October 2017

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image via ameliapendraws

Things Are What You Make of Them Pencil Pin and Mini Zine by Adam J.K.

With the release of his new book, Things Are What You Make of Them, we’ve partnered with artist/author Adam J.K. to bring you an enamel pencil pin created just for ArtSnackers! Filled with “insights and inspiration for anyone who makes art,” J.K.’s book will help you overcome creative fears and find your purpose. Flip through the mini zine for a preview, and wear your pencil pin proudly!

Marabu Fineliner Graphix Pens

This handy set of Marabu Fineliner Graphix Pens covers all your drawing needs. In this pack, you’ll find fine liners in sizes 0.2mm, 0.4mm, and 0.8mm, as well as a brush tip pen! They’re each filled with water-based pigment ink that flows consistently and smoothly.

Winsor & Newton Drawing Ink

Big things can come in small packages! A favorite of illustrators since the 1890s, Winsor & Newton Drawing Ink features brilliant, dye-based color that’s great for precise line work or looser application. You can easily layer your new pens on top since the ink is fast-drying and water-resistant when dry. Each iconic bottle features a whimsical illustration based on the ink color – which one did you get?

Speedball Standard Pen Nib Holder & No. 512 Pen Nib

A bottle of ink wouldn’t be complete without a reliable dip pen. That’s why we’ve included a Speedball Standard Pen Nib Holder and No. 512 Pen Nib for you to try out your new ink. This nib has a fine, semi-flexible tip that’s perfect for drawing or lettering. To use, insert the nib into the circular opening on the top of the nib holder. Be sure to wash your nib with warm water after every use!

Connoisseur Protégé Short Handle White Nylon Brush

For a different inking experience, use the Connoisseur Protégé Short Handle White Nylon Brush with your Winsor & Newton Drawing Ink. This sturdy brush has durable bristles that can handle a full paint (or ink!) load for long-lasting strokes of color.

ZIG Fudebiyori Brush Pen

The ZIG Fudebiyori Brush Pen packs a punch of color! Filled with dye-based ink, this pen can create a variety of vibrant lines. Its firm felt tip provides great control, making it perfect for adding finishing touches and details to your work.

September 2017

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image via mage via binals_

Stabilo pointMax Pen Set

It’s just another day in paradise with the Stabilo pointMax Pen Set. These four bright, tropical colors will make your artwork pop with their intense, water-based ink. However, what really makes the pointMax stand out is its robust, durable nylon tip. This pen tip was specially designed to create a consistent 0.8mm line width. Whether you’re sketching, writing, or doodling, this tool will never let you down. You can even leave the cap off for up to 24 hours without the ink drying out!

Plumchester P4 Fineliner

When artists are not busy scrolling through social media, we’re illustrating characters, writing down ideas, outlining pencil lines, or practicing perspective drawing – all with the help of the Plumchester P4 Fineliner. This quintessential tool has pigmented black ink and is perfectly sized at 4mm in diameter (not too fine, but not too thick). To make the most of your Fineliner experience, we recommend a clean, smooth surface to ultimately preserve the nib's life.

Alvin Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil

Designed with the professional in mind, the Alvin Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil delivers comfort and control. Featuring stainless steel finger grips, a rotating window to display lead type, and a built-in eraser under the cap, this pencil is the ultimate drawing tool! We’re featuring two different lead sizes this month – 0.7mm and 0.9mm. Which one did you get?

MOO Professional Artist Eraser

Don’t let little mistakes get you down! Fix them instantly with the MOO Professional Artist Eraser. This handy tool is truly unique – rather than leaving dust behind like other erasers, the MOO’s residue clumps together into thick strands for quick and easy cleanup. Its soft, yet dense body will not damage your paper, even with excessive rubbing. Now you can focus more on drawing and spend less time switching between erasers!

August 2017

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image via artbytinadh

Amsterdam Acrylic Ink

Summer may be winding down, but Amsterdam Acrylic Ink will keep your days bright all year round! This highly pigmented ink is extremely versatile – it can be thickly applied like acrylic paint, or diluted with water to achieve watercolor effects. Shake well before using, then feel free to work directly out of the bottle with your brush, or use the convenient ink dropper. Layering is effortless with this fast-drying ink, so get creative and explore some new techniques!

Princeton Velvetouch Long Round Brush, Size 8

Paint in the lap of luxury with the Princeton Velvetouch Long Round Brush. It's silky, soft-finish wood handle complements the excellent performance of its synthetic fibers. Seven years of research and development went into creating these filaments meant to outperform natural hair. This brush is the ultimate mixed media tool and can be used with various mediums. Go ahead and try it out with your Amsterdam Acrylic Ink!

ZIG Cocoiro Letter Pen Body + Ink

Customize the way you draw with the ZIG Cocoiro Letter Pen. Derived from the Japanese words “ kokoro,” meaning “heart,” and “iro,” meaning “color,” this pen was made for you to choose each part separately to match your mood. From the pen body’s color to the nib style, mix and match a variety of features to express your unique creativity. This month, we’ve included an extra fine brush tip refill for your new pen body – perfect for all your inking needs.

Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment Fibre-Tip Pen

Whether you’re sketching or writing, you’ll reach for the Faber- Castell Ecco Pigment Fibre-Tip Pen over and over again. This reliable fine liner pen features a sturdy, metal-clad 0.7mm nib and a comfortable grip. Made from unused automobile plastic, this pen is highly recyclable. Since its pigmented ink is lightfast and waterproof, you can lay ink or watercolor on top of your sketched lines carefree!

July 2017

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image via bybun

Pentel Duopoint Flex Double-Ended Brush

Flex your creative muscles with the Pentel Duopoint Flex Double- Ended Brush. This handy pen is actually two brushes in one, featuring a unique, springy brush tip on one end, and an ultra-fine, flexible nib on the other. It's water-based ink dries quickly and can produce transparent watercolor effects. The versatility of this brush pen makes it perfect for beginning artists.

Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelle Pencils

Make a splash in your artwork with Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelle Pencils. These 100% water-soluble pencils remain extremely vibrant dry or wet, thanks to their high pigment density and lightfastness. When brushed with water, the pencil marks melt onto your paper and intensify in color. The soft, buttery pigments are super blendable, so experiment with your two new colors to create different hues and patterns.

Derwent HB Graphic Drawing Pencil

A successful sketch starts with a good graphite pencil. The HB Graphic Drawing Pencil from Derwent is smooth and strong to the core, which means you’ll experience fewer broken points. Its hexagonal body is easy to hold, making it the ideal choice for long working sessions.

Derwent 2-in-1 Eraser/Sharpener

We’re flipping over the Derwent 2-in-1 Eraser/Sharpener. This dynamic duo features a pencil sharpener with a rotating barrel for collecting shavings and an eraser that offers clean and smudge-free erasing. The sharpener separates easily from the canister to empty pencil shavings, and the eraser comes with a protective cover.Talk about convenience!

June 2017

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image via kreativekymona

ArtSnacks + Denik Mini Sketchbook

We fully believe in Denik’s mission statement: “Art can change the world.” This remarkable notebook company fulfills their mission by featuring a variety of artists’ work on journal covers. A portion of every notebook purchase goes towards building schools in developing countries. This month, we collaborated with Denik and Kansas City-based artist Marcos Román to create a custom ArtSnacks + Denik Mini Sketchbook, just for our subscribers. Featuring special, lay-flat binding and a water-resistant cover, this notebook is perfect for on-the-go doodling.

Painty FX by ZIG

Add an explosion of color to your work with the Painty FX by ZIG! Permanent on almost all surfaces, this alcohol-based paint marker lets you experiment with mixed media techniques. The opaque, highly-pigmented ink lays down smooth and dries quickly, making layering easy. To begin paint flow, give the marker a shake, then gently press the tip down on your art surface.

General’s MultiPastel Chalk Pencils

Love pastels, but hate the mess? Chalk it up to fate that we’ve included two General’s MultiPastel Chalk Pencils in this month’s box. These pigment-rich pencils are smooth and blendable, perfect for bold drawings or delicate sketches. Enjoy the outdoors this summer and take these along with your Denik Mini Sketchbook for some plein air drawing.

Tombow Dual Brush Pen

The more, the merrier! Enhance your marker collection with Tombow Dual Brush Pens in three different colors. With a flexible brush tip on one end and a fine tip on the other, this water-based marker is the total package. The nylon brush tip can create a variety of strokes, while the fine tip is great for making consistent lines and tighter drawings.

May 2017

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image via @hmerhardt

Special Release Muted Collection: Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paint

Liquitex is releasing a limited supply of its Special Release Muted Collection: Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paint. With its thick, velvety consistency, this water-based acrylic paint makes texturing a breeze. Each rich color has a muted, subtle character, and features a satin finish. The Muted Collection boasts perfect color matching and intermixability across all Liquitex mediums for maximum versatility. There are five colors in this collection. Which one did you get?

Prima® White Gold Artist Brush from Weber®

Paint the town gold with this elegant Prima® White Gold Artist Brush by Weber®. From its superior grade, interlocked taklon bristles to its perfectly balanced handle, this paintbrush is a treasure! This brush is enjoyable to use in even the thickest of mediums. Try it out with the Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paint to experience excellent spring and retention.

Marabu Art Crayons

Add an exciting twist to your artwork with Marabu Art Crayons. These buttery smooth, wax-based pastel sticks are suitable for both wet and dry techniques. The highly-pigmented colors easily blend and pop off the page when brushed with water. If the tip wears down, just rotate the retractable body to produce more.

The Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver by General Pencil

The Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver keeps your paintbrushes like new. Using this product after every painting session will help your brushes retain their natural shape and luster. Simply wet your paintbrush, work up a lather on the hard cake, and rinse with clean water. You’ll be impressed by the way this cleaner restores even your old brushes!

April 2017

Copic Lavender Multiliner

Cure your spring fever with this brand-new Copic Multiliner color— luscious lavender. This water-based inking pen features a sturdy nib and smooth ink flow that produce clean, precise drawings. Feel free to combine your Multiliner with watercolors or Copic markers, since the pigment ink is both waterproof and Copic-proof when dry and will not bleed.

Kuretake Medium Tip Water Brush

Nothing holds water like this brush. Paint anywhere, anytime with the Kuretake Medium Tip Water Brush. By softly squeezing the brush’s body, you can control how much water is released directly through the synthetic brush tip. Try blending watercolor paints to create natural, smooth gradients of color. Simply fill the barrel with water and give it a light squeeze to get the liquid flowing.

Pentel GraphGear 800 Mechanical Pencil

The Pentel GraphGear 800 Mechanical Pencil is out of this world! Featuring a 0.5mm tip, this tool is made for precision drafting and drawing. Experience maximum comfort as you grasp the metal grip decorated with soft pads, and achieve superior control thanks to the perfectly balanced barrel weight. With its sturdy metal clip and eraser cap, this pencil is built to last.

Winsor & Newton Water Colour Marker

Cue the waterworks! The Winsor & Newton Water Colour Marker will amaze you with its highly pigmented, lightfast color and stunning precision. This double- ended marker allows artists to achieve unbeatable definition and control with watercolors. Simply blend your strokes with water to create soft and vibrant watercolor washes. Use it with the Kuretake Water Brush for easy application and convenient, on-the-go painting.

March 2017

M. Graham & Co. Watercolor Paints

We think M. Graham & Co. Watercolor Paints are pretty sweet! Not only are they made using honey to keep moisture intact, they also contain high amounts of pigment to provide intensely bright and rich color. We’ve included two different colors in this month’s box—Terra Rosa, an earthy red that’s excellent for tinting, and Titanium White Opaque, a balanced white that lends a highlighting touch.

Protégé Taklon Paint Brush by Connoisseur

From its water-resistant, wooden handle to its hefty, synthetic bristles, the Protégé Taklon Paint Brush by Connoisseur is built to last a lifetime. Any artist can appreciate the versatility of this brush, since it works with a variety of mediums. Try it out with your M. Graham & Co. Watercolor Paints and experience control and consistency, similar to the feel of a natural sable hair brush.

Koh-I-Noor Triograph 2B Graphite Pencil

The Koh-I-Noor Triograph 2B Graphite Pencil stands out from the crowd with its triangular shape and stained cedar wood body. The thick, graphite core makes this tool perfect for working in large areas. Easily blend the pencil strokes to create buttery smooth sketches.

Stonehenge Aqua Hotpress Watercolor Paper by Legion Paper

This month, we are loving Legion Paper’s Stonehenge Aqua Hotpress Watercolor Paper! With a super smooth surface, paint will take a little more time to dry, but the paper will never warp or buckle.

February 2017

Pentalic Drawing Set

ArtSnacks subscribers get to try the new Pentalic Drawing Set before anyone else! While many sets on the market only include one medium, this set of six pencils features a mix of graphite, charcoal, and pastel. Using only this set, you can build from underdraw- ing to midtones to shadows to highlights. From the smooth feel of the soft charcoal pencil to the rich darks of the 6B, this set is the total package. 

K-70 Permanent Ink Marker by KRINK

KRINK’s K-70 Permanent Ink Marker is better than ever! In this upgraded version of the marker, not only is ink flow smoother and cleaner, but the tip is now reversible. Just remove and flip it to switch from a bullet to a chisel design, and see the variety of fine and heavy lines that this versatile tool can create. 

ZIG Clean Color FB

Similar to the KRINK marker in this month’s box, the ZIG Clean Color FB is a fresh take on a favorite tool. This marker – a new product in the Clean Color family – features the same highly blend-able, water-soluble ink as the Clean Color Real Brush, but it has a new, firmer fiber brush nib (“FB” for short). Try using a watercolor brush to wash and blend this ink on the page to achieve a softer effect. 

Stabilo Pen 68

Another pop of color in your box this month comes from the Stabilo Pen 68. The shape of this pen is similar to your everyday pencil, giving you a comfortable drawing experience.

The premium fiber bullet-tip on the Pen 68 holds odorless, water-based ink and will create a perfectly even ink application on smooth surfaces. 

January 2017

Art & Graphic Twin RB+F by ZIG

ZIG has re-mastered their most notable double-ended marker into a totally new one that hasn’t hit stores yet: introducing the Art & Graphic Twin RB+F by Zig! The “RB” stands for “real brush,” because one side of this marker has an actual brush tip. The opposite side has a thin 0.8mm felt tip, or “F” for short. The ink in this marker is water-based, so you can dip the brush tip end into water to achieve a greater watercolor effect.

GOLDEN High Flow Acrylic Paints

This prestigious brand is the leader in high-quality paints. We’ve packed your box with 2 bold colors for a colorful GOLDEN experience. The GOLDEN High Flow Acrylic Paints act like ink when wet, but dry like acrylic paint–making them fluid enough to be used with dip pens, brushes, or empty pump markers. Once dry, High Flow paint will not bleed or reactivate with water. The High Flow line has 49 colors and is compatible with many of GOLDEN’s gels and mediums. Please note: Before using these paints, unscrew the cap and pull off the protective white seal.

Koh-I-Noor Magnum Black Star Pencil

Kick off the New Year with the soft and smooth Koh-I-Noor Magnum Black Star Pencil. Produced in the Czech Republic, this oversized pencil adds some darker tones to your sketches and illustrations. If you’re looking to tune up your shading technique, we recommend practicing with this comfortable, fat-bodied pencil.

Snap! Series Paintbrushes by Princeton Brush

Oh SNAP! (We could say that all day.) We’re excited to have the SNAP! Series Paintbrushes by Princeton Brush in this month’s box. This versatile brush comes in an assortment of sizes and shapes, including round, fan, flat shader, and bright shader. The synthetic hair tip will guide your paint evenly. To clean, use mild soap and water, then reshape the bristles into place. Afterwards, stand it upright on the handle to dry.

December 2016

Caran d'Ache Discovery Set

The Caran d’Ache Discovery Set is not sold on its own - but this month, ArtSnackers get special access to this exclusive set! It includes five colored pencils and one Full Blender Bright, an oil-wax medium used for blending and burnishing. Use it right out of the box, or sharpen it and try blending with a point. The bright, soft colored pencils are also water soluble; just use a wet brush to create a watercolor wash effect. 

Magnesium Long Point Sharpener by KUM

It’s important to get a sharp point on your pencil to get maximum control and performance. The Magnesium Long Point Sharpener by KUM (pronounced “KOOM”) shaves off wood while also shaping the graphite core, all in one motion. This small, lightweight sharpener is a great addition to your art studio or travel art kit. 

Higgins Black Magic Ink Pump Marker

The Higgins Black Magic Ink Pump Marker lays down artist ink with ease and control. Black Magic, this brand’s darkest ink, dries to a matte finish. The 1mm nib delivers a bold, thick line. Give this marker a good shake before using. 

Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Marker Pen

The Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Marker Pen is made to last. The pen tip is encased in metal to extend pen life, and this pen won’t quickly dry out if the cap is left off, thanks to specially formulated ink. Stabilo produces this pen in 20 vibrant colors. 

November 2016

Plumchester 1.5 Fine Brush Pen

For the last few months, we've been working on our very own brand of art supplies! Introducing Plumchester: Creative tools for the modern artist. Our first product is the Plumchester 1.5 Fine Brush Pen. The diameter of the firm nib is 1.5 millimeters, and it will spring back to its original shape after use. The ink in this pen is pigmented, fade-proof, and water-proof when dry.
A soft touch will give you a finer mark, but use a heavy touch for thicker lines. Plumchester will officially launch in 2017 – to stay updated, go to www.Plumchester.com and submit your email address. 

MOLOTOWTM GRAFX Aqua Ink Pump Softliner 

The MOLOTOWTM GRAFX Aqua Ink Pump Softliner features water-based ink and a soft brush tip. This tool will stay with you for the long term – you can refill the ink, and you can even swap out the tip. To begin using your MOLOTOW, shake it well; pump the brush softly using the tip of the marker cap until you see ink seeping into the brush tip; scribble until the tip is fully colored – and then you’re ready to draw! 

Marabu Mixed Media Art Spray

Ready to try something totally different in your next art project? Marabu Mixed Media Art Spray is a water- based acrylic that can blend with other colors. It’s ideal for use with stencils or as a surface primer for colorful creations. You’ll get different effects depending on how close you spray and the angle of the sprayer over the paper. 

Pentel Arts Sign Pen Brush

Depending on how you hold it, the Pentel Arts Sign Pen Brush can give you the most delicate of fine lines, or it can lay down a bold line. Adjust the pen tip angle and pressure just a little, and see how versatile this tool is – it’s great for lettering! This pen brush also features water-based ink. 

Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress Mini Pad

We can see why Stonehenge’s new Aqua Coldpress water- color paper has been getting incredible reviews! This paper can handle an amazing amount of water without warping or buckling, and it’s also great for blending and lifting color. 

October 2016

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image via artbytinadh

Special Release Muted Collection: Liquitex Professional INK!

Liquitex is only releasing a limited supply of its Special Release Muted Collection: Liquitex Professional INK!, and as an ArtSnacks subscriber, you’re one of the first to get it. This water-resistant ink is extremely fluid, so it’s easy to use with both brushes and dip pens. It’s also fast-drying, so it won’t slow you down when you want to try layering techniques. There are five colors in this exclusive collection. Which one did you get? 

Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen

The Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen provides a silky flow of highly opaque ink. This pen will perform especially well on tinted or black paper. Try layering it over other inks, once they have dried. You’ll find that this ink does not fade as it dries, so you won’t be drawing over and over on the same lines to get a strong white highlight. 

Copic Gasenfude Brush Pen

The Copic Gasenfude Brush Pen was created with Sumi-e (East Asian brush painting) artists in mind. It’s also great for calligraphy and cartooning. Filled with water-based pigment ink, this pen features a super-fine point that makes this tool even more flexible. If you have Copic markers in your collection, you can use this brush pen with them – the ink is compatible, so the colors will not bleed. 

Lauren Series 4350 Watercolor Brush by Princeton Brush

Princeton Brush is known for its quality and affordability. Their experts have developed a variety of high-performing synthetic fibers for use with specific types of paint. Your new Lauren Series 4350 Watercolor Brush was handmade from synthetic materials and is designed for use with watercolor paints. We think you’ll like the way this brush handles your new Liquitex Professional INK! 

September 2016

Alvin + ArtSnacks .5mm Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil

The Alvin .5mm Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil was engineered for comfort, with a stainless steel finger grip, and comes stocked with HB graphite. Hidden under the steel cap you’ll find a cute little eraser. We collaborated with Alvin to produce this limited edition version in ArtSnacks teal, a color that is exclusive to our customers, and will never be available anywhere else! 

Alumicolor Hollow Triangular Drafting Scale

The Alumicolor Hollow Triangular Drafting Scale is a precision instrument great for artists because it stays in place better than a standard flat ruler. If you don’t want to measure in inches, flip it over and try the five other units of measure! Your shiny new drafting scale is about the length of a pen, so it’s easy to pack up and carry with your other art supplies. 

Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush

The Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush pen features water-based ink, so it’s perfect for blending. Try laying down a layer of ink and then using another brush to add water, creating a wash effect. You can also blend with another marker if it’s not alcohol-based – just touch the tips together. The flexible bristle tip makes it possible to blend a variety of water-based ink colors without staining the tip. 

Kurecolor Twin S Marker

Durable, vibrant, and professional. All strong words to describe the Kurecolor Twin S Marker. For aspiring designers everywhere, these markers will bring your artwork to life, whether you are drawing on glass, acetate, metal, or photo paper. 

August 2016

Robert Simmons Acrylic Short Handle Paintbrush

Daler-Rowney is giving all ArtSnackers a first look at their Robert Simmons Acrylic Short Handle Paintbrush line. Different types of paint require different types of paintbrushes, and a good acrylics brush should hold the paint without losing its shape. The synthetic fibers used in this brush were chosen to provide both the softness and the control that you need in order to get the most out of acrylic painting. 

Daler-Rowney System 3 Medium Body Acrylic Paint

Use your new acrylic paintbrush with the paint that it was made for – Daler-Rowney System 3 Medium Body Acrylic. This water-based paint uses high quality pigments. Acrylic paint can be laid down thick or can be thinned with water to create a watercolor wash effect. The quick drying time of this medium body paint makes it easy to experiment with layering and other effects. 

Copic Classic Marker

We love the versatility of a good double-ended marker. This Copic Classic Marker features a fine point nib and a broad chisel nib. Use it to sketch in delicate details, then flip it around to color in large areas. This refillable tool is compatible with the Copic Color system and is offered in a total of 214 colors. 

Small 3D Zip by Baggu

Pack up this month’s Artsnacks and take them with you anywhere in this 3D Zip by Baggu. This unique bag can expand to pack in even more of your favorite art supplies. Made of ripstop nylon (a special reinforced fabric that resists tearing), your 3D Zip is machine washable, to keep that sailor stripe design looking bright and clean. 

July 2016


QoR Watercolor by GOLDEN

If you’ve never tried GOLDEN paint, you are in for a treat! This prestigious brand is the leader in high-quality paints. The QoR Watercolor (pronounced 'core') line is made with a special binding agent that carries more pigment in each brushstroke. Notice how bright the color is as you apply it to the page? It’s going to stay exceptionally bright even after it dries. 

Elite Synthetic Kolinsky Sable Brush by Princeton Brush

The Elite Synthetic Kolinsky Sable Brush looks and performs like a traditional sable mink brush, but the strands on this one are synthetic. This soft-bristled brush was designed for use with watercolors and works perfectly with your QoR watercolor paint. 

The Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver by General Pencil

When you’re done with a painting session, how do you clean your brush? You can get more life out of your brushes by using The Masters Brush Cleaner. Run your brush under water and then rub it gently into this soap cake until the soap lather is clear. You’ll be impressed by the way this cleaner restores even your old brushes. 

Pentel Arts Hybrid Technica Roller Ball Pen

The Pentel Arts Hybrid Technica Roller Ball Pen is special. It boasts a tungsten carbide (a metallic compound) roller tip that keeps your line consistent, and the pigmented archival ink is water-resistant and light-fast. You don’t have to recap the pen every time you put it down during a drawing session; it’s designed not to dry out if it’s left uncapped during use. 

YUPO Watercolor Paper by Legion Paper

We have never tried anything like YUPO Watercolor Paper. Watercolor artists everywhere are excited about the new possibilities of working on this non-porous, water-resistant polypropylene blend, which can be wiped clean after you’ve laid down paint. Be careful not to smudge your work as you go; your new paint will take several minutes to dry, and the ink from your new pen will take longer. Alcohol-based markers also work very well on this surface. 

June 2016


We are proud to introduce the newest member of the ADTM Marker family: the Spectra. This alcohol-based marker was carefully designed to create a powerful, permanent mark and carry less odor. There are 4 different marks you can create using this 1 tool – thin, medium, and thick lines with the chisel tip, and a smooth line with the brush tip. You’re one of the first to get this product – it’s just hitting the stores now. 

Denik Custom Mini Sketchbook

Denik’s mission statement is, “Art can change the world.” This rad notebook company lives out their mission by putting artists’ work onto journal covers. A portion from every notebook purchase goes to help build schools in developing countries. This month, we collaborated with Denik’s team and San Francisco-based artist Ryan Putnam to create a Denik Custom Mini Sketchbook, just for our subscribers. 

Caran d’Ache Fibralo Brush Marker

Swiss art company Caran d’Ache just introduced its new Fibralo Brush Marker this spring. The resilient fiber tip offers the control of a marker and the flexibility of a brush. Try adding a little water to the ink to develop a watercolor wash effect, or work dry to create a traditional marker line. The specially formulated ink is designed not to bleed through paper. 

Kuretake No. 7 Brush Pen

It just takes a few steps to get your Kuretake No. 7 Brush Pen up and running. Unscrew the pen barrel and insert the wide end of one ink cartridge until you feel it click into place. Store the other cartridge in the barrel of the pen. Once the ink has flowed down into the tip, you’ll be impressed with the range of options that this tool gives you, from sketching to coloring to calligraphy. 

General’s® Layout® Pencil

Since the 1930’s, animators have been using General’s® Layout® Pencil to create quick sketches of cartoons and storyboards. The graphite core is soft enough to deliver super dark marks. You’ll achieve a beautiful dark-to-light gradation on any bright surface. 

May 2016


KRINK has done it again. Headquartered in New York City, KRINK has developed a unique new paint marker with a “pump-action” end and a steel roller-ball tip. The KRINK K-90 Paint Marker is the first of its kind, so get creative! To use, gently pump the rubber end of the marker once to propel the paint into the tip of the marker. Press down lightly and start to draw. The roller-ball tip will release paint onto your surface. DO NOT OVER-PUMP MARKER. 

General’s® Cedar PointeTM Graphite Pencil – No.1 Extra Soft

Looking for an excellent, soft graphite pencil with a reliable eraser? We found it for you! General’s® Cedar PointeTM Graphite Pencil is made with genuine cedar and a buttery graphite core. It delivers an incredibly smooth drawing experience, and has a cedar wood casing for a comfortable grip. Manufacturing pencils since 1889, General Pencil is the only pencil factory still operating in the United States – so every detail was considered when making this pencil. 

Kuretake Brush2o Long

Designed for easy transport and storage when you’re painting-on-the-go, the Kuretake Brush2o Long is one handy brush. Kuretake redesigned it to hold 25% more water. The nylon tip is very durable, and will never lose its shape. Fill up the barrel with water or ink and give it a light squeeze to get the liquid flowing. 

FW Neon Acrylic Ink by Daler-Rowney

FW Neon Acrylic Ink by Daler-Rowney is a special acrylic-based ink that’s highly pigmented for creating multiple color layers on top of your art. Dilute the ink with water to get a high-intensity watercolor effect, or use a dry brush to create a textured stroke. Let your imagination run wild when you fill your Kuretake Brush2o Long with this acrylic ink. 

April 2016

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Your Ironlak Strikers Twin Marker comes to you all the way from Australia. This refillable marker offers smooth ink application from its broad and fine points. Its uniquely designed air-tight caps help keep this marker from drying out. The triangular barrel will keep this one from rolling away – but we doubt you’ll be putting it down anytime soon!

Kuretake Metallic Brush Pen

Staff Favorite We fell for the Kuretake Metallic Brush Pen at first stroke. This Japanese import handles like a paintbrush and delivers a metallic mark with a subtle shimmer. Use it to add highlights, or rely on it for rich color throughout your piece.

Faber-Castell 9000 Jumbo Pencil

This oversized Faber-Castell 9000 Jumbo Pencil is comfortable to handle, thanks to its thick barrel. Notice how smoothly it lays down graphite; it’s designed to be extra break-resistant. The water-based varnish makes this a good environmental choice, too. 

Le Plume Permanent Brush Pen

“Plume” is French for “feather,” and the name suits this soft, delicate Le Plume Permanent Brush Pen. Use a soft touch for a finer application; a firm touch will lay down more color. The brand, Marvy Uchida, produces this pen in a staggering 144 colors!

Koi Coloring Brush Pen by Sakura

The first thing you’ll notice as you try out the Koi Coloring Brush Pen by Sakura is the unique handling of the tip. It offers the softness of a brush pen combined with the firmness of a marker tip. Use your new pen for outlining, coloring, or both. This versatile tool will quickly become a go-to for your ink projects! 

March 2016


How many miles of pencil have you ground away over the years, trying to create a sharp point? All the way from Germany, the KUM Automatic Long Point Sharpener (pronounced “KOOM”) is here to fix that problem! Use the first sharpener to trim away the wood as needed, then use the second to hone the graphite to a fine point. Make your pencils last longer while still creating the sharp points that you need for detail work. 

Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencil

The Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencil features a firm point that gives you exceptional control. These professional- grade colored pencils are also great for layering. “Irojiten” is a Japanese expression that means “color dictionary”; full sets of these pencils are available from Tombow in elegant volumes. 

KOH-i-Noor Woodless Colored Pencil

Pick up your new KOH-i-Noor Woodless Colored Pencil and feel the weight in your hand. You’re holding a stick of pure color! Try experimenting with this one, coloring from the point or laying the edge against the page for a softer, wider application. 

Posca Paint Marker

Give the Posca Paint Marker a shake, press gently against the paper to start paint flow, and start laying down water-based paint with precision. We love the bold colors in this line and the level of control that the extra fine point provides. This marker can color over other paints, once they are dry. 

Liquitex Professional Paint Marker

It's time for an alternative kind of painting experience. The Liquitex Professional Paint Marker has a brilliant water-based color that dries permanently. This chubby marker is great for covering large-scale artwork, out- lining murals, and other mix media purposes. 

RENDR® Paper

Don’t hold back with that paint marker when trying out your RENDR® paper.It’s specially designed to handle wet media without bleeding through. But it’s also the perfect surface for your dry media – it loves your colored pencils as much as your markers! Now that you can draw and paint on both sides of the page, it’s like doubling the life of your sketchbook!