ArtSnacks January 2017 Unboxing & Review

ArtSnacks January 2017 unboxing

ArtSnacks January 2017 unboxing

January started with these bright bold colors the sing of spring to come. I got a bit lucky with two primaries to work with, though the yellow is very very bold. I find the waterbased markers to be great tools and this Persian Blue delivers some very nice transparency.

  • Art & Graphic Twin RB+F by Zig: This is a versatile tool and if you like both types of tips the Real Brush and Felt, this is the better investment. The real brush allows you to dip into water or scribble onto a pallet and then dilute with water and a separate brush. I received the Persian Blue color. This pigment is a good indicator of high quality through out the product line and upholds the reputation of Zig as an art supply producer. The pigment dilutes well, stays crisp, clean and translucent. The only drawback to a serious artist is that there is no color fastness ratings.
  • GOLDEN High Flow Acrylic Paints:The colors I received were Fluorescent Chartreuse and Fluorescent Blue. The wide versatility of the intended application of the media should gain appeal to most mixed media artists. The drawbacks to these pigments were there lightfastness and a slight chalky look to the pigment that reminded me of tempra.
  • Koh-I-Noor Magnaum Black Star Pencil:This was a fat HB 1821 wooden pencil. I felt lucky to get my preferred hardness which is the most ideal for working with watercolor. The benefit over a wood pencil is that the lead allows for softer pressure than those of mechanical pencils.
  • Snap! Series Paintbrushes by Princeton Brush:I received a #6 Flat Shader, not as versatile as a round, but worked very well with the acrylic media. No loose bristles, cleaned well, and retained shape.
ArtSnacks January 2017 media test

ArtSnacks January 2017 media test

ArtSnacks January 2017 Product Guide

ArtSnacks January 2017 Product Guide

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ArtSnacks Challenge December 2016

Celtic Lion Capitol

Celtic Lion Capitol

Bright colors from this months package help liven up a very cold winterscape. I decided to use this lion I was working on to test out this months products for the #ArtSnacksChallenge of December. These pencils were very flexible for multiple uses. I’d prefer if the pigments were a bit stronger, but the softness might be lost and that was a great feature. Below are some snapshots of the process to show how it looks before and after the waterpen.

Celtic Lion Capitol drawing

Celtic Lion Capitol drawing

Rhodia is one of my favorite general use stationary makers, and I am so glad to have found a US source. I have been in love with the stationary ever since an ex-boyfriend’s mum gifted some to me.

Celtic Lion Capitol First Phase.  Here the Caran d'Ache pencils have filled in the shape.

Celtic Lion Capitol First Phase.
Here the Caran d’Ache pencils have filled in the shape.

Blended with water

Celtic Lion Capitol First Phase.
Here the Caran d’Ache pencils have been blended with a waterpen to smooth out like paint.

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ArtSnacks December 2016: Unboxing

ArtSnacks December 2016: Unboxing

ArtSnacks December 2016: Unboxing

December came in quite suddenly, or perhaps winter always seems to seize us, unexpectedly, with cold here in the midwestern USA. Fortunately, some bright colorful art supplies came in early. This package is very flexible in potential uses, so let’s get to reviewing them.

ArtSnacks December 2016: Art Supplies

ArtSnacks December 2016: Art Supplies

  • Caran d’Ache Discovery Set:

    This starter package included 5 colors plus a blender. As a colored pencil goes, they blend pretty fairly, naturally not as good as my SpectraColor set; but a high quality product compared to most discovery brands. They are quite soft and do not require a great deal of pressure. What I enjoy most, is how fluidly the blend with water. For strong pigmentation with water it is best to layer heavily before using water. Most papers will not easily hold up to cycles of rubbing and painting. If you want to add more pigment try blending on freezer paper.

  • KUM Sharpener:

    This Magnesium Long Point Kum is a quality product. The most important feature of any sharpener is the ability to replace the blade. Second is the availability of blades. This little guy is very light weight and small, great for use on the go.

  • Higgins Black Magic Ink Pump Maker:

    Higgins Black Magic Marker provides deep rich, matte coverage. It is not too juicy, light pressure delivers a very solid line; and resists water well. If you are precise, and practice you can get a pretty decent point even from this thick nib. The only downside is that you have to squish the nib to pump it, as with many pump markers and pens. After pumping, roll the nib back and forth on a piece of scrap paper to help the nib regain it’s pre-pump shape. Though if you like thick chunky lines, there’s no need.

  • Stabilo Maker Pen:

    Point 88 Fineliner, mine was a magenta color. This water-based marker will both blend into the color pencils with a wet brush and write crisply on top of them. I loved the very precise point.

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