If you're an artist, first, stop laughing. Second, keep this post in a conspicuous place so that your loved ones are sure to find it.
If you're the loved one who found this post, read on:
Q: WHAT DO YOU GIVE THE ARTIST WHO HAS EVERYTHING?
A: A SURFACE TO MAKE ART UPON! Such as...
A sketchbook. You can't go wrong! We carry them in a crazy-cool assortment of sizes, bindings and weights. We've even got notebooks stuffed with watercolour paper or canvas sheets, for painting on the go ("en plein air" -- outside).
Canvas panels. These economical, wrapped-cardboard wonders are great for conducting plein air studies, experimenting with new techniques or even bestowing upon the young, budding artist in your family. And if they happen to love the results of their efforts, you can glue a sawtooth hanger onto the back for display (taking liberal amounts of credit, of course)!
Single-stock papers. Watercolour paper, rice paper, oil paper, drawing paper, YUPO... if you don't know what it is, don't worry. Come on in and talk to the experts. Our staff members specialize in oils, watercolours, acrylics, pencil sketching and playing with everything we can get our hands on.
Wood panels. Are they tough, beautiful and multi-functional? Don't even get us started! Ours come smoothly sanded in a 3/4" profile. Just try to find an artist who couldn't use these.
Stretched canvases. These are the classic painter's choice for many good reasons, including low cost, low weight, ease of use and display. Ours are proudly made in Canada! Go, team!
Coloured, textured fine-art papers... our stack is so tall, it warranted a selfie! At less than $3 apiece, these 19"x25" gems are too good to pass up. Think collages and crafts, think pastels and paints, think whatever you want to think. The artist in your life will find something fun to do with them!