Gift Guide to surprise and delight an artist

Gift Guide to surprise and delight an artist

 

Rather than give my followers things to shop for….this Gift Guide to surprise and delight an artist is aimed at those who love to support the artist in their life with treats to surprise and delight them on Christmas morning! The video is a little longer than I hoped, and I didn’t include everything in it – but there’s plenty of info in this post.

Artists: if you desire to give Santa a hint, share this post – and select the image for the category you’re hoping to fill your stocking!

Each section below contains an infographic in case you need to know what some of the items look like; and a link list of the items to make shopping as easy as possible! Stocking stuffers for each type of artist are called out in that list…and I do hope this makes the gift season go smoothly for everyone! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Copic Markers

These are high-quality alcohol markers, with a scheduled price increase in 2019 of about $1 per marker. They’ll make a great gift! Don’t be tempted to try the cheaper knockoff markers; they’re nothing like this brand and don’t perform well. Really. Believe me.

Bible Journaling

I’m a recent author – so Bible journaling is something I’m passionate about! There’s a whole website about the book HERE – be sure to let your artist know about it, as there are many free resources they can access there!

  • Bible Journaling Made Simple book and workbook:
  • Bibles are a personal choice; if you know your artist well – you may be able to choose one for them. But see the Bible Buyer’s Guide and see if one looks perfect for them! (Those shown in the guide are ones I personally have and can vouch for; look for favorite translations, cover designs, etc.)
  • Art Supplies:
    • Pencils – all three brands work great; Prismacolor is most affordable:
    • Watercolor Pencils: Inktense are reasonably priced and great pencils (don’t forget to get a brush too)
    • Silver Brush #8 Round at Ellen Hutson | Blick
    • See the Watercolor section later in this post for more detail on the sets shown in the video. Recommended for Bible journalers might be the Floral set or Ultimate Mixing set.
    • Stocking Stuffers:
    • Bible Journaling Classes available at art-classes – if you want to give a class and not have them get the notification yet, order on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Or order as if sending to YOUR email address, then send them the gift card code later.

 

Colored Pencils

  • Colored Pencil Classes available at art-classes – if you want to give a class and not have them get the notification yet, order on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Or order as if sending to YOUR email address, then send them the gift card code later.

Miscellaneous treats for artists

  • Glass Mat for crafters is a great gift! Available at Ellen Hutson.
  • Gemini Junior is a diecutting and embossing machine I’ve used a ton in 2018 and can recommend! Available at Ellen Hutson.
  • Give the gift of EDUCATION! Give a gift certificate to the artist to choose the class they desire; if you order on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, then they’ll get their code by email right away. (Black Friday sale prices will also happen on Christmas Eve and Day, so they can sign up for classes at a discount and your gift will go further!)
  • For artists who make videos:
    • Arkon Stand – The Table Desk Stand is the one pictured; search the site for the right connectors and extenders based on the type of work the artist will be doing. (I attach THIS to the bottom of my camera.) There’s also a stand that clamps to a desk rather than having the flat stand; look around for the parts your artist will need. Use coupon code sandyallnock for automatic 20% off the entire purchase!
    • New phone or camera – for the generous Santa to give.
    • A new SD card compatible with the artist’s camera.

 

Watercolor

  • Watercolor Classes available at art-classes – if you want to give a class and not have them get the notification yet, order on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Or order as if sending to YOUR email address, then send them the gift card code later.

Daniel Smith Half Pan Sets

Each of the sets is pictured below (pin them if desired, of course!) – and the colors are listed and linked below each one. Know that not all have every option that you may want to consider – but I tried to pick some interesting colors, and more than needed to fill in the palette. So pick out a few for a special treat for your artist!

DANIEL SMITH Floral Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Floral set includes: Hansa Yellow Medium (EH DB) Quinacridone Gold (EH DB) Phthalo Blue Green Shade (EH DB) Cascade Green (EH DB) Green Apatite Genuine (EH DB). My suggestions: Cobalt Teal Blue (EH DB) Lavender (EH DB) Wisteria (EH DB) Rose of Ultramarine (EH DB) Quinacridone Lilac (EH DB) Mayan Violet (EH DB) Pyrrol Orange (EH DB) Cadmium Red Medium (EH DB) New Gamboge (EH DB) Rich Green Gold (EH DB) Sap Green (EH DB) Spring Green (EH DB)

DANIEL SMITH Earth Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Earth set includes: Buff Titanium (EH DB) Raw Sienna Light (EH DB) Bronzite Genuine (EH DB) Venetian Red (EH DB) Burnt Sienna Light (EH DB) Lunar Black (EH DB). My suggestions: Raw Sienna (EH DB) Quinacridone Deep Gold (EH DB) Bloodstone Genuine (EH DB) Neutral Tint (EH DB) Payne’s Blue Gray (EH DB)  Azurite Genuine (only available at DS in-store) Amazonite Genuine (EH DB) Jadeite Genuine (EH DB) Undersea Green (EH DB) Amethyst Genuine (EH DB) Purpurite Genuines (EH DB) Rhodonite Genuine (EH DB)

DANIEL SMITH Colors of Inspiration Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Colors of Inspiration set includes: Lavender (EH DB) Wisteria (EH DB) Rose of Ultramarine (EH DB) Moonglow (EH DB) Shadow Violet (EH DB) Serpentine Genuine (EH DB). My suggestions: Indian Yellow (EH DB) Aussie Red Gold (EH DB) Phthalo Yellow Green (EH DB) Cobalt Teal Blue (EH DB) Iridescent Electric Blue (EH DB) Kyanite Genuine (EH DB) Blue Apatite Genuine (EH DB) Carbazole Violet (EH DB) Imperial Purple (EH DB) Anthraquinoid Scarlet (EH DB) Rose Madder Genuine (EH DB) Opera Pink (EH DB) **NOTE: extra purples added to this list because if you’re a fan of the 6 colors included, you likely are a fan of purple!

DANIEL SMITH Sketcher Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Sketcher sets Includes: Hansa Yellow Medium (EH DB) Quinacridone Rose (EH DB) Ultramarine Blue (EH DB) Cerulean Blue Chromium (EH DB) Monte Amiata Natural Sienna (EH DB) Transparent Red Oxide (EH DB). My suggestions: Nickel Azo (EH DB) Serpentine Genuine (EH DB) Undersea Green (EH DB) Cobalt Teal Blue (EH DB) Sedona Genuine (EH DB) Bloodstone Genuine (EH DB) Moonglow (EH DB) Paynes Blue Gray (EH DB) Payne’s Gray (EH DB) Neutral Tint (EH DB) Lamp Black (EH DB) Lunar Black (EH DB)

 

DANIEL SMITH Blues Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Blues set includes: Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Genuine (EH DB) Cerulean Blue (EH DB) Lunar Blue (EH DB) Indigo (EH DB) Sodalite Genuine (EH DB) Payne’s Blue Gray (EH DB). My suggestions: Buff Titanium (EH DB)  Bronzite Genuine (EH DB)  Raw Sienna (EH DB) Lunar Earth (EH DB) Perylene Maroon (EH DB) Nickel Azo (EH DB) Serpentine Genuine (EH DB) Green Gold (EH DB) Green Apatite (EH DB) Hookers Green (EH DB) Deep Sap (EH DB) Perylene Green (EH DB) .

DANIEL SMITH Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Included: Buff Titanium  (EH DB) Hansa Yellow Medium(EH DB)  Quinacridone Gold (EH DB)  Pyrrol Scarlet  (EH DB) Permanent Alizarin Crimson  (EH DB) Quinacridone Rose (EH DB) Ultramarine Blue (EH DB) Cerulean Blue Chromium  (EH DB) Phthalo Blue Green Shade  (EH DB) Phthalo Green Blue Shade  (EH DB) Goethite Brown Ochre  (EH DB) Burnt Sienna  (EH DB) Indian Red  (EH DB) Raw Umber  (EH DB) Jane’s Gray (not able to be purchased.)

If you’ve read this far, a little treat will be coming: I’m redoing my dot card! I have to pick which kids stay and which will replace exiting colors. Yikes!

Books

Last but not least: art books! I have a growing collection of book recommendations that would make great gifts.

WHEW! That might be THE single longest blog post ever written. Thanks for visiting!

 

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: #4 Painted Pinecone Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: #4 Painted Pinecone Tags

 

Painted Pinecone Tags

Just because a stamp comes with certain elements doesn’t mean we need to stick with them – and in this video, I’ll show you how I edited the stamp and added the pine bough to the Hanging Pinecones stamp set from Impression Obsession to make these luscious tags! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

For the card I stamped the whole image – and increased the contrast and detail in the pinecone. I added snow on the tops of some of the little parts, and the background was done the same way as on the tags!

These are an unexpected kind of tag design – little mini pieces of art to tie to a package!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

New goodies!

New goodies!

 

New goodies – for me and you!

I broke the video for today into three parts:

  1. Ellen Hutson release – just showing cards so you can see what the embellies look like in use.
  2. Daniel Smith palettes – newly released – much more to come (read below)
  3. My books – signed!

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

You might have noticed that I don’t usually make samples for Ellen’s site…..we’re very close friends, but I like to just support her without really trying to drive traffic back to my blog with samples all over.

But – funny story – on Friday I visited so I could pick up my order of DS paints from her, and she showed me the sequins and droplets that had just come in, and was pondering how the heck to shoot good photos of them. (I didn’t have any good advice! ha!)

I did ask her if she needed some card samples for the bling, and the look on her face told me yes – she hadn’t gotten these out to the team to do that for her, and so…these cards might end up over in her shop. But the truly HILARIOUS bit in this story: I was there for an hour watching her break little packets of bling into littler packets. I had (stupidly) said I only needed a few of each to pop onto cards, didn’t really need full packs, so she sat there with static electricity causing no end of leaping sequins! Ha! We giggled hard, a much-needed laugh on a Friday…..and now I have a teeny bit of bling I can show YOU. Tee hee!

Note that if you buy any you get a full packet. The teeny ones I show are just the snippets I had….so here goes…see captions for card info:

Thistle stamp set (not in this release, it’s an older set) with pine needles added in YG99; Snow Days (sentiment, heat embossed in Hero Arts white powder), Snow added in Uniball gel pen, strings drawn in Copic multiliner pen. Colored Light Droplets adhered with Glossy Accents.

Darcie’s Snow Much Joy stamp set, colored in Copic markers. Nose bling is actually called Red Droplets, don’t mind me makin’ up fake crafty news! ha!

Art Impressions Santa Flutter Stamp and die set (but stamped as a one layer image using masking), colored in Copic markers. Nose bling = Red Droplets

Snowfall and Snow Buds dies cut from Neenah Desert Storm cardstock; white cardstock added behind. Stamped face from Snow Buds, added hat and scarf from Snow Buds colored in Copics. Snow curve on the bottom is a hand-cut curve. Heart Droplet glued on with Glossy Accents.

White on white! Snow Buds stamps and dies. Melted Snowman sequins, glossy accents for adhesive – and texture on scarf and snowline.

Snow Buds stamps; added extra snowballs because I stamped the circle too high so I drew in my own. Colored in Copics. Snowball droplets added with glossy accents.

Pop Up Mittens without mittens! Using the snowflakes, many sizes are in the set. Sentiment and stripe from Snow Days stamp set. Catherine Pooler inks.

Pop Up MIttens die set, diecut from Neenah Cardstock; Snow Days patterns stamped on mittens while not placed into the background. All colored with Copic Markers. Sequins from Snow Flurries mix.

Pop Up Mittens die set, watercolored (background sand is painted in Bronzite, a sparkly color!). Pattern from Snow Days stamped and embossed onto painted mittens before adhering them into the background.

The new Daniel Smith sets are out! I haven’t obviously had time since Friday to do much. But….I do have a plan. What I’d like to offer is, for each set, some suggested additions to that palette. For instance, I really like the 6 colors in the floral set right now – but what is it missing? I’d definitely want a warm red. A sap green. An orange, a deeper yellow maybe, and a warm blue. But I don’t know which ones as yet – but I have lots of time coming for play in the next couple months since I’ll be easing up some in December on videos!

To test all that out, I’ll be painting a few things with the 6 provided colors, and then see just what I miss having.  And will create samples like this one so everyone can see what can be made from the existing colors in each set.

Good news for those who like signed books: Ellen will be carrying them, and I’m going to hurry up and sign them once they arrive! Watch here or my social media to get notified when that happens and I have a link for ya. 🙂

Also – this week’s Bible Journaling video this morning has a technique I discovered recently for stamping without page prep – you’ll love how I did it with no bleeding! Watch it below or click HERE.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

AI Watercolor: Changing seasons of stamps

AI Watercolor: Changing seasons of stamps

AI Watercolor: Changing seasons of stamps

I’m pretty sure nobody’s too worried about doing this, but….I’m so much in Christmas mode that I wanted to turn the summery boys and girls stamps into wintry ones, so they could play with the snowman! It’s slightly complex – try it with just one image before making a full scene….but it sure is fun to customize it like this! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Today is the first day of my November challenge….I could use a more thankful attitude, so if you do too, please join me!

You can select something not on this list that you’re thankful for, too.

Only one rule: Be thankful!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Mass Production for the easily bored

Mass Production for the easily bored

Mass Production for the easily bored

Maybe it’s just me. But once I do something one time, it’s really hard to make another identical one! I’m ready to move on, so mass production is especially hard for me. But I need a LOT of Christmas cards – I send out about 200 each year, 50 or so to family, and the rest to Patrons, random subscribers here on the blog, and students. So I need to learn how to make a bunh, and found a way that at least won’t bore me to tears! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Kinda fun eh? Mix up the papers and mediums and stamps and at least there’s some difference for you to enjoy, too!

One day flash sale!

If you need any goodies to keep from being bored…..there’s a sale for ya HERE! The little grid below shows some of the stamps coming up if you need ideas, in addition to the actual supplies for this card below that!

 

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Painting Snow Spray

Painting Snow Spray

 

Painting Snow Spray

There are so many stamps that could use a bit of a spray of snow – skiiers, sledders, santa on his sleigh. So let’s paint a little spray in watercolor, and add a few trees and a sky to make a simple scene out of it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I did decorate the trees with some adhesive gems (very old ones, I don’t have even a package with the brand!) and added a few on the border as well. 

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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