This gift guide isn’t an exhaustive list, but I hope that it’s a place to start for those in need of gift ideas for the budding artist (kiddo/teen/adult) in their life. These are products that I currently use, have used in the past, or come highly recommended from fellow artists. I’ve also included some of my favorite sites and shops. Happy Gifting, Y’all!
:: Art Supplies ::
The Ranger Dylusions Creative Journal by Dyan Reaveley is an awesome choice in either the more portable 5 x 8 inch size or its larger counterpart, 11.375 x 8.25. Below you’ll find a cool video of Dyan Reavely herself showing off the journal and all the delightful things to love about it.
I personally like that it’s made to expand as pages become chunky with layers of paint and paper, includes different types of sturdy paper, and that every bit of it can be customized with paint, ink, etc.
Of course, one can never go wrong with good drawing paper. I have several drawing pads and Strathmore makes some of my favorites.
Strathmore 400300 80-Pound 24-Sheets Medium Drawing Paper Pad, 8-Inch X 10-Inch
Drawing and Doodling Tools (Pens, Pencils, etc.):
Basic Art Journaling Supplies:
These supplies can be used with the ones listed above in art journaling.
:: Books/ Creative Magazines ::
Books for the Person interested in Hand-lettering:
Creative Lettering by Jenny Doh
Whimsical Lettering by Joanne Sharpe
(Note: at the time this post was written, Creative Lettering and Beyond was out of stock on Amazon.com. However, it can be purchased on the publisher’s website. Click the title above to visit the site.)
Art Journaling / Mixed-Media Books:
A Year of Art Journaling: A beginner course in artful discovery with Christine Hiester | “This new PDF This new PDF ebook holds one hundred fifteen pages of creative goodness. Twenty-four lessons of art journal techniques, heartfelt prompts, vibrant photos, resources and links, each providing enough inspiration for weeks of creating.” (This is also “a year-long fine art curriculum for homeschooled high school students.”)
Somerset Workshop | “All chapters in this 144-page book include simple stepped-out photographs with clear instructions to help you create exciting projects from some of the finest art and crafting instructors in our industry.”
Somerset Studio | “Welcome to a magical place of inspiration… Paper crafting, art stamping and the lettering arts are elevated to an artistic level in Somerset Studio!”
Art Journaling Magazine | “In every quarterly issue of Art Journaling, artists open their journals and share creative techniques for capturing their emotions…Detailed photos and commentary will help you discover your journaling style, with hints and tricks for creating a stand-out page.”
I invite you to check out the full selection of Somerset Publications by Stampington & Company. The above are just a few of my favorites.
Cloth, Paper, Scissors is another great magazine for Creatives. They also have a website that offers many resources, some are free with membership!
:: Online Classes ::
Vintage Hand-Lettering: Styling Phrases for Timeless Appeal with Mary Kate McDevitt on Skillshare (Free with Free Membership)
Any class by Junelle Jacobsen from Yes and Amen (around $45 each)
:: Fave Online Sites ::
Dick Blick (art supplies)
Strathmore (Free Workshops)
:: Want art? Check out these artist-owned shops! ::
Epiphany Art Studio from Beth Morey
AbstractionsByaddyeB from A’Driane Nieves
Anna Meade Arts from Anna Meade
Blue Hexagon from Becky Bowen Craig
Small Bird Studios from Franchesca Cox
Lady Lyn from Christina Power
Chaotic Art Angel from Evangeline Grace
The Turquoise Paintbrush from Mary Wangerin
Mandy Thompson Art from Mandy Thompson
Whispered Truths from Jodi Bond
Cindy J. Fort from Cindy Fort
Heather Lee Designs – Unique Handcrafted Jewelry from Heather Baldwin
Seeking Baby J | Handmade Bracelets from Mandee Jablonski
By Jennifer Upton | Photography from Jennifer Upton
The Luyt Emporium | Handmade Pottery
Yes and Amen |Fine Photography and Cards from Junelle Jacobsen
Bonnie Rose from Bonita Rose
Jodene Shaw from Jodene Shaw
Studio JRU from Jennifer Ueckert
Found on Brighton from Mary Brack
Jamie Dougherty Designs from Jamie Dougherty
And of course, my little shop: Anna K. Originals.
I hope this helps the gift-giver out there who needs ideas for the artsy loved one in their life! I’ll update this post as I’m able. Remember that this guide is not exclusive to the Christmas season! Birthdays, celebrations, and “Just Because” moments are also perfect for artsy gifts.
Blessings & Merry Christmas!
:: This post does include some product affiliate links. ::