Review: Art Snacks Box September 2017

Let’s take a look at this month’s Art Snacks and draw a few Kawaii figures.


What is Art Snacks?

Art Snacks is a monthly subscription service that sends you a small parcel of art supplies and a treat every month. Prices vary by subscription with discounts for longer durations. At the time of this writing, Art Snacks is $24 USDA a month. I have had this subscription for 3 months.

What is Kawaii?

Kawaii is Japanese for adorable, cute, or charming. Things like Hello Kitty, Pokemon, Sailor Moon, and Lolita Fashion (cute frilly dress not the novel) are examples or Kawaii culture. In general, it is fairly easy to draw anything in cute style by following a few simple steps.

  1. Break the subject down into simple shapes.
  2. Less details
  3. Large Head
  4. Eyes far apart
  5. Little eyes or
  6. Very large eyes
  7. Round off hard and sharp edges

 

This Month’s Box

Subscribers should be receiving a Liquitex bonus box this month but mine has not arrived this review is only for the standard box that normally comes each month. This month’s box included: Moo Professional Artist Eraser, Alvin Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil with .7mm or .9 mm lead, Plumchester P4 Fineliner, and Stabilo pointMas Pen Set.

Moo Professional

At first, I thought the Moo was your standard synthetic eraser. I think it’s PVC (vinyl) but the card does not state the material, however, the card does state “…the Moo’s residue clumps together for easier cleanup…” Generally, PVC is not as dusty as SBR synthetic rubber  (cheap pink kid erasers) and true ‘Gum’ (rubber) erasers which leave lots of crumbs. The Moo produces less mess because the vinyl bits stick together but there will still be little eraser worms. I like this eraser because it has straight edges and corners which make erasing small areas easier. The vinyl is not super stiff so you are unlikely to tear the paper with this eraser which is the biggest draw back of vinyl. I have torn up many sheets of watercolor paper with them. I like this eraser and may pick up an additional Moo after this one is gone. Still, the most genital method of erasing is with kneaded erasers.

I was happy to see that I received the .9 mm pencil as I already have a couple 7mm mechanical pencils. It is nice to have varying widths in my collection. What I really like about this pencil is near the top by the eraser cap is a dial you can turn to mark which lead is in the pencil HB, B, 2B, 4H, 2H, H, and F. On the HB scale H refers to hardness and B to blackness. So an HB lead is hard and black, 2B is darker but softer, and 4H is harder but lighter than HB. Jet Pens has an excellent article on the HB scale. This is a nice well constructed mechanical pencil that I am sure I will get use out of.

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Plumchester P4 Fineliner

This is a nice liner pen. I have mostly Fabber Castel PITT pens and a smattering of other brands. It will be good to see how this one holds up compared to the others over time. This seems to be a product exclusive to Art Snacks as I couldn’t find it anywhere else. The pen is water proof when dry which I prefer in liners so I can use them in conjunction with watercolors and markers.

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Stabilo pointMas Pen Set

Like the description card, I would describe this set as a ‘tropical’ color assortment.  These are water based inks so they will bleed if you get them wet. I think they would be put to better use as part of some kind of line art rather than the coloring in I used them for. They have a pretty fine tip at .8mm.

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Bottom Line is Art Snacks Worth it?

I think Art Snacks would make a great gift for a young or hobby artists. I have gotten use out of everything I have received this last three months. I am generally pretty happy when I see the pretzel pencil logo in my mail box. But, my experience so far is that the supplies are common things most artists have. So an experienced artist may not like it as much.

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