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Dash of Inspiration: The Designer’s Wish List

November 11, 2013

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen

The Designer’s Wish List

Just for fun, I thought I’d offer a list of goodies the artist/designer might want to add to their list for Santa this year!

Flexible surge protector – So much of the office equipment in our design studios plug in with power adapters which usually take up two or more of the ‘plug in’ spots on a surge protector.  This cool new surge protector is the perfect solution!

Cyber Clean –  This is a wonderful stocking stuffer!  Clean keyboards with no muss or fuss … definitely on my wish list 🙂

Macro Photographer Ring Lights – Affordable way to get better wrap around lighting, allowing for an increase in DOF for those macro subjects. Just choose one for your camera/lens.

31 Days to Greeting Card Marketing Mastery – I can’t personally recommend this book because I haven’t read it, but I’ve read similar books and found them helpful. Also comes in a Kindle addition and it might spark some ideas in the artist who wants to improve their marketing skills.

Kate Harper’s 7 Mistakes Greeting Card Writers Make

Grammar Girl Series – if grammar is not your strong suit and you keep getting cards returned for correction, one or all of these books can make a great reference library for you!  I LOVE her books!

Photoshop WOW book series – It’s nearly impossible to learn how to use any version of Photoshop to it’s fullest without attending in-depth classes. The next best thing is through tutorials and my WOW book for CS-5. I can guarantee it’s money well spent!

Digital Painting Techniques – I don’t have this exact book, but I have books on the same subject and they are great inspiration to improve and learn how to make realistic paintings using your digital toolbox.

Of course don’t forget to ask for gift certificates from all your favorite scrap and typography houses!

You may also want to add any or all of the plugins/software mentioned last week.

I hope I’ve inspired all of you to add something wonderful to your holiday wish list that will inspire you to explore outside the box!

So, until next week … Learn … Create … Inspire!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2013 9:52 am

    I’d just like to add, for the benefit of UK painters, that my eyes always light up when I receive Artifolk vouchers. So you might want to check them out and add them to your list. 🙂

    • November 11, 2013 4:15 pm

      Great addition Judy, thanks! Anyone else who has an idea, add it to the comments. You never know what might be that one thing you just must beg Santa for … LOL!

  2. November 11, 2013 7:08 pm


    Thanks for taking the time to put together this great list. There are definitely a few items I will be adding to my Christmas list and if I don’t get them, I won’t hesitate to purchase them for myself.

    Thanks again, Sue

  3. November 12, 2013 3:52 am

    Thanks for the heads up on these … I’ve had that ring flash in the back of my mind since forever … just added it to my wish list.

    • November 12, 2013 4:08 am

      You’re welcome! I asked Santa last year for a ring light and he came through, I love it!

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