I thought it might be helpful if I wrote a little price alert post for those of you looking to buy prezzies for an artist in your life (or yourself for that matter!). This wishlist encompasses all the stuff that I would love to see under my Christmas tree. They’re all great products at great prices. I’ve tried to check the prices and do a little comparative shopping to make your list easier to finish. So let’s get started!
Sketchbooks & Journals:
I’ve tried several kinds of sketchbooks and I now have three kinds going. I’m just getting to know my new Hahnemühle Watercolor Journal, I have a color book that I swatch all my paint and other media, that’s in a Stillman & Birn Softcover and finally I am about half way though a watercolor Moleskine. I have used a Strathmore hardcover journal in the past and even used a Strathmore visual journal (although I did remove the paper from the wire binding, left handed can be a problem with wire bound)
Pens & Pencils etc.
I have been branching out lately to other things other than just tubes of paint. I’ve taken up learning Brush Lettering, Hyper-realism using Pencil Crayons and for those of you who are loyal to your paint, I’ve gone from having only one palette a few months ago, to having a total of SIX as of today!! They seem to be breeding when I sleep. ;o)
Here’s what I’ve been using lately, they would ALL be on my Christmas List:
I have a favorite brush, it’s my travel Da Vinci 1503’s. I love that the brush head stores away in the handle so I don’t have to worry about them getting damaged. They truly changed my painting when I invested in them. Isn’t Christmas time the time to splurge? I’ve also heard good things about Escoda brushes so I added a link for those too.
And last but not least, the paint. OH THE PAINT!!! I never get enough colors. In fact, I’ll be taking Anna Mason’s courses starting in the new year, it’s part of my Christmas present. I have filled an entire 24 half pan palette last week with the suggested colors. Mmmm, all that color, thank GOD I had an old Schmincke palette that just happened to be the right size. I started using good paint about five years ago when I purchased a custom palette made by Wet Paint and filled with Schmicke watercolors. They do have a new one that they’re awaiting to arrive in store, I’ll leave the link below.
I use Schmincke, Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton professional watercolors. My palette is about one third of each. If you want to know more about my palette go here.