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Subscription Box: ArtSnacks in August!

Last month, I signed up for 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. Lots of artsy goodness, and they send you a little piece of candy in each box – hence the “snacks”!

August's ArtSnacks-y goodness!
August’s ArtSnacks-y goodness!

This is what came in the box this month, along with a yummy Jolly Rancher for a sugar-inspired creative session! Love, love, love! The little card with all the information on it helped a lot:

ZIG Cartoonist Brush: Pen No. 22, $7.99 retail “Imported from Japan, the ZIG Cartoonist Brush Pen No. 22 has a medium nylon brush tip that lays down thick and thin lines. Move the pen slowly across the page for solid strokes, or move the tip swiftly across the page for a more diffused line. This brush pen is great for mastering cartoon illustrations or practicing bold hand-letterting. Run out of ink? The pen-body cartridges are refillable for years to come.”

I’ve played with this pen a few times and just love it. It’s also great for practicing Chinese painting techniques. Not perfect, but very good for practice.

Denik Mini Sketchbook: $5.00 value Limited Edition! Denik is a cool new notebook company that connects with artists from around the world to put their artwork on sketchbooks and journals. A portion of every product sold goes to building schools: the origin for learning, creating, and inspiring. This month, we collaborated with Denik’s team and Boston-based artist, Monique Amiee, to create a custom Denik Mini Sketchbook.”

This is what I was doodling in when I tried out the ZIG Cartoon Brush. I love the paper, the size is a bit small for anything much, but it’s the perfect fit for my purse (and the colors match!) so I can take it along wherever I go.

Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic Ink: $7.70 retail “Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic ink is a special acrylic-based ink that’s highly pigmented for creating multiple color layers on top of your art. Dilute the ink with water to get a high-intensity watercolor effect, or use a dry brush to create a textured stroke. The ink has a high degree of lightfastness, which is great for paintings that will be permanently on display.”

I absolutely LOVE the “pearlescent” look of this ink, too. This is going to be perfect for calligraphy, painting, and maybe even splashing a bit. This is one of those things I will most likely buy more of in the future.

Simply Simmons Paintbrush: $4.70 retail “With an acrylic ink, you’ll need another reliable tool: the Simply Simmons Paintbrush. This brush is short in size, but has a super soft-haired tuft for controlled strokes. Their bristles come in a variety of shapes that will withstand a tangle-free cleaning after a painting session. This beautiful brush is ideal for the artist who is breaking into the world of painting.”

Yay! Another paintbrush! I can always, always use more of these! i haven’t had the chance to try this one out yet, though I’m hoping to do some painting this weekend, but it seems like it’s going to be a great little addition to my brush set.

If you love different art supplies, and are up for the challenge of trying out all different things, follow the link: ArtSnacks



Syd is a Midwestern girl who doesn’t think the term “girl” is sexist in the least – especially after she left her 20s. She holds a huge love for history (from WWI through the end of WWII, Victorian, Regency, and Elizabethan eras), some science fiction, and likes to pass the time reading, working with photography and needlework, and writing things. Lots of things. Syd likes to dance, too, but she looks like an utter goob doing so!

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