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”!
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