a question for the arty artistic artist types - what are some fancy art materials for Christmas?

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  • President_Weasel 29 Nov 2010 12:41:06 8,948 posts
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    Hello, people who know a bit about art. I wonder if you could recommend some fancy paints or brushes as a Christmas present for my mum, who has got well into art since her retirement and has been doing various courses at art college.
    She's into both painting (I believe she's done oil and watercolours) and sculpture, but I figure paint and brushes will be easier to send her than sculpture stuff. Feel free to recommend something else that seems presenty.

    thanks for any help you can give, etc and so on.
  • Stickman 29 Nov 2010 12:41:46 29,657 posts
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    Windsor and Newton make lovely brushes.

    THIS SPACE FOR RENT

  • Spanky 29 Nov 2010 12:45:11 14,458 posts
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    What's the budget?

    Plubs

  • President_Weasel 29 Nov 2010 12:53:21 8,948 posts
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    anywhere from 25 to 50 British pounds.
  • Spanky 29 Nov 2010 13:00:40 14,458 posts
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    Stylish and Handy set of Brushes... blah blah ;)

    Plubs

  • Jeepers 29 Nov 2010 13:16:57 13,173 posts
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    I'd happily recommend these handmade brushes; fantastic prices on the Kolinsky sable brushes, and great service from a one-woman company.

    Edit: The Series 33 might be worth a look.
  • StarchildHypocrethes 29 Nov 2010 13:18:41 25,410 posts
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    Tape some tinsel to the end of some pencils for some incredibly festive brushes.
  • MetalDog 29 Nov 2010 13:20:14 23,708 posts
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    Also might be worth getting her materials to paint /on/, since those tend to be what you run out of all the time. Canvas and good quality watercolour paper would please her, I'd bet.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • President_Weasel 29 Nov 2010 13:38:36 8,948 posts
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    MetalDog wrote:
    Also might be worth getting her materials to paint /on/, since those tend to be what you run out of all the time. Canvas and good quality watercolour paper would please her, I'd bet.

    I thought that, but I suspect it would be a lot harder to transport. Brushes seem likely to last longer than canvas too - unless she does a painting on the canvas she decides to keep and handg, I suppose.

    Thanks for all the suggestions so far.
  • Load_2.0 29 Nov 2010 13:44:47 18,879 posts
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    Paint yourself naked and send with a note saying "You're not the only artist!"
  • President_Weasel 29 Nov 2010 22:00:43 8,948 posts
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    quick bump for the late night crowd
  • Dirtbox 29 Nov 2010 22:07:47 77,467 posts
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    Another call for Kolinsky Sables here. I've got a couple that belonged to my dad when he was a pro artist and they're still the shit.

    Moleskine have watercolour pads which look nice.

    The problem I've found with getting really nice shit if you'll never want to use it. I've got stacks of the finest artists supplies known to man, but I'm happier with a chewed bic and dozen sheets of copier paper bulldog clipped to a binder cover. Go figure.

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  • FWB 29 Nov 2010 22:13:32 43,806 posts
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    Ohh excellent thread. Just what I want to know too.
  • President_Weasel 29 Nov 2010 22:19:07 8,948 posts
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    thanks dirtbox, I think that's the present sorted then. Should I get a little'un and a middle sizer?
  • Dirtbox 29 Nov 2010 22:21:21 77,467 posts
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    Yeah, sounds good.

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  • Deleted user 29 November 2010 22:25:01
    Get her one of these Bad Boys!
  • Hypatiently 29 Nov 2010 22:36:46 295 posts
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    Arches watercolor blocks are lovely if she is into watercolours - perfect to draw on as well. Hot press is smooth while cold press has a more textured surface and rough is as it sounds - roughly textured.

    Brushes are great idea, a quick way to tell the difference is oil brushes will have a long handle while watercolour brushes have a shorter one. Don't buy long handled brushes that say they are for acrylic use as they will deteriorate in the solvents used for oil painting (and the long handles are difficult to control when doing watercolours).

    If you wanted oil paint, the brand Old Holland is my personal favorite. There are cheaper options but the pigment quality and ratio to oil are quite noticeable.

    Watercolour sets are a good option as well. Schmincke do some really great ones!
  • Jeepers 29 Nov 2010 22:41:31 13,173 posts
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    +1 for Old Holland oil paints - they are lovely. I got some Old Holland watercolours recently and they're equally nice.
  • President_Weasel 3 Dec 2010 19:35:58 8,948 posts
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    I ended up getting her the "set 50 for watercolours" from the website Jeepers linked; that's a set of a small, a middle and a middling big kolinsky sable.

    Thanks, Eurogamer.
    Theurogamer.
  • President_Weasel 19 Jan 2011 15:07:03 8,948 posts
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    Had dinner with my mum the other days and she told me the brushes were great. Good work, Jeepers.
    See you all same time next year.
  • Jeepers 19 Jan 2011 15:11:33 13,173 posts
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    Awh, nice one President! That must have won you a few brownie points :)
  • Deckard1 19 Jan 2011 15:16:29 27,124 posts
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    Why would he want to earn brownie points with his mam?

    Brownie points are the once you earn to get them to let you do them in the brownie right?
  • Lukus 19 Jan 2011 15:30:28 18,996 posts
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    Your point being?

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  • Deckard1 19 Jan 2011 16:18:13 27,124 posts
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    Yoe mean your mam doesn't let you take her in the brownie anyways? You've got to earn it? Jesus talk about being unloved, you her son for gods sake!
  • Lukus 19 Jan 2011 16:56:41 18,996 posts
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    You are so spoilt!

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  • President_Weasel 19 Jan 2011 17:02:50 8,948 posts
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    DOROTHY MANTOOTH IS A SAINT!
  • heyyo 19 Jan 2011 17:23:16 14,374 posts
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    Deckard1 wrote:
    Brownie points are the once you earn to get them to let you do them in the brownie right?

    Really? Now it all makes sense...
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