Have you ever found yourself completely immersed in a work of art, asking yourself, how did they do that? On countless occasions, I’ve stared at gallery walls in awe and wonder. How did they get those colors? How does it look so real? Why can’t I paint like that?

Oil Pastel Art Box
 Indigo Artbox is here to help! This monthly subscription box offers artists of all backgrounds--young, old, experienced, and amateurs--a creative outlet where you can learn about art while you make your own. Through videos you’ll learn about famous artists’ techniques and inspiration. Then with the included art supplies, you get to explore for yourself. It’s a fun way to learn about different styles of art from the comfort of your very own home.

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If you’re still not sure why you should give Indigo Artbox a go, here are some reasons to try your first box today.

1. It’s like your very own private art class.

If you’ve never really made art at home, it can be a little overwhelming to start. Indigo Artbox makes the creative process less intimidating. You’ll start with two short videos each month: one will teach you about a particular artist and his style, techniques, and inspiration, and another will give you a step-by-step tutorial of how to create your very own masterpiece. You’ll learn how to blend with pastels, sculpt with clay, and so much more, all from the comfort of your own home!

2. You’ll stock up on high quality art supplies and materials.

Art supplies can be expensive, and sometimes even hard to find! Plus, if you’re new to painting or drawing, you might not be sure what materials you’ll need to get started. Each month Indigo Artbox will ship you a box full of specialized art tools and supplies that relate to a specific art history lesson. For example, if you’re learning how to blend colors with oil pastels, they might include a tortillion (a special blending tool) for you to use. Even the paper is picked especially for each project, so if you’re painting with watercolors, you’ll know that you’re using paper designed specifically for that purpose. And while the materials are planned for each project, every box includes enough supplies to get you started, and the leftovers can be used for other projects you attempt after!

3. You’ll be inspired.

If you create regularly, you’ve probably experienced a creative block at some point in your life. Maybe you can’t think of what to write next, or you’re stuck on one detail you can’t get just right. Indigo Artbox can help you out of that funk with a short and sweet project that eliminates the big decisions and guess work for you. You’ll be given the materials, visual images for inspiration, and the framework to get started. It’s a way to get out of your comfort zone with materials you might not normally use and it will help you explore art in a fun, new way.

4. Making art will help you feel better.

It’s no joke that getting hands-on with a project can help you both physically and mentally. Studies have shown that painting, drawing, sculpting, and other creative activities can reduce stress and anxiety. When you get into the creative zone, the artistic process can help distract you from your every day worries and concerns, allowing you to calm your nerves and relax in a meditative-like state.

5. Making art is good for your brain.

What if I told you that you could have fun, make something, and give your brain a workout? Participating in creative activities can help improve connections in the brain, which in turn can help prevent mental decline with age. Creating art helps you think outside of the box and can enhance problem-solving skills. It will get both hemispheres of your brain working together towards a common goal.

6. You’ll make gifts and home decor for you and your loved ones.

Who doesn’t love a handmade gift? When it comes to giving, it’s great to share something from the heart. You’ll create beautiful pieces to share with friends and family each month, or you can save your work and use it to decorate your own home.

7. You’ll connect with others.

Art doesn’t have to be a solo project. In fact, the projects from Indigo Artbox are great for the whole family. There’s enough instruction for kids and those with less experience, but also plenty of freedom for the budding artist to experiment in their own unique way. It’s the perfect rainy day activity or girl’s night project to have you laughing, sharing, and creating together.

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