As John Lennon famously once sang: “So this is Christmas, and what have you done?”
Well, the answer, if you happen to be Derwent, the world leading British artists’ brand, is ‘brought out a whole new range of Christmas gift ideas to make the festive season more colourful’.
White Christmases are all very well and good, but a Derwent gift gives you the chance to give your artwork some suitably vibrant illumination.
Whether you’re an occasional doodler looking to up your game, a veritable Picasso of the pencil or simply someone who likes really great presents that will set your Christmas creative juices flowing, Derwent have something for you.
And many of the gifts are based around the iconic firm’s Procolour range, unveiled earlier this year to a fanfare from professional artists around the world.
The range includes:
1: Derwent Pencil Wrap Sets. These stylish accessories are the most convenient way to carry your pencils on the go, with room for up to 30 pencils. The canvas, leather-trimmed wraps come with 24 pencils to get the ball rolling, and you can choose from one of Derwent’s four ranges: Coloursoft, Inktense, Watercolour and the aforementioned Procolour.
2: Derwent Wooden Box Sets. The clue is in the name here – these gorgeous boxes are good to hold and even better to stand back and admire, and again are offered in all four of the Derwent ranges.
Hewn from fine maplewood and a soft closing mechanism, the boxes come with 24 pencils in a range of colours (including white, if you want to sketch that White Christmas.) Available in Coloursoft, Inktense, Watercolour and Procolour.
3: Derwent Limited Edition Collection Box. If you really want to stun and stagger an artistic friend, may we interest you in a gorgeous, three-tier maplewood box set containing 120 pencils incorporating many of Derwent’s pencil ranges. If you know a real art enthusiast, then this sure beats a pair of socks.
Derwent Pencil Wrap Sets retail at £44.99; Wooden Box Sets at £59.99; and the Limited Edition Collection Box at £239.99. Available to purchase from the Derwent eShop now.
And whilst a whole host of new Derwent products are planning on making Christmas ‘merry and bright’, some current favourites are the perfect stocking fillers for artists of all ages.
4: Derwent Precision is the first mechanical pencil from the international brand and, with its premium metal barrel, is much more stylish than any Christmas jumper.
Ideal for detailing and creating unique art, the Derwent Precision is the perfect stocking filler for £7.99.
And with additional refills available for £3.50, you can ensure that your eye for detail can last until next Christmas.
Before then, and if getting into art is your New Year’s Resolution, the 5: Derwent Academy Wooden Box could kick-start your art journey and ensure you keep drawing.
The set, priced at £35.99 and ideal for adults and aspiring young artists alike, combines classic pencils and a sketch pad with watercolour and sketching pencils for the ultimate artistic adventure and make a start on drawing your own version of The Snowman!
But if pencils aren’t your thing, then 6: Derwent’s Graphik range has more colours than a Christmas tree!
With bold pigments in a versatile pen, you can add a splash, spot or line of colour to a whole host of surfaces including wood, ceramic and paper – to make an early start on unique cards for next year!
Available as sets of five for £17.15 or a sleigh busting twenty set for £64.45, you can ensure that Christmas will be complete.
But that’s not all and Derwent have plenty to suit any budget!
Gifts Under £10
If you’re looking for something to give to your office Secret Santa or just a fantastic gift to brighten up somebody’s Christmas, then we’ve got plenty of options for under £10.
The Derwent Academy Sketching 12 tin is ideal to secure the foundations of the newest artist and make the ideal gift to take out and about on those long trips to visit the in-laws. Available for £9.30.
And what set of pencils is complete without a pad? The Small Inspire Me Sketchbook has 80 pages of dots, triangles, squares and hexagonal patterned paper nestled inside it – perfect for doodling over turkey dinner or creating at Christmas.
Gifts Under £20
If the artist in your life is always leaving their pencils lying around or scatters their wrapping paper all over the floor, try the Derwent Pencil Buddy – keeping all your pencils close at hand for speedy, colourful creations. This handy storage accessory comes in at £19.99, leaving you a lucky penny to pop into the Christmas Pudding!
But if the festive season for your loved ones is more about quiet contemplation, how about the Inked Up Line Maker Set? Featuring uniquely designed illustrations by Iain MacArthur, users can put down their fresh new tech and go on a journey of doodle discovery. The set also features our versatile Line Maker pens, perfect for bold artwork.
For the artist whose got everything, Graphic Pencils are a staple of every artbox – making them art materials that no creative can do without. Coming in soft, medium or hard sets, 12 Graphic Pencil are currently retailing at £14.62 – a snip for hours of creation!
To find out more about Derwent’s selection of seasonal solutions, visit DerwentArt.com!