Happy Artist’s Christmas List

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Still looking for stocking stuffer ideas for the artist in your family?  If you’re the artist, you know it doesn’t take a lot to make you smile when you unwrap your treasures under the tree!  Perhaps a hint or two might be in order…..

christmas gift ideas for artists, debiriley.com
Artists’ List Ideas


For those of you who might still be looking for a quick stocking stuffer, I thought you might enjoy this List.  The Hake brush I’ve found at one shop for $1.99  amazing.  Some of these are under $5 and most are right around at the $10 range.   A few are in the pricier range, but hey,  it never hurts to put some of those on the list.


  • Small postcard sized art journal  and/or a slightly larger size
  • Sharpies, pens, markers – white, blue, brown, black, red; Varying widths
  • Tube of genuine cobalt blue pb28,   artist quality vs student range
  • Inktense pencils or blocks
  • Hake brush
  • Large, wide,  flat brush
  • Rekab 320s #2 squirrel   watercolor brush
  • 1  Palette knife   Pk#1008
  • Gift Voucher to a local art shop
  • Gift Certificate to online art shops,  ( i.e. Cheap Joes, Jerry’s Artarama, Dick Blick..)
  • 1 sheet of Fabriano Rough, or Arches Cold Press 300gsm watercolor paper
  • Drawing papers – newsprint, cartridge, Canson, white, beige, colored,  … lots of it!
  • Fancy Drawing paper –  perhaps Stonehenge paper,  Or  Fabriano Roma handmade paper
  • Niji  Japanese plastic  waterbrush pen,  water refillable type
  • Acrylic artists would LOVE  Any  paint from Golden –  (Indanthrone Blue is so cool)
  • Acrylic artists might like 1 good sized,  wrap around style canvas, with wide sides
  • Gloss, Satin acrylic mediums are extremely versatile for many media projects
  • Oil painters might … like  1 tube of Langridge oils or Vasari .. as a treat
  • Great “basic” colors: Winsor Lemon or Hansa Yellow Light;  Quinacridone Rose;  French Ultramarine;  Prussian Blue;  Cobalt BLUE -not HUE;    can’t go wrong with these!
  • Sensational, melting buttery,  oil pastels – Sennelier brand is lovely and soft and glides/blends easily –  They are Great!  can be used Over wc, oils, acrylics.



Happy shopping, painting and hinting!


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28 thoughts on “Happy Artist’s Christmas List

  1. Wonderful post, Debi! I’ve been drawn to graphite and pen lately and really just enjoying drawing for its own sake, so your call for paper and lots of it leapt out at me lol. I always enjoy your posts and learn so much from you. Thanks for sharing and shining your light! You help us all find the way a little easier. ❤️ And Merrrrrry Christmas! 🎄

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    1. merry Christmas Laura! thank you! graphite esp. block/powder is way cool to use. Many fun things you can do with it!
      my ‘light’ for today …..
      Always … Believe your efforts, the artistic energy you have just expended in the creation of the art- IS Good Enough!

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      1. Hey Debi, can I ask you – I’m using a koh-I-noor pencil that my daughter left behind from high school art classes. If I bought another 2B pencil, say from Derwent – would I notice a difference in another brand, or are pencils of one softness pretty much all the same across brands?

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      2. no, not for ‘plain’ pencils. I’m partial to my big fat clutch refillable that I can reload with whatever 2B, 6B 9B etc. it fits my hand and is just easier for my arthritis to deal with than reg. pencils 🙂

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    1. Glad you enjoyed that list! my art room has been ‘overflowing’ for quite some time, lol. I don’t need any more!!! merry, joyful, Christmas Anyushka 🙂

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  2. Sharpies actually had a nice set of markers at Staples for a good price in Oct./Nov. – they came out with a limited edition thing. Well, everything on your list should be under your tree. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Deb!

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    1. Thanks! this is kind of funny, readers might be thinking I AM Hinting for these… actually my art room is like An Art Shop (but Messier!) I have everything in duplicates already. 25 years of teaching will do that. wishing you a most merry, joyful Christmas! cheers, Debi

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  3. Fabriano Rough … NICE taste!!! I have stacks of this paper, 21×24 for my pastels. I LOVE just getting lost in music and drawing abstracts. Ya never know what comes out of my hand. LOL Merry Christmas to you!!! ❤

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    1. Amy, same to you 🙂 Fabriano makes a really wide range in watercolor I love all their surfaces. Especially the ‘soft press’ for drawing and printing. It is sensational! 22×30 cut into 4’s gives me 4 sides + the backs to work on. (just 1 more paper for you) LOL wishing you Merry JoyFull Christmas Amy. cheers, Debi

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