Ah what to buy an artist? We're here to help you find those ideal art Christmas gifts. Looking for the perfect present for a painter? A yuletide treat for a talented drawer? Or that classic art beginner starter pack for a budding artist? Well, we have the creative solution for you. Selected by our expert team of staff artists, our curated sets include quality art essentials from the most respected brands. Explore a wealth of ideas in our top 10 and track down the creative gift an artist will love.
1: Beginner’s calligraphy
The enormous trend for all things hand-scripted this year looks set to continue for a while. So give an arty friend the chance to master calligraphy and authentic hand-scripting with this comprehensive calligraphy set. This beautiful pack contains a Cass Art Calligraphy Pad, Manuscript Student Artist Dip Pen Calligraphy Set and an exquisite collection of high-quality Winsor & Newton drawing inks. The set gives the budding calligrapher all the tools they need to get started. The combination of tactile, bleedproof paper, delicate nibs and iconic little ink bottles make for a great looking gift too!
2: Perfect presentation
The gift for art students, the University Portfolio Starter set will enable the emerging photographer, fine artist or graphic designer to present their work in a smart, professional-looking package. The set includes an A2 Presentation portfolio with strap plus Mapac Archival Jet Sleeves to protect and preserve artwork.
3: Make an impression
If you know anyone who hankers after creating work like Degas, Millet or Mary Cassatt, get them a set of pastels. The Starting with Pastels collection will inspire your budding impressionist to get creative with its selection of 20 Cass Art professional quality pastels. The set also contains a Daler-Rowney Murano Pastel Pad Neutrals pad. This gives the artist a choice of beautifully coloured backgrounds for pastel drawings on luxurious, textured fine art paper. And to ensure their creations last a lifetime, the pack also includes Winsor and Newton artist fixative.
4: Wonderful watercolours
The delicate practice of watercolour art is a beautiful thing whether it’s at a beginner’s or more accomplished standard. There are sets for every level, all of which contain the very best watercolour painting equipment. Cass Art’s starter set, for the aspiring watercolour artist, is packed with watercolour essentials that produce excellent results whenever inspiration strikes. This well put-together kit contains 36 Winsor & Newton watercolour half-pan paints, heavy-weight 300gsm Cass Art watercolour paper and six Daler-Rowney Gold Taklon brushes.
The professional watercolour artist will love the Artist’s watercolour set with paint, paper and brush. This gorgeous-looking collection gathers the top watercolour brands into one amazing package with a set of 24 professional quality Winsor & Newton watercolours, the iconic Arches Aquarelle cold-pressed watercolour paper blocks and a luxury Winsor and Newton Sable paint brush in size one. An art gift to treasure.
5: Try acrylic painting
Acrylics are often a novice painter’s first introduction to fine art painting. There’s a good reason for this: acrylic paints are great value, you can mix them with water (no need for mediums such as dilutants and brush cleaner that you’d need with oil painting) and they come in a wide range of colours and hues to experiment with. With the Starter Acrylic Set a new painter can get started from the get-go. It has a set of eight 75ml paints in bright shades, an acrylic paint pad and a set of six brushes in various sizes. A splendid entry-level Christmas art gift for a beginner.
If you are buying for an experienced acrylic painter the Professional Acrylic Painters Set is a good Christmas gift option. Cass Art has put together an expertly selected collection of Liquitex Professional acrylics. The pack has a range of best-selling colours, synthetic brushes with a variety of brush shapes, and a pack of three Deep Edge Cotton Canvases.
6: Essential selection
Life drawing is something that pretty much every artist will explore at one point or another. In particular, it’s something that’s always encouraged when you’re learning art and developing your observational drawing skills as it’s great for honing your hand/eye co-ordination. So, whether you are buying for an art student at the beginning of their practice or a more established artist, this Life Drawing set with board, paper and charcoal will not go unappreciated. Containing everyday artist essentials such as an A2 artist pad, Seawhite drawing board and Winsor & Newton charcoal, this solid set is great for when you want to get sketching.
7: Get started with oils
For those taking their first tentative steps into oil painting, the Starter Oil Set is the ideal art gift. A comprehensive kit, this contains all you need to start experimenting with oil painting practice. It includes 10 Winsor and Newton Winton oil colours, six brushes, and an oil and acrylic pad. Plus it has a Zest-it Oil Paint Dilutant And Brush Cleaner. A great art gift for students.
8: Colour and precision
Every illustrator’s studio is full of various types of pencils and pens, every single one with a different use and finish. No matter what level, beginner or pro, an illustrator is always more than happy to welcome another collection of markers into their working space. Cass Art’s illustrators packs combine a range of pens with colour and precision; The Illustrator & Designer Bundle includes 12 Winsor & Newton ProMarkers, six Staedtler fine liners and a Cass Art Bristol pad with a smooth bright white surface that’s perfect for making crisp marks with no bleed.
9: Learn from the best
Looking for a gift for a draftsman or drawer? Why not take advice from a professional and opt for the Jake Spicer drawing set? Hand selected by the artist himself, Spicer has pulled together all you need to get sketching including a Derwent Pencil Wrap; A4 Cass Art Heavyweight Cartridge Pad; Derwent Graphitint Pencils; Derwent Waterbrushes and Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser and Sharpener set. Spicer says, “I love the muted colours you get from the range of graphitint colours and I tend to use this combination for sketching on the move – both for portraits and landscape studies that demand a subtle palette.”
10: For the pro painter
Even the professional artist is grateful for the gift of art at Christmas. Well, just so long as it’s professional standard art equipment. The Oil Professional Painters Bundle contains the best materials for professional use and includes a set of 12 Cass Art Oil colours, three deep edge canvases made with 11.04oz cotton and strengthened by strong spruce wood stretchers, plus six Pro Arte Hog brushes – an excellent professional level gift.
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