Mailbox: ArtSnacks - September 2017

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ArtSnacks! (The September 2017 Box)

We loved our box last month, so we're going to go ahead and keep ArtSnacks around! Once again, this box is dedicated to providing new and interesting choices in supplies for artists, ranging from anything to paints, pencils, sharpeners, and much more. If this is something you've been looking for, or maybe something that just piques your creative interest, you can sign up for next month's box here! Let them know we sent you, too!

This month's box arrived shortly after the start of the month, and came just as full of surprises as the last. For September, we received four items: a set of four STABILO pointMax Felt Pens, an Alvin Draft/Matic Mechanical Pencil (0.7), a Plumchester P4 Fineliner, and a MOO Eraser.

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STABILO pointMax Felt Pens

STABILO is not an unfamiliar brand to me, so I immediately knew what to expect - felt pens! Perfect for writing and doodles in the margin, these pens are smooth and vibrant, leaving a bright splash of color to both scribbles and masterpieces. They're also water-soluble, meaning less stains on you and more potential on paper (giving me a chance to make use of the new brush I received in our last box!) The colours given in the pack understandably could be frustrating to beginner artists, but the pens themselves are impressive enough that inspiration could easily be drawn (as a fan of the colour palettes of the 90's, I'd suggest looking there!). Expanding your collection would be easy as well, as STABILO sells through multiple outlets and is very affordable.

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MOO Eraser

I love a good eraser! I'm a huge fan of cheesy novelty ones (I had a toilet one for years), so it's always a good idea to have a few actual quality erasers hanging around. This white eraser is super soft and picks up pencil very well, even for those more heavy-handed strokes. It doesn't leave marks and doesn't tear paper, and doesn't leave any irritating "crumbs"-- any residue seems to just ball up and can be easily brushed away.

These erasers appear to come in packs of two, and are fairly inexpensive for what they are. I highly suggest picking up a few of these guys.

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Alvin Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil (0.7)

If any pencil was "professional", this would be it! Coming with a sleek minimal design, a capped eraser, and metal grip accents, this mechanical pencil is a lovely addition to any artist's bag. Draft-Matic's are known to be some of the most reliable pencils, and are sworn on by many. It's a new brand for myself personally, but I've seen these pencils available and well-loved for years among others.

There were apparently two versions of this pencil available this month, and I received the 0.7mm (which is blue!)

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Plumchester P4 Fineliner

I've actually never heard of this brand before, and since my ArtSnacks menu has mysteriously disappeared, I'm going to assume this is a fairly exclusive brand outside of their site!

Like most tip pens, this is a great pen to include in your stash of supplies, perfect for both art and lettering. The tip is not too fine, but is not thick enough to require a certain style of work to use. The casing is also very smooth, which is always a plus. 

I'm interested to see if ArtSnacks will include more of Plumchester in the future, as I'm very interested in exploring this brand. (They've apparently been apart of the site before!)

Another great box for this month, honestly! I do believe my interest would have been waning personally if it had not have included the felt pens, simply because I have a large amount of ink liners and pencils already, but don't let that deter you! We'll be continuing our monthly reviews of ArtSnacks in the upcoming months, so if you're looking forward to seeing more, we're going to give it to ya!

If you decide to sign up for ArtSnacks, let us know! We'd love to see what you create with every box!

Author: Maddie B.