Happy Thursday, sweethearts!
This is a very belated post, as I was beyond busy the last part of July due to my birthday festivities (that included a couple trips across the country and my now traditional Etsy birthday sale), among other exciting (but very time-consuming) things!
Annnnnd, *drum roll* here are all the contents I got in my July ArtSnacks box:
Here’s what the menu says for July (my comments are in italics) :
Marabu Graphix Aqua Ink
Marabu has a new addition to their exciting Graphix line – Aqua Ink! This ultra-brilliant pigmented watercolor ink is transparent and highly lightfast. Even after drying, the ink can be completely dissolved with water, making the creative possibilities endless. The bright hues can be mixed together, so pick up some more colors in the ArtSnacks Shop and get experimenting! I got mine in the color Reseda #061. I dipped my brush in the container, and painted away, just like if it was a copic marker. I understand that this ink is also to be diluted in water. The color is almost neon. I like neons 🙂 This ink makes me excited about inktober.
Molotow ONE4ALL Acrylic Twin Marker
Two sturdy tips, one awesome marker. The Molotow ONE4ALL Acrylic Twin Marker is filled with highly opaque, acrylic-based ink that flows from two different tips – 1.5mm on one end, and 4mm on the other. UV resistant and permanent on nearly all surfaces, this marker will be handy for a variety of projects. To begin paint flow, give the marker a good shake, then gently press down the nib several times on your art surface. To be honest with y’all, I am not a fan of acrylic markers. I’ve seen really awesome stuff made by talented artists, but I just don’t seem to find them useful. I just sketched the shade at the bottom of each illustration. It can be diluted with water if the ink is poured on a palette. I got mine in the color Currant.
Copic Drawing Pen F02
Get the feeling of a traditional fountain pen without the inky mess! The Copic Drawing Pen features a stainless-steel tip, perfect for inking and drawing. Achieve a variety of line widths by simply changing your writing pressure. The water-based dye ink won’t bleed when used with Copic products or other markers, however it’s not waterproof – be sure to let ink or watercolor dry completely before using this pen over it. I love it!! However, I put so much pressure on it when inking that I may damage the nib real soon. Also, their warning is real. My ink smeared under the ink even though it was allegedly dry. It mixed with the ink a little bit and made the green color look less saturated. I’ll be trying it with Copic markers soon.
Museum® Emerald Artist Brush by Weber®
The Museum® Emerald Artist Brush by Weber® is truly a gem! Its exclusive, patented handle lets your fingers rest gently in the indentations to relieve fatigue and maximize performance. The durable, synthetic taklon bristles provide ultimate control and can withstand extensive use in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. It’s suitable for various applications and techniques, so try it out with your new Marabu Graphix Aqua Ink! I got mine in Pointed Round #8. Such a nice brush! will definitely be using it with watercolors.
Grumbacher Watercolor Paper Sample Pad
This month, we’ve included a sample pad of Grumbacher Watercolor Paper for you to try out your new supplies. This 140 lb. (300 GSM) cold press paper is excellent for wet media, such as ink and watercolor. I loved it!! It’s thick and has just the right texture for watercolors or ink.
Now for the July #Artsnackschallenge
I used every item provided, plus an F pencil that I got in my June box. (That’s how I got the gray tone for the boots, top, jeans and lips).
Before committing to the paper sheets that were provided, I tested my hand on regular sketch paper (the one that’s for dry media only), and the ink worked like a charm. The paper didn’t curl at all. It’s just like a marker. Again, I used the ink straight from the container, I didn’t add water to it even though I could have (it’s labeled as a watercolor ink).
If you are interested in subscribing to ArtSnacks, you can use the coupon code “jfillustrations” and get 10% off the first month in your month-to month subscription. 🙂
Also, their sale is still ongoing! So many cool boxes from past months at discounted prices. I want them all!
This wraps up my post. Hope this was helpful! Who’s going to do Inktober this year?
P.S. This post is not sponsored. I got the box as a gift to play with, and this is my own opinion about it.