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Gift ideas for an art student please?

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Any ideas for dd2, who will soon be becoming an art student, fingers crossed?

Up to about £70ish.

So far we've got:
sketchbooks and nice new sketching pencils
charcoal pencils
acrylic paints

Thank you. smile

evmil Sun 30-Nov-14 16:04:05

Will she be going to university? If so then maybe one or two nice mugs and some warm pyjamas/slippers might be useful (though probably best bought nearer the time or next christmas is she isn't starting until september). Also, maybe a portfolio folder to carry her work around if she doesn't has one. And maybe a nice bag/rucksack for university/college. Also, would she like toiletries/bath things? Lush do some really nice stuff.

My DSS2(14) is really into art. He loves Keri Smith's wreck this journal, which is basically a book full of creative ideas to do with/to the book, so if she hasn't already got that it might be a nice idea. The author does a few other books with a similar basis as well

Tinc also do some really nice stationary and DSS2 likes anything from there. He also likes the Usbourne Doodle Books (though I'm not sure if your daughter might find them a bit too childish)

Oh and maybe new paintbrushes if she paints a lot... we get through loads of them!!

Hopefully this is slightly helpful and good luck to your DD.

Thank you. Not going to uni yet though - at home for another year.

I love colouring books myself but dd wouldn't appreciate them, I'm afraid.

Sorry to sound awkward.

Yes to paintbrushes btw!

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Sun 30-Nov-14 16:23:29

Wondsor and Newton inks and lots of brushes (one for each colour). Don't bother with silver or gold. Needs good thick watercolour paper.

Big arty marker pens (different tones) and A3 or A2 pad of paper.

We don't rate any of the coloured pencils, watercolour pencils are a total waste of money and space.

Try a pack of watercolour wax crayons, can add interest.

If you have somewhere well ventilated where she can work and space to store her work while it dries, oil paints at the best of mediums. She'd then need canvases (can be small) and special brushes (can also be small). If not, just don't get these as she should be able to use them at school/college.

Drawing pens in black and sepia are great tools if she likes to work small and enjoys line.

Charcoal and pastels are great for those who are interested in light and shade.

Pencil sharpeners. An electric battery operated one is a boon.

You could get her a 'stay wet' paper palette for use with acrylics as they tend to dry out very quickly and it helps avoid wasting too much paint. Get extra brushes as acrylic dried on a brush ruins it.

Printmaking equipment (lino tools and lino sheets - the see through acrylic ones are great) and rollers and lino ink, if printing and colour blocks are something she'd enjoy.

She will need a portfolio or two.

Thank you.

Drawing pens and a portfolio both excellent ideas.

She uses oils at school and loves them, but I don't think we could cope with them at home!

That list is v helpful, thank you.

soaccidentprone Sun 30-Nov-14 16:56:14

A small and a medium size plastic tool box.

Excellent for storing art equipment ie pencils, pencil sharpener etc

noddyholder Sun 30-Nov-14 16:57:48

An easel?

callmekitten Sun 30-Nov-14 17:11:18

I would stay away from getting her supplies beyond the basics. She probably has preferences for certain brands or colors or type of paper etc. Does she have a favorite artist or period in art history? How about a nice quality art book about a subject she is interested in?

She currently has no preferences, other than for sketching, charcoal and acrylics. Sadly, she is not v bookish (I think she is a changeling). Has got an easel already but a tool box is a great idea.

antimatter Sun 30-Nov-14 19:57:26

A trip to an exhibition of her choice perhaps?

Toadsrevisited Sun 30-Nov-14 20:00:27

This company do artists model hands etc and also lovely ink pens. I like everything on their website!

Artandco Sun 30-Nov-14 20:03:16

White spirit
Canvas boards

White spirit - yes.

The hand is beautiful but so expensive and I'm not sure she'd appreciate it as much as it would need appreciating!

Fixative too - thank you.

WD41 Sun 30-Nov-14 20:08:25

Only a stocking filler idea, but how about one of those little wooden artist's mannequins?

feelingfedupandold Sun 30-Nov-14 20:14:04

dd is at first year uni and has some cheap cool stuff she likes
from amazon - like the pentel aquash water brush for painting on the move.
also - a watercolour pan set to go with,
she likes the pink pig sketchpads

Fedup - googling those now, ta.

She's got a mannequin already.

feelingfedupandold Sun 30-Nov-14 20:17:01

feelingfedupandold Sun 30-Nov-14 20:18:32

the water brushes are v good - you fill up the barrel with water before you go out and then squeeze onto the paint pan when you are out and it is excellent for this sort of thing. get the set of 3 for £18

Thank you. She's not a massive fan of watercolours though, I don't think. Haven't seen her using them for years tbh.

feelingfedupandold Sun 30-Nov-14 20:40:08

tbh my dd has not been a great fan of watercolours - she has HAD to do things out of her comfort zone this (first ) term....and got more into it.
my dd loves drawing - the pink pig pads are good apparently or seawhite.
white spirit only good for for oil paints. plus not good for brushes.
possibly some sort of computer programme like adobe indesign
a light box?
inktense watercolour pencils.
graphite pencils

She's already excited about getting out of her comfort zone tbh, but think we'd rather buy stuff that she'll certainly use right now, at this point. She uses oils a lot at school and sometimes takes in extra white spirit.

Graphite pencils already sorted. Googling the others now, thanks. smile

Whatthequack Sun 30-Nov-14 23:45:54

Rotring sets are great! I used them throughout college, Uni and still to this day! (Although I'm Designer).

I had this when I started out, it was a great set.

Whatthequack Sun 30-Nov-14 23:49:36

Also a cutting set is essential. Like this.

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