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The holiday season is one of gift-giving from the heart. If you love painting and drawing and everything in between, here’s an artist’s wishlist that can inspire your own and give you great ideas for gifts for the creative people in your life.
The Artist’s Wishlist Starts with Must-Have Kits
DERWENT LIGHTFAST PENCILS
Available in a range of 36 colors, these pencils are thick, smooth and creamy, with a beautiful dense laydown of rich, vibrant color that stands up to UVA radiation, helping your work remain lightfast for years.
GENERAL’S® BLACK AND WHITE PENCIL SET
Ideal for bold designs and bright white values, this set includes three specialty drawing pencils: Primo® Elite™ Grande Pencil #5000 (extra soft, bold charcoal), Kimberly® 525-9xxB (extra dark graphite) and Charcoal White® Pencil #558 (bright white)—all handcrafted from sustained yield genuine incense cedar wood.
FABER-CASTELL POLYCHROMOS COLORED PENCIL SET
Polychromos colored pencils offer a smooth laydown for blending, layering, highlighting and transitioning. Water-resistant, smudgeproof, 3.8 mm cores are bonded to premium California cedar. High-quality pigments ensure unsurpassed lightfastness. The set includes 20 Polychromos pencils, four graphite pencils, a double-hole sharpener and an eraser.
MARS® LUMOGRAPH® GRAPHITE SKETCHING SET
Perfect for expressive sketching, these German-made pencils, crafted with specially formulated, super-bonded leads, are unbelievably break-resistant. The metal storage tin contains 20 of the classic Lumograph hard and soft degrees, plus four Lumograph black degrees for deeper charcoal tones.
THE SKETCH YOUR WORLD BUNDLE
Your sketching journey starts now! No matter your skill level, you will learn how to sketch your world with this comprehensive collection! Get insights from the experts on using charcoal, pen ink, and watercolor to bring life and energy to the world around you.
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The Artist’s Wishlist Definitely Includes Metallics
TURNER ACRYL GOUACHE DAVINCI PRO LIQUID PANELS PAINTING-AND-POURING KIT
Relax, play and enjoy creating a poured painting. No drawing or art skills required! You’ll be amazed by the concentration of Turner acryl gouache and enjoy experimenting with mixtures and application techniques.
DECOART POURING MEDIUM
Mix this fluid additive with acrylics to create stunning cells and other effects. Its special formulation thins paint to an ideal consistency that flows easily across a surface and reduces cracking and crazing. It won’t slow the drying time, alter the color or lessen paint adhesion.
These low-odor, self-sealing oil paints in stick form clean up easily with soap and water or baby wipes—no solvents! Most of these rich, buttery colors dry within 24 hours. Use them on canvas, fabric, wood, glass, etc. for drawing, painting, stamping and more.
SENNELIER ABSTRACT® ACRYLIC
Highly pigmented with a heavy-body texture and excellent covering power, this innovative acrylic comes in an economical, squeezable pouch. A clear window shows the paint color. The metallic set, with five iridescent colors in 120-ml pouches, is a brilliant idea for the holidays.
An Artist’s Wishlist Definitely Includes Surfaces Too!
STRATHMORE MIXED-MEDIA POSTCARD
The fronts of these 4×6-inch cards are left blank for your art; the back is printed like a postcard. Made of Strathmore’s 400 series acid-free, heavyweight (184 lb/300 gsm) mixed-media paper, these cards have characteristics of watercolor paper with the finish of a drawing sheet.
A synthetic substrate with a nonporous surface that repels water, YUPO gives visual artists an amazingly beautiful canvas. On this bright white, smooth finish, artists can enjoy the flexibility of working in several different mediums to achieve unique and creative results.
CRESCENT 3-PACK ART BOARDS
Getting creative just got a lot easier. Simply select the pack of premium art boards designed for your favorite medium and start. Crescent’s done the cutting and sizing for you. Extra boards stay clean and safe in reseal-
able bags—ready for your next inspiration.
ALUMACOMP ALUMINUM PAINTING MOUNTING PANELS
With a thickness of 4 mm (3/16 inch), these unprimed panels are rigid and strong, yet lightweight. Use them, primed or unprimed, with oils or acrylics on either the brushed- or polished-aluminum side. These acid-free, archival surfaces won’t decay.
BLICK PREMIER WOOD PANELS
Made with premium solid basswood, these panels offer high quality for a terrific value. Each panel is precision-crafted, meticulously sanded on all sides and ready to prime with the ground of your choice.