Tap into your artistic potential with this set of soft pastels from Sennelier. It features 40 half sticks, which allow you to try out a wide range of colors without spending a fortune. The pastels are lightfast, water-soluble, highly concentrated and thick for durability. The set shown here sells for $59.95. A set of 20 half sticks is also available for $34.95. For more information, contact: Savoir-Faire, P.O. Box 2021, Sausalito CA 94966. Tel: 800/332-4660. Web site: www.savoir-faire.com.
With 144 vibrant colors to choose from, Prismacolor double-ended art markers are the perfect vehicle for expressing all your creative moods. Each marker features a broad and fine nib to allow you to create four different line widths. Other features include consistent flow, smooth blending, and juicy ink laydown and coverage. Individual markers sell for $3.18. Sets are also available. For more information, contact: Sanford, 2711 Washington Blvd., Bellwood IL 60104. Tel: 800/323-0749. Web site: www.sanfordcorp.com.
Pamper the artist inside you with one of these luxurious Italian leather sketchbooks. Each is hand bound and designed to last long enough to be passed down for generations. Inside you?ll find paper with a laid chain line pattern that?s compatible with virtually any drawing, sketching or writing medium. Available in four different sizes, the library-quality hardback books run from $12.99 (3-?x8-?)-$39.99 (8?x11?); the antique soft leather books sell for $10.99-$29.99. All books are available in either medium or dark brown. For more information, contact: Jerry?s Artarama Inc., P.O. Box 58638, Raleigh NC 27658. Tel: 800/U-ARTIST. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.jerryscatalog.com.
Jane M. Mason is president of the St. Louis Watercolor Society and former president of the Greater St. Louis Art Association. She teaches locally and exhibits in galleries across the country. More of her work can be seen on her Web site: www.watchingpaintdry.com.