Today I picked up my first drawing tablet, it's the Wacom Bamboo Create. I got it for $175 but if you should around you can get it for even less.
Using a drawing tablet is really weird at first but after an hour of playing around with it and tweaking the settings, I think I've got it down. Here is my very first texture I created following this tutorial:
If you need the texture for any of your own projects, private or commercial, feel free to use it.