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.