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1. MIJELLO 18-WELL PALETTE
This gift deserves the #1 position in my rating of best gifts for artists. In fact, it is so great that I wrote a special blog post about it.
air-tight and leakproof
suitable for gouache and watercolors
prevents your paints from drying
has a large mixing area (most palettes don't! But how do you learn to mix paints without a large mixing area?)
2. ETCHR THE PERFECT SKETCHBOOK
high-quality paper (100% cotton, 300 g/m2)
convenient for sketching on location, and fits easily into any bag.
3. ETCHR PREMIUM WATERCOLOR GREETING CARDS
high-quality paper (100% cotton, 220g/m2)
contains 100 greeting cards
If you like sending postcards to your friends and family, this set is perfect! Use it for holiday greetings or bring these along on vacation. Great for holiday sketches.
4. WINSOR & NEWTON DESIGNERS' GOUACHE introductory 10-tube set
An artist can never get enough of the basic paint colors!
This is a small set, perfect for beginning artists or for those just starting out with gouache. Primary colors (+ green and yellow ochre), enough to mix almost any color you might need.
Not sure how to mix colors, read this post.
5. HIMI GOUACHE SET
Everyone is raving about it now! It looks like a box of candies. Popular with artists and students alike. It is a fun set: lots of pretty pre-mixed colors, ready to use.
While I recommend learning how to mix your own colors, I think it is also great to just play around with these ready-made ones sometimes.
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6. WINSOR & NEWTON WATERCOLOR Field Box
very compact and portable
includes a water container and a sponge
comes with 12 colors
you can replace the original paints with colors of your choice
a large mixing area
a travel brush* with a thin tip, perfect for small details
*The brush does not cover all your sketching needs, you will need other brush sizes.
7. ESCODA ARTIST WATERCOLOR TRAVEL BRUSH SET
These are legendary!
perfect for location sketching.
This travel set protects your brushes from getting ruined in your bag. It is a perfect match for the Winsor & Newton Compact Set above.
8. CARAN D'ACHE PENCIL SET
This is a set of 20 Luminance 6901 pencils that work so great on their own and in combination with gouache.
If you want to buy pencils separately, here's the list of Luminance pencils that I use in my sketches.
9. COLIRO PEARLCOLORS (FINETEC)
This is a set of 6 metallic watercolors, a gold and silver range.
paints adhere to different types of surfaces
each color in a separate pot
10. TRIPOD + SELFIE STICK
This is not the most obvious gift idea, yet I find it very useful! It's a tripod and a selfie stick in one compact format. I have had it for a year and use it almost daily.
take photos of yourself while sketching
take group photos at sketching events
place your phone conveniently when watching art tutorials
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*make sure it is compatible with your phone size.
11. PENCIL SHARPENER
That may come as a surprise, but finding a good pencil sharpener for a reasonable price is no easy task.
This is a manual pencil sharpener that doesn't break your pencils. It has an automatic cutting system that prevents over-sharpening. I've been using it myself for years now. Still very happy!
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