Smile Create Repeat is a subscription-based, monthly box of curated art supplies, tips, treats, and techniques. A former coworker started the business and sent a box my way to review. I let my 6yo have first crack at the goodies. He loved being given adult art supplies (he already knows the difference thanks to mom). I love that this box came with a designed 'wrap' to color and cover for repurposing. Once I got ahold of the Mepxy marker it was all over - LOVE it and will be buying them in the future. What a great way for artists young and old(er) to try new materials. We are really limited for art supply stores where I live so this makes trying new things fun AND convenient. As an AWESOME bonus, Smile Create Repeat is doing a giveaway of one box (watercolor themed!) on their site. The giveaway ends August 6th. Thanks so much, Tony and Kim! Click here to enter.
My other summer treat was getting this DoodleZine from Manka.co - the studio of Zara Gonzalez Hoang. I noticed some cool work on Instagram for #doodlepledge and am SO glad that I bought her book chock full of doodle prompts. I think I've encouraged at least a half dozen artist friends to pick this up and get doodling. I had wanted to do the #meettheartist sketch for so long, this finally got me to do it. AND I loved using my new gray marker for shading.
hope you're playing with some new summer tools as well!