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SketchBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – December 2020

SketchBox is a monthly subscription box for art supplies. Each month, they’ll send you 4-9 art supplies (often full kits) plus a piece of art to inspire you. The items included are for 2D media, such as pens, markers, pencils, paints, etc.

SketchBox runs an ongoing contest to put a subscriber’s artwork on the lid of their box each month. There’s information on how to enter their monthly contest on the info card!

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.)

This is a review of the $35/month Premium box. SketchBox also offers a $25/month Basic box.

About SketchBox

The Subscription Box: SketchBox

The Cost: $35 + $5 U.S. shipping. Save with longer 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: The U.S. for $5, Canada for $10, International for $15

My SketchBox December 2020 Review

Their info card includes a list of the products and why they were chosen for the box. There is also a link to SketchBox School, a video they release each month showing you how to use your items and demonstrations, too! If you are new to art, these are really great, and even if you aren’t, they are filled with helpful knowledge and smart tidbits.

You also get a card with a drawing by this month’s featured artist, Gris.

There was also a super cute SketchBox box sticker. This month, it is in the shape of a little tube of paint.


SketchBox Signature Watercolor Pencils – Retail Value $11.99

I absolutely enjoy watercolor pencils, but I already own some really great ones and I am kind of a snob. These didn’t offer quite the payoff of my super $$$ selection, but they worked really quite well. The included colors (brown, grey, green, orange, yellow, and blue) lend themselves to landscapes and loads of other subjects. You can use them dry or wet them with water for a watercolor look.

Here are swatches of the pencils, both dry and wet.


Marabu Art Crayon in ‘Caramel’ – Retail Value $3.99

Marabu Art Crayon in ‘Terracotta‘ – Retail Value $3.99

These felt like super-soft pastels to me. They were smooth and buttery on paper and drop a ton of color down with very little effort. They extend with a simple twist of the barrel, so you don’t have to worry about sharpeners. I was sent a mustard yellow and a brick red.

Top, Caramel, Bottom, Terracotta


TCW Watercolor Sparx Powder in ‘Olive’ – Retail Value $6.00

I was pretty intrigued by this. It is a legit powder inside a bottle, which squeezes out. When I first added some to a sheet of paper, I was sure the color was mislabeled because the powder was bright orange! I added a little water and it turned into an olive dream! These pigments are blends of different shades that together create olive, but in water the pigments “break” a little, creating these unpredictable color blends. Using a toothy paper only magnified this effect because different pigments have different weights and will collect in the grooves of the paper!

This stuff is EXCITING.


Holbien Artist Gouache in ‘Permanent White’ – Retail Value $6.10

Phew, after the excitement of that powder, this addition might seem a little boring, but I promise it is anything but. It is a beautiful opaque white that can be used to lighten other paints, add crisp white details, and more. What it might lack in pizzaz, it more than makes up for in pure utility.

Perfect for highlights or creating tints!


4 x 6 Custom Hahnemuhle Toned Watercolor Pad – Listed Value $10.00

Our little paper pad was a toned peach color with a watercolor paper weight. The toned shade is great for adding depth and interest to your paintings or sketches and if I am being totally frank, a toned sheet of blank paper often feels less intimidating that a blank sheet of white paper!


Marabu Fluid Arts Brush Set of 3 – Retail Value $9.99

I love water brush pens like this for on the go watercolor painting. They spare me from hauling water along that I will totally spill and make a huge mess with! Simply twist these pens open, add in some water, and go on with your day! They always last me a lot longer than I expect and between colors, I simply wipe the brush tip off on my pants or a napkin if I have one. This set has three different brush sizes too, adding even more variety to my on the go kit.


0.8 Derwent Line Maker in Black – Retail Value $3.99

Ahhhh, the humble black fineliner. Always welcome in an art box since I use them all the time and they all seem to start dying together for some odd reason. This one has my tip size of choice, a bold 0.8 size that is ideal for strong and certain lines. This ink is also permanent when dry, so you can watercolor over it!

I didn’t put a ton of thought into my project this month. I just knew I wanted to use that amazing powder as a background!


Here is my finished mini-painting.

The Verdict: This month’s SketchBox was magical. I loved how both wild and fun products were included along with tried and true staples like the fineliner and white paint. It makes for a well-rounded experience to be sure! How incredible is that powder though? I need to buy more colors because I am smitten. Most of you know this is among my absolute favorite subscription boxes, but even if you are new to art supplies, this is a lot of fun! If you have ever wanted to dabble, this is the box for you!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. At the time of publication, you’ll likely receive the January box. Also, SketchBox is currently fully operational during COVID-19.

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

Value Breakdown: Since this box costs $40 after shipping, each of the 7 items has an average cost of $5.71.

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Written by Megan


I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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Comments (10)

  1. LOVE IT!

  2. wow you have talent! I’ve always been interested in this kind of stuff, but never know where to start!

  3. Love your work this month, beautiful!

  4. I love the powder. What fun to work with.

  5. Wow, The picture you painted looks great. This looks like a nice box but I lack the creativity for it’s use.

  6. Wow, another great box this month! And pretty project, the orange and green tones are fantastic.

    I already have many watercolor pencils, but a smaller kit like that might be fun for a sketching/painting outdoors on the go pack! And that peach toned paper looks lovely.

  7. Megan, you make me want to art.

  8. Amazing artwork, Megan! This box looks like so much fun…

  9. That is such an amazing piece of art!

  10. That Sparx!!!

    Your art!!!


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