Smart Art Review – April 2017

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Smart Art Review - April 2017
Smart Art provides artists with diverse, high-quality materials that inspire and nourish creativity. Each month subscribers receive a new box featuring a different artist that highlights their time-period, 8-11 trial/full sized art supplies, a suggested project, and a detailed pamphlet introducing a new art medium.

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Smart Art Review - April 2017

Smart Art Review - April 2017
I never know what to expect from Smart Art or what project will be included!  That’s what makes it fun though.
Smart Art Review - April 2017

Smart Art Review - April 2017
The April 2017 Smart Art explored Photograms. The instruction booklet gives a bit of background on the project and also Project Pointers – these are key!

The Materials
Smart Art Review - April 2017

The box included:
~Solarfast Dye 4oz Purple ($5.99)
~Solarfast Wash 2oz (~$2)
~Solarfast Film 8.5″ x 5.5″ 10 Sheets (~$10)
~Jacquard Film Marker ($2.19)
~Ampersand Artist Panel Unprimed Basswood ($9.06)
~Royal Brush Wood Handle Foam Brush Set ($4.37)

Smart Art Review - April 2017
Smart Art always includes step-by-step instructions. You can choose to follow along exactly or branch out on your own if you are comfortable.

The Project

Smart Art Review - April 2017

I used two sheets of film to draw my artwork.  That’s a generous term for what I drew, but my 5-year-old was instructing me, so we kept it simple.

Smart Art Review - April 2017

The next step was to apply the SolarFast Dye on the wood panel.  Easy enough.  I wiped off the excess with a paper towel and was feeling pretty good about this project.

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This is where things went wrong.  I should have known better, but I placed one of my sheets writing side down and one writing side up.  The instructions didn’t specify, but I knew right away that writing side down was wrong.  The black marker started to transfer on to the wood immediately.  The instructions state it should sit in the sun for 20-30 minutes, but I left mine out longer because they did say it was better to overexpose than to underexpose.

Smart Art Review - April 2017

The final step was to submerge the wooden panel in hot water and add SolarFast Wash to “set” your design.  The top part (which I put writing side up) turned out “okay,” but the bottom which I put writing side down was a fail (my fault).  I have leftover supplies, so I am going to try this again on some scrap wood.  It’s possible I applied the Solar Fast Dye too thick which made the design hard to see?

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Jennifer is the author and founder of Subscription Box Ramblings. She first discovered subscription boxes in 2012 and has been addicted since. Current favorites include CAUSEBOX, Boxycharm and Beachly!

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