Originally posted on September 14th, 2016, at SharondaWoodfin.net.
Edited and republished at Sharonda.net on March 10th, 2017.
My birthday was in June. I’d just like to make sure we’re clear about that.
If you’re a regular reader (ha, ha; just kidding), you’ll recall that I got the main part of this year’s birthday present from my wife in August, even though part of the gift was delivered on my actual birthday.
Well, apparently, before Linda had discovered that Cabaret would be playing at the Segerstrom, she had already order a different birthday present for me, scheduled to arrive just before October.
Then she forgot to cancel it.
And it arrived today. And I’m delighted. Because, timing aside (and seriously, what the hell, babe?), my wife knows how to pick a gift!
This is my first ArtSnacks box, and I’m impressed enough that I’m now taking orders from stickers. See: #ArtSnacks
I’m also posting lots if pictures, so this article may be a little less wordy than my usual, but all that orange screams to be seen!
That right there is an exciting box! And not just because of the color!
If you’re a blogger, and you blog about curated boxes, you know that the contents sheet is your friend. This one lists Kuretake and Copic among its other brands. If you own a Kuretake brush pen or a Copic marker, you know that the inclusion of either of those brands bodes well for a bodacious box!
If you can’t make it out in the image, there’s a part of that calendar insert which reads:
Your Challenge: Create a drawing everyday for 31 days, using only the supplies in your ArtSnacks InkTober Collection. For inspiration, use the theme that is in the corresponding day on the calendar.
The bolding is mine. That stipulation will make this InkTober a bit more challenging than last year’s!
I guess I could put this nifty InkTober sticker on whatever sketchbook I use for all my InkTober drawings… But nope! Someone beat me to it:
I didn’t actually notice the damage to the upper left corner of the sketchbook until I uploaded the photo to this blog post. As my mom always said:
If it’d been a snake, it would’ve bit you!
Sure would have, Mom!
That imprint is snake-subtle, too! Maybe it deserves a closer look:
Nice! But let’s get to the tools!
As you can tell by the caption, this is a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. I already have one of these, but I’m quite happy to have another. These are great for when you want the expressiveness of a brush, but also want to work on the go, or even just with a little less mess than a brush and open ink can cause. Easy to use and easy to refill, no one who enjoys ink would criticize the inclusion of this brush pen in this collection. (And, if they did, they’d be wrong.)
I’ve tried a wide-body Copic marker before, but never a Multiliner pen. This pen has an aluminum body and a nice bit of heft to it. It’s a bit thick, but otherwise feels great in my hand. It comes pre-filled with permanent ink that’s labeled as “water & Copic proof”, and it’s refillable. If it performs as well as some of my disposable drawing pens, this could become my go-to tool for detailed drawings.
Ink is nice, but I don’t think I should use this particular ink with the Multiliner. What in this box can I use it with?
I am probably going to use this brush. I wouldn’t have bought it, and I won’t knowingly buy another, but the weasel whose hair this brush is made from won’t benefit from the brush lying unopened on my shelf. When/if my conscience defies logic to make itself felt, however, there’s always this:
I’m pretty excited about that! This is my first nib holder that isn’t a Speedball, and my first that isn’t plastic! (That’s real wood on the handle!) It’s also my first nib holder with a grippy thingy on the barrel. I’m hoping I’ll magically get less ink on my fingers with this holder than I do with my classic Speedball holder, but I suspect I’m going to miss that holder’s bulk and shape.
There are also nibs to go with the holder:
These nibs are similar in size and shape to the nibs I normally draw with. I’m excited to see if there’s any substance to the notion that Japanese nibs are better than the Hunt and Speedball nibs I’ve always used.
Finally, to truly make this collection complete, the box includes a letter from InkTober’s founder, Jake Parker:
And on the reverse, an inky bit of inspiration:
And this? Well, the color is appropriate, and I guess that candy is, too, since InkTober, like October, culminates in Halloween.
But really, y’all? We both know coffee would be a better choice. It’ll take a lot to keep me drawing all month long!
As excited as I am to try most of the non-edibles in this box, I’m going to make an effort to not use any of them until the first of next month.
The rest of this month? Those 16 days are just for building anticipation!
And you? Would you like to draw along? Fire up your blog, if you have one, get out your pens, and go read the rules of InkTober!