Painted Palettes
Artist Samantha Testa


Samantha spends her time working live events, teaching hand lettering workshops,  providing gorgeous lettering for her clients' events, and painting commissioned watercolor illustrations.


Formerly a first grade teacher, Samantha naturally gravitates towards making meaningful connections with her clients through her workshops and artwork. She started Painted Palettes because she enjoys making art accessible and helping people realize their own creativity! 


A passion for making art was ignited early on in her hometown of Youngstown, OH. Her grandfather was a phenomenal artist and he would paint with her when she was a child. She still has a set of his brushes that she uses from time to time. 

Reach out to see what Samantha can make for you or visit the shop at:

Brookland Arts Walk

716 Monroe Street NE, Studio #1,

Washington DC 20003


Friday 4-7pm

Saturday 10-4pm

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District Fray, Meet Your Residents

Living in Capitol Riverfront is one of Samantha's favorite things about DC.

Style Me Pretty Living Feature

Roses, Rosé, and your best gal pals. What can be better? Style Me Pretty featured the amazing vendors who helped created a fantastic summer event. Read more to see how Samantha's calligraphy played a part.

Arlington Magazine Cover Design

Designing the cover of Arlington Magazine's "Best Of" was a highlight of Samantha's art career

Featured in Grey Likes Weddings

Samantha and a team of amazing vendors were featured in Grey Likes Weddings for an English Garden Inspired Styled Shoot


DMV Doors Project and Upcoming Book featured in a Washingtonian Article

Arlington Magazine Style Counsel

Painted Palettes' owner Samantha Testa, was featured in the Style section of Arlington Magazine.

CNN Interview

CNN came to West Elm DC to discuss the future of Pop-ups. As their resident maker, Samantha was interviewed.

Washingtonian Magazine Feature

Washingtonian Magazine Best Of June Issue featured 4 doors commissioned to represent the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Washingtonian Online featured Samantha on "6 DC Illustrators to Follow On Instagram"