March 2014

ARISTO 3FIT MECHANICAL PENCIL 

Aristo is an Austrian brand specializing in high-quality drafting supplies. The Aristo 3fit Mechanical Pencil is the finest product in their collection. ArtSnacks subscribers are one of the lucky few to enjoy this pencil for the first time in the United States. Disguised as a simple mechanical pencil, this tool brings ease to drawing, sketching, and quick note-taking. 

M. GRAHAM & CO. ARTISTS’ GOUACHE 

This month, we’ve got a new paint on our radar. M. Graham & Co. Artists’ Gouache has a similar recipe to their watercolor paints. The honey-based gouache won’t crack or chip when dry. You’ll achieve very fine lines without a problem, and with a consistency of soft butter, it’s suitable for impasto or thick brush work. 

GENERAL’S WHITE CHARCOAL PENCIL 

It’s time to mix up your usual drawing routine. Let the General’s White Charcoal Drawing Pencil be the tool to do so. The charcoal in this pencil writes very smooth, and is extra rich so your drawing will stand out on the dark page. Use this pencil to draw on your M. Graham & Co. Artists’ Gouache when it’s fully dried. Try using a brown paper lunch bag as your canvas when experimenting with this pencil. 

CONNOISSEUR PROTÉGÉ SHORT HANDLE PREMIUM TAKLON BRUSH 

Here’s a professional-grade brush that will handle any type of paint. The Connoisseur Protégé Short Handle Premium Taklon Brush is short in size, but has a soft-haired tuft for bold strokes. The brush shape is ideal for a fine artist to master the challenge of shading, staining, and layering paint. 

February 2014

COPIC CIAO MARKER

For this February Box, we’ve fallen in love with a new marker: the Copic Ciao. This is a professional-grade, double-ended marker with the ability to blend like no other. The high-quality color creates dimension in any illustration or design. You should probably ask this marker to be your Valentine.

ZIG COCOIRO LETTERING PEN & BODY

The two pieces of this pen need each other like Romeo needs Juliet. The ZIG Cocoiro Lettering Pen consists of a refill ink pen and its chic, colored case. This pen makes a smooth mark from start to finish. For those who have a “heavy hand,” try holding the pen at an angle and use the side of the nib.

PRISMACOLOR KNEADED ERASER

Never used a kneaded eraser before? The Prismacolor Kneaded Eraser is here for you to try! It functions by absorbing the graphite and charcoal marks on your paper. It won’t wear down like plastic erasers or leave behind shavings, so it lasts much longer than other erasers. Pro Tip: “Warm up” your kneaded eraser by pulling and folding its body.

PALOMINO GRAPHITE DRAWING PENCIL

The pencil grading system is something every artist should know. “H” stands for hardness while “B” stands for blackness. We’ve picked a pencil grade that will work well with the Prismacolor Kneaded Eraser. This petite orange pencil is perfect for drawing, writing and any other creative activity. Please refer to the chart below if you are looking to experiment with other grades.

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January 2014

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FABER-CASTELL INDIA INK PITT ARTIST PEN

Want a modern pen with a classic medium? Faber-Castell’s PITT Artist Pens are ink-based and versatile for your on-the-go drawings. If you are layering colors, the brush tip won’t pull off any pigments below it. Your finished pieces will fool your audience with their painterly qualities.

IROJITEN COLOR PENCILS BY TOMBOW

We’re adding a high-quality, white-coated colored pencil to your art bin this month. Tombow’s Irojiten Color Pencils (pronounced eye-roh-jo-tin) are best for blending and layering colors. They’re highly pigmented but with less wax, so you’re able to build up color without a thick, sticky feeling. 

ZIG WATER COLOR BRUSH2O PENS

A watercolor brush that holds its own water? Talk about practical. The ZIG Water Color BrusH20 has left us in awe at how innovative painting can be. The brush has a retractable valve, so you have the power to gague much water you release by lightly squeezing the body. Try this brush with the M. Graham & Co. Watercolor paint.

M. GRAHAM & CO. ARTISTS’ WATERCOLOR

It takes a steady hand and trustworthy paint to master the art of watercolor. M. Graham & Co. Artists’ Watercolor is the tube you want to use for this task. It’s made with honey to keep color moist and resistant to hardening in the tube. You’ve got the paint, but it’s up to you to provide the steady hand.

December 2013

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ZIG CALLIGRAPHY PEN

Ever wanted to try calligraphy, but didn't  know which pen to use? ArtSnacks has got you covered. The Zig Calligraphy Pen has a 3-millimeter tip for clean strokes and even cleaner letters. Not into calligraphy? Try this pen for doodling purposes.

CATALYST CONTOUR

Prepare for a very different painting experience with the Catalyst Contour by Princeton Brush. This wedge pushes paint around a surface with ease, and creates shapes you wouldn't get with a regular brush. Use this tool to experiment with painting, wheel-throwing, or foodcrafting.

WINSOR & NEWTON ARTIST ACRYLIC PAINT

Winsor & Newton have taken acrylic paint to a new level. The Artists’ Acrylic line of paints remain brilliant and bright from wet to dry finish. This paint also dries a little bit slower– so you’ll get more time to mix colors on the palette, as well as on the canvas. Try pushing your acrylic paint around with the Catalyst Contour.

LETRASET FLEXMARKER

It’s important to know how to have fun with your art supplies. The Letraset FlexMarker can help you do just that. With one chisel tip and one flexible brush tip, you can create different stamps and patterns. Fun is endless with this marker!

GENERAL’S® BIG BEAR™ PENCIL

This month, we’ve got another staple to add to your toolbox–General’s® Big Bear™ Pencil. This pencil provides an extra smooth sketching experience in an inky black color. Your sketches will become one with the paper.

November 2013

TOMBOW DUAL BRUSH PEN

One product that we are thankful for this November is the Tombow Dual Brush Pen. The brush tip is flexible for making intricate shapes, but strong enough for a heavier stroke. The fine tip works great for consistent lines, graphics and tighter drawings.

KOH-I-NOOR MEPHISTO MECHANICAL PENCIL

Sometimes, it’s nice to take a break from a wood pencil and switch to a mechanical pencil–especially one like the Koh-I-Noor Mephisto Mechanical Pencil. Wrap your fingers around a comfortable rubber grip for an excellent drawing experience.

ALUMICOLOR 3000 SERIES 6” TRIANGULAR SCALE

When mastering a perspective drawing*, a straight edge is in order for those linear lines. Reach for the Alumicolor 3000 Series 6” Triangular Scale when drawing skyscrapers and alleyways. Pairing this scale with the mechanical pencil will become second nature. 

*Not sure about perspective drawing? Check out this video: http://bit.ly/prspect

PALOMINO BLACKWING 602

The final product in the Palomino family is the smooth Palomino Blackwing 602. The lead in this cedar pencil makes for a darker black than your average pencil, even with less pressure. Based on its velvety drawing texture, firm weight, and ease of use, it’s no wonder why the offical slogan is “Half the Pressure, Twice the Speed.”

THE ZIG DRAWING PEN

Are you making all of your holiday cards this year? The Zig Drawing Pen will help with this task. The ink is a water-based pigment, non-bleeding, photo-safe and odorless. Its best uses include outlining, crosshatching, stippling, and writing that thoughtful message on your cards. When this pen hits the paper, creativity is endless.

October 2013

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photo via avacmartinez

HIGGINS NON-WATERPROOF BLACK INK

Looking for a new doodling material that dates back to the 23 B.C.? Higgins’ Non- Waterproof Black Ink writes clean and is fadeless for the best ink experience with dip pens or brushes. Get ready to get your ink on!

GRUMBACHER ACADEMY MULTIMEDIA BRUSHES

Allow us to introduce you to your new go-to paint brush: the Grumbacher Academy Multimedia Brushes. You’ll get years of use with this brush and timeless lines with every shape you make. This brush is ideal for filling in large areas; try it out with the Higgins ink!

LIQUITEX PAINT MARKER

It’s time for an alternative kind of painting experience. The Liquitex Paint Marker has brilliant water-based color that dries permanently. This marker is great for covering large-scale artwork, outlining murals, and other mixed-media purposes.

TOMBOW MONOTWIN OIL-BASED TWIN MARKER

When you are ready to trace the pencil lines on your latest illustration, reach for the Tombow MONOTWIN Oil-Based Twin Marker. The matte-finished body has a non-slip feel, so your outlining will be accurate every time. Don’t forget to sign your name in the corner–your signature will love this pen, too.

KOH-I-NOOR WOODLESS COLORED PENCIL

Warning: you may get confused when looking at this pencil. The fact that the color pigments aren’t wrapped in a wooden casing may throw you off! The Koh-I-Noor Woodless Colored Pencil consists of color pigments, special oils, and binders to create a solid colored pencil with dense strokes. The more you use it, the more you’ll love the woodless feel.

September 2013

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Photo via mallypikachu

TOMBOW MONO ZERO ERASER

The MONO Zero Eraser by Tombow has a sweet pen-style grip that won’t ruin your artwork while using it. Thanks to its clever shape and body, it won’t bend or flop around while you are trying to get rid of those un- wanted marks. This eraser is a great addition to any architect’s or illustrator’s toolbox.

KOH-I-NOOR TRIOCOLOR PENCIL

Our friends at Koh-I-Noor have made coloring with a pencil fun again, thanks to the Triocolor Pencil. The easy-to-hold triangle helps make your coloring experience more pleasureable while the thick, artist-grade leads allow you to shade with just one pencil by changing the pressure of your coloring.

STABILO PEN 68

If you want a marker that can double as a pen, the Stabilo Pen 68 can do just that. As a “Staff Favorite,” this pen has the iconic striped Stabilo body, with a 1-millimeter bullet tip for a perfect line every time.

KURECOLOR TWIN S MARKER

Durable. Vibrant. Professional. All strong words to describe the Kurecolor Twin S Marker. For aspiring designers everywhere, these markers will bring your artwork to life, whether you are drawing on glass, acetate, metal, or photo paper.

CHARTPAK BLENDER MARKER

This marker is magical–no joke. The Chartpak Blender Marker has a translucent chisel tip that delivers a clear mark on any surface. You can use this marker for pushing colored ink back inside the lines of a drawing, creating an ombré effect within bright colors, or for transferring laser-copied art on to fabrics. So magical.

August 2013

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Photo via miloshkisplosh

PALOMINO BLACKWING PEARL

As the newest addition to the Palomino family, the Blackwing Pearl shines with a bright white coat. What makes this pencil different from the other Blackwing pencils? The Pearl is classified as having a medium weight (whereas the original Blackwing is the softest, and the Blackwing 602 is the firmest). This legendary pencil continues to win the hearts of artists everywhere.

MONO SAND ERASER

An eraser that erases ink? Now that’s useful. The MONO Sand Eraser by Tombow clears away excess ink marks from your ballpoint and rollerball pens, and most markers. Caution: rubbing too hard will tear the paper.

FINECOLOUR SKETCH MARKER

Here’s another great twin-tip marker to add to your art box. The Finecolour Sketch Marker gives a bold stroke with even mark, and
offers two different shaped nibs for your drawing pleasure. This marker is perfect for beginners of graffiti beginners, illustrators, and print designers.

SARGENT ART SQUARE CHALK PASTELS

Get ready to get your hands dirty and your creative juices flowing. Sargent Art Square Chalk Pastels are thick to touch, soft to draw with, and easily blendable. When you have finished a drawing using the pastels, spray your artwork with an adhesive (try hairspray), to keep the pigments from brushing off on to anything.

July 2013

MONO DRAWING PENCILS BY TOMBOW 

A drawing pencil shouldn’t be loaded with bells and whistles–that’s why there’s the MONO Drawing Pencil by Tombow. Its sleek and simple design will provide hours of doodling pleasure. Your crisp lines will be smear-proof, especially when a pack of these pencils come in a variety of point strengths. (Our favorites: 6H, HB, 4B.)

ZIG CLEAN COLOR REAL BRUSH MARKERS 

Unlike other “brush-tip” markers, the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker actually has
a bristle tip! It’s filled with a water-based dye makes it perfect for blending with water. This marker is great for illustrating and cartooning.

PRISMACOLOR PREMIER DOUBLE ENDED ART MARKERS

Primarily used for illustration, Prismacolor Premier Double Ended Art Markers provide top-quality hues. When coloring, apply in layers, using the different tips of the marker. You’ll create shadows and textures throughout your artwork. Voilà!

MOLESKINE VOLANT MINI PLAIN NOTEBOOK 

See someone you want to draw? Have a great idea? Keep one of these Moleskine Volant Mini Plain Notebooks on hand at all times! The Moleskine was a beloved notebook of famous artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, and will be by you. Quick! Write that down…

LEPEN POROUS POINT MARKER PEN

Here’s a pen that will certainly get people talking. Besides having a fun-to-pronounce name, the LePen has a chic body and fray- proof tip that dispenses a vivid color with every stroke. So, when someone asks you what pen you’re using with your Moleskine, you’ll be happy to show it off! 

June 2013

ZIG MEMORY SYSTEM BRUSHABLES MARKER 

Interested in creating intricate typography or colorful accents for your drawings? The Zig Memory System Brushables Marker is perfect for those fine details. You’ll notice that the colors on each side are different: one tip is a true color pigment brush, while the lighter tip is a pigment tint brush. This marker will provide clean lines and bold features with every stroke.

FABER-CASTELL PERFECTION ERASER PENCILS 

If you were to cross a pencil with an eraser, you’d get the Faber-Castell Perfection Eraser Pencil. (Pretty cool, right?) With a rubber eraser core, it can get rid of your smallest mistakes in the corners of your drawings. You can even sharpen it with a regular round pencil sharpener. 

PANTONE UNIVERSE TWIN MARKERS 

We love Pantone–and you will to! The Pantone Matching System has turned its best and brightest colors into a dual-tip marker for your drawing pleasure. Both sides of the marker are different shapes, and create a true Pantone color with every line. 

FORESTCHOICE CARPENTER PENCILS 

Carpenter pencils are not just for the wood shop anymore. The ForestChoice Carpenter Pencil is one of the best kept secrets in the drawing world. To use, hold the pencil closer to the tip (on its flat end side) using an overhand grip (see diagram). This will create a thicker sketch line–good for shading, carving out shadows, and gesture drawing in sketchbook. 

IRWIN CARPENTERS PENCIL SHARPENER 

With a great carpenter pencil, you must have a great carpenter pencil sharpener. The Irwin Carpenters Pencil Sharpener holds a stainless steel blade that give you a fresh cut everytime. Plus, the top of the sharpener has a small patch of sandpaper–handy for finishing the edge of the graphite.

May 2013

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photo via mickeycrandall

CONTÉ PASTEL PENCILS

Edgar Degas and George Seurat were notorious for using pastels. Now it’s your turn to show off your skills. Conté Pastel Pencils work best on rough paper surfaces, bringing texture to your artwork. Try this pencil to practice your crosshatching technique.

PIGMA MICRON PEN

Looking for sleek lines, crisp details, and a satifying drawing experience? This is your pen. The Pigma Micron Pen is “the King” of drawing pens, found in the pocket of all artists. It’s filled with high-quality archival ink, doesn’t smear when dry, and doesn’t leak through your sketchbook. All hail the Micron!

RICHESON PLASTIC PAINTING KNIVES 

Used for mixing colors or making dynamic shapes on canvas, the Richeson Plastic Painting Knife is not your everyday tool. If you’re looking to change up your painting routine, this knife can give your artwork a more organic feel. These plastic knives are safe, durable, and easy to clean after a painting session. 

LIQUITEX BASICS ACRYLIC PAINT

Acrylic paint is a water-based mixture known to dry fast on all types of surfaces. Try the Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint with the painting knife for a more prominent stroke and fiery color. Andy Warhol loved using Liquitex paints, and so will you. 

UNI-BALL KURU TOGA MECHANICAL PENCIL

If you’re into mechanical pencils, here’s a must-have new tool for your drawing sessions. The Uni-Ball Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil has a twisting mechanism that rotates the lead as you lift off the page, to keep the lead consistently sharp (Confused? See our helpful little diagram, below.). This starter kit comes with extra lead and erasers, too.

 

April 2013

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General’s Tri-Tip Soft White Eraser

Made a mistake with your charcoals or pastels? General’s Tri-Tip Soft White Eraser is exactly what you need to clear those unnecessary lines and mistakes. It erases smoothly on every surface, from fine fibers to tough construction papers. 

Caran d’Ache Fancolor Colored Pencil Kit

A pencil that doubles as watercolor paint? Now that’s cool. Fill in a doodle using a  Swiss-made Caran d’Ache Fancolor Colored Pencil, then brush it over with a wet  paintbrush. You’ll instantly have a vibrant watercolor painting, made with the pigments of a colored pencil.

General Pencil Peel & Sketch Charcoal

Charcoal is infamous for being messy, so we found a charcoal pencil that’s clean and fun to use instead. General’s Peel & Sketch Charcoal is one that you can physically peel as you wear down the tip. No need to sharpen or store in a separate bag – the pencil is designed to live with your other drawing utensils in perfect harmony.

Spectrum Noir Marker Sets

If you’ve been looking for a special marker for your comics, caricatures, or fashion sketches, this is the marker for you. The Spectrum Noir Marker will make your art bold, vibrant, and clean with every mark. The best part about these pens? They have a broad chisel tip on one side and a fine line tip on the other. 

Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Marker Pen

Try mixing up your usual fine line pens with this Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Marker Pen. The shape of this pen is similar to your everyday pencil, giving you a comfortable drawing experience.

March 2013

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BLACKWING Pencils

This matte black finish pencil, makes a soft, dark line great for sketching. The  Palomino Blackwing is the modern version of the Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602, which was said to be “the best pencil ever.” Chuck Jones, Oscar-winning animation director, used this pencil for creating shows like Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry.

Sharpie Brush Tip Permanent Markers, 12 Colored Markers (1810704)

Artists always have a reliable Sharpie in their back pocket. Trust us – this will be your new favorite Sharpie. By adding pressure with your hand, you can control of the width of your lines, making them more intricate.

Spangle Green Mini-Jumbo Triangular Learning Pencils

For those of you who tend to lose things, say hello to the Spangle Mini Jumbo Size Learning Pencil. Made of basswood with a triangular shape, it will never fall off the table. We have a feeling this will be your next go-to pencil, since it will always be in the same place you left it.

Reeves Gouache Artist Paints - 12ml Tubes 

Gouache paint is the opaque version of watercolor paint. Reeves Gouache Artist  Paints have high-quality pigments that create a consistent matte finish on a variety of surfaces. These are great for bringing ink illustrations to life with vibrant color.

Solo Horton Camel Hair Watercolor Brush, size 2

With great gouache, you’ll need another reliable tool: a Solo Horton 2108 Professional Quality watercolor brush. This brush is short in size, but has a soft-haired tuft for fine strokes. The round brush shape is ideal for a watercolor artist to master the challange of staining and layering the paint.