Black Cats and Art Snacks

Black Cat by Karen Gadient, 2015

Black Cat. Ink, colored pencil, and graphite on smooth bristol paper.

This month, I received my first Art Snacks box. Art Snacks is a monthly art supplies package, similar to the beauty and treat boxes that are so popular now.

I decided to give it a try because I no longer had other subscriptions. David and I had enjoyed our Vegan Cuts snack box, but treats often melted in transit (it’s over 100 degrees here for months on end), so we cancelled. In fact, the heat was the reason I stopped getting beauty boxes too: lots of melted makeup.

So, Art Snacks arrived with Halloween candy. Which melted! Shocking―not. However, the art supplies hadn’t melted, because they were mostly pens and pencils, a nice watercolor brush, plus a bottle of ink.

The little card that came with the supplies encouraged the use of all products in the box to make an original piece of art. David would have had me do it anyway, because he suggested the idea before I’d even read the card!

So… here you have it: a black cat for Halloween. Which seemed ideal, given that everything in the box was black―except one colored pencil, which was orange.

I’ll be trying the box again for November and making something with whatever I get. Hoping for more color next time. It’s a fun box for artsy types!

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13 responses to “Black Cats and Art Snacks

  1. equinoxio21

    Looks like a tough cat…

  2. I believe I first saw “Art Snacks” on Tumblr…never tried it…but maybe I’ll give it to myself for Christmas…LOVE your Halloween feline 🙂

  3. I love this cat. Great job painting personality into the picture.

  4. He looks like such a character! you’ve captured so much expression in his face, wonderful portrait 🙂 x

  5. I’ve never heard of beauty treat boxes!! I guess I’m not really into subscribing to such things. Good encouragement for your creativity though. Was the melted candy black as well? That must be so frustrating to have things melt before they’ve even reached your door. There must a lot countries round the world that have the same problem. Makes me grateful I live somewhere relatively chilly!

    Your kitty definitely looks very Halloween, he’s looking a little wary of me, one of those faces just before a cat attempts to speak human!! 😀

    • I heard about them from friends maybe two years ago, but wasn’t much into them either. I got the art one again this month; should be here soon. We’ll see if I try it again. The candy was some kind of gummy thing (which we wouldn’t have eaten, since it had gelatin and weird dyes in it) and was supposed to be a ‘body part’ — quite Halloween-y, haha!

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