Smart Art Review – June 2017

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Smart Art Review - June 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 - June 2017
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Smart Art Review - June 2017

Smart Art Review - June 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 - June 2017
Smart Art Review - June 2017

The June 2017 Smart Art explored Creating an Italian Fresco. The instruction booklet gives a bit of background on the project and also Project Pointers – these are key!

The Materials
Smart Art Review - June 2017

Smart Art Review - June 2017
The box included:
~Royal Langnickel Acrylic Set (24pcs) ($14.95)
~Art Alternatives 10 PC Brush Set ($9.99)
~Palette and Painting Knife Set ($9.99)
~Activa Art Plaster 1LB (~$3)
~Burlap Sheets 6″ x 14″ (~$1)
~Mini Canvas and Frame Set 3″x3″($7.97)

Total Materials Value: $46.90

Smart Art Review - June 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 - June 2017

The first step was to mix up the plaster – two parts plaster to one part water.  I used one of the brushes to mix it, and had no issues.

Smart Art Review - June 2017

Smart Art Review - June 2017

The second step was to pour the plaster over the burlap and then spread evenly.  My was even, but not exactly “smooth.”  Before painting, you let dry for 15-20 minutes.  It was supposed to be cool to the touch, but mine was warm – almost hot?  Not sure if I left it too long or not long enough?  It was dry, so I went forward with painting anyway.

Smart Art Review - June 2017

I would never call myself good at painting, but I do enjoy it!  Painting over plaster was a different experience and enjoyed it.  The box also included a mini canvas and frame set (3×3), so you can paint something to gift to a friend (or hang in your house) as well.

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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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