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Luxury Gifts Ideas for Artists: When Money's No Object

Ideas for gifts for the artist in your life.

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Want to buy something unusual or extraordinary for the artist in your life? Here's a collection of gift ideas, whether it's for a birthday, an anniversary, or a Christmas present. Or perhaps simply a "I love the fact you're an artist" present.

Life-size Wooden Figure Manikin

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Instead of having a real person modeling for you, dress up a life-size wooden manikin. You'll never have to worry about giving them a break, or they not holding the pose. Nor about them complaining the painting doesn't look like them!

Combined Taboret and Easel Workstation

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If you want the ability to tidy away all your painting supplies, a combined taboret and easel workstation does the trick. Closed up, it looks like a small chest of drawers, but open it up and you've an easel and artist's workstation.

Art Caddy

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Keep various bits and pieces organized and close to hand with an art caddy on wheels. There's plenty of space for jars, bottles, rags, brushes, and you can store your paint tubes in one of the drawers until you need to squeeze a bit more out. The top is ideal for resting a palette on, or could even be used as a palette.

Paint Pigments

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In an age where everything can be bought ready made, why not spend the time to step back and make your own paints like the Old Masters would have (or rather, an apprentice in their workshop)? Get to really know your paint colors by working with the raw pigments and make your own paint.

Glass Muller for Making Own Paints

Glass muller for grinding pigment
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If you want to make your own paints, a glass muller is essential for grinding pigment finely, and for mixing pigment and binder together. With a muller, some pigment, and an egg yolk, you can investigate egg tempera painting techniques.

Roll of Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper

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Fabriano Artistico is a watercolor paper worthy of a quality Kolinsky sable brush. It's made from 100 percent cotton, is acid free, and double-sized for a great painting surface. The "Traditional White" is a slightly warmer white than the "Bright White".

6 Volume Boxed Set of Vincent van Gogh's The Letters

Vincent van Gogh letters boxed set
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If you're a Van Gogh fan, this must surely be the ultimate. It contains all his letters, illustrated with photos of the paintings he refers to (whether by himself or someone else) and actual size photos of the sketches he included in various letters. Everything's cross-referenced and annotated too.

Wooden Box Set of Pastels

Art gift ideas -- wooden box sets of pastels
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A wooden box set of pastels is perfect for going plein-air painting, for taking pastels to a workshop, keeping them organized in your studio and simply as a beautiful form of storage! Unison pastels are considered by many pastel artists to be the ultimate in pastel and the price of a big wooden, boxed set of 144 Unisons is definitely in the luxury category. But, as with other brands of pastels, there are various sizes of box available that all make a lovely art gift. If your local art supplies stores doesn't have boxed set, ask if they can get one in as a special order.

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Metal Watercolor Pan Set

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A metal watercolor set rather than a plastic one feels like it's a serious commitment to paint, rather than a temporary arrangement. It'll last a lifetime too, because the individual colors (or pans) can be replaced as they're used up.

Pochade Box for Plein-Air Painting

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Designed to hold small painting panels and your essential painting supplies, a pochade makes it easy to get organized for painting outdoors. Depending on the style, it also facilitates bringing wet oil paintings back home again. You can either put it on a fold-up table (or balance it on a rock) or attach it to a tripod to work standing up.

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