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Smart Art Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2017

Smart Art DIY Subscription Box - Make a Cast - May 2017

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 DIY Subscription Box - Make a Cast - May 2017

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 DIY Subscription Box - Make a Cast - May 2017

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 ENJOYART to get $5 off your subscription!

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 DIY Subscription Box - Make a Cast - May 2017

This month’s project was to create a mold and cast! 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 DIY Subscription Box - Make a Cast - May 2017

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 ComposiMold plus the supply list.

Smart Art DIY Subscription Box - Make a Cast - May 2017

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 DIY Subscription Box - Make a Cast - May 2017

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

ComposiMold Original, 6 oz. – Value $15.95

ComposiStone, 1 lb. – Value $16.99

Crafter’s Acrylic Paint Black, 2 fl oz. – Value $0.99

Prima Marketing Resin Owl – Value $1.94 (pack of 4 is $7.76)

Dazzling Metallics Acrylics Colors, 4 x 2 oz. – Total Value $9.96 (2.49 each)

Princeton Artist Brush Co. Select Artiste Brush Set 3 pcs. – Value $3? (I could not find this exact set for sale online, so the value is based on similar sets.)

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 DIY Subscription Box - Make a Cast - May 2017

My first step was to cut up the molding material. ComposiMold is pretty cool, you can re-use it over and over again!

Smart Art DIY Subscription Box - Make a Cast - May 2017

I then melted it in the microwave, placed the little resin owl in the container, and poured the mold material over it to set.

Smart Art DIY Subscription Box - Make a Cast - May 2017

I popped it in the freezer for about 20 minutes until it had set. Then I pulled the owl out of the mold. I had to trim the edges a bit where the mold material had melted under the owl, but it wasn’t too bad.

Smart Art DIY Subscription Box - Make a Cast - May 2017

Then I mixed the ComposiStone with water and poured a tiny bit of it into the mold to harden.

Smart Art DIY Subscription Box - Make a Cast - May 2017

After a few hours, I was able to pull it out of the mold and let it finish hardening overnight.

Smart Art DIY Subscription Box - Make a Cast - May 2017

This is my completed owl! My last step was to paint it, and my eyesight just was not up to the task. This owl is tiny! So my painting job was kind of sloppy.

Verdict: My husband and I are both huge fans of Smart Art! This month’s project was interesting. I am not in love with the finished product, and I feel like I didn’t do a great job. BUT, there is tons of material left over to make many other things if I want. I feel like the whole idea was to make this owl to kind of learn how to do it, and later (when creativity strikes) I can mold and cast all kinds of things! The value of this month’s contents more or less breaks even with the cost of the box. That’s actually really good for a fine arts subscription box, so I’m happy! We love Smart Art!

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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.

Posted in Craft Subscription Boxes, Smart Art Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: smart art | 4 comments

Comments (4)

  1. @Anna – GREAT review (as always)!

    I’ve noticed on some of the reviews Liz does that a company will send her a sample scarf, etc., early so she can answer any questions people want to ask before subbing. I know this is asking a lot of the company, but..,It would be great if this company could send you their craft box early enough so you can review it in time for us to order it. I’m not enough of an artist that I would like to try all the boxes in this sub (e.g. i would not want any drawing or painting ones) , but there are certain ones that I would definitely have bought if I knew about them In time to order.

    • Have you tried going to their website after seeing a review of a project you like? Many times they have a few of the boxes available for purchase.

      • Thanks monah!

    • Thanks Beth! I’ll see if we can get the skill news early.

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