Sketchbox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2016
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.)
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
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
This review is of the premium box.
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.
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
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!
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