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Smart Art Subscription Box Review + Coupon – September 2017

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smart art september 2017 subscription Box

Smart Art is a fine arts subscription service that sends a new project every month and all the supplies needed to complete it. My husband and I are both artists, and we have been having a blast with our Smart Art subscription!

smart art september 2017 subscription Box

This box was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

smart art september 2017 subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Smart Art

The Cost: $49.99 per month with free shipping. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code MSA20 to save 20% off your first box

The Products: A fine arts project, complete with instructions and supplies

Ships to: U.S. only

Good to know: It’s a different project in a different media every month, using different techniques!

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smart art september 2017 subscription Box

This month’s project was paper marbling! This is the booklet that Smart Art sends every month. It includes art history related to the project, a list of the included supplies, project pointers, and instructions.

Subscribers can upload a picture of their finished project to Smart Art’s Facebook page for a chance to win a free box! That’s really cool! On the other hand, our projects usually take forever, so we always seem to miss the boat on this contest.

smart art september 2017 subscription Box

This is the inside of the booklet. On the left are the art history and project pointers, and on the right, there’s some info on marbling dyes plus the supply list.

smart art september 2017 subscription Box

The instructions are printed on the back of the booklet. They are pretty clear and easy to follow, but they still allow for as much creativity as you like.

smart art september 2017 subscription Box

Here are the supplies that were included for this month’s project.

Jacquard Marbling Dyes, 0.5 oz (x3) – Value $19.99 for a set of 6

Methocel Marbling Medium, 4 oz. – Value $19.99 for 8 oz

Alum 4 oz (Mordant) – Value $12

Synthetic Gall, 0.5 fl oz – Value $11.29

Evolon AP 168GSM 8×10 Sheets (x2) – Value $15 for a pack of 10

Speedball Elegant Writer 4 Pen Set – Value $9.03

Pentel Succi Metallic Silver, 0.8mm – Value $1.99

Please note that most of the values listed here are list prices. Almost all of them can be found for less at most online discount art supply stores.

smart art september 2017 subscription Box

smart art september 2017 subscription Box

I don’t have the patience for dyes, but this month’s project was exactly my husband’s cup of tea. He loves it! His first step was to make the alum solution, soak the paper, and let the pieces dry.

smart art september 2017 subscription Box

He then mixed up the methocel and started layering in the dyes. They sort of float on the top so you can dip in the papers and pick them up.

smart art september 2017 subscription Box

smart art september 2017 subscription Box

smart art september 2017 subscription Box

smart art september 2017 subscription Box

Like so…

smart art september 2017 subscription Box

smart art september 2017 subscription Box

smart art september 2017 subscription Box

Then he just pulled the papers out and hung them or laid them out to dry!

smart art september 2017 subscription Box

This is one of his completed masterpieces! He went back over some of the colors with his new pens, which he really likes. He thought the pens were all especially nice quality.

Verdict: My husband and I are both huge fans of Smart Art! My husband loves working with dyes on both fabric and paper, so he had a great time with this project. The materials were all top-notch, too! The value of this month’s contents was about $57, which is a nice margin above the $50 cost of the box. That’s really good for a fine arts subscription box, so I’m happy! We love Smart Art!

What do you think of Smart Art?

Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

2 Comments

  1. I’ve gotta admit, Anna, I wouldn’t subscribe to this box for half the cost but I do enjoy reading your reviews and seeing what you’ve made.

    This month’s box seems absolutely ridiculous, price-wise! Supplies to make TWO pieces of paper! I could go into the ritziest, most exclusive paper store within a 200 mile radius (which would include NYC and DC) and I’m confident that I could purchase TWO sheets of the most beautiful handmade paper for less than $50!

    If this box wasn’t sent to you for free each month for your review, I might have to start questioning your sanity… 😉

    • Hi Maddie! You’re not alone in thinking that way. Totally fair. Just wanted to mention we also always have loads of supplies left over every month, and I think usually the best part for us is learning a new art form or skill. Not all the value is tangible, to us anyway. Thanks for your comments!

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