I received the December ArtSnacks box last week. ArtSnacks is a subscription service that sends you a surprise box of art supplies each month. The cost for a monthly subscription is $24. However, there is a discount for signing up for six and twelve-month subscriptions. I continue to enjoy everything I get from this subscription service. It is a nice little surprise in my mail box each month. Kind of like a mini adult Christmas for art supply lovers. I think this would make a lovely gift for a teen artist, a novice, or hobby artist that want to try new media.
December ArtSnacks Contents
Grumbacher Mixmedia Paper Sample
This month came with a super thin and long Grumbacher multimedia paper sample so I took advantage of that to make a few Holiday bookmarks for friends. The paper is excellent for ink and color pencil. I would not expose it to much wetness it will buckle with anything other than a very light wash.
Bruynzeel Expression Colored Pencils Set
These are soft and very pigmented color pencils. I do like having an extra little pack of something to swap in and out of my mobile art kit. However, I am not going to run out and buy more of these. They don’t mesh well with my preferred color pencil style which is to blend via burnishing. Burnishing involves adding multiple layers of pencil until the tooth of the paper is no longer visible. I prefer Faber-Castell for this. Bruynzeel have the same issue as Prismacolor pencils as it does not take much burnishing before that icky wax bloom starts to appear. But, I am not really a color pencil person so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I find the art form to be very time-consuming. I am always impressed with color pencil work because a single piece can be days of work.
KRINK K-32 Acrylic Paint Marker
I use piant markers for my zodiac art often and I wish I would have tried KRINK sooner. They are great. The paint is water based acrylic so it lacks the smell you get with oil-based markers. The paint lays down smoothly, is very opaque, has instense color, and covers well.
Caran d’Ache Metallic Gold Fibralo Marker and Pentel Slicci Gel Pen
Caran d’Ache Metallic Gold Fibralo Marker is an awesome metallic marker with a natural gold hue to it. Sometimes gold can be overly yellow but this is fine. I think this would make a lovely marker for filling out gift tags as it is a fine tip. The Pentel Slicci Gel Pen is an ultra fine gel pen. I am not big into gel pens so I don’t have much of an opinion on it. But, it would also be a nice addition to gift tag and cards.
Happy Art Journey,