It’s that time of year, friends! We are one week – ONE WEEK – away from Christmas and for me that means I’m scrambling to turn these last minute to-do’s into TA-DA’s and wrap up my Christmas shopping.
Yesterday, I was chatting with a friend about some creative little gifts for aspiring artists in her family and that sparked this quick blog post to share ideas with you! Maybe you too have a doodler in your circle, but have no idea what to give them? Here is a simple wishlist for someone just starting out and keeping it light, and won’t break the bank for the gift-giver. I’ve linked to Blick’s online store, but you can find these supplies at just about any craft store.
Oh my goodness, can you imagine how excited your doodle-lover would be to receive a gift basket full of their some favorite supplies?!
They’re most definitely a few of my favorite things…
1. Sakura Pigma Micron Pens – I keep Microns with me wherever I go. I love the range of fine tips that can cover teeny-tiny hairline details, to the heavier brush pen for filling in larger background areas. The ink is acid-free and archival, and permanent, so I can color around them without worrying about ink bleeding if I color around with marker or watercolor.
2. Spiral-Bound Mixed-Media Pads – If you were to visit my office studio, you’d find a bunch of spiral bound sketch books. I’m not picky about the brand, as long as the paper is thick enough to handle my messes. I like that I can get Canson pads in a good range of size and weight. When you’re picking one for your doodler, I’d suggest getting a size that they can easily hold in their lap, since most of us like to doodle on the couch or in the car…
3. Moleskine Notebooks – For even more portability, pick up a Moleskine Notebook, or two, or three, or… They’re great for tossing in my bag and getting my doodle on when I’m on-the-go. Their “Classic” paper is smooth and great for writing or ink-only illustrations. Step it on up to their “Watercolor” notebooks for wetter media like watercoloring and bold markers. I took a Classic with me on a recent trip to Spain. It was great to jot down notes and doodles in the airport and long train rides.
4. Sharpie Ultra-Fine Point Markers – The bold color of Sharpies can really add some pizzazz to my doodles without too much added expense. Currently, my favorite set is the 80’s Glam, but maybe that’s because I’m truly a child of the ’80s!
5. Travel Watercolor Paint Set – Travel sets are great for keeping things light and simple. I have two favorite sets that I’m using now: The Sakura Sketchbox set of 24, and Artists’ Loft Fundamentals Watercolor Pan Set. I love both sets! The Sakura set includes a waterbrush which has a little built-in reservoir for holding water (no need to bring along an extra cup for your water!). The Sketchbox is small enough to fit in my bag when I’m out for a hike too. Not to mention the colors are so rich and vibrant! My other go-to set is my Artists’ Loft Pan Set. These are great for my Bible-Journaling and don’t bleed to badly through the thin pages in my Bible. And they’re very economical, so that’s always a plus for a starving artist!
6. A Mechanical Pencil – I personally like the weight of a good metal mechanical pencil better than a typical #2 school pencil. I know I can keep a fine point on my mechanical without have to resharpen. And plus, when I’m on the go, I don’t have to worry about bringing a sharpener/blade (which are generally frowned upon by security…).
7. Kneaded Rubber Eraser – Last but definitely not least, a kneaded rubber eraser. All erasers are not created equally, my friends. I’ve been using the same rubber eraser since college (and I’m not going to tell you that means I’m going on 10 years with the same eraser!!). It doesn’t leave behind eraser dust like a typical eraser would, and I can knead it (thus the name) into whatever shape I want to get as much coverage as a I need.
I could add about 100 more items to this list, but since you’re running out of time for shopping, I’ll leave you with just these few. And if all else fails, a gift card to their favorite art store could be a one-size-fits-all solution!
*Disclaimer: None of the manufacturers, companies, distributors or their representatives paid me to make this list or give my opinions. They don’t even know who I am. I’m just sharing my own opinions and favorite doodle tools.