Best Gifts for Artists Who Draw 2021 – What to buy your artist friends (or yourself)!

Best Gifts for Artists Who Draw 2021 – Unique Gifts Artists Will Love!

What do the visual artist in your life really want? Besides the time to create art, most artists will appreciate inspiring creative gifts and quality art supplies that show you notice. Special occasions, the holidays and birthdays are the perfect time to show some lovin’ to your art friends and family with gifts that show you care.

From funky Bob Ross goodies to the best quality in art supplies, these suggestions will help artists take their skills to the next level.

Bob Ross Figure

Bob Ross: Collectible Figure

Who doesn’t love Bob Ross and his cool vibe! Get the cool Bob Ross vibe with this fun Bob Ross collectible figure.
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Caran d'Ache Luminance Colored Pencils

Caran d’Ache Luminance Colored Pencils

Considered the top of the line, these professional colored pencils combine the smoothness of a permanent lead with excellent lightfastness. Every shade has been formulated using finely ground pigments chosen for their purity, intensity, and resistance to UV rays. Beautiful, buttery and smooth.
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Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils and Sets

These German pencils are also top of the line. The buttery smooth color laydown offered by Polychromos pencils can be easily blended for layered effects, highlights, and transitions. Their break-resistant, water-resistant, smudgeproof 3.8 mm leads are encased in premium California cedar with Secureall bonding to resist breakage while providing sharp, fine lines and permanent, rich color. Oil based and firmer textures achieved. Purchase information here

Prismacolors – Smooth blending makes for unique expressions.

The popularity of Prismacolors has risen over the years with adult coloring books. The wax based pencil is great for blending and an accomplished artist can do wonders with layering effects. The leads break easily at times, so you will want to make sure that you don’t drop them. Purchase information here.


Fineliner Pens – Microm Pens and Sets

Micron pens are acid-free and archival, making them ideal for paper crafts, journals, illustration, crafts, or any application requiring precision and permanence. Purchase information here

Papers Artists Will Love

Artist drawing paper, illustration boards, pastel paper, watercolor paper, vellums and more! Artistic expression starts with a piece of paper and depending on your medium of choice you will want the best papers as your foundations.

Here are a few versatile papers that I have used and recommend.

Canson Mi-Teintes Touch Sanded Paper And Boards

Canson’s Mi-Teintes has long been one of the world’s leading colored pastel paper brands. Teintes Touch surface features an innovative, sanded-type coating with a smoother, finer tooth than other sanded papers, and is ideal for all work in soft pastels as it holds multiple layers of color on its highly receptive surface. Papers can be found on Blick here

Arches Watercolor Paper Blocks

Made from 100% cotton linters and both internally and externally gelatin sized, acid free Arches Aquarelle watercolor paper is one of the finest art papers in the world and has been around for over 500 years! Choose a watercolor block for easy care. The blocks are glued on all sides which helps to keep the paper flat when working with wet media. Once dry you can cut it off the block. Dick Blick has a good deal on Cold Press 9×12 blocks. Cold Press will give a texture to the surface. Purchase details here

Strathmore 400 Series Drawing & Sketch Pads

400 Heavyweight Drawing Pads – 100 lb., cream-colored paper is ideal for finished artworks and heavier sketch media, allowing for repeated erasing and reworking. Use with charcoal, pencil, colored pencil, sketch sticks, and more! Can be found on Blick most fine art stores.


Moleskine Art Collection Sketchbooks

Always at the ready, Moleskine Art Collection Sketchbooks are the perfect portable canvas for those who sketch and draw — and what artists and professionals turn to for capturing their thoughts, notes, appointments, and contacts. Every book has a rigid, durable oil cloth-bound “Moleskine” cover, sturdy thread-bound binding, 111 lb (165 gsm) acid-free paper pages, a built-in elastic closure, a ribbon placeholder, and an expandable accordion pocket.  Purchase info here

Rembrandt Soft Pastels and Sets

Rembrandt Soft Pastels

The history of Royal Talens goes back to 1899. In that year, Marten Talens founded the “Dutch Factory for Paints, Lacquers, and Inks” based in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Rembrandt Soft Pastels have since become one of the most popular artist pastels in the world. We offer you the full range of Rembrandt colors in open stock. Rembrandt pastels are made from the purest pigments and mixed with the finest quality kaolin clay binder. Review choices here

Derwent Inktense Pencils and Sets

Derwent Inktense Pencils are as versatile as watercolor pencils, but with a firmer texture that allows them to perform with the brilliant intensity of traditional pen-and-ink. These pencils are available in strong, vibrant colors which work beautifully on their own or can be mixed together to create rich, subtle tones. See assorted colors and sets

Windsor and Newton Inks

Windsor and Newton Drawing Inks

Winsor & Newton’s famous drawing inks are formulated from a series of soluble dyes in a superior shellac solution. Apply them with brush, pen, or airbrush. They are widely used by illustrators, designers, calligraphers, and artists. See selections here


 Windsor and Newton – Who are they?

Winsor & Newton was founded in 1832. Based on a partnership between a chemist and artist, we have stayed true to their heritage by continually pursuing modern advancements in chemistry whilst collaborating with artists and designers.

“In 1832, both men were in their late twenties and shared an interest in painting. Newton was the more artistically gifted of the two whereas Winsor, who also painted, contributed the scientific knowledge that was to be so important”.

Windsor & Newton has enabled generations of artists to express their creativity including the following famous artist. According to their history, The Scream, Edvard Munch, 1893, used more than 250 tubes of his Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Colour!

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