The BIGGEST Art Box I’ve EVER Opened? $90 for THIS?

The BIGGEST Art Box I’ve EVER Opened? $90 for THIS?


Hello there! So I am really really excited for today’s video because this is an art box that I have waited for all year. This comes out once a year and it is filled with three and a half pounds of art supplies for the 2019 Inktober. This box was $90, which is a lot of money so I’m really excited to open it up and show you what’s inside because I don’t have a clue what’s in here. And I’m gonna do a drawing today and I’m also going to be doing my best to try and do Inktober as many days as I possibly can – Wait, wait, wait. Sorry. One second. So it’s that time of year again where you convince yourself you’re gonna do it every day, and then you just give up on day three. Maybe? Okay, okay. Okay. Good luck. Good luck. You’re gonna need it. October is usually a really busy month for me, especially with YouTube, and I also have family coming to visit this year so it’s gonna be tough but if you would like to see me attempt it everyday and then do a video at the end of this month to tell you how I did, give this video a like and if it gets to like, 10,000 likes I will do a video every single day in October at some point explaining how I did that day. Okay, so if you’d like to see that give the video a like. So as normal Chloe fashion, I do not have a pair of scissors. So – I’ve broken my pencil, great. So this is an official Inktober box made by Artsnacks and I have never opened one before so I don’t really know what to expect. but I’m really excited to see what’s inside. So’s my floor, apparently! If we could, uh, open this up today, that’d be great. *Dramatic gasp* I’m so excited! Okay, so inside we’ve got the black paper for the ink – OOOOOHHHHHH! It’s so beautiful! So this little note says “Hi, here we are embarking upon another Inktober journey.” “I’ve been doing the challenge for 10 years and it amazes me how Inktober consistently pushes me to the edge of my abilities every single year. I want to share something with you that I continually need to remind myself to obey as I do the challenge: Finished, not perfect. Your drawing doesn’t have to be beautiful or inspired or creative, Ii just has to exist. Every time you finish a drawing, you not only learn something about your art but that sense of accomplishment gives you a small high that carries you through the next drawing. At the end of the month, you want to look back and see 31 drawings, not 31 sheets of empty paper.” Well, I feel bad about myself now! “And that’s it, just keep in mind as you sit down to draw, remember that whether this is your first Inktober or your tenth, this challenge doesn’t get any easier. Inktober confronts your insecurities and creative blocks. It asks who you are as an artist and invites you to rise above the level you’re working at now. And that’s what I want for you. By the end of the month, I hope you have leveled up and are a better artist than when you started. Have a great Inktober!” – Jake Parker. Jake Parker is so nice! He told me once that he liked my videos and I pretty much just fully fangirled completely, so… So here we have a prompt list. These are the official prompts for Inktober, you don’t have to follow these if you don’t want to. I am going to follow these purely because I want to but don’t feel that you need to. On the other side, we have a list of all of the art supplies but I’m not going to read them just yet because I want it to be a surprise. So we’ve got Arnhem premium cotton paper which is good for printmaking, drawing, lettering and whatever that last word is – painting! There we go. I tried to read it backwards, couldn’t do it. I’ve never had paper that felt like this before. It’s hard to describe, it’s kind of a thicker mixed-media style paper. “The Arnhem paper retails for $25.99 and is made by a historic paper mill in Holland. It’s cotton rag with soft vellum finish. It’s also highly absorbent so it can handle multiple layers of ink.” So that’s exciting, so if you don’t want to stick to the book, you can use the paper like this. We have an Airheads cherry, let’s, let’s do, the uh, the beauty guru thing. Just see – It’s red! Shiny, metallic red with a balloon with a smiling face on it! Can you- can you see? I’ve dropped it on the floor. Brilliant. Okay. So we have dual tip brush pens… there’s 24 in here. I have not heard of this before. “Creative, versatile, vibrant and durable best describe Kingart dual tip brush pens. Great broad strokes, fine lines and everything in between.” So it’s a basically, a brush pen. “They are acid free, non-tossic – non-TOXIC and odorless.” So these are water-based pens, so you can create a watercolor effect. Basically, Copics are alcohol-based so you can use a variety of different markers and usually, people prefer alcohol markers unless they’re trying to create like, a watercolor type effect. Aw, we have an Inkto- Okay. Okay. Okay. Okay. I am, I’m – I’m getting into stickers because I’m doing that typical YouTube thing where I stick all of my stickers on the back of my Macbook. I can’t – I can’t – unstick the back with these nails. How do you do it, people? Very happy with that. Next up, a Plumchester square sketchbook. I am loving square sketchbook so – *Box clatters on floor* This is a Plumchester square sketchbook, I have not used one of these before. I’m curious how they compare to like, the Illo sketchbooks. I really do like square sketchbooks, I think they’re a lot of fun to use because they’re just a different, different shape to the normal sketchbook so it’s just – I’m excited. I’m excited. So this one Plumchester square sketchbook is actually limited edition and apparently it retails for $22 and apparently it has a “vegan leather cover with 48 pure white pages for inkary creations to flourish.” We’ve got some Gelly Rolls! I’m not surprised whatsoever that we’ve got some Gelly Rolls in here. The white Gelly Roll pens retail for $4.47, these are some of the most popular ones in the art community. I personally prefer the Uni Ball ones. I think they’re a little bit better. But maybe I’ve just had bad experience with the Gelly rolls before but these retail for $4.47. We’re getting empty now, but we have a – I, what is going on today? I don’t even… I think this is top heavy, that’s why. So we have some black ink by SpeedBall which I have never heard of before, but we’re gonna have a look. Can you see it? Can you see it? Can you see – focus? There we go. No, it’s not, focus. Focus. There, as you can see. There you go. Such a beauty guru right now. Then we’ve got the ink which is $6.12. This is made from “100% carbon black pigment.” And last but not least we have two – what look like fine liners or pen things. Let’s see. Oh, ooh, this is fancy! Look how fancy this is. It’s a nice marbled effect… Uh, I’m gonna drop that too! It matches my nails! *TAP TAP TAP* How does that work? Did I do that right? Right, don’t sit on this. It’s very sharp. I love how on the paper it says, “Warning! Pen nibs are sharp. Please be careful when handling your new nib.” Again, don’t sit on that because that would be very uncomfortable. This – This retails for $6.03. And then last but not least we have a Copic drawing pe- Do you say “cOHpic” or do you say “cOPPic?” Cause “cohpic” sounds better to me. But I think a lot people say “coppic” or “carpic.” “Carpic?” “Coh-pic?” “Carpick?” “Copeck?” “Copic?” “Coppick?” Copiccopic? I don’t know. But we have a drawing pen by Copic – COPPIC! I mean no, c- Copic. Is this like a fountain pen? I’ve had this one before and it was dried out. So hopefully this one doesn’t do that. But we shall see. We shall see. The Copic drawing pen is a $5.95 retail value with the “feeling of a traditional fountain pen without the inky mess.” Oh, wait, hang on! Okay, this, I was just gonna say that I am gonna be taking Jake Parker’s ink class because I know nothing about ink. This actually includes his ink class for free which retails for $25. That was so nice! So I’m gonna stick with the art supplies in this Inktober box throughout the entirety of Inktober because it has everything I need. I’m very excited for it. So I’m really impressed. 100% gonna get this again next year and yeah, what I’m gonna do now is I’m gonna sit, take Jake’s class and then what you’re gonna see next is me actually drawing my first Inktober drawing so I hope you enjoy. So if you didn’t know for some reason, bears are my favorite. I absolutely love painting and drawing them so it pretty much seemed only fitting to me to theme my entire Inktober around them. I’d like to think that I can complete in Inktober and make prints of every piece I make but uh, *cough cough* no promises there. The first prompt for Inktober, as you can see, is “Ring.” So kind of like a ringing phone, but then I realized a bear holding a phone would be stupid and not believable so I thought an inflatable ring, having a bear floating in a swimming pool ring, would definitely be more believable. I then decided to just like, have an inflatable ring randomly floating down a river to the bear so I initially drew out some little thumbnails and wanted to experiment a bit with the ink. Pro tip: don’t trust me with ink and don’t open the ink above your art. Why? That’s why. So that’s great. Once I’d had enough of staring at the mess I had made on the paper, I then decided to open up the sketchbook and what was I met with? Possibly the coolest emblem on the front. The paper inside was kind of thick but not overly thick. If I didn’t know any better, I really wouldn’t think that this could actually handle ink but clearly it can since it’s literally made for that purpose. Don’t judge a book by its pages, judge it by its cover in this case. So I was watching Jake’s class while doing this and I got really inspired and started doing some cross hatching and short hatching and some other hatching line hatching things that I’d forgotten the name of, very therapeutic. I quickly doodled out the bear again since I’m completely useless when it comes to ink and line work and that’s literally the only reason why I get put off Inktober each year, since I only ever seem to pick up ink during that time of year so I never improve at it, but I am determined this year to complete as much as I can whether it’s terrible or not. I also really want to make some limited edition prints of all of my Inktober pieces at the end of the month and then maybe sell 100 prints of each piece and just sell them all as a set. Would anyone be interested in that, maybe? I don’t really sell a lot of my work so when I do I usually have limited runs of it, but I also need to plan stuff for Christmas. Oh, speaking of plans: I do have a small plan in place for something I would like to release at some point next year. That’s all I’m gonna say, but let this video theme be a spoiler for you. So the thing about ink, and Jake said this in his class too, there’s literally no going back if you mess up and that’s personally what I hate about it, I am such a perfectionist with my art and not being able to fix things gets to me a lot. Like, I… just wanna scrap stuff if it doesn’t look good because I can’t fix it but I can’t so – And I forgot I didn’t do swatches of those pens so here’s the swatches for them. They’re actually different to what I expected, they’re thin markers, not thicker ones like Copics, or Coppics, whatever that word is. So that’s cool. Do they blend? Eh… No, not really, but that’s okay. Probably won’t use them for that reason anyway, so, I’m actually not sure if I’m gonna use any colors in my Inktober pieces this time, but we’ll see, we’ll see what happens. Okay, so back to the bear! Mmm, he’s supposed to look a bit timid and unsure of what the inflatable ring is doing there but I’m not really sure if that’s what I did. I’m trying not to be too harsh on myself, even though I see flaws, flaws that I cannot fix and it’s annoying but that’s fine. I can’t fix them. That’s just how he looks. So uh, yeah, this is how it turned out. What do you think? I… I have a lot of practice to do but I’m really hoping if I do stick to Inktober this year, I’m gonna improve somewhat with ink because I generally do want to get better at using ink, it’s just not, it’s probably my least favorite medium to use so… uh, yeah, Not sure. Not sure. So yeah. Thank you so much for watching this video. I really hope that you enjoyed it, let me know what you think of this art box. Do you think it was a good value of money? Would you try out next year? Did you already have it this year? And I have a question: If you could see anything in an art box, what would you like to see in it? I’m just curious. But yes, that’s it for today. Thank you so much for watching this video. I hope you enjoyed it, said that already but that’s fine. Take care of yourselves. Have a happy Inktober, don’t get too stressed over it. Take care of yourselves and I will see you in the next video. *End music*

100 thoughts on “The BIGGEST Art Box I’ve EVER Opened? $90 for THIS?

  1. god that inktober sketchbook is GORGEOUS and i want to buy it even though i've already started inktober and i also have like, six empty sketchbooks waiting to be used… i know it's limited edition, but do you guys think that next year they'll make a similar sketchbook that i can purchase with the full box (provided i actually have money and less unused sketchbooks this time next year)

  2. It’s beautiful u did literally a million times better than I could I can’t draw a straight line I can’t draw a circle I can’t draw a stick figure if my life depended on it lol

  3. I really like your idea for ring. Mine was so generic, if i try to think up really creative ideas for the prompts i end up not doing inktober at all so i went with a generic wedding ring for mine. I think keeping things simple has helped me actually finish more of my drawings this year. ( I drew them in advance and I have 20 drawings completed now)

  4. Hi Chloe, I think your bear looks great. Why do us artists and crafters always pick out the little boo boos we make. I do like to open random content boxes. I think the best thing to be included is a multimedia eraser and a sticky note with Your Doing Great on it. Going to look now for other tutorial/videos you have done. Hugs and Luvs xxx

  5. What I'd like to see in an art box is an explanation of exactly what 'vegan leather' is. Does it come from a leather plant, cousin to the rubber tree? 🤭

  6. My 11 year old walked by as you were talking about drawing the “ring” prompt and she says “omg that isn’t scary…I’d draw the movie”. Apparently there is a movie called “the ring”. She’s obsessed with inktober but she thinks everything has to be scary because it’s October. Wish I’d thought to get her a box…though not sure I trust her with a vial of liquid ink 😂

  7. I have been working on my inktober drawings and I love the stuff we got in it, but not a fan of those markers so much. I used them in my second pic tonight and it went horribly bad and made me want to give up. But I won’t and tomorrow is another day and hopefully the next drawing is better. I don’t think I am going to color anymore at this point in time. Ink is so hard to work with lol. Love you pic and look forward to seeing more inktober drawings from you.

  8. Great now I need to save up money to buy the subscription box she is going to release.
    Also I would really like maybe some paint or something like that because you are so good at painting and picking out paint also not many subscription boxes do it.

  9. Also, there is a book called 'Your inner critic is a big jerk', maybe that will be good reading material.
    Because I loved your drawing of the bear!!

  10. Chole here is being a queen and doing inktober on date. (While dropping things in the process )

    Meanwhile I missed 2 days of inktober and doesn't even have the proper art supplies because it's my first time . NOT TO MENTION MY FAMILY DOESN'T KNOW WHAT INKOBER IS SO I HAVE TO EXPLAIN IT. ( Losing my pencil in the process)

  11. I'm near heart attack when you held the nib near your eyes. Yep, those things doubles as a weapon. There's a reason why I love bringing my fountain pen when I'm outside the house lol

  12. Chole you haven’t been posting instagram for inktoeber or on yt HAVE YOU BEEN DOING INKTOEBER (btw is that how you spell it?)

  13. LMAO Thank you for including your clumsiness. I can so relate and it makes me feel less bad about myself hahaha <3 This year is my first Inktober and I have no experience with inking at all so I will learn a lot this month. Thanks for the review!

  14. Hello
    I know what your secret is

    You might publish merch

    Omg Your fan base will explode if you do

    (Mainly me )

  15. Is it a Chloe Rose Bear calendar that you are releasing next year because that would be cool! Can't wait to see what it is, and I reckon you should sell more of your Art it is fantastic <3

  16. I love your bear! It’s so cute. I would totally buy this one as a print and hang it in my room. It’s adorable.

  17. It’s nice how a medium artist can also succeed in youtube and not only people who draw amazing! It shows us that we can do it too and it’s ok that you’re not perfect

  18. I’m gonna assume someone already suggested this but Inktobear would be a great name if you’re doing a bear focused inktober

  19. Honestly I would love to see a good set of gouache in an art box with some brushes with bristles that don’t die after two uses lol

  20. Chloe says she is doing something, coming next year.
    Then asks, because she's "just curious," what we'd like to see in an art box. Hmmmmm.
    Chloe, your bear is adorable. Your inking skills look great to me!
    In an art box, I'd like to see things I might not be able to easily find here in the U.S.

  21. I went to the ArtSnacks website. The premium box is $39 monthly with free shipping. The regular monthly box is $24 but shipping is extra.

  22. What a beautiful illustration..those pens if you put them on in places you want a bit of colour ,you put a small amount on and it can be spread out with a water brush ..ie..if you put the colour to the center of a flower your brush will spread the colour out to the rest ,you can do the same with putting shading in then spreading ..that’s how I use my real colour brushes you can also put some on a mixing palate and take from there like normal watercolours ..Hope this helps 😀

  23. I think if you put his other legs in it, that would look better. It looks kinda he just got two legs :0
    But thats just my opinion :3

  24. So uhm first time watching her but now a new subscriber😅 and I feel like she is hinting at her own artbox???

  25. Great line work! I think my ideal art box would have a 12 well travel palette for watercolors and then twelve random watercolors. A nice selection of travel brushes would be nice, and some watercolor pencils. Two collapsible water cups and a good Stillman & Birn Zeta (hotpress, smooth) watercolor sketchbook (square, of course). Thanks for the video.

  26. Your Bear was adorable!💕 As far as what I would personally want in an art box…well if it WAS NOT themed & was a large art box I would want multiple types of mediums in it. Like maybe some alcohol markers (especially for line work), some colored pencils or watercolor pencils, water colors &/or acrylic &/or gauche paints, drawing pencils, maybe so ink…as well as a sketch book/pad good for use with all supplies included. Also a pamphlet with prompts & maybe some basic instructions on how each item works/can be used.
    Now..if THEMED then I would want something like the premium Elves boxes do. When they have theme as to the TYPE of supplies given but they ALSO provide instructions for a project to do using all the supplies in the box. Now of course the art box would have drawing/coloring/painting supplies rather than resin/jewelry/sculpting supplies. But I feel the general idea would translate well. That way for beginning artists like myself you don’t just get all these AMAZING new art supplies…only to then realize u have NO CLUE how to use them, what they are used for or how they work…which can be daunting. Giving even just one project with detailed instructions get u past that initial road block! Maybe have a website/Instagram account where people can submit their finished projects & where others can gain inspiration? Maybe include basic level instructions & underneath add some higher skill level options. So as the individual improves with practice they can REVISIT the project & see just how much they have improved!! Which is important as we improve slowly & often fail to realize our progress.
    That’s my ideas at least. 💕💕

  27. 3 and a 1/2 pounds =£3.50 . Ummm ok… and u spent 90 on it. I think u ment hundreds of pounds not just 3 and s half

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