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Top Gifts for the Artist
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What gift does someone get the artist friend or relative? I've listed a few ideas here. As an artist, I've always enjoyed getting gifts on holidays that I can use in my creative work. I've been a watercolor artist for 15 years. I've painted in oil, acrylic, and have created collage work. I'm now working with metal and creating jewelry. I find that a new book or new art medium can give me inspiration in work that I'm currently working on. On this page, I've listed the top gifts for artists of all mediums. Leave your gift ideas in the comments section at the end of this page.
Photos of artwork by Gayle Dowell
Art Gift Poll
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Sketchbooks - The Gift that Bridges All Mediums
No matter what medium your gift recipient works in, they can use a sketchbook to draw out their ideas, whether it be for planning a painting, a jewelry piece, or a sculpture, or to journal. My most cherished sketchbooks are those with quality paper that will hold up to both pencil and paint. They also have spiral binding so that I can bend back the cover when I'm outside which makes it easier to sketch without a table or drawing surface. It must also have a hard cover to withstand abuse. Here is my favorite sketchbook.
I have several sketchbooks for the different work I create. I have one for my writing, one for my jewelry designs, one for my drawings, and I also have one for recording my travels. This sketchbook with the spiral binding has been my favorite as I can lay the book flat while sketching making it easier to jot down my thoughts and images. The hard cover is sturdy enough to protect my work through my travels and everyday activity.
A Gift that Gives Year Round
A subscription to a great inspirational magazine that came to the recipients mailbox throughout the year, would be a great gift for an artist. I know of no other inspirational magazine that could top, "Cloth, Paper, Scissors". I keep my back copies to look at whenever I need an art idea or to get me motivated to create.
A good camera may not come to mind as a great gift for an artist. But I use mine all the time. I'm constantly taking pictures of possible scenes to paint, textures to use in my designs or color combinations I want to remember. I have several folders on my computer that I use to inspire my work: one file labeled textures, one labeled color, one for portraits, landscapes, etc. I love a good digital camera so that I can download pictures of my work to my blog or my online shopping site.
I love Canon Powershot camera. Takes great pictures and is easy to carry in my purse.
A Collection of Decorative Paper
I collect decorative paper. I use paper all the time in my design work. I do collage, scrapbooking, greeting cards, art journaling, experiments in watercolor painting...all requiring different types of decorative paper. Occasionally I will take out my paper collection to spark some inspiration for a new work.
The Artist's Way
This book by author Julia Cameron is the one I turn to first whenever I need to be reminded of how to live creatively. It is easy for an artist to live day to day and miss opportunities to keep their minds thinking creatively. This is a must have for those wanting to live a creative life.
Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet
Edit digital photos, paint, draw and sketch with the Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet. This is on my wish list for sure. I'm wanting to create digital designs and this would be a great tool for doing just that.
Photoshop Elements 12
With Photoshop Elements I can do more than just enhance my photos, I can manipulate them to make digital artwork. Photoshop Elements also gives me tools to edit and combine my videos clips to produce a finished movie. My daughter recently used this software to create a how-to video using digital video clips she took and combined them with music. I edit my artwork and handmade jewelry photos before I upload the photos online. Great tools for the price.
Artist's Painting Apron
I like an apron to protect my clothing while I'm slinging paint around my studio. Yes, artists can get very messy. This would be a well appreciated gift.
Artist's Smock Art Apron Painter's Smock by sandybuckley
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Good Drawing Pens
Sakura Micron brand pens have always been a reliable brand for me. I do a lot of pen and ink drawing and need to have different pen widths. I've used expensive refillable technical pens, but these are so much easier to use, and so much more reliable.