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Papirmass Art Subscription Box Review – December 2017

Papirmass December 2017 Edition

Papirmass (pronounced pah-purr-mass) is a Canadian art subscription that sends you a print from a new artist or illustrator each month. Their name is a play on the Danish word for “pulp,” and they were founded by two artists to help keep themselves and others inspired and motivated through art.

I love their colorful and modern shipping envelopes!

Papirmass December 2017: First peek

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Full Papirmass Review featuring artist Agathe Singer

About Papirmass

The Subscription Box: Papirmass

The Cost: $14/month ($12/month for prepaid quarterly, or $8/month for prepaid annual).

The Products: One artist print (or prints) plus info about the artist and an additional card with creative and inspirational quotes/activities, each month.

Ships to: Ships worldwide for free!

Good to Know: You must sign up before the last day of each month to receive the following month’s artist (so for December, you had to sign up by November 31st)

Review: Edition #96, Featuring Agathe Singer

About Agathe Singer

Agathe Singer is another new-to-me illustrator, who works out of Paris. I admire any artist who works with gouache. I’ve played with it multiple times in the past and find it to be quite a challenge!

Agathe's interview, continued

Thankfully it sounds like she’s working on a book about gouache painting, so I’ll have to check that out!

I appreciate that Papirmass asks questions about artist’s daily routines and rituals; I love learning about how other people work!

Tigre et Fleurs by Agathe Singer

Tigre et Fleurs Risograph Print

This month’s 8.5″ x 11″ print is a vibrant illustration of a tiger against a background of fabulous flowers. I am loving these bright colors and it’s got me yearning for springtime already!

Detail of this month's risograph print

Risographs have such a unique texture. I’m really beginning to love this print medium! It’s got more depth than a screenprint but isn’t as impersonal as an inkjet print.

Also: these flowers! I’m especially loving the ones that look like peonies, like big round balls with petals drawn on. This is such a retro yet modern illustration style.

Back of the print

As always, Papirmass prints the artist and print information on the back of the print. I love this because I’ve bought a lot of prints off of Etsy sellers over the years and nearly always forget their names over time.

They also include helpful prompts here for appreciating the art and learning from their methods, which is fab.

Bonus: Compliment cards, set of 5

5 Compliment Cards

We also have a second item this month: a pack of compliment cards! These are so much fun and a lovely way to bring a smile to someone’s face.

Back of compliment cards

They’re business card sized and have a little note about Papirmass on the back.

Creative inspiration for the month

The creative task for the month is to share these with others. That’s a lovely little sentiment, and I’m looking for the perfect people to hand these out to.

Quote card this month

Finally, we have a famous quote from Albert Einstein on the back of the card. These are nice to sometimes tack up on the wall in my office as a bit of inspiration.

Verdict: I originally signed up for a three-month Papirmass subscription on a whim, but recently re-upped my subscription for a full year because I love it so much. It’s affordable (the cost of a few trips to Starbucks) and always makes me smile, plus I’m getting a regular dose of inspiration and some really great art to decorate my home and office (and even to share).

For $14/month ($12/month prepaid quarterly or $8/month prepaid annually), I’d be surprised if you could find an art subscription that is better at this price point. I think this would be a great affordable housewarming or hostess gift, too.

Is this box still available if I subscribe today? No. If you sign up now (before January 31st), your first edition will be the February box.

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Written by Lacey Volk

Lacey Volk

Lacey’s introduction to the world of subscription boxes was Julep Maven, but she quickly moved on once she discovered there were subscriptions for cooking, coffee, and art supplies. Current favorites include Crate Chef and Ecocentric Mom, and she’s looking forward to trying more.

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