Meet Painted Palettes!
Several years ago, a talented gal moved to the DC area from Ohio and set up shop. After roughly two years working as an artist, Samantha Testa, the creative mind behind Painted Palettes, decided to make a move toward the wedding industry.
Fortunately for us, she will be providing blank DC, MD, or VA greeting cards to five lucky couples who attend our Couples Social. Another SUPER lucky couple will receive a matted print of a Painted Palettes painting of the The Thomas Jefferson Memorial during the Cherry Blossoms Festival!
Why did you decide to open your own company?
Art has been woven into the fabric of my life. It wasn’t until a few years ago that my friends prompted me to open an Etsy shop, where they could view my artwork and request commissioned work based on what I had in the shop. Painted Palettes really took off when, after attending a District Bliss Vendors Social, I met so many creative and inspiring people. I immediately went home and used my teacher-summer to paint and create as many new pieces as I could!
How did you come up with the name Painted Palettes?
The best part of the artistic process, for me, is tied between the finished piece of work and the aftermath of supplies. I love finishing a piece and looking down at the remnants of my creative process…whether it be the torn paper, exacto-knifed canvases, or the paint smeared palette. The paint palette stuck with me. I decided to use Painted Palettes as my business name mainly because the leftover art palette is a piece of artwork in itself! It is so telling of what decisions and creative changes were made throughout my painting process….and I like alliterations 🙂
What’s your favorite part of creating artwork?
Creating pretty things! I just love putting on my music and dedicating a chunk of time to making something that might make someone else really happy.
Do you have a favorite memory or story related to your business?
When I was first getting started, I went to a DC print company to get some of my artwork professionally scanned and printed. It was around the holidays and business seemed a bit slow so I got to talk with the people helping me. I ordered quite a few prints and while it wasn’t one of their huge client orders, it was going to be a pretty big chunk of change for a solo artist like me. When I was done and thanked the staff, I went to the counter to pay. The clerk looked at me, looked at the staff, and said, “Merry Christmas” with a smile. (I should mention that sometimes I have trouble taking a hint) I soon realized they were gifting me something awesome and I’ve tried to pay it forward ever since!
Is there anything about Painted Palettes that you’d like our readers to know?
It’s all inspired my grandfather, who fostered my talents and passion for the arts.
Is there anything you’d like to share about yourself?
I am a first grade teacher by day and I love my “first” job. It is what I’m meant to do!
Do you have a favorite type of events?
All events with an open bar 🙂