! The watercolor brush seems like it would up my likelihood of taking watercolor on the go. I’m glad to get your recommendation for one because I heard that some can be leaky. Thank you for your slow drawing classes this year…it’s made micron pens my favorite art supply! 😁

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  65. Sue

    Love your list. Managed to hunt down some of the books on your fav. books they were great. It helps to lead you into new arty ideas , different creative bits of your self that you may not have discovered. Cheers

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    • Amy Maricle

      I couldn’t agree more. We have to stoke the fire. XO

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  66. Rose

    On my first trip to buy art supplies, I pulled up your best gifts for artists post and stood in the isles looking at your recommendations. Thanks, Amy – you’re so inspiring!

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    • Amy Maricle

      Aw, I love this story, Rose! Thank you!

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  67. Gini Cooper

    I love your list and would love to see more lists, such as special treats, unique and not likely to have, budget supplies, advanced wish list, etc. That pouch is so cute, would love to win and use it for art on the go.

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  68. Jean Ann

    I love reviewing this list each year, along with your book list! I appreciate your mention of the gift of time most of all! Somehow that is always the hardest gift to request. Why is that? This year I gifted myself the Yes! paste and I love it! So smooth and bubble free, I have been using it for everything. Thank you Amy for all you bring to us in such a loving and giving way. You are such a joy!

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    • Amy Maricle

      HI Jean: YAY! I’m so happy I can be helpful. And I’m thrilled you love the YES paste! xo

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  69. Kathy Hicks

    Amy,
    Thank you for the art supply list. The white gel pen and paste are now on my Christmas list. Also, thank you for running the Pod class for the month of December. And of course, thank you for your on line classes. It has brought me back to my passion for art. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    • Amy Maricle

      Aw, Kathy, I’m so happy to hear all of this. Merry Christmas to you! XO

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  70. Jill Ponting

    I love the look of the pouch and as I have collected a few supplies now (supplies that you like and use) I need to keep together when travelling – I am going to the beach 4hours drive from Melbourne (Australia) and this would be perfect. I am new to journalling and I have enrolled in Art Journal 101 and finding it so helpful, thankyou Amy for your encouragement.

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    • Amy Maricle

      Oh yes, what fun. XO Happy creating!

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  71. Lynn Zurowski

    Your commitment to creating is inspirational!

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    • Amy Maricle

      I’m so glad you find inspiration here, Lynn!

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  72. Vicki Bashista

    Thanks you for doing what you do and helping people to reduce stress and anxiety during these challenging times

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    • Amy Maricle

      HI Vicki –

      I’m so happy that I can help!
      XO

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  73. Amy Maricle

    Hello Wonderful Creative You:

    The moment is here – the randomly chosen winner of the pouch is Cindy Smith. Congratulations Cindy! And thanks everyone for being here!
    XO

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  74. Phyllis Statham

    The book you recommended by Victoria Finlay is my favourite book of all time. Such joy. No stress. It is a perfect read when there is a lot going on in your life, or when travelling. Each chapter is independent from the others. So if you read one or two chapters, then don’t pick it up again for 3 months, it won’t matter. You will not have ‘lost the plot’. You can still be transported to the far corners of the world and across time, within a paragraph of starting the next chapter. I have read it multiple times over the years.

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    • Amy Maricle

      Hi Phyllis – I can see why! I can see myself rereading this one as well. YAY! Kindred spirits. Happy creating! xo

      Reply

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