Art Snacks Subscription Box Review – April 2015
Art Snacks is a monthly subscription service that provides artists with new, curated, top-of-the-line supplies. Art Snacks is the brainchild of siblings Lee and Sarah Rubenstein, founders of eatsleepdraw.com, a user-submitted art site.
The Subscription Box: Art Snacks
The Cost: $20 a month, with savings on 6- and 12-month subscriptions
The products: A selection of various curated new art supplies
Ships to: US for free, everywhere else for $10 per box
This is the information card that came in the package. It lists each item in the box with suggestions on how to use them. My husband is an artist, and he was completely excited to play with all these new toys!
Pentel Medium Aquash Brush – Value $4.50
This was by far my husband’s favorite discovery in the box! He didn’t even know such things existed! When using solid pigments like watercolor pencils, he has always dipped his brush in plain water to get the watercolor effect. This brush allows you to skip the dipping and squeeze water straight out of the brush handle!
(The values of these items are not listed on the info card, so I used values from Amazon and Google to get estimates.)
All the other supplies were wrapped in this little bundle. I always appreciate nice, safe packaging.
Pentalic Watercolor Pencils – Value $0.50 each
These are watercolor pencils! My husband has used them before, but I didn’t know about these. You draw with these pencils, and then use the aquash brush to apply water and get the watercolor effect.
ZIG Millennium Fine Point Pen – Value $2
Le Plume II Dual-Tipped Marker – Value $2
Chartpak AD Marker – $3
The colors of the brown and lilac markers were both very saturated and true to the color on the packaging. All three of these items were wins for my husband!
Art Snacks also threw in this sticker and bubble gum. My seven-year-old was the most excited about these items!
My husband drew this little CD cover with all the supplies from this month’s Art Snacks. It’s nothing too fancy, but it gives an idea of what the products look like in use. And yes, we still make mixtapes (CD’s) for each other and our friends like teenagers!
Verdict: This is a tough call to make. On the one hand, my husband loved everything in the box and said that it was all good quality products. On the other hand, the value of the items in the box adds up to only about $12.50, and the box cost $20 shipped. Then again, it looks like the watercolor pencils only come in sets, and that might be true of some of the markers as well, so it wouldn’t be possible to only spend 50 cents on one pencil, you would have to spend about $24 to get 13 or so. If you got them and didn’t like them, that would be more money wasted. I think this subscription is more about trying different items, and items that are curated to work well together. If you don’t mind paying a little more to sample a larger variety of high-quality art supplies, then I would definitely recommend this subscription.
What do you think of Art Snacks?