When looking for the right art supplies for gift purposes, the art shop can be quite confusing, especially if you’re a non-artist. But take heart, with a bit of snooping at what the person you want to gift already have on their shelves and a bit of thought, you can get a perfect gift for that artist in your life. There’s a myriad of art supplies out there but you need to choose the best quality that falls within your budget.
Here are some tips on how you can choose the right art material for gifting purposes:
If you want to gift a child, choose age-appropriate and safe supplies. Forget those huge sets of low-prices art stuff, they would impress the kids. Go for small sets of good quality materials that can last longer so they can appreciate your gesture.
Crayola products are great for kids because they are reliable. Try as much as possible to avoid markers/pens young kids because they usually pull the lids and leave the pen open. Children need products like quality triangular-grip pencils or watercolor pencils which come complete with brushes.
If you accompany this with an A4 high-quality drawing book, your artist kid will know that you really value his/her art endeavors.
For Teens (12-18)
Teens are a bit tricky to deal with because they already have their preferences. So its god to find out what they are into before you buy them a gift. You can either visit them or have a look around to see what they love or you can find out from their friends.
Most teens would prefer a book on drawing Manga/Anime or fantasy characters. If your artist is a budding cartoonist, fine permanent fiber-tipped pens make a great choice.
You can also consider buying them consumables like paper or ink because at times they may be short of cash to buy such items and they will really appreciate getting them from you as a gift. You can buy them a bound sketchbook or a Strathmore 400 series paper to use as a daily journal.
For Creative Adults
Just like teens, adults also have their preferences already. So you’ll to make some effort to find out what they usually use and maybe they are lacking at the moment.
Many creative adults like experimenting with different media so you can try coming up with a combination that can impress them. A Daler-Rowney, Newton, or a Winsor Watercolor Field Sketching box can make a good combination.
You can also add a luxury sketchbook to show them how you appreciate their art. If in doubt, you can check out an art magazine or a video DVD/video to help you make a choice.
If you can’t make a choice on your own, here's a collection of ideas that can help you out.
1. A Painting Knife
This is a good alternative to a paintbrush. It offers a different experience from painting with an ordinary brush. Not only does it help the artist produce a range of different marks, but it it feel distinctly different in their hands too - just like spreading jam with a springy knife.
If the artist in your life already has a painting knife, consider buying them one of the uniquely shaped painting knives from RGM, which opens up all sorts of new possibilities.
2. Mediums to Change Watercolor
Watercolor mediums make watercolors do more. These granulation media change watercolors from their smooth colors to grainy colors which are great for producing artworks where gradient matters. For example, an iridescent medium can add glitter, sparkle or texture.
3. Markers for Drawing
In case of art supplies, an artist’s bag will remain unfulfill if he don’t have a marker set in it. So, if you are thinking of giving gift to your artist friend or your kids for doing art projects, then choosing a set of marker can be a good idea.
Variety of color will help them to pick up the right one they actually need. It also provides durability as some of the brands provide refillable option. Some markers also come up with dual tip option that provides versatility in outlining.
There are actually so many brands out there. So, depending on your budget choosing a marker set can be a great idea for giving gift.
3. Slow-Drying Acrylics
Slow-drying acrylics are not like the ordinary acrylics on the market. What’s unique about them is that they dry slowly this means they give the artists more working time just like oil paints without the disadvantages of dealing with oil mediums and turps. You can buy a variety of colors to satisfy the needs of the artist you are buying for.
4. Paints Organizing Box
Many artists lack storage containers, so buying them paints organizing box will do them a great deal of good. This will allow them to organize and sort their paints and art materials and also to keep them safe. Buy the one that folds into multiple trays to accommodate more materials.
There are many art gift items out there and you can get spoilt for choice. The suggested item above can surely impress your artist friend. Other gift items you can consider include:
You can also buy them a painting DVD or just an already painted artwork to add to their collection.