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
- 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.
ArtSnack Challenge November 2016
What a lovely opportunity to play with a compliment color scheme. I tried forever to sort out what to do with that orange and eventually my daughter’s goldfish,. inspired me. As I was working with the final piece, I noticed that the brush had a wee bit of Winsor & Newton’s iridescent medium in it. Fortunately, it worked quite well with this background. Once I shared the image on instagram, it was reposted out to the community. The community aspect of the internet makes art so much more dynamic.
Below is the study where I practiced and got to know the media better and refine the character of our little fishy.
ArtSnack Challenge November 2016 Study
ArtSnacks November 2016
ArtSnacks November 2016 Unwrapped
Here are all the yummy new shinnies from this months box. I love playing with new things, especially paper, pens and watercolor. I often have an idea pop in my head, but must admit that I have absolutely no idea how I’ll put these to use yet.
ArtSnacks for me, is an opportunity to experiment and get out of my normal media and genres. These types of exercises this provides helps stimulate creativity and deepen personal expression.
- Plumchester Fine Brush Pen: 1.5 Black (ArtSnacks Exclusive)
- MOLOTOW GRAFX Aqua Ink Pup Softliner: 1mm Orange
- Marabu Mixed Media Art Spray: Aquamarine 255
- Pentel Arts Sign Pen Brush: SES15C Blue
- Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress Mini Pad: @300lb White (Bonus Item)
To my delight, all the items are water soluble, lending to more flexibility. I think that Princeton brush from Inktober will come in very handy! Below is a very quick media test to see how all the items interact with each other.
ArtSnacks November media test