I’ve put together a Best of Blick: a Blick gift guide for the 2020 holidays at different price points. This third and final gift guide rounds out the 3 gift guides for the 2020 holiday season. If you are looking for unique art-related gifts check out the earlier The Met Store Gift Guide. If you would like to see more artists’ materials to give this holiday season see the Amazon Gift Guide.
Blick Gifts Over $500.00
Faber-Castell KarlBox Colours in Black Set – $2791.14
An exclusive collaboration between designer Karl Lagerfeld and Faber-Castell Art & Graphic, the KarlBox Colours in Black is a limited edition collection of high-quality art and design tools that pays homage to this great designer. Symbolizing the long-standing relationship between the Faber-Castell and Karl Lagerfeld brands, the KarlBox collaboration unites the traditional values of Faber-Castell with the modern, unique, and innovative spirit of Karl Lagerfeld, and symbolizes the unity between the fashion, art, and design worlds.
This timeless, luxurious case contains 350 drawing instruments — colored pencils, graphite pencils, crayons, pens, and more. It is numbered and includes a certificate of authenticity.
The Top Tier
The top tier is filled with Castell 9000 graphite pencils in both standard and jumbo sizes, plus Pitt Graphite Crayons in various degrees of hardness. The water-soluble Graphite Aquarelle is perfect for preliminary sketches and watercolor paintings. The lightfast India Ink Pitt Artist Fineliner Pens are ideal for detailed drawings. Completing the top tier assortment is a variety of accessories that include a watercolor brush, sharpeners, erasers, and a water cup.
The six drawers in the KarlBox contain Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils, Polychromos Colored Pencils, Polychromos Pastels, and Pitt India Ink Artist Pens. Each drawer can be pulled out of the box, and features a space-saving deployment mechanism for convenient, comfortable removal of drawing materials.
Sienna Counterweight Easel – $1774.99 at Blick
Leave the loud winches, complicated cranks, and awkward adjustment knobs behind with this beautiful, easy-to-use counterweight easel. Counterbalanced by standard weight plates (not included), the Sienna Counterweight Easel lets you adjust the working height of your canvas with a simple touch of the handle. Change from a standing to sitting painting position in seconds, and adjust the angle of the easel by using the two knobs on either side of the easel — no more awkward fumbling with knobs on the back side of your easel. Three canvas holders accommodate a wide range of canvas sizes. Substantial rubber bumpers elevate and grip the canvas during painting sessions. The center mast extends to hold canvases more than 48″ (122 cm) tall. This is the ideal easel for small or large studios. Four casters make it easy to relocate as needed.
Rembrandt Artists’ Oil Color Excellent Wood Box Set – $945.00 at Blick
A magnificent walnut-stained hardwood box with brass fittings, closure, and clasps contains a treasure trove of Rembrandt art materials for the oil painter. Rembrandt professional oil color is a superior quality paint carefully crafted in Holland from only the best raw materials. The range touts brilliant, intense colors in all opacity levels. Finely ground pigments are highly concentrated for optimal color strength. Paints have the highest degree of lightfastness with great durability of the paint coat.
Gifts $250.00 – $500.00
PanPastel Artists’ Painting Pastels Set – $330.00 at Blick
PanPastel Colors are professional artists’ quality soft pastel colors packed in a unique pan format. Their special qualities mean that artists can blend and apply pastel color like paint for the first time. You can use PanPastel for painting, drawing and mixed media. PanPastel Colors are made using a unique manufacturing process requiring minimal binder and fillers, resulting in rich, ultra soft and super-blendable colors. Each color is loaded with the finest quality artists’ pigments for the most concentrated colors possible. The colors have excellent lightfastness and are fully erasable. This set is the full range of all 80 Original Colors in 4 palette trays. Plus a comprehensive selection of Sofft Tools.
Bieffe Drafting Chair – $306.10 at Blick
Made in Italy, this great looking, solid Baltic birch, gas-lift drafting chair boasts the quality craftsmanship its artisans are known for. Pull it up to any drafting board or easel. The sturdy, polished wood seat keeps you comfortable during long working. A chrome-plated 5-star steel pedestal base features a foot ring and glides, so the feet won’t mar your floor.
Sennelier Oil Pastel Wooden Box Set – $280.50 at Blick
This beautiful set contains a total of 125 oil pastels, including five bonus pastels selected by Sennelier complete with wooden box. The Sennelier oil pastel is a product that makes use of the components used in all Sennelier colors: top-quality pigments, an extremely pure synthetic binding medium and mineral wax. The balance of this mix provides Sennelier oil pastels with a unique feel and a creamy texture that allows for a great deal of freedom in expression. The Sennelier oil pastels possess an extraordinarily high pigment content, thus providing them with a high coloring and covering potential with excellent brightness.
Blick Gifts $100.00 – $250.00
Caran d’Ache Luminance Colored Pencil Set – $233.69 at Blick
This set of 75 Luminance 6901® artist’s pencils specifically designed by Caran d’Ache in Geneva with color image professionals in mind, reaffirm the high quality standards of the house. The new leads are designed for works intended for exhibition, collection, and museum purposes.
Old Holland Kolinsky Sable Brush Easel Gift Set – $182.99 at Blick
This set of Old Holland oil brushes, handcrafted of the finest quality Russian Kolinsky sable, is housed in a navy blue brush easel with a hook and loop closure. The user will enjoy the firm feel of very full Kolinsky hair and superbly shaped heads that come to an excellent edge or point. Seamless, polished nickel-plated ferrules are fitted onto finely balanced, silver-tipped matte black hardwood handles. This extraordinary set contains 13 brushes in all including Series 7001 rounds, Series 7002 flats, Series 7003 brights, and Series 7004 Filberts.
Prismacolor Premier Marker Set – $132.50 at Blick
Prismacolor Premier Markers feature a dual-ended design that provide two tip sizes in one marker. This set of 48 markers comes with a black carrying and display case included. Perfect for artists of all skill levels, these high-quality artist markers offer a versatile chisel tip at one end for broad coverage and a fine tip at the other for precise lines. The single source of ink guarantees color consistency at both ends, providing richly saturated color and smooth lay down.
Gifts $50.00 – $100.00
Blick Noir French Easel by Jullian – $98.87 at Blick
The striking Blick Noir French Easel by Jullian is made from premium pinewood, stained black and varnished for durability. Beautifully handcrafted and finished with traditional Jullian brass-plated parts, the easel has a lightweight, portable design, so it’s easy to take on the go. The Noir combines a sketchbox, easel, and canvas carrier in one. Its four-compartment drawer provides optimal storage for brushes and painting accessories. Its canvas tray holds canvas up to 34″ high. The easel also includes a matching black wood palette. The easel folds to a compact 22″H × 16″W × 6½”D. Its handle and linen shoulder strap make the easel easy to transport. It unfolds to a standing height of 73″ and has telescoping legs that easily adjust to suit different painting styles.
Finetec Artist Mica Watercolor Pearlescent Set of 24 – $62.40 at Blick
These high quality pearlescent artist watercolors are manufactured with carefully selected raw materials and an attention to detail. The newly developed formulation of this paint is based on a special purified all-natural gum arabic and on modern pearlescent and iridescent pigments.
L’Aquarelle Canson Héritage Watercolor Paper Block – $57.00 at Blick
L’Aquarelle Canson® Héritage is the quintessence of almost 500 years of know-how associated with all the latest technological advances in paper-making. Distinctive, strong and absorbent. 100% cotton sheets 12” × 16”. Rough press. Weight: 140 lb (g/m²).
Gifts $25.00 – 50.00
Cretacolor Black & White Drawing Set – $42.32 at Blick
Perfect for creating dark and dramatic art, both sketches and final drawings, the Cretacolor Black & White Box Drawing Set includes includes a wide variety of white chalk pencils, charcoal sticks, charcoal pencils, compressed charcoal, graphite sticks, sketching tools, and more in a metal storage box.
Winsor & Winsor Promarkers – Manga Fantasy – $35.67 at Blick
Promarkers offer alcohol-based streak-free coverage so you can achieve flawless, print-like results in your manga art. The Promarker is twin-tipped: a broad chisel and fine bullet nib, that allow you the freedom to flip easily between shading larger areas and precision detailing. 13 smooth colors loved by graphic designers, illustrators, and artists around the world.
Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint Set – $33.59 at Blick
Liquitex Basics Acrylics are for all creatives and for all budgets. It’s perfect for all painting techniques including underpainting and sketching. This medium viscosity paint is made with lightfast, artist-quality pigments. This set features the line’s top 24 colors.
Blick Gifts Under $25.00
Leuchtturm1917 Sketchbook – $23.50 at Blick
The ideal size for your desk or your bag, this sketchbook is 8 1/4″ x 5 3/4″. 96 white pages. 180 g/m². Sketchbook comes with a gusseted pocket, a page marker, and an elastic enclosure band.
ArtBin Essentials Box – $22.49 at Blick
This handled storage box measures 14” × 7” × 8” and has 2 interior trays to organize your art supplies.
Bruynzeel Fineliner Set – $9.95 at Blick
Bruynzeel Fineliners contain bright, vivid, water-based ink in a comfortable, triangular-shaped barrel. These Fineliner pens feature extra-fine (0.04 mm) nylon nibs that are great for detailed drawing, protected by metal sleeves for durability and longevity.
* “Best of Blick for the Holidays” was written to give you an idea of some of the best options available at different price points at Blick this holiday season. It is not an endorsement that any one product listed is the definitive best in that category overall.
You may also be interested in “The Met Store + MacKendrew Arts Holiday Gift Guide.”