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The Artist Wish List - Great Christmas Ideas

Posted by Kathryn on December 4, 2012 at 8:15 PM

So, the holidays are approaching quick, and everyone's asking for stuff! If you are an artist or you're buying a gift for a friend or family member who's an artist, here are some great things. :)

DRAWING PENCILS: Drawing pencils are a must. If you or someone you know does not have good quality drawing pencils, buy them Faber Castell 9000 Jumbo Pencils. Big and very durable. 

If you don't want a big and chunky pencil, try the non-chunky Faber-Castell 9000 Pencils.

Another brand of pencils (these I love) are Designs Drawing 3800 pencils. I use these all the time.

COLORED PENCILS: I use a variety of brands, and the ones I use the most are Crayloa colored pencils and a brand from Borders called Kraft Icon Box Set of 20. Unfortunately, Borders went out of business but you can get them at Barnes and Noble. (You all know what Crayloa looks like so I won't post a picture.)

MARKERS: Markers are a definite. I use Bic Mark It! and four Copic Markers. The Bic markers are great, and the Copics are the same.

~Tipsy: Copic Markers are not cheap. At Michaels Arts and Crafts store, they're $7 per marker. At Blick, they're $5 per marker. The sets are not cheap at all either, but a basic set of 12 is about $20. Not too bad, but still a little pricey for markers.

SKETCHBOOKS: You can never have too many sketchbooks! At least, I think so. But my mother tends to disagree, ha ha. I own a variety of sketchbooks from different brands, and any sketchbook is a good sketchbook, but my favorite would be the Strathmore brand, especially the Smooth Bristol Board. It's great for watercolors and ink and doesn't bleed through.

Hope these tips on what to get you or someone else for Christmas helps you!

Happy Holidays!


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