*product was received free for review
Smile Create Repeat is a monthly subscription box that sends art supplies for anyone from beginner to a master of the arts along with tips on how to use the items included. You can also get your images featured on postcards as well! Subscriptions are $20 monthly with reduced prices for longer subscription terms
Check out the unboxy box video
Here’s the Box Breakdown
Our first glimpse inside the Smile Create Repeat Subscription Box for July
Everything that we received in our July Smile Create Repeat Subscription Box. There are a number of awesome products included in this box and we couldn’t wait to get in here and make something!
So what is all this stuff?
Our box insert that details what we received and what to do with it.
The reverse tells how to be featured on a future Smile Create Repeat Postcard
There are also two postcards included in the box. This is what your image would be printed on and then sent to each Smile Create Repeat subscriber
Arches Oil Paper
We received two sheets of Arches Oil Paper which is specifically designed for oil paints and pigments. No need to prepare this in any way – it’s ready to go!
Smile Create Repeat also sent their own pencil and sticker with their cute logo! We really love their name so these items make us particularly happy
Sakura Permapaque Opaque Paint Marker
This fine tipped opaque paint marker is in a sky blue color. We’d never heard of this brand but they make non toxic products and their paint markers require no shaking
Ahhh, a good old Sharpie! This one is in a teal-ish – sea foam color.
Sennelier Oil Pastel
This high pigmented oil pastel has great brightness and a high degree of light stability. It also just happens to be in our favorite color of all time!
Tombow Mono Professional Drawing Pencil HB
Each month the Smile Create Repeat Box sends a different pencil in alternate levels of graphite hardness until you have an entire set. (from 6H – 6B). This pencil is a great tool for drawing because of it’s high density graphite
General’s Carbon Sketch Pencil
We love charcoal pencils! While this isn’t one, it’s a lot like one – in fact it’s a curious blend of graphite and charcoal. The graphite makes using this is a lot smoother than a typical charcoal pencil
Richeson Toned Gessoed Hardboard Panel
The pre-primed hardboard has a perfect base for oils, alkyds, acrylics, caseins, and water-based paints
This 4×4 board is about the size of a kitchen tile
Okay so now what?
Now we get our art on!
We’re instructed to use our pastel first on the oil paper. Our largest object and focal point should be done with the pastel. We’re doing a flower (it just made sense to us)
Now we use the sharpie to outline and blend. We also used it to create a stem… look we aren’t the best artist but whatever right?!
Next using our carbon pencil we continue to add shadow. Then we gently smudge the pastel to make it flow into the contour of the paper.
Then we add the background with the Permapaque. It looks a lot like sky
Finally we added a quick orange border and voila!
So in summary
We look for three things in a subscription box; quality, curation, and presentation. Smile Create Repeat is an awesome box for a budding artist. We actually think it makes an excellent gift (our daughter would LOVE this). The quality of all of the items that we received is excellent and we are so in love with the carbon pencil! The presentation is great – we adore the postcards and love the idea that your work could be included in the box! The curation is amazing as well. We love that it’s guided but also open. We didn’t have to use all the materials we received but we used many and it was explained thoroughly!
I let Penny use the other oil paper and this was her creation! I love that she found her own way to work with the orange!