Smart Art Subscription Box Review + Coupon – April 2016
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, so we were very happy to have the opportunity to try this box out!
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The Subscription Box: Smart Art
The Cost: $49.99 per month with free shipping. Discounted 3, 6 and 12-month subscriptions also available.
COUPON: Use code MSA20 to save 20% off your first box
The Products: A fine arts project, complete with instructions and supplies
Ships to: US only
Good to know: It’s a different project in a different media every month, using different techniques!
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This month’s project was drawing manga! My husband strongly dislikes this style of art, and I’m no good at drawing, so this was a scary topic! 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.
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 different inks plus the supply list.
The instructions are printed on the back of the booklet. They are easy enough to follow, but not so specific that they crush one’s creativity.
Here are the supplies that were included for this month’s project.
Sakura Micron Pens (7 pcs) – Value (about) $15
Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media Pad 6″ x 8″ – Value $2.87
Alvin Draft Line Pencil 0.5 mm – Value $7.19
Touch Five Twin Brush Markers (3 pcs) – Value (about) $14
Creative Mark Art Stroke Eraser – Value $1.19
The first thing I did was to check out all the drawing utensils. The paper is so nice; it’s like a fine card stock. The pens were all black, the only difference being the thickness of the lines. I was really impressed with the pencil, and the accuracy of all the implements. This photo shows the outputs of all the different pencils, pens and markers. I used this for reference throughout the project when trying to decide which pen to use.
Here’s my completed manga drawing! It’s a (very flattering) self-portrait. It looks pretty rough, but I kind of like it! I think it turned out really good for someone like myself who can’t draw well. Using high quality art supplies really does make a big difference!
Verdict: My husband and I are both huge fans of Smart Art! This month was a little intimidating for me, but it turns out I can draw better than I thought thanks to quality supplies. The value of the included materials is about $40, which falls a little short of the cost of the box, but when I factor in the curation, project selection, material sourcing, instruction, the material sharing aspect, etc., I find that Smart Art is a wonderful value. We love it!
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