This is the first time I received the Art Snacks package, after having subscribed to it...it was a long and anxious wait!
The package finally arrived in the mail in the first few days of May. Inside the cardboard box the supplies were folded in a bright green tissue, which only meant I'd have to fight my three year old son 'A' for them! Since he had decided to attack the box with me, I didn't really get a chance to look at the stuff properly, as my 3 year old was trying to attack the box to get to 'his' new art supplies. Just a quick peek of what was what, before panicking and hiding everything before he started coloring Spiderman with my beautiful new supplies!! Here's what was inside the May box:
-Kuretake Bimoji felt tip pen
-Clean color f marker by ZIG
-Baggu 3D zip
- MONO zero black rectangle eraser by Tombow
-Palomino blue graphite HB drawing pencil
Oh! Did I forget to mention the supplies came with some candy?.... needless to say I didn't see much of this... just a glance initially when we opened the box up and then the empty wrapper!
I had to wait almost 2 weeks till I got a chance to sit down and play with my new materials; but in my defense 'A' who is 3 years and his little sister 'Z' who is 3 months keep me pretty busy, plus it was A's birthday this month, and I had a deadline for a book cover I was working on! (More on that later).
So finally one afternoon in the golden hour when both the kids are asleep I sat down to play with my new toys!! :D I've been wanting to do a humming bird piece and thought the new materials would be perfect for it. So let's start with the Baggu 3D zip, it's a cute little case to store your supplies, I love the fact that it's machine washable! And I can always use something new to organize my art supplies!
I started off my piece by doing a rough sketch of my picture, using the Palomino Blue Graphite HB drawing pencil. It's a good quality HB pencil, sharpens well and produces a nice soft line. And if you’re like me and like to use a blade to peel away the wood to sharpen the pencil, it does so beautifully!
After putting my initial sketch down I put some Color down with the clean Color f marker by ZIG in pink, and then I used my brush and water to give it a soft wash. Working with this pen, my first thought was; 'I don't like it! ' I didn't like how it was blending; there were sharp pen marks in the middle of my soft washes! But I decided to keep going and once I got the hang of how to work with it....I LOVE IT!!! The Color is so vibrant and it can give you all sorts of different marks, I'm a fan!
I started doing my rendering with the HB pencil and the Kuretake Bimoji felt tip pen. This part actually got really challenging for me, I would have loved to pick up my 3B pencil for this, but that’s the whole point of the challenge.... to ONLY work with the materials in the box.
There was a lot of back and forth on this part, sculpting the form of the bird with the MONO zero; which btw, I am absolutely in love with! It is so much fun to work with this to render my piece. I could easily make a nice variety of marks, from bringing out intricate details to larger mark making in the background. This is for sure going to be added to my permanent art collection! This little nifty tool is way much easier then biting off (no not eating just biting!) a piece of your eraser so you can have a nice sharp piece to work with!
I initially was only using the Bimoji for giving some detail to the drawing but then decided to do a lot more with it.... I’m still not sure how i feel about that decision! But this marker is AMAZING!!! I’ve always been a huge fan of Sumi ink; it is the blackest form of black ink you could possibly ever get. And this marker is just that, and the best part is that the way the marker is made to not only look, but feel and work just like a Sumi brush!
So there you have it! I clearly have my favorites from this box, and those, which will be added to my permanent art supply box. But overall, I loved the first Art Snack box. Not only is it the fact that you get some new art supplies every month (who wouldn't love that?!), but I also really like the challenge of working with only those materials to produce a piece. Which I did... not sure how much I like it, but I did it! And at this point in my life I need something that’s going to keep giving me that challenge!
p.s what a perfect gift for anyone who likes to even dabble in art!