Art supplies make the best gifts, right? This post contains ideas that will definitely bring joy to any artist (and you). No matter how many different art supplies they already have, these nine gifts will be truly appreciated!
1. BOOK FOR ARCHITECTURE SKETCHERS
David Drazil - 100 Buildings and Architectural Forms
This book is an absolute must for urban sketchers and amateur artists! It is a step-by-step guidebook that teaches the fundamental concepts like perspective, proportions and spatial relationships in a clear, easy-to-follow way.
If you are interested in drawing famous buildings, bridges, towers and other complex structures, this book will definitely show you how. Get it now and you won't believe how much you've grown by the time the spring sketching season starts!
Unlike most sketchers, David Drazil is an architecht, which means he has a unique perspective on teaching architectural sketching.
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2. ETCHR ACCORDION WATERCOLOR SKETCHBOOK
This sketchbook is great for bringing on location if you don't have a large bag. When you go out, you never know if you'll have a chance to sit down and sketch, so it's a good idea to always have some sketching supplies in your bag, right? I put this sketchbook into my tiny purse together with Viviva Colorsheets.
This sketchbook is 100% cotton, which makes your gradients more beautiful and the sketching process more pleasant. This is a great gift for any urban sketcher.
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Here's a YouTube video showing the contents of my tiny purse. You can also read about it in my blog post: My Urban Sketching Kit.
3. EDDING GLOSS PAINT MARKERS
Gloss Paint: pack of 2 paint markers (round nib 1-2 mm).
I love adding golden highlights to my sketches to make them more joyful and festive. Edding's Gloss Paint Markers are really good quality, truly glossy, and work well on a variety of materials: glass, pebbles, wood, plastic, and paper. They are waterproof and have high coverage.
You can use them in your sketches, on greeting cards and on different objects. Even something as simple as a water jar could easily be transformed into a personalized gift or a work of art. Any artist who loves trying out new supplies will be delighted to get this gift.
Buy Gloss Paint Markers on Amazon
Buy Gloss Paint Markers in Dutch Becreative shop (5% off with code: Juliahenze)
4. HAHNEMÜHLE WATERCOLOR BOOK
This 100% cotton sketchbook by Hahnemühle is already a big hit with urban sketchers. It comes in different sizes, including a square one, which is rare for watercolor sketchbooks. Painting in a square sketchbook is always a fun adventure. I love the way my watercolors work in this sketchbook: lovely gradients and bright colors make my sketches expressive.
It says it's cold press, but the paper is actually quite smooth, which makes it easy to use fineliners.
Yes, it's a perfect gift for your artist friends. Just don't forget to buy one for yourself, too!
Buy Hahnemühle Watercolour Book on Amazon
Buy Hahnemühle Watercolour Book in Dutch Becreative shop (5% off with code: Juliahenze)
5. WALKSTOOL FOR SKETCHING ON LOCATION
I bought this stool a few years ago and it has been an essential tool in my sketching kit. It is light and compact, but it is really comfortable and comes in a convenient case. Good quality and slylish design.
The Walkstool comes in several sizes, so you can choose one according to your height. I use a 45cm one.
So if you or your sketching friend is constantly looking for somewhere to sit on location, now you know the solution! Get this Walkstool and sit anywhere you like.
Buy Walkstool on Amazon
6. FABER-CASTELL POLYCHROMOS COLORED PENCILS
This may look like a box of pencils, but it really feels more like a box of candy! You wouldn't believe what a joy it is to use these pencils: beautiful colors, a large range and very good quality at a reasonable price. Sets vary from 12 to 120 pencils, so easy to find something within your budget.
Buy Polychromos Colored Pencils on Amazon
Buy Polychromos Colored Pencils in Dutch Becreative shop (5% off with code: Juliahenze)
7. FABER-CASTELL WATER CUP
Well, this is fairly obvious from the photo below: a convenient collapsible water cup. Your brush doesn't roll down off it. The plastic is very pleasant to the touch, and the color is beautiful, too.
If you are looking for a small and inexpensive gift, this is the one. If you are worried that your sketcher friend already has one, let me tell you this: there can never be enough water cups!
Buy Faber-Castell Water Cup on Amazon
Buy Faber-Castell Water Cup in Dutch Becreative shop (5% off with code: Juliahenze)
8. FABER-CASTELL FINELINERS SET
Just like with water cups abovem you can never have too many fineliners. So this is a great gift for any sketcher.
I have tried many different brands, and these Faber-Castell fineliners are my #1 favorite. The ink is waterproof and lightfast, the ink flow is consistent.
This set contains the most common sizes that will meet all of your sketching needs. Nothing extra, a very practical set.
Buy Faber-Castell Fineliners Set on Amazon
9. DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT POSTER
This is a great gift for all perfectionists out there, artists or not. I actually have it on the wall in my art studio and I glance at it every once in a while to remind myself to focus on action rather than perfection. This is a magic poster, believe me.
This hand-drawn design is available in different sizes and on a variety of products: mugs, t-shirts, stickers, and phone cases. Visit my redbubble shops for all available options and other designs.
Buy on Redbubble
10. BRAVE BRUSHES STUDIO SUBSCRIPTION
Yes, I know I said nine gifts. But this is the one that can truly take you to the next level and make sure all the art supplies are not just sitting there!
Brave Brushes Studio is my membership for amateur artists and urban sketchers. It has 12 + exclusive courses that cover the basics of sketching, 13 skillshare classes and 15+ recordings of my live sketching workshops. More importantly, it is a place where you can get my feedback and guidance, support of a community of fellow artists and accountability to make sure you devote time to your art hobby.
Join Brave Brushes Studio now and get immediate access to my entire archive of classes.
What's on your wish list this year? Share in the comments! I would love to hear from you.