Review ArtSnacks’ Novebmer Box

I received this month’s ArtSnacks box this week. The pretzel pencil logo continues to be a nice surprise in the mail each month. This month contained a fun item I could not wait to play with and two items I felt kind of meh about.

The Contents of this Month’s Box


This ArtSnacks box contained five art supplies plus a pack of Sweat-Tarts! I am a huge Sweat-Tarts fan they are a childhood favorite and far superior to Smarties in my opinion. But, I digress.  Let us move on to the items.

Artsnacks Swatches
Swatches of the markers and pencil in this month’s ArtSnacks box.

Molotow Liquid Chrome Marker 1mm this is a sweat metallic marker! The paint in this is very shiny. It will be used in my constellation themed artwork very soon. Unfortunately, I am having a hard time getting this to show up on the scans of the artwork I have done as samples. My color swatches were taken with my mobile phone camera. Not the best images but a better representation of what the marker can do. The only drawback is the smell one would expect from a metallic alcohol base marker.

Amsterdam Titanium White Marker this marker is described as a blending tool on the insert. The insert mentions using these with the accompanying Tombow waterbased markers which will work. But, in my opinion, this is better put to use on dark surfaces for highlights and line work. To each their own.

Caran d’ Ache Grafwood Pencil I received a 4B lead for this. I don’t know if different hardness and darkness were sent out or not. This is very dark and very soft lead. Pencils leads are described on an HB scale. H stands for hardness and B for darkness. With HB being in the middle a 4H is very hard, light, and does not smug while a 4B is soft, dark, and smudges easily. You can leverage the smudgy aspects of the lead for shading and other effects.  The lead is very smooth and buttery across drawing paper.

Tombo Twintone Dual-Tip Markers these are bullet and fine-tipped waterbased markers. I received orange and purple. I was pleased with the orange but not so much with the purple when wet it looked more intense than the dry appearance on the Yupo paper that came with it.  Purple and orange are used quite effectively in a lot of art. Often this is how the rock highlights and shadows are done in southwestern paintings. In painting the two mix to become something a lot like Burnt Sienna. But, when these two came together on the Yupo paper they tended to get muddy almost green. I did get more of a brown of the Burt Sienna bend on watercolor paper, however.

TwinTon Tombow
Here you can see TwinTone on Yupo and hot press watercolor paper. Blended with water and the Amsterdam marker. The writing is with the Chrome marker.

Yupo Medium Mini Pad this stuff really is not paper as it contains no fibers. It is better described as a sheet of plastic.  Yupo can be fun stuff and you can get some interesting effects due to the non-absorbent properties of the paper especially with alcohol inks and watercolors. Also as an added bonus it never warps. The drawback is that the liquid sits on top of the paper so drying time is very looooooooonnnnnnnnnnngggggg. I once ruined a lovely abstract watercolor lotus painting of mine on Yupo picking it up the next morning. Big fat thumbprint right in my blue water. 😦  See the following blogs for examples of the lovely things you can do with Yupo  Art and PotatoesJanice Tingum, and Inky Dinky Doodle. Here are some quick doodles I did using just the ArtSnacks box. I put water on the Tombow markers let it dry then outline with or added detail with chrome marker, pencil, and white marker.

That is all I have for now.

Happy Art Journey,



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