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10 Low Cost Gift Ideas for Acrylic Painters
Art Supplies Are a Great Present for any Artist
What kind of presents can you get for your artist friend that loves painting with acrylics?
Below is a list of great gift ideas for an acrylic painter that won’t break your wallet.
The only tricky part is knowing what the artist actually uses and needs.
A List of Low Budget Artsy Gifts for Acrylic Painters
The items in the list can serve as gifts for any occasions, birthdays, celebrations, holidays, you name it.
Each item can make a great thoughtful present on its own, or you can put several together and fill a basket or stockings.
1. Favorite Colors Acrylic Paint Tubes
Most artists have a favorite color, the one they use the most in their art, or just the color they love.
Even if your artist friend does not need that color at the moment, it would surely make a welcome gift, because a favorite color tube is bound to finish sooner rather than later.
You just need to find out which color that is.
Tip: even if paint color names are the same, different brands can make slightly different colors. Some artists are very picky about this, they might a favorite brand for specific colors.
2. Disposable Paper Palette
Cleaning painting palettes from dry acrylic paint is no fun. Life is much easier when you use disposable paper palettes, no cleanup needed.
There are paper palettes in many sizes, and some have light gray pages, which are meant to let you see better the value relationships of the paint you are mixing.
Disposable palettes can be quite inexpensive, and the quality is fairly good.
3. Water Sprayer to Keep Paint Moist
When you work with acrylic paint it’s important to keep the paint moist, or it will dry pretty quickly. For this purpose, I vaporize water often on my palette with a water sprayer.
Whether you carry a big spray bottle around or get the more specific, smaller sprayers from the art store, the point is: every acrylic painter needs a sprayer, so this is a useful and inexpensive gift.
I use a small watercolor spray bottle. It's probably meant to spray colored water, but it works great for nebulizing clear water on my paint and keeps them from drying.
Acrylics can be treated as an exercise in thoughtful accumulation – building color upon color, stroke on top of stroke.— Brad Faegre
4. Brush Cleaner Soap
It’s very important to clean acrylic painting brushes promptly and thoroughly, using water and a mild soap.
There are on the market some good brush cleaner soaps that efficiently clean brushes.
The Master Brush Cleaner makes some low cost and very effective brush soaps.
5. Acrylic Mediums
There are so many acrylic mediums, each has a slightly different purpose or can create a unique effect like crackling, sandpaper, transparency, etc. They all could make great gifts, especially to a painter that enjoys exploring new techniques and create interesting textures.
Personally, I love mediums that create texture, like thickening gels or molding paste.
If you can, talk to the artist and find out if there is an acrylic medium he or she uses or has on the “really-wanna-try-that” list.
A Few Acrylic Mediums from My Studio
6. A Brush or a Few
Brushes are the main painting tool for most acrylic painters. Some may use palette knives or other creative applicators, but who does not need new brushes every once in a while?
To learn more on how to choose brushes you can read my article Guide to Choosing the Best Paintbrushes.
7. Silicon Color Shapers
Another great creative tool for acrylic painters are the color shapers, built like brushes, but with rubbery and flexible ends that allow smearing and texturing of the paint.
These shapers can actually be used for a wide array of artistic expression: to apply or wipe off paint, as well as precious tools to shape in clay sculpture or scrubbing in pastel painting.
8. Brush Holder Case
Artistic brushes can get ruined easily if you don’t store them right.
A nice brush holder case designed to protect brushes and bristles is just what an artist needs, especially for traveling and painting outdoors.
An example of textured painting knives.
9. Textured Palette Knives
Acrylic paint is very versatile medium and you can really get creative and have fun trying out textures and painterly effects.
Inspire your artist friend to get creative giving some fun and creative, out of the ordinary, palette knives. These knives, instead of having straight edges, are uniquely shaped and create a paint surface with grooves and textures.
You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.— John Singer Sargent
10. Every Artist Can Use a Notebook or Sketchbook
You can never do too much drawing, and one way to get inspired to draw more is to carry a sketchbook with you at all times.
Provide the inspiration be giving a nice and handy notebook to your artist friend, maybe paired with a pencil or marker.
The items in the list can serve as gifts for any occasion:
birthdays, celebrations, holidays, you name it.
Each item can make a nice thoughtful present
on its own, or you can put several together
and fill a basket or stockings.
© 2014 Robie Benve