ZenART's Membership Plans Terms & Conditions

(Updates effective 17/08/2020)

These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) govern the ZenART Supplies Rewards & Referral Plan as well as Subscribe & Save Plan (“Membership Plans”), and members of the programs will earn zen coins in connection with the purchase of qualifying online products and online activities that are redeemable towards the purchase of certain products online. For the re-occurring members (Subscribe & Save Plan) this includes exclusive gifts & content.


  • Free. No purchase is necessary to obtain membership in the Rewards & Referral Program, but you must establish an account at https://shop.zenartsupplies.co/account/register . Please see our privacy policy, located here, to understand how information you provide us will be used. This program is void where prohibited.
  • Eligibility. In order to be eligible for the Rewards & Referral Program, you must create an account as outlined in these Terms and Conditions. You may create an account if you are at least seventeen (17) years of age, have Internet access, and have a valid mailing address. If you are between the ages of 17 and 18, you must have your parent’s permission to register for an account. If you choose to create an account, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account, username and password and for restricting access to your account. You are responsible for keeping such information current, complete, accurate and truthful. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account, username and/or password. You agree to provide only current, complete, accurate and truthful information. If you are accessing and using the Site on someone else’s behalf, you represent that you have the authority to bind that person as the principal to all Terms and Conditions provided herein, and to the extent you do not have such authority you agree to be bound to these Terms and Conditions and to accept liability for harm caused by any wrongful use of the Site or Content resulting from such access or use. You may only have one member account per natural person. Persons who are discovered to have more than one account forfeit their zen coins and will be unsubscribed from the Loyalty Program.
  • How To Enroll in the Rewards & Referral Program. (a) Create an account: Visit www.zenartsupplies.com (the "Site" or "Online") and become a registered user of the Site. Click here to be taken directly to the registration page. You will be asked for your first and last name, your email address, and a password. You will also be given the option to sign up for our newsletter. Once you have submitted the requisite information, you will be sent an email to the address you listed confirming your membership. Once you have confirmed your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Reward & Referral Program and are a member (“Member”).
  • How to Access/Change Your Member Information. You must keep your personal information on your Account up-to-date. To do so, click on the "My Account" section and access your account by entering your registered email address and current password. From your dashboard you can access your account information; review your current and past orders; change your profile; manage your subscriptions and applications, and access your previous purchases.
  • How to Cancel Your Membership. You may cancel an account at any time. To cancel your account, please send an email to support@zenartsupplies.co and write “cancel membership” in the subject line. The email must come from the account currently listed on our servers as being associated with your Rewards & Referral Program. If you no longer have access to that email address, please email our customer service department and we will verify your status and cancel your account. Upon cancellation, you are no longer a member, and any unused zen coins accrued in your account will be forfeited and cannot be redeemed. Zen coins maintain their value only on valid accounts in good standing, and except as otherwise provided here for redemption, have no cash value outside of their redemption value on the Site.


  • General Members can earn zen coins on the purchase of qualifying online products at zenartsupplies.co. To receive zen coins for your Online purchases, you must be signed into your account. You may check at any time to see if you are signed in to the Site by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Gift cards do not qualify for zen coins. Other products that do not qualify for zen coins are noted on the Site.
  • Earning Rate. Members earn 5 sen coins for every $1.00 spent on qualifying purchases (in other words, one (5) zen coins for every one dollar ($1) spent). Zen coins are based on your order subtotal, after any discounts, only. Zen coins are rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example, if you spend $9.99, you will receive 9 zen coins. The calculation is as follows: $9.99 x 1 zen coins per dollar = 9.99 zen coins, which is rounded down to 9 zen coins. This program started on August 17, 2020, and initial levels were set on the 2020 amount spent on ordering products. Note: Shipping and Taxes are not taken into consideration. If an item is return and/or price adjusted that will also be removed from your rewards calculations.
  • Gift Cards. Gift card purchases are not eligible to receive zen coins. However, once a gift card is redeemed, zen coins will be awarded to the recipient for the subtotal after any gift card values, provided s/he is logged into the account, as outlined in these Terms and Conditions.
  • Addition of Zen Coins to Accounts. Zen Coins will be added to your Account under the following conditions, and will generally show up immediately. You will receive zen coins:
    • At the time of account registration
    • During the purchase of qualifying products
    • For other activities outlined on the Site that may show up from time to time. Note that for these other activities, including “bonus zen coins” accumulations and other zen coin promotions, zen coins may show as “pending,” depending upon the activity.
    • Joining the Birthday Club. Birthdate must be entered 30 days before your Birthday to qualify.
    • For Liking the ZenART Supplies Facebook page and sharing the ZenART Supplies Facebook page with your following. This is good one time only.
    • Following ZenART Supplies on Instagram. This is good one time only.
    • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Your account will be automatically awarded the discount only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying purchase. Discount will automatically be applied to account if stipulations are met.
  • Exclusions. Members earn zen coins only on the purchase price of: (i) qualifying online products. Calculation of zen coins excludes payment by the Member for shipping charges and all taxes, including without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes or use taxes. Zen Coins will not be earned on any discounts or other credits offered in connection with a product or service. For example, if a product that is normally $50 is on sale for $25, a Member will only earn zen coins on the purchase price of $25. Purchases of gift cards, redemption of vouchers, and any type of price adjustments, including merchandise returns, are not eligible for zen coins. All purchases made: (i) by a Member prior to such member joining the Program, (ii) Online without a Member being logged onto the Website with the Member's Account number linked to the Member's Online account, are not eligible for Reward & Referral Program credit. The purchase of ZenART Supplies products outside the Zenartsupplies.co website are not eligible for the Reward & Referral Program.
  • Returns/Order Cancellations. Zen Coins earned for a purchase that is then the subject of a return, cancellation, refund, declined credit card or gift card, or other credit will be deducted from your account in an amount equal to the zen coins earned for the original transaction, including any bonus zen coins that may be applicable. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return. Zen Coins redeemed on an order will not be reapplied back to your rewards account for any reason on a returned order. If a return/cancellation will cause your account to have a negative zen coin balance, you will not begin earning zen coins again until your zen coins balance is returned to zero (0), by making purchases, or engaging in other promotional activities offered from time to time. If an item is exchanged (different product) any redeemed rewards on the initial purchase may be transferred to the exchange one (1) time only. Rewards used on an order that is canceled cannot be reapplied as they are good for just one use.
  • Bonus Zen Coins Promotions. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may run certain bonus zen coin promotions. Under bonus zen coin promotions, Members can earn additional or "bonus zen coins" in connection with the purchase of certain online products. When you purchase these specially marked products or make the purchase during a bonus zen coins time period, you will earn bonus zen coins on each product, as specified in the offer. Bonus zen coin promotions are subject to the terms and conditions of the offer and may be offered at any time in ZenART Supplies sole discretion. Bonus zen coin offers cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Limitations on Bonus Zen Coins and Zen Coins, Generally. These terms apply to zen coins and bonus zen coins accruals. If you purchase a product during a promotion and the product comes with an additional, free product, zen coins will not be issued on the retail value of the free product. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product and pay a portion of the retail price after the zen coin's redemption, you will receive zen coins only on the leftover retail amount you pay, and not on any value attributed to the zen coin you used. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product in an amount equal to the full price of the product, you will not earn any zen coins.
  • Non-purchase Options for Earning Zen Coins. You may also earn additional zen coins on non-purchase activities. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may offer you the chance to win various prizes, and earn zen coins, for entering into promotions. For sweepstakes promotions, there is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY OR TO WIN. Rules and restrictions will apply to such promotions and may be found on the entry page of any promotion.
  • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Email a friend an $8 off coupon on $50 order by clicking “ Earn Zen Coins” then “ Refer a Friend”. Enter the email address of a friend who has not purchased with ZenART Supplies before (if your referral has shopped with us before the referral link will be automatically voided by the system). A referral link will be sent to your friend with an $8 off coupon on a $50 order. $8 off coupon on $50 order will automatically be rewarded to your account only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying first-time purchase with ZenART Supplies. Your Referral friend will receive an $8 off coupon on $50 order, 200 zen coins for signing up, and zen coins from their first purchase made while signed into their new ZenART Supplies account.


  • How To Use Your Zen Coins. Zen Coins must be used in increments outlined in these Terms and Conditions. The maximum number of zen coins that may be used in a single transaction is 10,000 zen coins. Zen Coins may only be used Online at the ZenART Supplies website. Zen Coins towards Products: Members can use their zen coins to reduce the purchase price of a product or to receive a product for free based on the following scale:
    • 500 zen coins = $5.00 off
    • 1,000 zen coins = $10.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 1,500 zen coins = $15.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 2,500 zen coins = $25.00 off your at least $50 order

    Zen Coins can only be redeemed in any combination of the zen coin and increment amounts set forth above. Redemption of zen coins towards purchases of products is subject to product availability. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return.

  • Gift cards. Once available, zen coins cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards. Gift card redemption, however, is eligible for zen coins. Zen Coins accrued pursuant to the use of a gift card will benefit the gift card user, provided the user has an account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
  • To Redeem your Zen Coins. Before you begin shopping with us, sign in to your Shop account on our site. Select “Redeem Zen Coins” from the red tab housed in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and select the amount of zen coins you would like to redeem. You will be issued a custom code that you can copy and paste into the discount bar during check out (Please note - only one code can be used). Your total payment amount will be discounted by the amount of zen coins you allocate to the purchase. Note that zen coins may only be redeemed for the purchase price of the product. Sales tax, shipping, and other handling charges assessed in addition to the price of the product are your responsibility and zen coins may not be used to discount these additional charges.
  • Exclusions. Only one account per natural person. Only one discount code can be redeemed per transaction. Rewards redemption codes may not be combined with any other discount codes. Zen Coins may not be transferred or gifted at this time. Zen Coins cannot be used on past purchases. Zen Coins accumulated on different accounts by different members may not be combined or aggregated to make purchases of products or for any other reason. Zen Coins earned in a transaction cannot be redeemed in the same transaction. Redeemed zen coins cannot be retroactively applied to any past order or receive a price adjustment on any order where redeemed zen coins were not applied. Zen Coins have no cash value outside of the ZenART Supplies website and are available only to members in good standing.
  • Zen Coins Expiration and Time Lapses. All zen coins acquired, whether standard zen coins or bonus zen coins, shall expire 180 days from the date the zen coins are added to your account. Zen Coins expire 180 days from the date in which they were assigned to your account. Specific onsite activities in which zen coins will be awarded are set to accrue zen coins based on a time-lapse at the discretion of ZenART Supplies.
    • Sign up: zen coins are added to your account instantly
    • Order: zen coins are added to your account when your order is placed.
  • Once zen coins are redeemed, a discount code will be assigned and we are unable to cancel the discount code and reapply the zen coins to your Reward & Referral account. Discount codes generated by redeeming zen coins do not expire until used. They are a one-time use code, so once it is used it is gone. If an order is returned zen coins will not be reinstated.

4. Subscribe & Save Plan

  • Re-occurring purchase. Purchase is necessary in order to participate in this plan. The plan is worth $6.95 and will be charged to your account on the same date of the month that you purchased the plan, i.e. if you purchased the plan on 19th of January, you will be charged for the plan on the 19th of each month you are a Subscribe & Save Plan member.
  • 15% re-occurring discount. As a member of the subscribe & Save Plan, you are eligible for a 15% discount every time you put an order in place. You are qualified for the discount as soon as you purchase the plan.
  • Cancellation. After a purchase made with a Subscribe & Save Plan, you are not able to get a refund for the plan for the month the purchase was valid for but you can cancel for the following months.
  • Free samples & accessories. These are included for members of Subscribe & Save Plan only. These are not included in each order but the member will be informed when they will receive "extras" in their order.
  • Access to exclusive content. Exclusive access to tutorials, guides, tips & tricks in video, pdf, or audio format will be part of the membership program. Not all exclusive content is available but what is and will be available is up to ZenART Supplies sole discretion.


  • By registering with Zenartsupplies.co and joining the Reward & Referral Program, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in these Terms and Conditions, as well as any other terms that may be associated with the Reward & Referral Program. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or restrict the Reward & Referral Program, your account, the redemption of zen coins, or any aspect of the Program, including, without limitation, the zen coin conversion ratio and the zen coin expiration policy at any time. Any changes can be made without advance notice. ZenART Supplies may make these changes even though such changes may affect your ability to use zen coins already accumulated. You are responsible for remaining knowledgeable about the Program Terms and Conditions. A Member's zen coins balance, as reflected in ZenART Supplies records, shall be deemed correct. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to determine the amount of zen coins in any Member's account based on ZenART Supplies' internal records related to such Member's account. In the event of an inconsistency between the amount accrued in a Member's account as stated on any Member's receipt and ZenART Supplies internal records, ZenART Supplies internal records will control. ZenART Supplies assumes no responsibility for errors caused by incorrect Member information. Your right to transfer zen coins earned or granted under the Program is strictly limited. The sale of zen coins is prohibited and may result in the confiscation or cancellation of your zen coins as well as suspension or termination of your membership, which in each case shall be final and conclusive. All transactions involving zen coins and all Member accounts are subject to review and verification by ZenART Supplies. The zen coins balance in a Member's account may be unavailable for use when an account or transaction is under review. ZenART Supplies may revoke any Member's membership in the Reward & Referral Program at any time if such Member engages in abuse of the Reward & Referral Program or fails to follow the terms and conditions of the Program. Fraud or abuse relating to the accrual of zen coins or redemption of rewards may result in revocation of membership in the Program and may affect a Member's eligibility for participation in any other ZenART Supplies program, present or future. Zen Coins are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. The interpretation and application of the Program's Terms and Conditions are at the sole discretion and determination of ZenART Supplies. For more information or other questions, click on Contact Us.
  • The Terms and Conditions of the loyalty program are subject to change at ZenART Supplies’ sole discretion at any time and without notice to customers. Upon customer’s at-will termination of their Zenartsupplies.com registered account, or if a customer is termination for violation of these Terms and Conditions or other activities in violation of the intent and good faith intended use of this Site, all zen coins will immediately be forfeited and will no longer be redeemable. ZenART Supplies will make reasonable efforts to award zen coins as outlined above to all 1. registered and 2. qualifying Zenartsupplies.co customers but is not responsible for any technical or unforeseen errors that may occur.
  • Zen Coins are nontransferable, nonredeemable for cash, are nonrefundable and are not valid outside of Zenartsupplies.co. Purchases made outside Zenartsupplies.co are not valid for zen coin accrual (this includes, but is not limited to Facebook resell groups, Ebay, and Amazon).
  • Employees of ZenART Supplies are not eligible to participate in the Reward & Referral Program.

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Here are the Best Gifts for Watercolor Artists

Here are the Best Gifts for Watercolor Artists

zenWhoever said art is cheaper than therapy has never gone shopping with an artist. I don’t know about you but I feel like a kid in a candy store whenever I enter an art shop—yes, even if it’s just an online store. When it comes to art materials, one can’t ever have enough. So if you want to treat your artist friends to a thoughtful present, you can’t go wrong with good paints, brushes, and quality paper. And personally, watercolor is a good gateway art medium for beginners as much as it’s well-loved by professionals.

There’s no need to rack your brains thinking of what to get for the watercolor artists in your life. Here are some perfect gift ideas to inspire and delight all your artsy friends!

Watercolor in all its forms

Watercolor is one of the more accessible (and fun!) art mediums out there since it’s available in many forms. I've never met a watercolorist who says they have enough paint. So watercolor paints make for an excellent gift for any artist in your life. Plus, there’s a plethora of unique palettes or watercolor sets at just about every price point. The best gifts for watercolor enthusiasts are the ones they can use to their joy and delight.

When choosing to gift watercolors to a friend or family member, it boils down to their personal preference and what they already have or use.

Curate a palette with a tin of empty pans plus watercolor paints in tubes 

Watercolors commonly come in tubes or pans (more on the latter below). An advantage of getting watercolor paint in tubes is the color payoff. Since the pigment is more concentrated, it goes down on paper more vividly. You can also dilute the paint if you prefer a more translucent wash of color. Watercolors in tubes are also great for refilling emptied watercolor pans. You can give the gift of a customized palette by selecting individual tubes and an empty watercolor palette.

If your artist friend has a social media page dedicated to their artwork, take some time to scroll through it and see what colors they use the most. They’ll definitely appreciate a set of paints in their favorite colors!

watercolor palette with squeezed out watercolor from tubes and pans filled with watercolor paint.

Watercolor pencils

My gateway into becoming a (self-proclaimed) watercolor artist was through watercolor pencils. I'd highly recommend a set of these for beginner watercolorists. You can use them just as you would regular pencils, whether for coloring or sketching. And you can transform the colors into watercolor paint it with a wet brush—either on the tip of the pencil or once it’s on paper.

You can get watercolor pencils individually or in a set. I personally prefer the latter—the more, the merrier after all. A decent entry-level brand is Faber Castell and they have packs of 12, 24, 36, 48, and even a whopping 120! Pair a set of pencils with a coloring book they’ll like. This is a great gift for any stressed-out friend who can benefit from a little art therapy.

Close-up of watercolor pencils

Portable or travel watercolor palettes

You can’t go wrong with a watercolor palette as a gift either. Palettes can come with half pans or full pans of dry watercolor paint. Just add water to activate the paint! I love getting paint palettes as gifts because they usually last a few years and are easily refillable.

ZenART's travel watercolor palette.

As mentioned earlier, it’s no problem if one paint color runs out. I’d personally add in a tube of white watercolor—as this comes in handy when you're looking to mix more pastel-like colors. Or, again, pick the color your artist friend loves and uses most.

Nowadays, watercolor enthusiasts are spoiled for choice with the wide range of watercolor palettes out there. Especially here on ZenART Supplies. Many palettes these days are highly portable, with colors carefully curated for every genre of watercolor painting.

Metallic watercolors

Looking for a watercolor gift for that precious someone in your life? Art truly is magic when it comes to our Prezioso palette: a set of 18 fun and shimmery hues named after precious metals and minerals. It’s got brilliant shades like pink quartz, blue topaz, and (my favorite) pink aura rainbow quartz. Because of their sparkle, these paints look amazing on dark paper, too!

ZenART's metallic watercolor paint set.

Watercolor markers

Here’s another wonderful watercolor gift for casual artists and calligraphy lovers. Watercolor markers are usually felt or brush tip pens with water-based inks. They blend just like a dream, with or without being activated by water. Since they function like any other marker, it’s not as messy as using a palette and brush. Like pencils, you can get these individually or in sets. Some watercolor marker brands even have selections like skin tones, earth tones, and metallic shades.

watercolor markers

Watercolor paper

Encourage your friends to further hone and explore their talent and passion for watercolor painting with a sketchbook or a pack or block of high-quality paper.

Many artists suffer from perfectionism, which sometimes gets in the way of us using up notebooks and papers for fear of making mistakes. Which is why I like having an extensive stock of paper in all sizes and thicknesses. Knowing I have a decent supply of watercolor paper is a relief against my perfectionistic guilt. I also have a solid collection of sketchbooks and journals since I go through at least three or four of them in a year. 

Watercolor pads or blocks vs. watercolor sheets

I believe every artist’s studio or art-making space deserves a paper corner. Again, you can never have enough!

Watercolor paper comes in pads or loose sheets. It’s nice to have watercolor blocks as well, which are pads of watercolor paper that are glued on each side. This keeps the paper flat and prevents warping during the watercolor painting process. On the other hand, you have watercolor sheets which come in all the sizes you can think of. I like to get A4-sized sheets since I have the option of cutting them down by halves or quarters. 

ZenART's collection of watercolor blocks come in five different sizes that you can choose from. They're glued on two sides only, making it so much easier to remove each page once your painting is done.

ZenART's watercolor blocks in five different sizes
ZenART's watercolor blocks are all 100% cotton, 300gsm thick, and acid-free.


Watercolor pads can either be tape-bound or wire-bound. A lot of the wire-bound options come with a perforated edge along the wire for easy removal.

Watercolor pads with ring binding and with glue binding.


Watercolor sheets in various sizes. A very convenient choice for practice work or for working on smaller paintings with a specific size in mind.

Watercolor sheets

Watercolor sketchbooks and journals

Here’s one for the books, literally. A good sketchbook can go a long way especially for artists who love sketching or watercolor painting on-the-go! For left-handed artists, a soft cover or hardbound journal is best—trust me, we loathe spiral-bound anything! 

There’s a watercolor journal in just about any size these days. Pay attention to paper thickness (measured in gsm or grams per square meter). The higher the number, the heavier in weight, meaning it can absorb more water without warping.

You can also opt for an all-around sketchbook like the ones we have here. These lay flat at 180° and can are designed for artists on-the-go. The acid-free, 120 gsm paper can handle light washes of watercolor or ink without smudging!

ZenART's Artist's Sketchbook
B5 and B6 Artist's Sketchbook from ZenART Supplies.

All the watercolor brushes!

They say that artists are only as good as their tools. But I find that this saying perpetuates the notion that, with art materials, pricier is better. This isn’t necessarily the case. True, a decent watercolor brush is a good investment, But you can easily find great gifts of great quality without the extra cost.

Take our vegan watercolor brush sets here on ZenART Supplies for example. These hand-crafted, professional artist-grade brushes come in affordable sets and are designed specifically with water-based media in mind.

A set of essential (and vegan) watercolor brushes

A must-have for anyone wishing to start their journey into watercolor artwork? Brushes, of course. Though it can get tricky to choose from all the brush shapes, sizes, and bristle types. So start with the basics: you only need a select few to achieve a wide variety of techniques. Luckily, we have a 6-piece set of all the brushes you need. An added bonus? They're vegan! The best watercolor brushes are made with real animal hair, but if sustainability is an issue, vegan or synthetic hair brushes work totally fine!

Black Tulip 6-pc synthetic brush set

Black Tulip brush set from ZenART Supplies.


This set comes with two round tips, two flats, a cat's tongue brush, and a rigger brush. Though made with synthetic hairs, these pick up watercolor paint with the same ease as sable or squirrel hairs.

A 14-piece set of all the brushes you’ll need

Now if you truly want to treat a watercolor artist to a professional-grade set of brushes, this should be good to go. Designed by artists for artists, this 14-piece set has just about all the brush shapes you need for any water-based medium!

ZenART's Turner Collection, 14-pc watercolor brush set.

Turner Collection from ZenART Supplies.

Perfect gifts for their watercolor art studio

I’m a quality time kind of gal. And during the height of the pandemic, I would often have open studio sessions with a creative friend or two. It’s just an hour or two on a Saturday morning spent making art while on a Zoom call.

Nowadays with quarantine restrictions lifting, it’s much easier to go on art-making dates whether in their personal art space or outdoors in a park or café. These are some essential gift ideas for watercolor artists looking to add a social element to their painting process!

A porcelain palette

You can find mixing palettes in just about any art supply store. In my early days of painting, I’d just use Tupperware covers or the mixing pans already available in my palettes. But then I treated myself to a handmade porcelain mixing palette and haven’t looked back since. Honestly, porcelain palettes are superior. Not just because they look more professional but also because they’re less porous and much easier to clean. The paint also mixes better on porcelain since it doesn’t break away into smaller pools of watercolor. 

Porcelain palettes

Collapsible water cup

To the outdoorsy creative person, the world is their canvas. I find that plein air painting is much more inspiring than simply painting from a reference photo. 

As I said, I’m a sucker for artist dates. It’s a habit I picked up while overcoming my creative block. Sometimes I’d make time to make art with friends. When I used to travel, I’d always have a journal, water brush, and a small watercolor palette in my backpack in case I chanced upon a spot that inspired me to paint or sketch. The only downside was how little water my water brushes could store. 

collapsible water cup repurposed as a watercolor cup
Here's a collapsible silicone water cup that I use it as my collapsible watercolor cup.


A portable watercolor cup will always come in handy for any artist who loves watercolor painting outdoors. These are usually silicone cups that you can easily fold and store in your bag once you’re done painting. 

Quirky artist water cup

Watercolor lovers and artists probably know this struggle. That moment when you mistake your painting cup for your coffee—or vice versa. It’s embarrassing but I really can’t count the times I’ve almost drank my paint water! So I’ve made it a habit to use a dedicated glass or vessel just for painting. 

Wouldn’t it be cute to gift an artist with a ceramic or glass cup with a fun artsy quote on it? Give them something they’d love to display on their desk. Once they're done painting, a water cup or mug can also be used to store their materials!

Quirky artsy mug

Books on watercolor art for inspiration

Watercolor artists can't always be drawing from pure imagination or memory. Creative inspiration is a finite resource after all. In fact, most artists have the need to "refill" their creative reservoir, so to speak. If you're out of gift ideas for watercolor artists, especially those who already have all the supplies they need, books are always a welcome present. Flipping through picture books and even graphic novels can provide an artist with new reference material for their watercolor paintings.

Take a stroll down the artbook aisle of your local bookstore and select a tome or two that appeals to you or your friend's aesthetic. Say, a coffee table book filled with concept art or a compilation of works by famous watercolor artists.

Bookstore filled with all kinds of books.

Find your next artist gift here on Zen Art Supplies!

It's not that hard to buy gifts for a watercolor artist. At least, we'd like to think so if you've made it to the end of this gift guide. With the myriad of options out there, it can get overwhelming to find the best gifts for that special watercolor artist in your life. If you're unsure which watercolor paint to pick, stay tuned for our next post where we guide you through the different kinds of watercolor paint out there!

We'd love to hear from you, too! Have you picked out a paintbrush set or palette from us yet? Still need to narrow down your gift ideas? Let us know in the comments section below! We're more than delighted to help you out!



Belle O. Mapa is a writer and artist based in Manila, Philippines. She believes that everyone is born with an inner creative spirit—we just need to nurture and discover it on the blank page. Currently, she lives out her passion: writing stories, hosting journaling workshops, and advocating for mental health awareness.

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