One of my goals for this school year was to add in consistent art projects and art history to our homeschool lessons. In addition, I really wanted my kids to experiment with different art mediums and products. This has been such a fun process and I was surprised how much I was enjoying experimenting too! Because of this, I was SUPER excited to receive a SketchBox Subscription as a Christmas gift from my husband this year!
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SketchBox Subscription Review
SketchBox is a monthly subscription box that delivers art supplies right to your door! Like most subscription boxes, each box is filled with surprise items. From the SketchBox website:
” Every month, we deliver 4-6 premium art supplies (often times full kits) right to your doorstep along with a unique piece of art. We’re artists ourselves and search constantly for the best possible supplies. We feature a new artist every month to help inspire you to create something amazing. What would you make if art supplies were delivered to you every month?”
SketchBox offers a Basic box for $25 a month and a Premium Box (which includes higher quality supplies) for $35 a month.
I was surprised to receive my January 2018 SketchBox Premium box about a week before January! Other subscriptions boxes I’ve received in the past often didn’t arrive until mid-month. I don’t own a lot of premium art supplies, so I’ll be honest…I’m currently pretty easy to impress in this department. And I was impressed!
SketchBox Signature Fineliners 12 Set
(Retail Price as suggested by SketchBox $16) This is an exclusive item from SketchBox and my first experience with SketchBox supplies. I’m definitely pleasantly surprised! I love the colors in this set. About half of them are really bold and rich colors, and the rest are soft and subtle. I’ve already been using them in my art journal, but expect to get a lot of use out of them for my Bullet Journaling and Bible Journaling as well!
Magnetips Custom 2 Set
(Retail Price as suggested by SketchBox $8) So the packaging of this set told me that Magnetips are not your average fineliners and I’d have to agree! They are refillable pens and contain two Neodymium magnets in each pen. I’d suggest going to the Magnetips website and check out their video. Basically it shows how your art supplies can become a featured art piece on your desk, a fidget spinner, or just an easy way to make sure you don’t lose your pen lid! I found a set of 20 Magnetips on Amazon and since I’ve had as much fun playing with them as I’ve had drawing with them, I’d definitely consider adding them to my cart.
Kuretake Zig Gold Brush Pen
(Retail Price as suggested by SketchBox $6.94) It’s hard for me to pick a favorite in this box, because once I started playing with the supplies I really fell in love with all of it. But this is definitely the item I was initially most excited about receiving. It didn’t let me down! It’s a lovely metallic gold and brushes on so smooth. There will be lots of gold details added to my sketches in the future. I could only find the Kuretake Zig Gold Brush Pen available a 2-pk on Amazon.
(Retail Price as suggested by SketchBox $8.99) My son received his first set of copic markers for Christmas as well, so I was excited to have my own to try out. I received Yellow Green (YG03). The tip is wide, but also angled. This is great for both coloring in backgrounds, but also using the chiseled tip to create fineline details. The Copic Wide Marker sets on Amazon are p…er…rice…y!!! But you can find single pens for about $6.
Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen
(Retail Price as suggested by SketchBox $3.71) I REALLY like this pen! It’s a super creamy white. I have a couple other white highlighter pens and none of them compare. It has created a fantastic highlight over fineliners, watercolors, acrylic, and colored pencil for me so far. I will definitely purchase more of the Signo White Pens!
SketchBox hosts a fun monthly contest for subscribers to create art with the contents of the box and post it to social media. Winners could have their artwork featured on the cover of a future box. I used the fineliners and magnetips to draw a flower sketch. I colored in the background with the copic wide and added a brush gold outline. And of course, finished with a white highlight from my Signo pen.
As you can tell, I’m definitely a fan of SketchBox! The total value of the Premium box was $43.64, which is more than we paid for the box including shipping. I will use everything in this box, so I consider that a good value! You can get your SketchBox subscription box on their website and start trying out fantastic art supplies with you and your kids!
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