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 $36.95/month
- Young Artist: for ages 8 and up, 4+ items per box for $31.95/month
This review is for the $36.95/month Premier Pack.
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The Cost: $36.95 per month + free shipping (save with longer commitments)
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Paletteful Packs April 2021 Review
The April Paletteful Packs Premier box included all of the necessary supplies to create twelve 9" X 12" marker/pen pieces. Usually we receive a postcard listing all of the month's contents with tips, tricks, and techniques, but this month that was not included. Not sure if it was just forgotten or intentional, but I do have to say I miss this inclusion as I can definitely use any tips I can get! Anyways, the curation was awesome, so read below to find out what we received this month.
While we didn't receive the info postcard, we did receive this cute little pencil sticker. I love the little face and pink cheeks, and will slyly be putting this on my husbands tool box to balance out the "rugged" looking stickers he's received with his auto-part shipments!
Stabilo 20 Pen 68 - Retail Value $17.82
I was so excited to see this large pack of brilliantly colored marker/pens in this month's box! With 20 varying shades, I found these stout bullet tipped pens to be bright, beautiful, and intense. Loving the fact that these pens are odorless, they also are water-based, so I was able to blend colors with a bit of water for a watercolor effect. It is even noted that pens can be left without their cap for 24 hours without drying out! I have used a vast assortment of markers in my life, and these might be some of my favorite!
Princeton Select Angular Shader ⅜” Brush - Retail Value $3.62
Ohhh I love brushes, and I love that they included this beauty in a box that didn’t necessarily need one. This angular shader brush worked so well for blending the marker colors and sneaking into tight spaces with the angular tip. The handle felt great in my hand, and I appreciate the beautiful blue color! A great addition to my brush stash.
Copic 110 Sketch Marker in Special Black - Retail Value $5.85
Although I have heard of Copic markers, I have never had the opportunity to use them….that is until now! This fast drying, double-ended, non-toxic marker is refillable, and can actually fit into a special airbrush system. While I won’t be using this marker in that capacity, I did find it wrote and colored really well, filling in a lot of space in a short amount of time. Black is a color I use frequently, and while it was probably the most useful color, it has made me want to check out their line of other colors as well.
Uni-Ball Gold Pen - Retail Value $6.66
Oh how I love the smoothness of a good gel pen, and this one is it... and just as a reference, I was in elementary in the '90s, so I have had my fair share of experience with this type of utensil! With a beautiful metallic sheen, this gold pen glided over the markers wonderfully, and really added charisma and charm to my drawing. I could write with this beauty for eternity. Now I just need to get them in every other color imaginable…..
Seth Cole 9” X 12” Bristol 12 Page Pack - Retail Value $7.90
I am definitely a paper hoarder, and receiving large, new sheets of specialty paper really excites me. I was not familiar with this Seth Cole brand of paper prior to receiving this box, but I felt it definitely did its job. Both sides are identical, which I prefer, and it is designed for dry wash, pencil, air brush, paste, acrylics, brush and wash, line and wash, or markers. I did notice the markers glided smoothly across this paper, and it handled a small amount of water well. When I started layering markers and water though, the paper pilled a bit, and did curl slightly at the edges. Next time, I will back off the water slightly, and should be good to go!
Can you believe the beauty of those colors?! I just can't get enough of the selection. How do you even choose a favorite?
As we are in the throws of spring, flowers are on definitely on my mind. We had a week of temperatures almost hitting 70ºF (which is a little crazy for northern Minnesota), so I have been just itching to get to the greenhouse. Because the forecast is predicting temps back below freezing next week, I have not purchased anything, but I can't help but make a mental list of things I would like. Anyway, I love me some poppies, so I veered that way in this month's art.
After a quick search on Pinterest, I decided to try my new markers out on a poppy. Using a pencil, I lightly sketched an outline and started to color it in. Trying out some different shades, I used the new angled shader brush to blend the colors in a bit. Adding more and more color, I went along and added a bit of water until I achieved my desired look. I kind of worked in a random order, but decided it all worked out in the end. I found the markers to blend beautifully, and the colors were extremely vibrant. I was also impressed with the varying shades of colors included in the pack. Once the main color dried, I used the black marker to outline the petals, and add some extra detailing. Once this was complete, I just had to try out that gold gel pen. Adding a few dots here and there I found this pen to really pop on the yellow marker, and loved the way it glided across the paper. I did notice in spots that I added quite a bit of water, the paper started to pill slightly, but again, not too noticeably. While my poppy didn't turn out perfectly, I was happy with the color blends, and enjoyed trying out all of this months products. I can't wait to play around a bit more.... These markers will be awesome for my watercolor postcards I bought in bulk!
This orange, red, and yellow is so vibrant, one almost needs sunglasses to look at it!!!
The Verdict: This month of Paletteful Packs was one of my favorites to date. I loved the inclusion of the large pack of markers, especially because they came in so many colors. The possibilities are seriously endless with these utensils, and I am so excited they included the paintbrush to give us the opportunity to blend these colors into something really magnificent. Not only were the colorful markers and brush fun, but I loved the black sketch marker and gold gel pen as well - this curation was spot on, and I couldn't have been happier. If you are into trying high-quality art supplies, and like surprises, this sub just may be for you! I can't wait to see what next month's theme will be!
This subscription costs $36.95 per month. I did not receive a content card this month, but based off of my internet searches, this box was valued at $41.85, which is almost $5.00 more than the box cost....plus free shipping! I find that to be a fair deal, as it has helped me discover new brands that are quickly becoming my new favorites!
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you'll receive the May box.
Please note that we have a cutoff date of the last day of every month to order the box for the coming month. For example, a box ordered Oct. 1-Oct. 31st would be for the November box. Boxes will ship around the 1st of each month.
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Value Breakdown: At $36.95 for the box including 5 unique items, you’re paying approximately $7.39 per item.
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