Vlog: New Moleskine & Kuretake Brush Pens and Markers!

Have you ever discovered a new clothing store, walked in, and said, “Now this is my style?” Everything in the place just screams your name, and you’d turn the store into your closet if you just had the cash to buy it all out? Well, that’s how I feel about art supply stores. I don’t really care to shop for clothes, but paintbrushes, acrylics, pencils—now that’s my style! And that’s exactly what happened when I’ve discovered Jet Pens. I finally put in an order and received a bit of a haul!

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EmK’s Jet Pens Art Supply Haul

The main reason that I purchased these supplies is because I was able to try some Kuretake brand pens and markers via my Art Snacks subscription, and was extremely pleased with those supplies—especially the Kuretake No. 7 Brush Pen that came in my June 2016 Art Snacks box. This haul included 16 Kuretake Zig brand brush pens/markers. I chose to pick up a small set of the Clean Color FB markers, a supply that contains water soluble ink, which makes for a lovely addition to my mixed media art journal pages. The other main part of my haul was a group of  Kuretake black brush pens, which is a curated selection by the Jet Pens website as a “sampler,” i.e. different styles of pens made by the  Kuretake company. They have a few of these “samplers” on the site, but the Kuretake Brush Pen Sampler was the one the that caught my eye. And finally, I also picked up a pen case…because it was green and adorable and I’m just a wee bit ridiculous.

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Jet Pens Kuretake Black Brush Pen Sampler

In the video found in this post (or HERE on YouTube), I swatch out all of the pens and markers, share the secret of what makes my new pens case so awesome, and tell you the difference between each of the black brush pens found in this small collection. I also share with you my preferred technique for using the Clean Color FB markers, and proudly show off a pretty terrible portrait that I attempted to create in my new sketchbook. This video should be especially helpful for those of your curious about Kuretake brand supplies!

Jet Pens doesn’t sell exactly everything I’d like to keep in my closet (or rather, studio), but I’m a sucker for most of the things on the site. The pens, markers, pencils, sketchbooks, ink, and, well, you get the idea! I’ve been frequenting it for about two months, building up a “wishlist,” one of my favorite things about the site. But I also really appreciate that the website has a blog in which the posters create guides, how-to articles, and compare and contrast multiple tools available on the site; I’m all about research, and the Jet Pens blog makes it easy. I had read some of the blog posts before ever looking at the available supplies, and think it’s a pretty great resource for the curious artist. No, I’m not being paid to say this, I’m just strangely passionate about the statistics and facts concerning art supplies.

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Are you a Kuretake or Jet Pens fan? If so, leave me a comment and let me know what pens, markers, or other tools that you love! I’m always trying to find the next great supply!

ArtSnacks Unboxing: June 2016

ArtSnacks is a company which ships a small box containing 4 to 5 different art supplies and 1 piece of candy to your home each month. The box also includes a Menu, which explains what each art supply is, and a sticker with the Art Snacks logo; any other items are entirely promotional.

It’s finally June, which is crazy because 2016 is already half gone. The good news, however, is that my ArtSnacks box is here and I’m thrilled about it! I’m sure you’re curious to see what goodies were hiding inside, and so was I. So curious, in fact, that I postponed my mini-getaway just so that I could open it. Below you will find a photo of the contents in this month’s ArtSnacks! Of course, I’d be a monster if I’d done that away from my camera, so I set up my desk and filmed it, too.

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This month, the box included 5 art supplies. The first item was by the brand AD, a new supply called the Spectra Marker, which is alcohol based and came in ultramarine. The next item was a specialty softcover sketchbook, which was produced specifically for ArtSnacks by the company Denik; it contains 34 thin pages (68 front/back) in a sturdy binding of four sewn signatures. This box also contained a water based brush marker by the company Caran d’Ache, and is a new product called the Fibralo. Next in line is the Kuretake No. 7 brush pen in black, which luckily came with a bonus refill, as I couldn’t read the packaging if I had too! Finally was General’s Layout pencil, self described as “Extra Black,” and a supposed favorite among animators. Here is the “menu” for more information:

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June ArtSnacks Menu

June’s ArtSnacks did not include any other items besides the supplies, menu, and sticker. ArtSnacks values the 5 art supplies at a total of $20.15. Given the chance (and the cash), I would personally purchase 4/5 supplies, not having much use for the sketchbook. The sketchbook is valued at $5, which I find to be incredibly reasonable for the special design, so I’m still happy to receive it. With the exception of the sketchbook, you can see a detail photograph below of each supply in use.

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June ArtSnacks Supply Detail

Click the video below (or go here) to see my unboxing of June’s ArtSnacks—and stick around to the second half in order to see my application of each supply for my version of the ArtSnacks Challenge!

Below is the finished art journal spread that is featured in my June ArtSnacks video. This spread was created using multiple different supplies, including the contents of June’s ArtSnacks box.

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“Pink Elephant” Art Journal Spread

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“Pink Elephant” Art Journal Spread: Details

If you subscribe to ArtSnacks (or any other artsy/craftsy monthly subscription box), tell me about it in the comments: I’d love to hear your input!

Note: This ArtSnacks subscription is out-of-pocket for my household. I am not affiliated with ArtSnacks nor any of the brands shown in this video or discussed in the blog post. I have received no payment or gifts to participate in this ArtSnacks unboxing. Yet. That being said, if you work for any of these companies, please feel free to get a hold of me and send me free stuff. Seriously, though, I’ll take what I can get.