6 Useful Items for Your Christmas List

So Christmas is coming up and it is a time when you can gain some extra art materials.  Perhaps friends and family are asking what art materials you would like?  What will you say when there are so many things you could ask for?  It is hard not to ask for something that is a bit more of a ‘luxury’ item but my advice would be to make sure you have the essentials first.

Everyone will have their own ideas about what they need materials-wise, but below I have made some suggestions of the materials that I have found most useful:

1. A Good Quality Sketchpad

A4 or A3 Sketchpad
A4 or A3 Sketchpad

If you haven’t already ask for a good quality sketchpad with thicker, grainer cartridge paper. They are much nicer to draw on and they are made better which means they won’t fall apart when you transport them.  It will also cope will with small studies in other media other than pencil. A4 or A3 are the best sizes to go for.  Hard-backed ones will last longer and protect your work.

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Christmas Shopping for Art Materials

It is that time of year again and your friends and family will probably be thinking about what gifts they can give you if you like art.  Many well-meaning friends and family can buy us things that either aren’t suitable or perhaps aren’t the best use of their money.  I offer some suggestions to friends and family of budding artists.

Personal Choices 

Each person’s Christmas list should look different because what you need on your list depends on the type of media you like to use.  Acrylic paints are no use to you if you like pastels so try to communicate to your friends and family the type of media you enjoy.

Art to most people means, paint and pencils so understand that your friends and family won’t necessarily understand what ‘watercolour’ or ‘gouache’ means so they may need some hints.  This will make their job a lot easier and save you getting any unwanted gifts that could go to waste.

Ask for the media that you know you enjoy using
Ask for the media that you know you enjoy using

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