Painted Palettes
Artist Samantha Testa

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Samantha Testa is the owner and artist behind the Brookland DC watercolor and calligraphy studio, Painted Palettes. As a former first grade teacher, Sam enjoys teaching workshops to adults, making custom watercolor house portraits for clients, making custom gifts at live events, and finding inspiration around her home city, Washington DC. 

Sam has been making art since she was a kid in Youngstown, Ohio. Her grandfather was a skilled artist and would foster her creativity from an early age (she even has a set of his brushes that she still uses from time to time). While Sam says she has been an artist her whole life, Painted Palettes was formally born in 2011 out of the desire to connect to the community and make art accessible for everyone.

Today you can find Sam in her studio painting architecture and landscapes, hand engraving glass and metal wares, and teaching virtual workshops to help people realize their own creativity. 

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

Brookland Arts Walk

Painted Palettes

716 Monroe Street NE, Studio #1,

Washington DC 20003

Hours 

Friday 4-7pm

Saturday 10-4pm

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Press

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

Washingtonian

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

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