If your thinking of getting something for the artist life, this guide is for you. Birthdays, holidays or just a gift for Monday and Tuesday. Here’s a wish list:
Start off with a basic A Complete Graphic Pencil Set. The #2 pencils from school were great for filling out classroom exams, but an artists needs a soft 9B, a sharp 9H for details and all that in between.
Green Guide for Artists: Nontoxic Recipes, Green Art Ideas, & Resources for the Eco-Conscious Artist
Inspire your craftsman with this Green Guide for Artists. If you think he or she will be into creating non-toxic paints, glues and recycling paper then pass this one on.
This Acrylic Paint & Easel Art Set will get anyone who has lost their painting habit back into the game. Twelve colors of acrylic paint, six brushes, a wooden palette, a 11″ x 14″ Canvas Board, a plastic palette knife, a tabletop easel and a sturdy portable tote.
If you’re feeling creative yourself, follow these directions to make a Paint Chip Wallet. It just takes a little sewing.
Encourage your artist to get out their in showing prints (or photos) of their work with a Presentation Portfolio Case. The one pictured has ten slots for them to show off their very best work, although it is expandable.
For a more complete way to store all of those supplies, how about a Storage Box with lots of compartments for the big and small utensils.
If bigger is better, then maybe you can help define your artist’s space with a Drafting Table
Graphic designers can help apply the principles of efficiency and waste reduction in our industry. This can save us money and time if we're creative about it. photo credit: jessicareeder After watching The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard, I'm just beginning to understand the meaning of sustainability. Recycling works and buying recycled goods helps because there is only so much space on the earth to put all the trashed plastic so we might as well put it back in our stores. That principle might be applied to all kinds of things and on this page I've looked for an ... Read more
Create your own wall art with some of these ideas from around the web without needing much of a budget at all. CD Jewel Cases as Photo Frames Painting Urethane Ceiling Medallions Framed Fabric Recycling Window Shutters Gutter Topper "Corkboard" Wall clock out of old magazines and a vinyl record. Cabinet Doors Painted Leaves & Branches Cupcake liners Reused Calendar Art Artful Spaces: DIY Wall Art for the Home
Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.