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« on: July 30, 2011 05:22:24 PM »

My 12 year old niece's birthday is coming up, she loves to draw. So she'll be getting art supplies, however I don't know a whole lot. So what's a brand you like, what do you like that they make. I want to get her more "grown up supplies" not like crayola or rose art.

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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2011 10:51:06 PM »

DickBlick.com is definitely a great website to get quality supplies from, for less! When I was younger, I loved colored pencils, my favorite being Faber Castell and Prismacolors (prisma's are more waxy than Faber Castell's). I also worked a lot with markers, mainly COPIC's, but I hear that Prismacolor markers are good, too!
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2011 12:51:02 PM »

www.jerrysartarama.com personally I like Faber-Castell , Caran d Ache and Derwent for coloured pencils and for crayons Sennelier is one of the best , but for a 12 year old you should get safe supplies healthwise and the quality adult items well pencils should be safe enough but pastels give dust so perhaps oil pastels would be safer , no foods no beverages good ventilation
wash hands after using supplies etc another site to look is www.artifolk.co.uk they have Derwent inktense blocks  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012 03:50:21 PM »

What kind of drawing does she enjoy most?  A nice set of Tombow or Pitt markers would be good if she loves using markers.  Definitely a book or two to teach her how to get the most out of her supplies, because great supplies without knowledge of how to make the most of them is just sad.  Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the best drawing book there is.

A student grade set of watercolors would be fun.  Prang makes an upgraded set of half pans.  I paid $10 on amazon.  Yarka makes a good student set, too for about that price.  Both are semi-moist so the color lifts better than the kid paints.  Any basic book of watercolor techniques would be essential, in order to have real fun with them.

I agree a nice set of colored pencils would be good.  I didn't know colored pencils could be so fun until I got good Prismacolors and used good (Stonehenge) paper.

Watercolor pencils are also fun.  She can draw with them and then use water to blend.  Kimberly makes some great, midrange price ones.  Derwent Inktense are expensive but very vibrant and fun. 

A nice sketching pencil set is easy to find.  I don't prefer any one brand over another.  For papers, I would try the Strathmore Visual Journals, both regular and watercolor.  Great quality paper and they're low in price.  Jerry's has a great deal on them.

I bought starter art supplies for several people on my list this Christmas.  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2012 07:45:21 AM »

Too late for the original poster, but like the last comment, I would recommend art markers...professional, but an easy transition from what most kids are used to. Utrecht recently started making a store brand that are relatively affordable, and I really like the color selection and quality.

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