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SketchBox Subscription Box September 2022 Review + Coupon

Becca Peterson
ByBecca PetersonSep 6, 2022 | 2 comments

3.5 overall rating
16 Ratings | 8 Reviews

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.

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

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With August almost behind us, the start of school is imminent. While I am a bit excited to get back into a routine, my kids are having a severe case of the summer-over blues, so we are trying to squeak every last ounce of fun into our final weekend together. With rain showers in the forecast, what better to do than sit inside and create some art?! SketchBox arrived at the perfect time (like always), and I couldn't wait to see just what kind of mediums we would receive. Read below to find out what we discovered.

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First Impressions


SketchBox runs an ongoing contest to put a subscriber's artwork on the lid of their box. This month the artwork featured portraits done by Kaorien. Included in the box is information regarding how to enter the monthly contest on the info card. Check it out if you are interested!

What's Inside the Box

Content Card


Each month we receive a content list of all this month's featured products, along with a short summary of each item and listed retail prices. Also included is a QR code for the SketchBox school where you can learn how to use the materials, try different techniques, and even create your own piece of artwork.

Artist Card


This month's artist card was created by Orion Mabelle. Orion is a multidisciplinary artist and specializes in human forms. So extremely talented, you really need to check out his Instagram page for some very inspiring pieces!


We also received a sticker that coordinates with the theme of the month. I'm loving the little Cretocolor Art Sticks - the burgundy color is so classic for a fall box!

Winsor & Newton Studio Collection Sketching Set - Retail Value $12.98


I love it when SketchBox sends out an entire kit, so this studio sketching set was right up my alley. Complete with a pencil sharpener, eraser, shading tool, and 7 pencils, this spread sets you up to sketch for days. With different texture and color options, you can literally sketch anything your heart desires in shades of black, sepia, and gray. All settled into a lovely tin container, this set easily fits into a purse or bag, so you are never without your supplies.

Cretacolor Art Sticks - Retail Value $5.99


I'm not much of a sketcher, so I have never once used an art stick before. With a beautiful red pigment, these burnt sanguine sticks can be used to achieve darker values and finer details. Pairing beautifully with the colors we received in the sketch set; this was a fascinating inclusion and fun item to receive in this September box.

Cretacolor Sanguine Powder- Retail Value $14.99


Like I mentioned above, I'm not someone who does a lot of sketching, so some of these tools and medias are new to me. That also holds true for this sanguine powder. Used to pick out details and highlight areas, this beautifully pigmented powder worked well with the Sofft knife but was a bit messy to open. Interesting and unique, I haven't had experience with this type of product, but had fun adding it to my sketches for a pop of color.

Sofft Knife & Covers - Listed value $3.94 (Buy a 3-pack of mixed shapes here for $18.99)


Perfect for blending and creating soft transitions, we also received this Sofft knife and cover set. Perfect for applying the Sanguine Powder to artwork, I felt a bit as if I was using an extra-long eyeshadow applicator. Going on smooth and even, this was a great addition to this month's box, and one I will continue to use.

Fabriano Sand Toned Paper - Retail Value $9.99


Last but certainly not least, we also received an exclusive pad of Fabriano Sand Toned Paper in the 4" X 6" size. Working very well with the Sanguine color sticks and powder, the sketching kit also produced beautiful results on this uniquely colored paper. With 15 sheets available, you have plenty of sheets to try out all of these new and fun products on.



I am loving these muted and burnt tones, aren't you? It just screams fall!

SketchBox September Project

I am so not good at sketching, so I decided to first just try my hand at sketching a leaf. Progressing from there, I decided to jump in and have some fun, and while this month's art is far from desirable, I had a great time being pulled out of my comfort zone while trying something new.

Being inspired by the autumn theme, I decided to first sketch a small leaf using the 2B pencil. Adding the sepia pencil and Sanguine Powder, I blended the colors a bit and added some texture. While not fancy, I had fall on the brain and was a good starter project. Next, I decided to try and draw a lady. Complete with a large hat, my Mrs. DeLauer sketch (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days lady), has some disproportionality going on, but was fun to try. Lastly, I sketched a rose just so I could play with the new colors.


What a fun curation! I just couldn't stop!

The Verdict

This month of SketchBox definitely took me out of my comfort zone. I like to loosely sketch watercolor objects, but when it comes to actually sketching, I'm a bit clueless. This month I discovered a bunch of new supplies that I hadn't ever heard of before and had a great time trying them out. Not only was this month's curation interesting, but all supplies were high-quality. Being an amateur artist, I would have never discovered most of these items because of all of the overwhelming options available. Because SketchBox makes this so convenient, I will happily stay subscribed! I love this box!

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Value Breakdown: 

Because most of this month’s products were custom sizes or custom made for SketchBox, it was hard to determine an accurate retail value. BUT, now you can purchase individual products from the Sketch Shop, making it easier to buy more of the items you love! The included contents card had a $53.29 value, which is almost $20 over the cost of the box. Being that I loved every product and this month's theme, I felt it was a very good value, and a neat way to try items I may not have discovered otherwise.

To Wrap Up

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? According to SketchBox's website, the cutoff to purchase the September box was August 21st, but you can still subscribe to get next month's box.

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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?

Becca Peterson
Becca Peterson

I am a wild and crazy mom of 2 boys and work in the public education system. I love all things outdoors, beauty, crafts, and food. And absolutely adore my high school sweetheart! 

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Amy in KC

Love your Mrs. DeLauer! “Frost yourself!”

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Thanks for commenting Amy in KC! Heading off now to watch that hilarious movie once again! “Frost yourself!” 🤣

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