Thursday, November 5, 2020

Sketch Box October

I recently subscribed to Sketch Box, a monthly, themed box of art supplies. The first one I received is October's, and the supplies are themed around oriental ink painting.

The box contained a pad of sumi-e paper, three black drawing pens, a white pastel pen, a small pot of Scarlet calligraphy ink, an oriental brush and a block of ink and a grinding stone. I opted for the Premium boxes so all these supplies are lightfast.

Much as I adore oriental ink painting, it's not something I aspire to do, so I used the supplies in my own manner, 'drawing' rather than 'painting' and incorporating tangle patterns.

Here are three I did using only the materials provided. 

I have three pieces of Khadi paper sent by a tangling friend that I wanted to try. I used the SketchBox supplies plus some of my own. This is a heavy-weight, rough-textured (thus the fuzzy photos, my apologies) paper but curiously easy to draw on with a pen. I quite like it.
(I don't need more paper. I don't need more paper. I don't need more paper...)

Interestingly, the tool I was least interested in when I unpacked the box - the Edding white pastel pen - may be the one I use most in future. I wonder, what will November's SketchBox bring me?


  1. This sounds like so much fun. I didn't know there was such a thing as Sketch Box. I am not surprised tho. It looks like you took full appreciation of this offering. I can't wait to see what is in the next box too.

    1. I'm looking forward to seeing what arrives each month!
      There is another art subscription box called ArtSnacks. I debated which one to try, and may try ArtSnacks later.