View Full Version : Help Me Build A "Creativity Present"

11-03-2002, 06:30 PM
The holidays are coming and my daughter has finally given in, and with some wonderful books sent to her by our pal, Ted, and some sketch books and new drawing pencils, she is off and running in her budding art career.

I would like to put together a "Creatvity Box" for her as one of her Christmas presents.

Please can you suggest one ( or more ) art and creativity related items for me to place in the box to encourage creativity for her?


Perhaps someone else would find this suggestion useful for their "Special Someone".


11-03-2002, 07:56 PM
What a great idea! I would love to do something like that for my daughter! I am not sure how old your budding artist is, but my suggestion would be a camera - disposable or otherwise, depending on your budget.

11-03-2002, 08:56 PM
What a lovely gift. These ideas might be quirky but as a beginner I find them essential for fun:<br>Portfolio Oil Pastels and a jar of Dorlands wax<br>a dip pen and selection of nibs<br>an assortment of inks...maybe pearlescent ones<br>a good glue stick (for pasting bits of inspiration in an artjournal)<br>a jar of Golden Molding paste and a serrated spreader (or two) from the hardware....<p>then maybe one of Nita Leland's books for inspiration? And the camera is a great idea...maybe even an IZone with the adhesive film?


Rose Queen
11-03-2002, 11:32 PM
How about a certificate for an artist's date? Could be passes to the zoo, the botanic garden, a day spa, the museum, etc. Don't forget a box of crayons (the really big set)!

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11-04-2002, 12:57 AM
books by sark
bubble bath
finger paints

11-04-2002, 07:42 AM
Thanks you guys!!! I Knew you'd be coming up with great ideas. I am going art shopping tomorrow with friends and I am going to start the box this week.

I am bringing this list along!

JMF, She's 29 years old , married and works full time, but I told her if she can give her art even a couple of hours a week, she'll be ahead of where I was when I finally got my act together. Just giving her a shove in the right direction.

I bought her a wonderful book on drawing , pads and drawing pencils. She is reading the book, cover to cover, and she showed me her sketch book this past weekend, She's wonderful and has freehand drawing down.

I signed her up on WC but she has little time to participate, but at least she has access to the great information.

I love the artist's date idea!!!! I am doing that. She Loves bubble baths and candles! That Nita Leland Creativity book and all those nibs and inks are terrific.

And the camera, JMF, Ofcourse!!! Digital for picture taking of the drawings and paintings.

Keep 'em coming, please!!!!


Wayne Gaudon
11-04-2002, 09:05 AM
Journal for keeping track of time spent .. it should help her to keep to her schedule and write about her successes and how they make her feel.

11-04-2002, 10:33 AM
If your daughter hasn't got any water coloured pencils, I can reccomend them Faber Castell for preference, and not forgetting the Pentel aquapen, which can be filled with water, ink or paint. I have lots of fun with mine, and can suggest silk paints with silk as another creative pastime. Or, if you have access to wool tops, why not try felt making, which is absolutely super. O r have you thought of Polymer Clay, which makes interesting jewellery.

11-04-2002, 11:00 AM

again from my large book collection ! i have a copy of julia cameron's THE VEIN OF GOLD and THE ARTIST'S DATE BOOK.......i'll send them to you for your daughter if you like.....you can pack them in the creativity box.

you have lots of suggestions from above......


11-04-2002, 11:07 AM
Hi Renee,

What a wonderful idea! Here's what I would put in:

"Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards

gift certificate to art supply store for whatever direction her art takes her

To show support and encouragement: Find a hand held mirror or maybe a portable cosmetics mirror to decorate. Get out the glue gun and embellish the mirror with beads and charms, etc. Make it a magickal mirror. Towards the bottom of the mirror paste "Face of the Next Great Artist" or something like that.

maybe a small art history book with a great variety of art in it including modern art just to show all the endless possiblities out there for every artist.

If you are going to include a journal for her to keep an artists journal...what about a decorated journal? You could collage the cover so she has something special to begin with.


Rose Queen
11-04-2002, 05:36 PM
Don't forget there's a very long 'artist's date' sticky thread in the TAW forum; trawl through that and you're bound to come up with a few cool ideas!

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11-04-2002, 08:44 PM
Thanks everyone!! I am printing this out right now for my art shopping trip tomorrow.

Yes, Ted, I will take you up on that book offer! Plus, I know we have new NYPAPS memebers thanks to your yahoo efforts, and I will install them on our website soon.

Thanks so much for all the great ideas, everyone!!

Pat, Love the "Magic Mirror" idea. Plus, with Kath's pencils and Wayne's Journal and Ted's books, she should be all set!


11-04-2002, 10:16 PM
Wow! What a great idea Renee! And what a great list everyone! I can't even think of anything to add!!! Lucky daughter you have :D This is going to be soo much fun for the both of you. You to get to put this together, and she of course for recieveing it. Can you give my gift givers a hint? ;) LOL!

11-05-2002, 08:23 PM
Don't forget the biggest kneaded eraser you can find...

It serves many purposes, the least of which is erasing.

11-17-2002, 08:02 PM
WOW Renee, can I be your daughter?
Send also some clear plastic sheets (A4 size) It's like the Acatate sheets. Glitter / paint bottles & glues with a fine nozzle and butterfly patterns (to transfer), then when she's finished filling in the flutterbyes she can cut them out and make mobiles and magnets out of them :D

11-22-2002, 09:07 PM
How about some frames and mats and such? Get some of those great sketches of hers matted and framed and set up a gallery wall in the den or a hallway or someplace!

"Coffee table" books often have lots of photographs and come in a variety of themes. When you're starting out, sometimes you run dry on ideas.

Maybe the travel section of the bookstore will help, too. Find books on picturesque roadways and such that will provide subject matter for her art. Find some great hiking trails, and state parks, and public gardens and such to spend some time in. There's a big beautiful world out there waiting for a budding artist to have an eye opening experience in it!