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CREATIVE PAINT TUBE SQUEEZER
"My favorite gadget is great not only for painting but also around the house. It's a metal gadget I got at Cheap Joe's. You can put your oil paint tubes, toothpaste, garlic paste -- anything that comes in a tube into it. Then you turn the handle and the little grooves squeeze out every last ounce of your product. It's great coz it saves your hands and saves time!" -Jean Laszuk www.Colormejean.com
"One of my favorite finds that I use all the time is something I got at a Pampered Chef party! It is one of those round plastic holders for utensils with many dividers on a lazy susan.
I have it right next to my drafting table where I paint my illustrations, and I can spin it around to reach just the right kind of brush, I have them all sorted by size as well as for different media, I also have a few sections with other things, scissors, pens & pencils etc."
-Katie Atkinson http://www.katieatkinsonillustrator.com/
They bring a touch of class to my desktop.
The large wire frog is the only one I've seen that folds flat. Search estate sales and EBay; $1-$10"
-Nancy Overton firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.nancyovertondesign.com
Some of my best ideas are born in this corner of the room as I relax with my morning tea and write, sketch, brainstorm, and come up with ideas."
Illustrator & Oil Painter http://cindyrevell.blogspot.com
"An item I can’t live without is a beautiful antique card catalog drawer in my studio. It was a gift from my mom and is a perfect container for bits of inspiration or serves as a great display for newly designed cards & art."
"My "must have” is on my desk as my own personal ego booster. Shouldn’t everyone have one? It was purchased at this great shop called Bibelot here in St. Paul, MN." -Rich Sherman J. Ames Greetings www.JAmesGreetings.com
MAGNIFIER & ANTIQUE COMPASS -Karen Harris
"Here's one thing I find I use a lot: a small level. I use it to be sure my easel is straight, my paintings are level, and my camera is level before I shoot my paintings. I also take it with me when I paint outdoors." -Durinda Cheek http://www.Durinda.com
"One of the best presents to an artist would be a bundle of little coupons that are a pass for not having to do the things around the house."-Lida Enche
HOMEMADE BULLETIN BOARD
"I also really like my bulletin boards, I have several in my studio. Cover them in fabric, and they're pretty too." - Kari Emmons Michaud www.karidesign.com
"An old fashioned nutcracker: great for opening older tubes of oil/acrylic paint." -Eva-Maria Ruhl www.evaruhl.com
"I love handmade pottery to hold my brushes, pencils, tubes, etc. A mug or bowl is a great gift for the studio". -Eva-Maria Ruhl www.evaruhl.com
"The best thing in my studio is my bookshelf that is filled with inspiring books, photos, magazines and cut-outs that have been so preciously picked over the last years.
-Louma Pokidots! studio http://www.pokidots.com
GIFT GUIDE FOR ARTISTS (RECOMMENDED BY READERS)
-7 Hi-Tech Gifts artists can't live without.