Gifts For under $15
Artist Paint Brush Roll Up Case
If you’re anything like me, you can’t resist a nice new brush and you never throw away the old ones ( Never throw away your old brushes by the way they always come in useful) Brush storage can start to be an issue. This roll-up brush holder is a great and inexpensive way to store brushes.
Faber-Castell Clic & Go Artist Water Cup
This neat little collapsible water cup is perfect for the studio or for plein air painting. It’s rubber exterior means that it grips whatever surface you place it on. The smooth interior is easy to clean and the scalloped rim allows you to place your brush on top without it rolling off.
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Winsor & Newton Field Artist Masters Series 5″x 5″ Square Watercolor Journal
You can never have too many sketchbooks right? This neat little pocket sized sketchbook is a handy addition to your collection.
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The Spirit of the Brush: Chinese Brush Painting Techniques
I’m a big fan of the Chinese, or Bamboo brush and of the loose painting style in general. This book isn’t heavy on the instructional side but it’s filled with inspiring work. A welcome addition to any watercolour painter’s library but not an obvious one.
Martin Universal Design Watercolor Palette
This portable well designed palette has 24 wells and a generous mixing area. It can be removed and cleaned easily.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Sometimes it’s difficult to just pick up a paintbrush and paint. I think we’ve all had that feeling at some point. Creative endeavours are fulfilling but also an endless uphill battle. I highly recomment Steven Pressfield’s book to any creative person.
Even though it was written primarily for writers. The creative struggle is one that anyone in any field of the arts will recognise. Pressfield personifies the foe as “Resistance” and gives plenty of philosophical guidance on how to overcome this insidious enemy.
Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Paint Brush Pen Set, Set of 12, Half Pans
A nice entry level set for the artist who is just dipping a toe into watercolour painting for the first time. This comes with a handy brush pen too.
Gifts For Under $30
Art Money Success By Maria Brophy
Maria Brophy is the manager/mastermind behind Drew Brophy. A hugely successful Surf artist. Maria gives a ton of great practical advice and often counter intuitive strategies for artists to attain the success they deserve. This book would make an ideal gift for any creative person struggling to break out of the starving artist mindset.
Arteza 8.3″x11.7″ Watercolor Book
A smart sturdy little linen bound sketchbook containing 64 pages of 110lb watercolour paper. Just perfect for putting in the back pack and heading out to paint inspiring Plein Air scenes. Any watercolour painter would be glad to receive one of these as a gift
Jack Richeson 22 Well Porcelain Palette with Lid
Who wouldn’t love to receive this pristine porcelain palette as a gift? Most artists tend to make do with cheap plastic palettes but they’re far from ideal as they’re difficult to clean properly and permanently stain. This one even comes with a handy lid which doubles as mixing area.
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Pocket- Sized Travel Paintbrush set
You may have noticed that I have a penchant for portable quality art materials! Now this isn’t something that I would use in my painting everyday but then that’s the whole point of a gift isn’t it? Nice to have and not totally utilitarian. This pocket set of sable brushes fits the bill nicely.
Royal & Langnickel Essentials Art Cargo Carry Bag
If you’ve been painting for any length of time you may have noticed that your art products seem to spread out and multiple when you’re not looking. Soon, there’s nowhere to put them all. I don’t know how this happens but this large sturdy bag might be just the right organisation solution for the space conscious artist.
Gifts For Under $50
Royal & Langnickel Aqualon Watercolor Painting Box Set
This lovely box of watercolour supplies is perfect for an artist on the move or for one who’s looking to get started with watercolour painting. There’s everything you need to get started here.
Daniel Smith Alvaro Castagnet Master Artist Watercolor Set
If you’re not familiar with the stunning vibrant work of Alvaro Castagnet then be sure to check him out. These paints may not instantly turn you into the next Alvaro Castagnet but using quality art materials is always a good idea. Daniel Smith are renowned for the great quality of their paints and this set of 10 tubes is a great introduction to their products.
Grand Solana Adjustable Wooden 3-Drawer Storage Box Easel
I love my table top easel and use it all the time. It’s a great space saver and is highly portable. This easel doubles as a three drawer storage box, what’s not to love?
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Watercolor Bottles, Set of 12
These bottles of highly pigmented intense watercolours are a bit different than your usual tube or pan variety. Each bottle has it’s own eydropper and a couple of drops is all that’s needed with with super concentrated ink-like watercolours
Gifts From $60 – $150
Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Studio Set
Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours are considered to be “Student” grade as opposed to “Professional” grade paints but don’t let that put you off. I use them all the time and find the quality to be excellent. This would make a perfect starter set of pans and palette for someone looking to get serious about painting watercolours but not wanting to spend a king’s ransom to do so.
Multi-Function Studio Artist Wood Floor Easel
If you’ve got a bit of space in your studio you can’t beat having a proper easel. This one from US Art Supply is highly versatile and has some really useful features.
Winsor and Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable Watercolor Brush Set
This set of brushes is well under $150 o.k. they’re still not cheap but it’s for a good reason. Kolinsky Sable brushes are highly prized by watercolour painters and are considered by many to be the finest brushes you can buy. For more on this, read my blog post all about choosing brushes here.
Winsor & Newton : Professional Watercolour : Lightweight Metal Sketchers Box Set
I have a set just like this, that I bought some years ago. It’s little battered and rusty now, but it was a great investment and still very much in use.
MEEDEN Ultimate Pochade Box
This luxurious box is an attractive and highly versatile piece of equipment. More than just an attractive storage box. You use it as an easel by fitting a standard camera tripod to it.