We all know artists can be fussy, especially about all things art related! So where do you start when it comes to Christmas gifts?
Here are a few ideas that will delight even the most difficult of your artistic friends and family.
1 A Sketching Wallet
This is one of the best and affordable gifts you could give to an art lover. It’s perfect for carrying around and capturing the moments when the Muse visits, suiting outdoors artists in particular. The Derwent Sketching Wallet is an excellent choice, and available on Amazon and elsewhere. It contains Graphic pencils, Watersoluble sketching pencils, an Onyx pencil, tinted charcoal pencils, a charcoal pencil, a metal sharpener, a plastic eraser, and even an A5 landscape sketch pad. Perfect for artistic adventures! Who could argue with that?
2 A Fine Art Photography Giclee Print
Anybody who is in the know about the best quality prints will tell you that it has to be a giclee. The word comes from the French and means ‘to spray’ referring to the small precise sprays of ink that an inkjet printer uses while printing. Everyone loves a beautiful landscape, no?
3 A Local Fine Art Class
Why not buy a voucher for a local art class so your artist can ‘brush’ up their skills? If you happen to know an area of interest that they have always wanted to develop (such as portraiture) even better!
4 Artwork Themed Homeware
While it seems these days that beautiful paintings end up printed on everything from tank tops to underwear don’t throw out the idea completely. Plates, saucers and even coffee mugs look fantastic and tasteful with your favourite paintings on them. Drinking a hot drink or even eating breakfast can become an even more mindful exercise. You can buy these items from various websites, including Redbubble. There are even sites that specialize in taking Instagram prints and putting them on coasters (to name but one option) so if the artist in question displays their art on Instagram you could actually print their own artwork onto homeware for them.
5 A Sensu Artist Brush
This stylus allows you to draw on a smartphone or tablet allowing an entirely new dimension of drawing and painting digitally.
6 An original artwork under £50
This might be an obvious one but people often rule out original artworks because they imagine they will be too expensive. Websites like Etsy have affordable original art, and some of it is outstanding.
Abstract Canvas Art is very much trending at the moment.
What better gift for an artist than a canvas or two for them to enjoy their hobby or profession on? Busy artists can never have enough canvases. You may have to get some insider knowledge from partners or parents you should do so because artists can be particular about their personal preference of canvas. It should be as easy as a casual question or two though.
We like Arteza canvases and find them high quality.
8 Tracing Light Box
These are perfect for on the go and are powered by a USB. They are especially helpful if the light is poor, such as in winter time or at night, meaning you really can draw or paint in all situations.
9 Portable Easel
Again it might seem obvious, but easels can be expensive so people don’t go there. That’s why a portable easel can be a great gift option especially for those outdoor painting sessions. Make sure it’s not to difficult to adjust as that can be one of the most frustrating things about easels!
10 An Art Themed Phone Case
Artists often painstakingly photograph their works first, often on their phones. Why not get them a phone case which immediately identifies them as an artist? This watercolour case is fantastic but you could try all sorts of other ideas, such as your artist’s favourite painting.
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