After last month's disappointing Art Snack, I had somewhat low expectations for this month's. I keep hoping for something really special to take me by surprise, but the bar may be a bit too high. This month's Art Snack, while not particularly inspiring to me, beats last month's by a long shot.
NOTE: The menu says 'September', but it arrived in late August.
My August Art Snack arrived while I was in New Orleans for Mechacon (link), so it was a nice little surprise to come home to.
My August Art Snacks came in their signature little white box.
Inside were a neatly wrapped green parcel, a 'snack', a menu card, and an Art Snacks vinyl sticker, perfect for covering the barcodes on my used sketchbooks.
This month's menu includes:
- A Tombow Mono Zero Eraser
- A Koh-i-Noor Triocolor Pencil
- A Stabilio Pen 68
- A Kurecolor Twin S Marker
- A Chartpak Blender Marker
The ReviewThis month's Snack definitely impressed me more than last month's disappointing snack, but I'm still waiting for Art Snacks to surprise me. I use Mono zero erasers on a daily basis, and I've tested both Kurecolor S markers and Chartpak AdPro markers, and have noodled around with Stabilos, which are fine as pens, but subpar as technical pens.
I was a little confused as to why a blender marker was included, but no Chartpakmarker to blend it with. Yes, Kurecolor markers will blend with Chartpak blenders, but the results are almost uncontrollable, the bleed is so large. I am impressed that two markers were included this time, and that one was a Kurecolor S, which isn't usually carried in brick and mortar art stores. I really like Mono Zero erasers, and I'm glad that their inclusion in an Art Snack may garner them a bit more exposure. I've never used a Koh-i-Noor Triocolor, but the color I was sent is lovely, and I'm sure I can put it to good use. And I love felt tip pens of all stripes for doodling, and the Stabilo can certainly fill that need.
So was it worth $20? Let's crunch some numbers!
Chartpak Blender- On Amazon- $5.29 with free shipping from Prime (best price I could find on Amazon, and this is as an add on item)
Kurecolor S- On MarkerSupply.com, an individual marker is on sale for $3.28 (not including shipping)
Mono Zero- On Jetpens, $5.75, not including shipping or tax.
Koh-i-Noor Triocolor- On Art Supply Warehouse, individual Triocolor colored pencils are $1.93, not including shipping or tax
Stabilo- On Art Supply Warehouse, individual Stabilo pens are $1.10, not including tax or shipping
This month's total is: $17.35, which is leagues better than last month's total, and may even be too generous considering one pays $20 per month for the subscription. Generally, I consider $15 worth of art supplies from this $20 blind box to be a 'good deal', since I enjoy the novelty of random monthly art supplies, I recognize the need to pay employees, and I know shipping costs money.
I'm not sure if monthly selections are made to correspond with a theme or if they're random (they seem a bit random), but I recommend that Art Snacks try to ensure that each month does not dip below $10 worth of items.
I am a bit curious as to who Art Snack's target audience is. Their supplies are a bit low-grade and basic (sometimes) for a professional artist, but may be a bit obscure for a complete novice. This month's suggestion would be for them to consider two tiers of subscription: BEGINNER and PROFESSIONAL, and offer supplies accordingly, but this would increase their costs significantly.