Since 2016 has come to a close and 2017 is upon us, I thought that I’d look back at some of my favorite things that I purchased and/or used in 2016. So here they are and in no particular order:
PICK #1: ARTSNACKS
I have to say that since subscribing to Artsnacks in July of 2016, I can only think of one month that wasn’t stellar in my mind, but by no means does that mean that I hated all of the supplies from that month. Artsnacks really hasn’t let me down since I began the subscription and my subscription will continue in 2017. If you haven’t heard of Artsnacks, it is a monthly subscription and when you subscribe for $24 a month, you will receive a box of 4-5 high quality art supplies in the mail the beginning of every month. This is a great way to try new products without having to buy the whole set. It is also a great way to discover new or new to you products. Artsnacks now has a shop where you can even purchase past month’s boxes or individual items. You can find out more about Artsnacks HERE. You can also check out my previous monthly posts where I unbox my Artsnacks box for the month.
PICK #2: DANIEL SMITH WATERCOLORS
In 2016 I discovered Daniel Smith watercolors and wow are they ever beautiful! These extra fine watercolors have amazing, vibrant colors. Some even leave a gritty looking texture behind from the color that is absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately these beauties come with a hefty price tag but they are so worth it! You can buy them by the tubes or you can find individuals who sell each color by the pan or half pan. The ones pictured above are half pans in a watercolor tin. Some of the half pans I filled myself with tubes that I had purchased. Others were purchased from an Etsy shop called KATT’S KORNER.. This is a great way to try colors by purchasing them at a lower costs before buying a whole tube at a much greater expense. I also purchased my tin and empty half pans from the shop.
PICK #3: MIDORI TRAVELER’S NOTEBOOK
I purchased a Midori Traveler’s Notebook in October of 2016 and I love it. The size is different than what I’m used to but it’s a great change. The dark brown leather marks up beautifully. This is the journal that I am currently doing my daily (almost daily) journaling in. You can purchase this journal HERE.
PICK #4: PATREON- COURTNEY DIAZ
In November of 2016, I registered with a website called Patreon. This is where artists can connect with fans and gain an income. I am not a creator on this site but I became a patron to artist Courtney Diaz (AKA: Little Raven Ink). She creates inspirational videos and posts about journaling and mixed media. Courtney also creates beautiful and quirky collage sheets every month, like the ones pictured above, that are available to Patrons at a certain level. There are several levels based on the amount of money you contribute. The more you contribute, the more videos and other material you receive. She has been a huge inspiration in my daily journaling and continues to inspire me every week.
PICK #5: LIMITED EDITION ARTSNACKS ALVIN DRAFT-MATIC MECHANICAL PENCIL
This mechanical pencil was a limited edition Artsnacks product in the September 2016 box that you can purchase HERE. Artsnacks collaborated with Alvin to create this pencil in the Artsnacks teal color, which is my favorite color to begin with! It is a 0.5mm pencil that you can use with several different types of lead. You just twist the top of the pencil to switch the lead type. It has a stainless steel comfort grip and a small eraser under the metal pencil cap. I absolutely love this pencil!
So there you have it. Just a few of my 2016 favorites. As always, let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to share some of your favorites of 2016. Thanks for stopping by 🙂