November 2014

LYRA GRAPHITE CRAYON

This month, we’re drawing with the Lyra Graphite Crayon (it’s a pencil in disguise). This crayon offers unique possibilities for expression creating different effects based on the pressure applied and level of hardness. Don’t go writing on the walls with these–just in the over-sized pages of your sketchbook. 

KRINK K-80 PERMANENT PAINT STICK 

Don’t think this is just another crayon. Allow us to introduce the KRINK K-80 Permanent Paint Stick - an ArtSnacks exclusive this month. This new product from KRINK is actually a solid stick of thick paint that creates a textured line, resembling the mark/line left by a crayon. The paint stick writes on all sorts of surfaces - wet, dry, rough, or smooth. Now’s your chance to be the first to experiment! 

COPIC WIDE MARKER 

Looking for a color-loaded tool for your big projects this month? The Copic WIDE marker has a very broad tip, making it your tool for coloring large areas with a consistent mark. This uniquely shaped marker makes a bright and bold stroke, every time. 

ZIG FUDEBIYORI METALLIC MARKER 

The ZIG FUDEBIYORI Metallic marker has a cool name (pronounced food-day-bee-you- ee), and an even cooler color. Fall in love with the matte finish, water-base ink, and the durable, yet flexible brush tip. It comes in only 9 colors: all hues that make your artwork pop on any surface. 

October 2014

LYRA COLORSTRIPE COLORED PENCIL 

Experience colored pencils like never before. The Lyra Colorstripe pencil displays its flair by completely exposing its color in a third of the pencil. With high-quality German engineering, the colored lead is waterproof, and has a coat of lacquer that guards the lead until you use it. This product is an ArtSnacks exclusive because Lyra has stopped production! 

CRETACOLOR BLACK CHALK PENCIL

To go along with some of the other unique art supplies in this box, we’ve added the Cretacolor Black Chalk Pencil. This slick stick has the power to produce beautiful effects by mixing and smudging with other products and by experimenting with different paper surfaces and textures. 

PENTALIC WOODLESS CHARCOAL PENCILS 

Here’s a spooky looking tool. The Pentalic Woodless Charcoal Pencil is made in 3 different grades: soft, medium and hard. Hold the pencil on an angle for broad strokes or point-down for fine details. Use your fingers to rub the charcoal around on the page, and create a more soft-looking texture. 

PRO ART INDIA INK 

It’s officially Ink-tober. Pro Art India Ink is super black, fast drying and is ideal for ink pens, technical pens, and brushes. Below the cap is an ink dropper capable of surgically transferring ink to page or making abstract splotches. Use your Protégé Short Handle White Nylon Brush to create a spooky scene. 

PROTÉGÉ SHORT HANDLE WHITE NYLON BRUSH 

Here’s a white-as-a-ghost brush that adds some fun to your October box. The Protégé Short Handle White Nylon Brush is short in size, but has a bright white nylon brush tip and a slick descriptive handle. The brush is thick enough to carry a solid amount of ink and a paints a fine line on any surface. 

September 2014

CLEARPRINT PAPER SET 

Allow us to introduce you to your new canvas this month: Clearprint Artist Vellum. With five sheets of 100% cotton translucent white vellum, you can go wild with acrylics, inks, charcoals, and more. One technique the pros recommend: dual-sided art. Your artwork can be depicted on each side of a single sheet. Try drawing on both sides to create a cool composition. 

KIMBERLY DRAWING PENCIL BY GENERAL PENCIL 

The Kimberly Drawing Pencil by General Pencil is a classic and timeless tool for your art bin. Known for it’s hexagonal green body and retro metal cap, the Kimberly pencil comes in a wide range of grades. This is a signature item from a long line of General Pencil products, whose legacy resonates with artists everywhere. 

ZIG MANGAKA CARTOONIST FLEXIBLE MARKER 

Get excited for the illustrations you’ll make with the ZIG Mangaka Cartoonist Flexible Marker. This marker creates a smooth mark from start to finish. The two colors we’ve featured this September are black and sepia. Which color did you get? 

KUM® CORREC-STICK ERASER 

If you’re looking to control where you’re erasing, the Kum® Correc-Stick Eraser will help you do just that. To get the most out of this eraser, hold it like you would hold a pencil, then guide it through your graphite lines. You’ll quickly get use to this comfortable erasing position. 

WINSOR NEWTON WATER COLOR BRUSH MARKER 

Not really into painting? We’ve got a brand-new item (you’re one of the first to get this product!) that will help you break out of your element. The Winsor Newton Water Color Brush Marker has two different tips and mixes easily for a watercolor effect. Coat your lines with water and watch the pigments become more organic in shape. You can test this out on the watercolor paper provided. 

August 2014

GENIE CANVAS MIN

What’s that rolled up piece of cloth in your box? That’s a canvas. This month, ArtSnacks presents an exclusive: The Genie Canvas Mini – the first, and only fully collapsable canvas. You can stretch it tight over a few wooden dowels, and take it apart when your painting is dry. Roll it up, send it to a friend. Like magic. 

M. GRAHAM & CO. ARTISTS’ ACRYLIC 

Not use to painting? The M. Graham & Co. Artists’ Acrylic will help you get you on your feet. This paint is made to have a longer working time than other acrylics, so you can blend colors in a way that’s more like working with oil paints than with acrylics. Try it on your Genie Canvas Mini, and take all day to practice if you need. 

CONNOISSEUR PROTÉGÉ GOLD SMOKE TAKLON BRUSH 

A brush that can work with any medium, is a versitle brush to keep handy. The Connoisseur Protégé Gold Smoke Taklon Brush is just that: ready to take on any project that involves lots of color and creativity. Dubbed a “Staff Favorite,” it’s fibers are slightly softer than a normal brush, and have a chic natural and black colored body. Get your brush dirty, then clean it off with The Masters®. 

THE MASTERS® BRUSH CLEANER 

You’ve finished your painting for the day, and it’s time to clean up. For your paint-lathered brushes, use The Masters® Brush Cleaner to wipe away the excess pigments from tip to ferrule (that metal part that holds in the brush hairs). Just like washing your own hair, The Masters® conditions the bristles of your brush to prevent future paint build up. Get rid of oils, acrylics, watercolors, with a few swishes of water, and you’re set until your next session. 

July 2014

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HIGGINS PIGMENT- BASED INK 

Put your paint tubes away and take out your Higgins Pigment-Based Ink. It’s time to break out of your comfort zone. The unique Higgins bottle has a color-dropper cap that saves you from an anticipated mess. The pigments allow the ink to dry slowly to a semi-gloss sheen. Add more water to the ink on your page, and you’ll get a few more hues of color that you didn’t have before. Try your ink with the Connoisseur Round Taklon All Media Brush. 

CONNOISSEUR ROUND TAKLON ALL MEDIA BRUSH 

Here’s a brush to keep handy this summer: the Connoisseur Round Taklon All Media Brush. With its flexibilty in watercolor-like paints, this brush will be the perfect mate for your Higgins Pigment-Based Ink. The round shape of the Connoisseur will help you make defined lines and intricate curves. Test your ability to keep a steady hand with this perfect tool. 

MAGNESIUM DOUBLE- HOLE WEDGE SHARPENER BY KUM 

Anyone rooting for Germany in the World Cup this summer? If not, support them instead by trying out this awesome German product: the Magnesium Double-Hole Wedge Sharpener by Kum. This durable little sharpener can shape standard and large- sized pencils to perfection. You can also change the blades, so if one becomes dull, they’re easily replaceable. 

CRETACOLOR AQUA MONOLITH WOODLESS WATERCOLOR PENCIL 

Seeing a woodless pencil can be confusing, but when you start to draw with the Cretacolor Aqua Monolith Woodless Watercolor Pencil, the confusion is cleared. This nifty water- soluble pencil wrties soft, but color easily spreads when water is dripped across it. This pencil will work with all of your color needs, no matter how big the project is. 

June 2014

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K-42 PAINT MARKER BY KRINK 

Developed by an alternative street artist in San Francisco, the K-42 Paint Marker by KRINK holds pure paint pigments and a whole lot of attitude. Known as the world’s fastest growing art supply line, KRINK has become a global brand for emphasizing your style, no matter what kind of artist you are. This marker is capable of writing on multiple types of surfaces while still providing a fine point. So, go ahead and show us your artistic skill on anything. 

MOLOTOW ONE4ALL 

On the topic of paint markers, the MOLOTOWTM ONE4ALL is also included in our June Box. The FlowmasterTM, a piece of technology inside the marker, allows the paint to be pumped through a valve so it flows out through the nib of the marker. To start the flow of paint, gently press down on the nib of the marker a few times, then watch it go! These fun markers are refillable, and the nibs are interchangeable from cheisel tip to bullet tip. 

WOLFF’S CARBON PENCIL 

Introducing Wolff’s Carbon Pencils, a unique combination of charcoal and graphite. They have a smooth, flowing feel; When you’re drawing your still-life composition, they can go from barely- there texture to very bold in a simple move. Our favorites include the 4B & 6B. 

COPIC MULTILINER 

Looking for a new detailing ink pen with a high quality mark? The Copic Multiliner is the pen for the job. This pen has pigment- based ink, and is great for fine art, design, comics, collage, writing and doodling. We love using this pen to make autostereogram doodles: a technique that creates an optical illusion, making objects appear as if they’re in 3-D. 

May 2014

TOUCH TWIN MARKERS 

Making any cards for this eventful Spring season? The Touch Twin Markers are for aspiring designers everywhere, and are a “Staff Favorite.” The well-designed rectangular body resists rolling off of your work space, and has a safety cap that stacks elegantly, while preventing damage to the colored nibs. Their vibrant color will bring your cards to life. 

CRETACOLOR RED GRAPHITE PENCIL 

It’s Spring – change up your usual pencil routine. Cretacolor Red Graphite Pencils will be your new go-to pencil for quick sketching in the park and on your commute to work. With a sharp pointed tip, you’ll get the best profile drawing of that guy reading the newspaper. 

MONO NP ERASER BY TOMBOW 

When you change out your erasers for Spring, add this gem to your tool box. Tombow’s Mono NP eraser is ready to take on even your biggest mistakes. No need to press hard against your surface – a light rub will get rid of your graphite slip-up. 

BAGGU 3D ZIP 

You’ve got all these art supplies but nothing to keep them all together. Problem, solved. The Baggu 3D Zip is the perfect pouch for all of your Artsnacks items. In fact, we were able to stuff 52 pens and pencils into its 3D body. If your pencils start to rub in the interior lining, no sweat - this bag is machine washable. 

KURECOLOR TWIN MARKERS

Step outside of your coloring-comfort-zone with this short and stout tool for your next art project. The Kurecolor Twin markers have a chisel tip and a fine bullet tip, giving you a range of line widths. It’s body is a little bit thicker than your usual marker, but this also lets the marker hold more ink. 

April 2014

KOH-I-NOOR TRI-TONE COLORED PENCILS 

Three colored pencils in one. Literally! The Koh-I-Noor Tri-Tone Pencils are fun to have on hand when you’re drawing something vibrant. There are three shades of color within the pigment, creating a multi- colored mark when the pencil hits the paper. The opposite tip of the pencil indicates the color combination. You never know when you’ll need a funky pencil like this! 

SNAP! SERIES BRUSH BY PRINCETON ARTIST BRUSH CO. 

Oh SNAP! (We could say that all day.) We’re excited to have the SNAP! Series Brush by Princeton Artist Brush Co. in this month’s box. The synthetic hair-tip will guide your paint evenly, and is easy to clean after with some mild soap and water. Simply reshape the brush into place, and make sure you stand the brush upright on its handle to dry. 

LIQUITEX SOFT BODY ACRYLIC PAINT 

We’ve found a clean and consistent jar of paint that will boost your knowledge of color theory. The Liquitex Soft Body Acrylic Paint is flexible, creating stroke after stroke of smooth color. You’ve got two onces to play with, so spread your color accordingly. 

WINSOR & NEWTON VINE CHARCOAL 

You’re probably thinking: “This feels so light to hold, what can I do with this?!” Well, there’s a lot you can do with Winsor & Newton Vine Charocal. Vine charcoal is made by burning thin sticks of wood into different sizes and weights. Soft vine charcoal creates a dark bold mark, while hard vine charcoal leaves a fine delicate line. Try making a quick sketch of an object or figure on newsprint, then use your finger to smudge in shadows. (It’s okay to get dirty while using this!) 

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.