*A guest post by Victoria Rose Martin.
Last month I discussed artist gift giving ideas for the creative person in your life. With less than a couple weeks left in the holiday gift-giving season I wanted to provide 10 last minute ideas for presents that are sure to please.
A magazine subscription. Somehow in my house, magazines always tend to arrive in the mail on Thursdays. How I love coming home from a long day at work to curl up on the couch with them. There are so many options out there from print to digital or a combination of both. Find the niche that suits your needs and go from there. Not sure, check out the customer favorites for inspiration.
The Raskog utility cart from Ikea. I have one in my own studio. I stick magnets to it to hold bits of paper and hang caddies to hold brushes and pens. When I need it I pull it out and roll it back under my Glasholm /Gerton Ikea table (with telescopic leg) when not in use. I love this table because I can raise or lower the legs depending on my needs.
Not your ordinary run of the mill palette knives. These are RGM New Age Painting Knives and the come with really cool textures and shapes.
If you’re looking to introduce some new pizzazz these little gems could be the perfect new addition to your supply list.
We all know the importance of a great looking business card, but what if you turned your cell phone case into a great marketing tool? SkinIt.com allows you to print your artwork onto a cell phone case. Turn your favorite artist’s work into a functional masterpiece. You could incorporate your web address into the design and give them to your circle of friends or patrons to get your message out.
How about a subscription to receive different craft supplies each and every month? Sites like My Subscription Addiction offer plenty of ideas that vary from Skein of the Month Club for the knitters out there to Beauty Boxes. Each and every month your artist can anticipate receiving a new box of fun and the holiday spirit will last all year long.
Does your artist have an adventurous streak and really good eyes? Then PixelHobby –usa.com could be perfect. You could order several copies and use them as a way to interact with your audience. They might even make a great craft gift for kids. Upload your design, and PixelHobby will send you a base plate and plastic “pixels” for you to recreate your composition. It looks like fun and just might inspire a new way of seeing your art. And once again, it could be a great marketing piece.
Perhaps seeing all of these cool ideas has you feeling creative and want to make your artist something? Which artist doesn’t need an apron at some point in time? There are hundreds of apron templates out there, why not make one that would reflect the personality of your favorite artist? For apron inspiration, start at Pinterest. And if you really got into the art of making it, perhaps this could spark a new venture for you and your art business. Imagine putting your artwork on fabric or personalized messages made just for your audience.
An online course. You could do the obvious thing and buy a workshop with their favorite artist, or you could try something different by visiting a site such as Artist’s Network University and browse their online selection. There you’ll find everything from an online critique with Betsy Dillard Stroud to how to paint a portrait. You could even buy a North Light VIP Program membership where they’ll receive for one-year access to ArtstisNetwork.tv where they can watch hours of streaming art videos, receive a free book of their choice and great savings on books, supplies, and free shipping.
Tools. Something to paint, draw or sculpt with. You could be thrifty and go to your local Big Box Hardware store and buy foam brushes, chip brushes or hit a sale just right at Michael’s (and don’t forget to visit their website for a 40% coupon). Want something a little bit different? These graphite brushes, known as Brusketch are actually pencils that come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. Image the variation in line quality. Check out FastCo.com for other cool ideas.
And finally something to carry all of the great gifts they received for the holidays. It doesn’t matter which medium they use just about every artist or craftsman could put something like the Artist’s Tools Bag to good use.
Whether you’re buying or want to be the recipient of a gift shown above, share this link with a person searching for ideas to buy for you.
I know they say it’s better to give than to receive. But with the gift ideas listed above you might find they’re so fun and affordable one or two might find their way into your stocking this year. In closing I send to you well wishes for happy and healthy holidays and a splendidly creative new year.
Victoria Rose Martin is an artist and designer currently living in South Florida. She is the Department Chair for Fine Art and Graphic Design at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Florida. You can visit her website at: VictoriaRoseMartin.com.
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