Paletteful Packs is a carefully-themed selection of art supplies for artists of every skill level and all ages. Every box will include a variety of media. Products include paint, pens, pencils, brushes, markers, and more! There are 3 different pack options including:
- Petite Pack: 4+ artist quality supplies per box for $24.95/month
- Premier Pack: 5+ artist quality supplies per box for $35.95/month
- Young Artist: for ages 8 and up, 4+ items per box for $30.95/month
This review is for the $35.95/month Premier Pack.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review processes post to learn more about how we review boxes)
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The Cost: $35.95 per month + free shipping (save with longer commitments)
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Paletteful Packs April 2020 Review
The April Paletteful Packs Premier box included all of the supplies to create fifteen 6" X 9" projects, one 3" X 3" mini canvas project, and one 4" X 5" canvas project.
In the past, each month we had received a postcard with the content list, retail values, helpful hints, and the link to the Paletteful Packs YouTube channel as well as the prompts to complete for a chance to be featured on their Instagram page. This month though, we did not receive a postcard. I am not sure if it was just forgotten or intentional, but I really missed those helpful hints and instructional information!
Lumiere "Exciter" Pack - Retail Value $13.16
This month we received this beautiful 9 piece set of metallic and pearlescent light-bodied acrylic paint. These particular paints can be applied with a brush, airbrush, stamp, or sponge onto multiple surfaces such as paper, polymer clay, cotton, leather, wood, and more. They included a set of instructions that shows the 33 colors that are available, and even gives us a project idea! I found the paint to be easy to work with, exceedingly metallic, and wonderful to work with on a dark background. The drying time was fast, and while I only tried it on paper, I see it can be fixed to cloth using an iron.
Jacquard Neopaque White Paint (1/2 oz) - Buy a 2-1/4 oz container for $6.86
Jacquard Neopaque Black Paint (1/2 oz) - Buy a 2-1/4 oz container for $4.71
Besides receiving the awesome variety of metallic paints, we also received a container of white and black neopaque paint. Like the metallic paints, these can be used on a variety of surfaces and comes in a variety of colors. I was thrilled to receive these basic colors to contrast with the metallics. I have read a lot of rave reviews for these paints on fabrics, so I think I'm going to make that my next mission. Even on paper, these paints were very pigmented, looking beautiful on the black canvas!
Posca PC-3M 0.9-1.3 mm Black - Retail Value $3.14
I LOVE these paint markers! We received an entire set of these in the April 2019 box but in varying sizes and colors. I completely used up what I received last time, so I was stoked to get some more- especially because these ones had slightly smaller tips. I love these paint markers for detail work and shading. They are non-toxic and water-based, plus they can be used on basically any surface imaginable. We even decorated pumpkins with these in October!
Posca PC-1M 07 mm White - Retail Value $3.14
I love the small bullet tip this marker has! I was able to do some pretty fine detailing with this, and had a ton of fun with it! The paint glides over the surface and it dries relatively fast. Like I said above, I adore these paint markers and love how easy they are to use. Now I just have to hide them from my kids!
Robert Simmons Expression 12 Paint Brush
Check out how pretty this brush is! This month we received a size 12 Filbert Robert Simmons Expression brush. This brush features 22-karat gold plated ferrules, and hand-shaped, tied, and glued fibers. The handle is made from beech wood and is stain-resistant. The handle is comfortable in my hand, and it really makes lovely smooth strokes. The only complaint I have is the size. Because it is so large, I had to use my own brushes to create the art on the small canvases. I also struggled to find it for sale online; you can find size 8's all day long, but I couldn't find the size 12 which leads me to believe it may be discontinued.
Art Alternatives 3" X 3" Mini Black Canvas - Buy a package of 4 for $4.75
This tiny canvas is so cute! Charlie described it as looking like a Lego-sized chalkboard! While it is pretty tiny, It was fun to have a medium a little different from paper to work on! Like I said above, it was pretty little to paint with the large brush we received, but I had a lot of fun decorating it with the other supplies we received this month!
Art Alternatives 4" X 5" Economy Cotton Canvas Panel - Retail Value $1.34
We also received this postcard-sized cotton panel. We have received these in the past, and I never quite know what to do with them, but I had a great time decorating this one! Check it out below!
Strathmore Black Mixed Media 6" X 8" - Retail Value $6.39
We also received 15 sheets of black mixed media paper! I've said it before and I'll say it again: I LOVE Strathmore products! The heaviness of this paper doesn't curl, it looks so professional, and is just easy to work with. I'll take more paper anytime!
Here is a sample of what our paints look like on the included black paper. Isn't that white Posca marker amazing on that black paper?! I could have written with it all day!
Project #1 Daisy
I was very much drawn to the black paper right away, and I just had to see how well the Neopaque white would show up on it, so I decided to start off with a painting of a daisy. We didn't receive yellow paint, but I made do with the sunset gold, which ended up looking exactly how I wanted. After sketching the flower with a pencil, I was so excited I just had to start with the gold paint. Using a mixture of colors, I created the middle of the daisy. Because the brush we received this month was so large, I used a few smaller watercolor brushes I had in my own collection. I then moved on to the petals. I used a mixture of white and pewter for more dimension, and let some of the black background show through for depth. Using a small amount of black and more pewter I added a little detail on the top of the petals for more definition. Once it was dry I was going to call it quits, but I had a sudden vision of a bee sitting on the flower. I used the same colors as I had on my palette for the bee, with the addition of pearlescent turquoise for the wings. Once it dried completely, I used the Posca paint marker to add the wing detailing. This was a lot of fun!
Project #2 Flower Canvas
For the small 3" X 3" black canvas I wanted to test out some more of the metallic shades of paint, so I just started painting some flowers. I am in serious need of some lilacs right now, so I used a variety of purple, pink, and white paint to create those. I also had some paint leftover from the daisy, so I decided to add a sunflower as well. Trying out the turquoise and emerald, I added some blue flowers with green leaves. Once it had dried, I just couldn't resist adding some random white dots using my Posca paint marker for fun.
Project #3 Doodles
As you can see, Spring and flowers are on my mind! Not being able to leave my house due to snow and ice has me yearning for the smell of lilacs and fresh cut grass! Using the size 12 brush we received, I decided to try out the paints for an ombre effect on the background. I loved how well they blended together and just how metallic and shimmery these paints are. Once the paint dried, I used the black Posca pen and added some floral doodles. Just because I love those paint pens so much, I decided I would add more white dots for detail. It's so addicting I just couldn't help myself!
I was having so much fun that my kids wanted to join in.....Hank is super into Pokemon right now, so he created his rendition of Pikachu, using a mixture of the included supplies, and some of our own.
Charlie went a bit more abstract in his design, but said it was a rose in a flower garden!
The Verdict: I love Paletteful Packs. I have never enjoyed art time as much as I have now after being home for 21 days straight! The relaxing calm I feel when messing around with art supplies just releases a lot of built-up stress and anxiety! I loved the metallic paints we received this month and how versatile they are. I can't wait to try them out on fabric! This month was one of my favorites I have ever received. The only way it could have been better is to have received a smaller paint brush, but I have my own so it didn't bother me too much. This box has taught me about a lot of different mediums and has become a definite source of joy in my life! I can't wait to see what they send next month!
This subscription costs $35.95 a month. While we didn't receive a listed value because of the exclusion of the content card, the retail value came to $31.35 without the brush. While this is short of the cost, the brush we received is not a cheap brush and probably had over a $10 value, which would bring the value of the box to more than the cost of the subscription. I feel this is a fair price considering we received awesome supplies that I otherwise would have never known about!
To Wrap Up
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What did you think of the Paletteful Packs April box? What would you create?