It’s that time of the year, when we celebrate the Christmas season, as well as remember those we love the most with gifts. But it’s not always easy to find just the right thing, is it?
Do you have an artist type in your life? If you do, then you know how difficult they can be to shop for. One of my teenage sons is into drawing and does some really neat work. I had a little conversation with him the other day. It may have been a little sneaky, because I sort of wanted to find out what he wanted for Christmas. But I did get a nice list from him for gift ideas that would be of benefit to anyone wanting to try their hand at drawing.
I love watercolor painting. Now I don’t consider myself particularly good but I do it anyway. For me it’s sort of a mindfulness activity. Putting color down on paper and watching how the water and the colors react is relaxing. It isn’t an activity where I have high expectations on creating a masterpiece. I do it purely for enjoyment.
Each time I paint, I learn a little more. The supplies for watercolor are simple. I have to confess that I don’t have great recommendations for brushes. For now I simply get by with a couple round brushes that I purchased. As I learn more I’m sure I’ll come up with some preferences.
For the Digital Artist
You can’t imagine my surprise when my oldest son gave me a Wacom Intuos tablet for my birthday this year. This is a great introductory tool for those who want to get started at digital creation. I use the Corel Painter Essentials software with my tablet but it does come with software upon registering your product. While I have not yet tapped the full potential of this tool, I have used it for creating some of my own digital stamps for card making. Inspire your budding artist with digital creation tools.
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