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Sketchbox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – January 2017

Anna Rodriguez
ByAnna RodriguezJan 20, 2017 | 4 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!

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.

COUPON: Use code SKETCH5 to save $5 off your first box!

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

Ships to: U.S. 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 is the info card that was included with this month’s package. It details the contents and explains why they chose the items they sent.

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This is our “art print to inspire” for the month. The artist is Rose Ingracia.

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These are the supplies we received this month:

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set – Value $17.50

Sketchbox Signature Flat Waterbrush – Listed Value $5.50

Manuscript Gold and Silver Set – Value $6.88

Kuretake Zig Brush #24 – Listed Value $6.95

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My husband started by drawing an outline of his design in light pencil.

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He then used his metallic watercolors to start filling in the colors. He loved the watercolors! He has never worked with metallic watercolors before.

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He then filled in the background. His one complaint was that he wished the waterbrush held a little more water so that it would last longer.

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This is my husband’s completed masterpiece! His final step was to go back and fill in the details with the metallic pens. He noted that the pens had no trouble coloring over even the darkest black – they were completely opaque. He loved how nice and fine these pens were. I think it turned out great!

Verdict: Sketchbox is great! My husband loves trying new materials from Sketchbox every month. He especially loved his new watercolors and the metallic pens, and I am betting he gets a lot of use out of them. The value of everything this month adds up to about $37, which is slightly less than the $40 cost of the box but fairly typical for fine arts subscription boxes.

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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4 comments

Michelle

Wow!!! I am impressed with his work!!

Anna

Thanks Michelle!

Darcie

Anna, Thank you for this review! I really enjoyed seeing your husbands creation. I’m not an artist, but I want to be!!!

Anna

Thanks Darcie!

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