About a month ago, I joined the Let’s Make Art community by purchasing a subscription to the Kids Box. This is a small business based out of Missouri. They offer free art tutorials online and sell art supplies. They have several different subscription boxes. We got the Kid’s Box which comes with four watercolor projects, along with a few extras. We will get a new box each month.
While the tutorials are free, the subscription box sends you the supplies each month to complete the projects. One thing that drew me to it, was that the supplies are enough to do each project three times! That was perfect for our family of three. We have done each project together as a family fun time. At the start of each video, the artist Nicole leads us in a mantra.
I am brave. I am kind. I am creative. Let’s do this.
The first painting we did was a leprechaun hat. One thing I noticed while doing these projects is that I am much more likely to follow the tutorial instructions exactly, while my husband and daughter are more likely to put their own spin on each project.
The next project we did was a horse. Two of the pieces of watercolor paper that came in the kit had the outline of the horse sketched on it for us. My husband sketched his horse himself. If you don’t have the kit, you can download outlines from the website.
During the next project, we had a bit of a hiccup. We had a 7 year old with a full-blown tantrum when her painting did not go exactly as she planned. She got frustrated, but eventually was able to finish both hers and her daddy’s paintings. Nicole is very flexible in her instructions. She encourages free thinking and positivity while painting. We just had one bad day.
One of the extra projects in the box were two papers that had this Color Your Life rainbow drawn on them. After the meltdown, my daughter and I colored these papers. I didn’t realize until later that there was actually a tutorial with Keenan for these. Keenan is the camera guy who talks to Nicole throughout the tutorial videos.
The last watercolor project we did out of this box was the lighthouse scene. When you order the subscription box, you get all of the tutorial videos at once, so we did them in the order that my daughter selected. If you are just painting along at home with your own supplies, a new tutorial releases each Friday.
The last part of the box was this small postcard which came addressed and stamped. All of the postcards will go to one family. We received information about the set of sisters who would receive this month’s postcards. There was a mini-tutorial. We will put the card in the mail tomorrow!
Overall, it has been a fun way to spend time together as a family being creative. I ordered a special edition Spring box with acrylic projects and our April box should be arriving soon. We will have plenty of art projects to keep us busy. The other subscription boxes include watercolor projects for adults and art journaling. I highly recommend checking out Let’s Make Art!