December 2014

This month, we’re giving you not one, not two, but six drawing pencils in a compact tin case. The Pentalic Drawing Pencil Set includes six different weights–ranging from hard to soft. Rotate your pencil as you draw a picture, and when you need to erase, use your new Faber Castell Colored Kneadable Eraser. 

FABER CASTELL COLORED KNEADABLE ERASER

Brighten up your winter with the Faber Castell Colored Kneadable Eraser. It’s perfect for correcting pencil or pastel mistakes and lightening areas in your graphite drawings. When you’re done, place the colorful eraser back in its clear protective container. 

POSCA PAINT MARKER

This is a super cool paint marker with an extra fine tip for drawing accuracy. To use the Posca Paint Marker, shake the marker body a few times (you’ll hear the tiny ball inside mixing up the ink,) pump the tip of the marker to activate paint-flow through the nib, and start doodling! 

PRISMACOLOR PREMIER ILLUSTRATION MARKER

The Prismacolor Premier Illustration Marker is long-lasting, smudge-free, and odorless.
The fine and extra fine tips are great for detailed work, while the chisel and brush tips are great for creating unique shapes. Which marker tip did you get? 

November 2014

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

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

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

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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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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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

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

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

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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.