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The Inky Box Mini Pen Subscription Box Review – October 2018

the inky box mini shipping envelope

The Inky Box is an art pen subscription box that was suggested by Virginia, one of our readers! Lettering and calligraphy fans, take note—this subscription sends you tools to create all kinds of unique lettering work each month. They also share tutorial content for the month’s products on their social channels!

the inky box mini unboxing

There are two subscription levels to choose from—The Inky Box (lettering tools, supplies, and hand-lettered greeting cards for $39.95 per month) and The Inky Box Mini (2-4 of the lettering tools that were featured in the larger box for $14.99 per month).

This is a review of The Inky Box Mini subscription, which costs $14.99 per month.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

the inky box mini unboxing and review

About The Inky Box Mini

The Subscription Box: The Inky Box Mini

The Cost: $14.99 per month

The Products: 2-4 lettering/calligraphy tools

Good to Know: They also offer a larger box (The Inky Box) that includes much more product for $39.95 per month. New to lettering? Follow @TheInkyBox on Instagram or subscribe to The Inky Box’s channel on YouTube for tutorials, tips, and more!

Ships to: US and worldwide. International shipping is $19.99.

The Inky Box Mini Lettering & Calligraphy Subscription Review

the inky box mini product list

the inky box mini info card

Here’s the info card for the box, which includes a link to this month’s digital, downloadable practice sheets.

the inky box mini watercolor postcards

the inky box mini blank postcards

the inky box mini postcard form

the inky box mini pad of postcards

Strathmore Watercolor Postcards – Retail Value $6.22, Listed Value $6.29

I am in LOVE with this clever pad! These cards come pre-printed with the typical postcard format on one side. It’s such a clever way to share your artwork with others or customize a greeting. The paper is built for watercolors, but that means it should hold up just fine to pens, markers, and crayons, too.

the inky box mini koi ink

the inky box mini ink tube

the inky box mini tip of ink tube

Koi Watercolors Tube in Deep Green, 12ml – Retail Value $3.50 (Found here for $2.50)

I’ll readily admit that I’m not the most adept at watercolor art. That said, I love the way watercolors look, and I’m eager to experiment with watercolor paint as a lettering medium. This tube contains a liquid version of watercolor paint. (I’m so used to the solid pans of watercolors in old-school Crayola trays!) I like that they gave me a slightly out-of-the-ordinary color—a dark, rich green that will be great for holiday crafts.

the inky box mini purple watercolor pad

the inky box mini purple ink pad

the inky box mini ink pad

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Pan – Listed Value $3.33

Oh my goodness, the COLOR of this highly pigmented watercolor paint pan is like MAGIC. It’s this great, Lisa Frank purple with a lovely blue tint to it. The paint is delightfully pigmented, too, so it looks just as beautiful swept across a page. I couldn’t find this exact hue online, but you can see other collectible 1″ pans here.

the inky box mini calligraphy brush

the inky box mini wooden brush

the inky box mini brush tip

Princeton Snap Round #2 Brush – Retail Value $2.89, Listed Value $4.49

This brush has a dreamy point that paints a smooth, not-too-thin, not-too-thick line. It has a nice rounded handle that makes it easy to work with, too. I’m not the most adept at lettering with brushes and paint, so I may need some practice before I can really make the most of this nice brush.

inky box practice sheets for october

October Practice Sheets – Listed Value $3.00

I really appreciate that this subscription includes a monthly set of downloadable practice sheets. You obviously have to print them out, but it’s been helpful to put a sheet of tracing paper on the sheets and writing/painting over them. As I mentioned, I’m not so hot with brushes right now, so I need as much help as I can get! There are 3 practice phrases in this month’s set, including the one in the photo above.

The Verdict: Now, granted, I’m just a beginner, so I may be more easily impressed than experienced ink-lovers, but that being said, I really liked this box. I don’t know how I feel about giving a value to the digital practice sheets—the expertise has value, for sure, but I have trouble when digital items are supposed to bump up the retail value of the box (especially when you have to print these out to get use from them—not everyone has a printer/printer paper at home!) Fingers crossed they include hard copies in the future! Meanwhile, I love the uniqueness and professional quality of the physical items in the box!

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today?: No. New subscribers will receive their box the first week of the following month, according to The Inky Box’s FAQ page.

Value Breakdown: The box cost $17.48 (cost + $2.49 shipping to Pennsylvania), but I estimate a total retail value of $15.94 not counting the $3.00 practice sheets, or $18.94 with the sheets. The average cost per item via the box is $4.37 not counting the digital sheets, or $3.50 including them.

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What do you think of The Inky Box Mini?


Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, The Inky Box Reviews| Tags: the inky box | 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. I just ordered the inky box that costs $35 and I can’t wait to get it. From what I’ve seen on her YouTube videos, every box is amazing! Can’t wait to get it!!!

  2. I just went to the site to get this and it appears that for October one receives random colors (looking at the image available) and I like what you received so thank you for adding the color number on the purple like pan color.

  3. Would you be able to swatch the purple pan so we can see what it looks like? It looks so pretty!!

    • Yes, I would like that also!

      Watercolors are my favorite medium.

  4. If you end up using watercolors as a hobby, I recommend trying other papers. Different brands of paper make a huge difference in the experience and Strathmore is not good quality.

  5. I am so glad you are reviewing this box again. Another really enjoyable box this month for me as well.

    I got the tube in ultramarine – a lovely dark blue shade.

    The pan is an enchanting irredescent green color – great for fairy wings.

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