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What’s inside APRIL Red’s Art Cart?

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The theme to the April Red’s Art Cart is not really obvious until you know what it is. I have themed the Cart to be all Japanese products and the combination worked really well together. And although my example art work always features what is inside each months Cart, you can do whatever you like with your new exciting art supplies.

By now, everyone has heard about Zentangles. And if you haven’t, which rock have you been living under!!! They have been around for the best part of the last decade now and in my own brief description, a Zentangle is a pattern with structure and repetitiveness. Doodling can often be confused with Zentangling however doodling is all about just letting the pen take you where it wants and doesn’t have to create a pattern. I am definitely a ‘doodler’ although it was a lot of fun creating the artwork example for this Art Cart.

April contents

Sakura has put together three different Zentangle packs and the one in this month’s Art Cart is called the Renaissance set because of its earthy tones. Included in the set is a sepia and a black 01 Pigma Micron pen (Mrs Red’s favourite drawing pens), a graphite pencil, a white chalky pencil and two tortillions. Also included is 5 mini tiles, a soft recycled paper, which too be honest, the chalky white pencil and the tortillions did not like at all. They were too hard for the papers soft grain. So that is what is included in just the Zentangle set. Then we also included 2 x SAI watercolour brush pens. These markers are not as common as say the Tombow Dual Brush pen however I wanted to give another brand the limelight. I might have to do a separate blog post and ‘compare the pair’ between the Tombow and Sai brush pens. Stay tuned for that. Each Cart received one Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pen. These pens are cool as! They are like a gel pen, but the ink is thick, and it will dry raised and glossy. There are not a whole lot of colours in the range however they are more of a ‘highlight’ kind of pen so it’s nice to only have a few colours to choose from. And lastly, a Sakura Foam eraser. Again, another Mrs Red fav, mainly because they are very soft, require no pushing and the foam rolls into a little worm as you use it, meaning little mess!

Zentangle

As always, make sure you check out the YouTube video’s below to see the Zentangle being created and if you want to subscribe to the Art Carts then please follow the links on this website. PLUS, Mrs Red now holds two webinars per month where the Art Cart subscribers can come together for an art class, show their work, discuss materials, ask questions and get advice on their work, all in the comfort of their own creative space at home!

The contents of each month’s Cart are a big secret that only my art suppliers and myself know about. For you, it cuts out the decisions of what art materials to buy, finding the time to buy them and to explore products you would never select yourself. It is also a way of ‘just getting started’! There is never anything wrong with having too many art supplies!

Finally, if you have purchased this cart, please show us your artworks via Instagram or the Facebook page which is mentioned on your information card inside your cart. This way we all get to see your beautiful artworks.

Happy Zentangling everyone!

Mrs Red
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Red’s Art Cart or Red’s Student Art Cart?

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If you have been wondering which Art Cart to choose then perhaps an explanation behind both of them will help with your decision.

The idea originated from the ‘subscription box’ concept that other businesses have created. From my research, the most popular subscription boxes around are related to health & beauty. And then there are smaller more gift like as well, candles, socks, even ties! I personally love the idea of these boxes and wanted to jump on board.

My competition was in the States and they are kicking arse with it. So, I decided to test the waters and subscribed to one to find out what it is all about. To say my excitement level was overwhelming when that first box arrived was an understatement. I was onboard immediately, using my materials that same day and although I knew what all the products were, they were ones that I had not tried. The following months box contained a product that hadn’t even arrived in Australia yet so felt very special indeed. The biggest issue though was the price. Converted to $AU plus postage hiked the price up considerably. Several months followed and I had a better idea of how to go about this myself.  After all, I have art reps I have been doing business with for 5 years prior to being solely an online art business.

The plan was to kick off the adults monthly Art Cart first and then follow it up with a student version. The monthly cart is planned four months ahead which works well with my need to plan, be organized and not leave anything to last minute. The student version was a little harder to work out. What age was I going to target, how in depth was the project going to be. I decided on a bi-monthly box for students, with all supplies and paper included plus detailed project plans.

So, who are you, which box is right for you and is it for you in the first place?

Red’s Art Cart is a monthly cart suited to ages 14+. Each month is a big secret as to what is inside and the month follows a theme so you can use the entire cart for one complete project OR you can just add new supplies to your, most likely, overfilled art supply box/cupboard/drawer. Donna Downey, one of America’s most popular mixed media artists and business owner once said, “she who dies with the most art supplies wins”. I love this quote and I think I am possibly in the running for that award! The monthly cart is not for the novice however. You want to be a hobby artist at the very least, someone who loves to dabble, try new things and get downright excited about starting a new artwork. I want to see you enjoy the challenge of creating something with the materials you received and sharing your artworks on social media with me and the world. All the details for this are mentioned on the information card included in each cart. There are no guided projects in this cart. You do however get to see myself, Mrs Red, create an artwork with the months cart materials over on the Mrs Red’s art room YouTube channel. This cart is designed to be a subscription which means the buyer doesn’t have to worry about remembering to pay before the next month. You can test the waters and buy a one-off month for a slightly higher price and I have also begun to add a few leftover carts to the online shop once that months has been sent out. The other fantastic reason to join this monthly subscription is if you live in a rural/remote area where art supply shops are just not an option.

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Contents of September 17 Art Cart

On the flip side, we have Red’s Student Art Cart. My main reason for calling it ‘student’ rather than ‘kids’ is because the projects that are included are really guided with detailed project plans for each artwork. You may be an adult novice who hasn’t done art since high school and have no idea where to start and this will be the starting point before you progress to the monthly cart. I also wanted to target disadvantaged adult youth, the disabled and aged care. This cart is not aimed at ages 5+ with the projects able to be completed by this young age, with guidance from an adult. Also, a great option for home schooled youth as well as primary school teachers who want to incorporate some art projects with a difference in their classrooms. Three projects are included in the cart with all the supplies needed including the papers, which go up to A2 in size. Each project has a detailed project plan with a step-by-step format and you can also watch Mrs Red do the project on the YouTube channel. These carts begin in October 2017 and I will just keep releasing a new cart every 2 months. When you click on the Student Art Cart in the online shop, you will see a snapshot of the 3 projects included in that cart. So even if you want the October 17 cart in July 18 you can still purchase it, as the projects don’t date.

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Snapshot of the projects found in the October 17 Student Art cart

 

I hope this has helped in any decisions you have to make about which is the right cart for your needs. If there is anything I have missed, please send me a question below this post.

And remember, it is healthy for the mind and the soul to take time out and do something creative. “Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain and artist when they grow up” – Pablo Picasso