Dive into Color: The Ultimate Gift Guide to Make A Watercolor Artist’s Heart Jump with Joy

I have recently gotten into watercolor painting. I love the effects you can achieve, the movement of the water, and how forgiving it is. I love how the paint almost takes on a life of its own. If you are like me, or if you have a friend or loved one who is absolutely smitten with painting watercolors, then you know just how dedicated and passionate we can be. Are you looking for a gift for a budding artist just dipping their toes into the world of watercolors? Or for a seasoned painter looking to expand their collection of supplies? Finding the perfect gift for a watercolor enthusiast can be both lots of fun… and overwhelming.

So I would like to help you in your quest for the ideal gift. I have curated a list of 15 amazing gifts for the watercolor aficionado in your life. From essential tools and high-quality paints to inspiring books and unique accessories, these gifts are bound to bring joy and inspiration!

Watercolor Paint Set

A high-quality watercolor paint set is the foundation of any watercolor artist’s toolkit. When selecting a paint set, opt for one that includes a diverse range of colors, including primary colors as well as a selection of earth tones. This is the set I’m using at the moment, and I love it. The colors are vibrant, long-lasting, and the quality of the paint is visible in your final results. Great option!


Good-quality brushes are essential for achieving beautiful and intricate watercolor paintings. I like this set the most. Not only does it include a variety of shapes and sizes, perfect for experimenting, but I also love the colors of the actual brushes. A joy to paint with.

Watercolor Paper

Watercolor paper is specifically designed to absorb watercolor paint and enhance the beauty of the artwork. Purchase a pad of heavyweight watercolor paper with a rough or cold-pressed texture. Most watercolor artists love this type of paper for its ability to hold paint and create interesting effects.


A sturdy and easy-to-clean palette is super handy to have. It’s great for mixing and diluting watercolor paint. Look for a palette that has wells for mixing colors and a spacious, flat surface for blending. This will enable your watercolor friend to seamlessly mix and experiment with different shades.

Masking Fluid

Masking fluid is a very versatile tool. It allows artists to preserve white areas in their watercolor paintings. When choosing masking fluid as a gift, opt for a high-quality product (like this one) that is easy to apply and remove without causing damage to the paper.

Watercolor Pencils

Watercolor pencils were my segue into watercolor paints, so they’ll always have a special place in my heart. They are such a versatile medium for sketching, coloring, and adding fine details to watercolor paintings. The set I started out with was not great quality, so I wouldn’t advise anyone to start out with a cheap set. Rather, gift your watercolor enthusiast a set of watercolor pencils that will really enable them to experiment with various techniques. These ones blend really well and sharpen really well (for those super fine details!).

Watercolor Brush Pens

Watercolor brush pens are a convenient and portable option for painting on-the-go. Look for a set of watercolor brush pens with vibrant colors and a flexible brush tip, allowing your gift recipient to create beautiful fine lines and broad strokes with ease.

Art Book

A gorgeous art book can offer new ideas, techniques, and artistic inspiration. This book is high on my wish list! Choose a book that showcases beautiful artwork and includes tips and insights from experienced artists. No matter how experienced someone is, there is always more to learn. That’s the fun of it!


An easel is a practical and essential tool for painting larger watercolor pieces. And it will save your friend’s back, believe me! This is a nice portable easel that is adjustable and foldable for easy storage, allowing your loved one to paint wherever they go. But if you think a tabletop easel will be a better fit, this is the one I like best.

Painting Supplies Organizer

A painting supplies organizer is a thoughtful gift that will help your gift recipient keep their watercolor paints, brushes, and tools organized and readily accessible. This is a lovely organizer with compartments for different supplies. It has enough space for the long-handled brushes, but it still feels very compact. A winner!

Art Classes or Workshops

Enrolling your gift recipient in a watercolor painting class or workshop can be a wonderful gift that can enhance their skills and creativity. Look for local art classes or online workshops that cater to watercolor artists of all levels, providing them with the opportunity to learn new techniques and expand their artistic horizons.

Paintbrush Cleaner

I always thought these were a bit gimmicky, but I take it back! A paintbrush cleaner is actually a very practical gift that will help maintain the longevity and quality of brushes. And it’s so nice to have clean brushes available while you’re in the middle of a project. I suggest selecting a brush cleaner that is gentle on the bristles and easy to use.

Paintbrush Storage

Keeping paintbrushes organized and protected is crucial for any watercolor artist. Consider gifting them a paintbrush storage case or roll that can hold a variety of brushes and keep them safe during travel and storage. I personally love my paintbrush roll more than the storage case, and I love that this one comes in so many different colors. Definitely a great gift!

Paint Palette Knife

A paint palette knife is a versatile tool that can be used for mixing, applying paint, and creating unique textures in watercolor paintings. I’ll be honest, this is a technique I haven’t mastered yet, but that shouldn’t stop you. It looks so beautiful! I will for sure be treating myself to this one, and follow some YouTube tutorials to get the hang of it.

Gift Card to an Art Supply Store

If you’re unsure about which specific supplies to buy, a gift card to an art supply store is a thoughtful and practical gift. It allows your artist to select their favorite watercolor supplies or try out new products. I know some people think a gift card is a “less than” gift, but you are actually giving someone the flexibility to choose exactly what they want. Always a hit, if you ask me.

There is no shortage of fantastic gifts for the watercolor artist in your life. Whether you go for essential tools like paints, brushes, and paper, or choose to gift them with inspiring books and unique accessories, it shows your support for their passion and creative pursuits. Regardless of which gift you select, your friend or loved one will appreciate your thoughtfulness and encouragement of their love for painting with watercolors. Happy gifting!

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