About a month or so ago, I ran across this monthly subscription box for art supplies called ArtSnacks. “A curated box of unique, high-quality art supplies delivered to your door every month” is what it says on their site. They seem to mainly send out pens, pencils, and markers, but I’ve seen brushes and pastels in past boxes, too, along with the odd sharpener, eraser, or chamois. Oh, and they send you a little piece of candy in each box – hence the “snacks”!
This is what came in the box this month, along with a Swedish Fish for a sugar-inspired creative session! While I liked what they sent, I was left feeling a little “meh”, because other than the watercolor pencil they aren’t things I would normally use. The little card with all the information on it helped a lot:
Marino Watercolor Pencil by Cretacolor: “Introducing the Marino Watercolor Pencil by Cretacolor. Whether you’re mixing playful like-work with water and a paint brush or practicing layered cross-hatching in your sketchbook, you’ll get brilliant color with every stroke. There are 36 colors in the Marino family – so what color did you get?”
The color in this box was Umber, which goes nicely with the greens of the pens. This one went to Hims, as he draws more than I do… though I have a feeling I might sneak it away every so often, just because it is so smooth and feels good in my hand.
Aristo DK2 Mechanical Pencil: “Exclusive! Aristo is an Austrian brand specializing in high-quality drafting supplies. Uniited States-based ArtSnacks subscribers get to enjoy this imported pencil for the first time in America! The Aristo DK2 Mechanical Pencil is pre-filled with 0.5mm lead and capped with a sturdy white removable eraser. Disguised as a simple mechanical pencil, this tool brings ease to drawing, sketching, and quick note-taking.”
Hims has much more use for a mechanical drafting pencil than I do, so he’s the lucky one to score this. It’s only been a couple days and he just loves the thing.
Ironlak Punp Action Marker: “Originating from Australia, Ironlak is a street-style art supply brand with premium acrylic paints and aerosols for the graffiti-inspired artist. The Ironlak Pump Action Marker is one of our favorites. To start the flow of paint, gently press down on the nib of the marker a few times, and watch the paint flow. The paint is quick-drying, yet water soluble, so you can push the paint further with a wet brush.”
I’ve been having fun experimenting a bit with this, though I haven’t tried anything with a wet brush yet. My style is nothing like graffiti style, but I can see how this is perfect for that.
Touch Twin Brush Marker: “The Touch Twin Brush Marker features a flexible brush nib on one end and a medium-wide chisel nib on the other, allowing you to explore a wider range of drawing techniques. The well-designed rectangular body resists rolling on your work space and has a safety cap that stacks elegantly, while preventing damage to the colored nibs.”
The flexible brush nib took a little getting used to for me, since I’d never seen anything like that before. It’s a good marker, and I played with both the paint pen and this in the same practice area, so they work well together (if anyone would really use them together?)
If you love different art supplies, and are up for the challenge of trying out all different things, follow the link: ArtSnacks