Art & Soul Box: August 2015

It’s time to take out your colored pencils and paint because today I’ve got an Art box to review. The lovely folks at Art & Soul Box, graciously sent me one to share with you all.
“Each month, you will receive new art supplies, a fresh writing journal, and inspiration to spark your creativity.”
Box Open Box

Inside the box is a tiny album with info on the sub, the box contents, quotes about art, 4”x 6” colored card stock, and space to put your own photos.
PamphletPamphlet 1 Pamphlet 2
“This month, we’re exploring the creative possibilities of paint. This is not a technique tutorial, though. The art supplies you will find inside serve one purpose: to open your mind and soul to the creative process. The final artwork is not the focus. The act of creating and the way you feel while you’re doing it is what matters.”

For me personally, I’d prefer a tutorial approach because I have a giant armoire full of different kinds of crafting items and buying more crafting stuff is almost as much fun as actually making something. However, this box takes the “art as therapy approach” which I can certainly appreciate and is geared toward folks who haven’t used art as a creative outlet before.

All of our items are beautifully wrapped. We received:
1 Tote Bag
Tote
2 Writing & Sketching Journals
Journals
1 Mini Easel & Assorted wooden sticks for paint sculpting, 2 Artist’s Paint Brushes, 1 natural Sponge, 1 Washable paint palette & 2 Writing Pens
Tools

5 1 oz cups of artist’s acrylic paint
Paint

5 Assorted Small Painting Canvases
Canvases

Stock Paper punch outs
EnvelopeDecor

OVERALL
Full Box
Verdict:
Like/Gift

I’m a creative person and I have a ridiculous amount of hobbies, so I can really appreciate Art & Soul box’s idea of using art as therapy. This isn’t a box for the avid crafter, it’s for someone who hasn’t really been into art before. I also think it would make a great gift for kids or the elderly. In particular, I think that tween age bracket that is quite difficult to shop for, would really have fun with this box. The cost is $35, which seems a little high but I think the quantity of items in the box makes it a fair price. The two journals alone would probably come up to $10 by themselves. This isn’t a box I’d subscribe to, but I think it’s a lovely philosophy and I think there are folks out there who would enjoy it.

THE BACKSTORY
Each month, Art & Soul Box will send you “new art supplies, a fresh writing journal, and inspiration to spark your creativity. And we create every box with love and kindness.

Art therapy in a box.

   Hand-selected arts and crafts projects.
New writing and sketching journal every month.
Original booklet of inspiration.
Free shipping.

Monthly Cost:
$35 per month with free shipping

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. She currently works on that same island, in the dungeon of an old building, making up stories while she sorts through endless stacks of papers, just dreaming of living somewhere with windows. She is currently working on several novels and hopes to write her way to that aforementioned windowed place. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” is set to be released May 30, 2017 by Xist Publishing. In the meantime, she keeps herself occupied by obsessing over subscription boxes and home renovations.

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