Pencil Review: Baron Fig Snakes & Ladders

Review by Tina Koyama When Baron Fig’s standard edition Archer pencil came out a while back, I thought it was fine as far as writing pencils go – attractive matte finish, lightweight, not smeary – but somewhat blah in appearance. As a Pacific Northwest resident who sees gray skies much of the year, I generally…

Product Review: ArtSnacks April 2017 Subscription Box

By Tina Koyama The April ArtSnacks box contains an assortment of drawing instruments from fine to fat, and the handiest of brushes, too. Here’s what I got: a Pentel GraphGear 800 0.5mm mechanical pencil; a Copic Multiliner 0.5 pen in lavender; a Winsor & Newton Water Colour Marker in Phthalo Blue; and a Kuretake medium-tip…

Product Review: ArtSnacks March 2017 Subscription Box

Review by Tina Koyama On top of all the usual excitement over the release of the latest ArtSnacks box, the March edition was a celebration: ArtSnacks’ birthday! For four years, this subscription service has been curating a monthly assortment of fine art and craft supplies to art material junkies like me. The March box included…

Ink Review: Ink Crate Volume 2

I finally got a chance to test out the inks in the second volume of the Ink Crate subscription service. Each month, the service sends five 2ml samples each month for $10 per month plus $3.99 shipping worldwide (at present) in their signature mint blue “crates”. Should shipping costs change, Ink Crate will notify subscribers and subscriptions auto-renew…

Ink Crate Subscription Service: July 2016 Crate

After the end of the Goulet Ink Sample subscription service, Ink Drop, I know a lot of people, myself included had been missing a little monthly ink infusion. Well, thankfully, someone stepped up to take up the reigns of the ink sampling empire. Ink Crate is a new ink sample subscription service created to be…

Write Notepads Subscriptions

Write Notepads is starting their very own subscription service for $99.99 per year which includes US shipping (additional shipping charges for Canada and international subscribers). Every quarter Write Notepads will be releasing a special 3-pack of uniquely designed notebooks. The subscription kit will include (2) two variety 3-packs plus (2) two current limited edition 3-packs,…

Planner Subscription Services

There are a bunch of planner-focused, paper goods subscription services available to help you fill your planner, notebook, or journal with colorful additions. I thought I’d give a quick round-up of the options I’ve found. I’m sure there are many others but these are the ones I either subscribe to or know someone else who…