The time for holiday shopping is here!
While most of you reading this are likely moms shopping for your family, if you’ve got a kid that has an interest in art and craft’s, I’ve got you covered! Here’s the deal, as an artist and creator of things myself, I do take the tools and supplies I use seriously. I’ve been doing this for a while now and I’ve learned where I can get away with the cheaper stuff and what area’s I know that quality really is key. So if you want to encourage your budding artist, the things they use to create really do make a difference.
I’ve also got a kiddo who really has shown great interest in art. When they are younger of course, we encourage coloring books and construction paper and you just don’t know if they will develop a love for creating or not. But now that my nine year old has joined the art club and chooses to spend his free time painting and crafting, I’ll encourage it the best I can.
So here we go, my ultimate gift idea list for your creative kiddo!
Vivid, highly pigmented acrylic ink dries quickly to produce a very durable opaque and glossy finish on light and dark surfaces. Enjoy creating art projects on virtually any surface: fabric, textile, canvas, metal, pottery, treated wood, plastic, stone, terra-cotta, polymer clay, rock & including CERAMIC, GLASS AND PORCELAIN. Resistant to water, fading, and abrasion.
Use for: sketching, drawing, light washes of ink and watercolor, collage, journaling, and more. Erases well and blends easily. This paper is heavy weight and fine texture which is perfect for wet media such as watercolor paint and also great for sketching with pencil. This is my sketch pad of choice!
Follow the number guide to recreate The Scream by Edvard Munch (also available in other masterpieces such as The Starry Night). Includes illustrated instructions and guided strokes printed on the canvas. Includes acrylic paint colors, paint brushes and Faber-Castell Oil Pastels. Comes with a 6" by 8" real canvas, pop-up easel and a hang tab to display your finished artwork. I love this brand!
Artist-quality colored pencils for every level of expertise. Colors are easily blended, slow to wear and waterproof. Richly saturated pigments. I have and use these pencils myself a lot! The quality and richness of colors is amazing!
cotton pillowcase complete with a set of 10 doodle color wash out pens. Ink washes out completely on a warm machine wash. Available in different design options. Note: We have not tried this before but it is on Brennan’s Christmas List this year. The markers it comes with are washable so I plan on letting him use permanent markers or fabric paint)
This set is ideal for artist and crafters, Safe for kids- Non-Toxic! Paint is rich in color and vibrancy. I have and use this exact watercolor pan set in almost every handlettered print I paint and SELL! I have nothing against the other popular kid’s brand of paint, but this set isn’t much more in dollars and the vibrant colors and variety will encourage painting so much more!
Everything needed to complete both pieces of string art are inside this 176-piece kit, including 2 8.5” foam Canvasses, 5 pieces of cardstock, 31 yards of cotton thread, 6 yards of acrylic yarn, 120 pins, 5 pieces of acrylic felt, 32 pom poms, 3 pieces of adhesives, and detailed instructions. Art is hugely popular right now. Even if your kid likes to paint, I’m a believer in encouraging other forms of creativity as well. This is on our Christmas List this year!
Two brand-new books for boys and girls who love to draw and love to laugh! Packed with jokes that will keep boys and girls giggling for hours, and unfinished doodles for them to complete any way they want, these books keep little hands and minds busy. We have several of these books already and Brennan is so excited to be able to doodle now as well!
Unleash your inner artist as you color this therapeutic anti-stress coloring book, perfect for decorating with markers, colored pencils, gel pens, or watercolors. Filled with 35 whimsical pages of coloring and motivational quotes! This combines my love of art, hand lettering and positive words! This is great for both boys and girls and when they are done they can frame and hang in their room.
This series of “How To Draw” Books is so great! They offer instructions for drawing animals, people, plants, food, everyday objects, buildings, vehicles, clothing, and more. The section on people gives simple tricks for showing emotion. This is a fun book but also such a great teaching tool for drawing. Love!
This a bonus simply because I couldn’t resist. Honestly, this is fun for the younger kids and even my nine year old has fun doing this craft. But the main reason I had to add this to the list of must-have’s is because I loved doing these myself as a kid! It’s just a classic.
So there you have it. My ultimate gift guide list for your little guys or girls that like to create! If you have something you don’t see here that your budding artist loves, let me know! I’d love to add it to the list.