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Sketchbox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2016

Anna Rodriguez
ByAnna RodriguezJul 30, 2016 | 2 comments

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SketchBox
3.3 overall rating
18 Ratings | 10 Reviews

Sketchbox is a monthly subscription service for artists. They provide 5-6 art supplies plus a small print intended to inspire. Additionally, artists are encouraged to share their work with the Sketchbox community, and in some cases, have their work featured in a future box!

I love the design of this box, by the way! This is the artwork of one of their subscribers. Very cool!

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

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The Subscription Box: Sketchbox

The Cost: $25 + $5 shipping = $30 per month, with savings on longer length subscriptions. There is also a $35 per month “premium” option for higher-quality supplies (also with $5 shipping = $40 per month).

COUPON: Save 10% off with code MYSUBADDICTION2016 (month-to-month, 3-month and 6-month subscriptions)

The Products: A selection of hand-picked art supplies, plus an art print to inspire

Ships to: US for $5, Canada for $10, International for $15

Check out all of our Sketchbox reviews and the Craft Subscription Box Directory!

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This review is of the premium box.

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This is the info card that was included with this month’s package. This month is all about watercolors! I think watercolors might be my husband’s favorite. It explains why they chose the items they sent. On the right is a painting by this month’s featured artist, Kyana, and on the reverse is her story.

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These are the supplies we received this month:

2x Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors – Value about $7 each

Windsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor – Value $4.49

Princeton Bamboo Brush Round #4 – Value $4.92

Daler Rowney Watercolor Postcards – Value $8.34

Sketchbox Signature Water Brush – Value $5.50

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This is my husband’s watercolor postcard. Isn’t it beautiful? This is an example of what you can do with the supplies that were sent this month. He said these were really high quality watercolors, and they afforded him good control. He also mentioned that it was really hard to watercolor on a postcard! So small! I have seen loads of different postcard art supplies lately, though, so I think this must be a trend.

Verdict: Sketchbox is great! The value of this month’s items comes to about $37, which roughly breaks even with the cost of the box, but to be fair many of the values I have listed are sale prices. At the same time, art supplies online always seem to have sale prices, so I’m not 100% sure what the real value is. From my experience, art supply boxes don’t tend to have a huge return on investment. Selecting the right fine arts box really depends on what you are looking for. With Sketchbox, you don’t get a specific project with instructions, but you do get a suggested “inspiration” for a type of drawing, plus a sampling of high quality instruments to try it out. There’s definitely a discovery element that comes with Sketchbox. If you are a big fan of drawing and painting, it’s a really fun box to try out!

What do you think of Sketchbox?

SketchBox delivers premium art supplies right to your doorstep along with a unique piece of art to help inspire you. They feature a new artist every month and encourage you to share your art with the world. What would you make if art supplies were delivered to you every month?
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.

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.
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2 comments

Heidi

I’ve been itching for another subscription box since cutting them out awhile back and I think this is it. I’ve been watching Bob Ross on Netflix so I’ve been inspired to be artsy lately. Love those littles in the above comment. Happy little trees! Always very grateful for the detailed reviews on this site.

Geordana R

That post card is gorgeous. An absolute artist! It makes me reminisint of Robert (Bob) Ross and his happy little trees! ????

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