Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Artist and Illustrator gift guide 2017

Hey guys! This year I've decided to put together a gift guide for the artists in your life. With so many choices out there it's difficult to know what artists would really, REALLY, love and appreciate to receive and so to select the items on this list I asked all my artist friends both on social media and private groups for what they'd really LOVE to get.

I've tried to include something for every kind of artist (watercolour, mix media, gouache, professional, enthusiast, etc) and budget and some fun pieces that would be useful for the desk. 

The links below will take you to online shops but I encourage you to support your local crafts and art supplies shop. 

Please feel free to share this list to anyone who's shopping for you this Christmas!

1. A4 Sketchbook £12 - Giving sketchbooks is always a good idea, whether regular A4 size
2. A6 Notebooks set (Pack of 5) £5.99 or small portable ones!
3. Windor & Newton compact watercolour and water brush pen set £20 This small watercolour set is perfect for travelling or sketching outdoors.
4. UPPERCASE magazine gift subscription £47.22 aprox. Surface pattern designers love this magazine because it's full of inspiration, resources and more.
5. Daler Rowney Sable round brushes from £6.5 each I use these brushes a lot to paint floral motifs with watercolours.
6. Holbein gouache set x 12 £43.79 These Japanese paints are great for brush lettering, making greeting cards and illustrations.
8. Copic ciao markers x 6 £19 These markers are great for lettering, journaling and sketching.
9. Metallic watercolours set £8.98 I love these watercolours, especially for adding shiny details to handmade cards or for calligraphy.
10. Strathmore watercolour art journal 8.5 x 11 £18.40 A great journal to practice watercolour techniques.
11. Show your work!: 10 ways to share your creativity and get discovered (Paperback) £7.5 This book has spot-on tips to create a strategy to share your art with the world.
12. Gold glitter pencil case £7.5 A stylish case to carry and organise pens, pencils, brushes, etc
13. Golden embossed writing set £8 If you'd like to give a more personal gift, why note write a letter to your loved ones?
14. Kaweco fountain pen £20 You could use this lightweight pen to write a message on your writing set. 
15. Art and pen pot £16.00 To keep the desk organised
16. Calligraphy set £13.95 Calligraphy enthusiasts will love this set.
17. Porcelain heart plate £6.00 To organise the small trinkets on the desk.
18. Winsor & Newton White Drawing Ink 14 ml £3.50 I use this ink to add details to my watercolour paintings (like this)
19. Golden scissors £8.00 It's always useful to have extra scissors, especially if they are this pretty!
20. Pigma micron pen 005 £2.95 By far the most useful pen for adding tiny details.

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