Q: I am thinking of getting this for my 14 year old granddaughter for Christmas. Is it suitable for that age group Asked by Linda B., December 2020
Yes, the age range is for 12 and up. I've had many children your granddaughter's age do the projects successfully and enjoyed them. I do also have another box: Your Paint Box, Junior Edition for ages 7-11. Thank you for your interest, Kathryn
Q: I'm getting ready to order a subscription but don't see the storefront where I can get the starter box for $20. Do you have a separate link for this?Asked by Cindy T., November 2020
The Starter Kit is now included in the first box!
Q: In the description it says 'an initial starter kit is helpful'. Where would we get that from? I have never painted before.Asked by Kathryn W., October 2020
The Starter Kit is available on my full Cratejoy Storefront website, it is $20. I am brand new to Cratejoy, as of yesterday! The website has a glitch this morning, Cratejoy is currently helping me to work it out. I would be glad to throw in the Starter Kit for you at no charge, while the website is being fixed. I would love to teach you the joy of oil painting! Kathryn Gray
You are so wonderful!!
Your kindness made me cry. I signed up for the box and I can not wait to start learning to paint.
and due to money reasons, I will take you up on your very kind offer of the starter kit! I would not have been able to start any other way.
Q: Are all of the oil paints we'd receive the water mixable type or could we receive more traditional paints that require solvents?Asked by Linda D., October 2020
I have decided to use the new generation of water mixable oils with my subscription box. I have been painting in oils for over forty years, and currently teach about 50 students a week, and have only ever used traditional oils. A few years ago I took a workshop from a well known artist who now only uses the water mixable oils for health reasons. He suggested we take a look a the newer generation of water mixable. I was still hesistant, the ones I tried years ago moved more like an acrylic. When the idea for Your Paint Box came along I decided to try the water mixable, as I knew shipping solvents would become an issue. I have been amazed with these...
I needed a distraction today of all days and decided to overcome my fear of making an ugly painting and just went for it by starting with the small Pumpkin painting.
The Video included was a must for me. I learn by seeing and not reading. Though directions were wonderful to have to refer back to in case you could not remember everything from the video or did not want to go back and watch it again for whatever reason.
I learned a lot from doing the small painting first. The first thing was to make enough paint. It needs to be thick to look correct. I got over being worried about mixing paints very fast so all in all not making enough paint had its good points too.
I needed this distraction today I am very happy with my lopsided pumpkin for my first ever oil painting.
This was such a fun project to complete with my niece! She has minimal experience with painting (although she does love it and is wanting to get more into it) and also is only 9, but she was able to pick up the lesson rather quickly! I think the way Kathy talks through the steps is very easy to follow as is the way she instructs mixing the colors, etc. This was such an enjoyable activity for us and my niece has been quick to show everyone who comes to her house her new painting. She is proud of herself- I think she is amazed how well it came together! I am looking forward to completing another paint box with her soon!!
Our April Box is about Spring, with a painting of a big white bunny rabbit and some red rain boots under an umbrella. You know the old adage "April showers...." and yes, maybe our May box will include "May flowers"!
The May Box was inspired by Mother's Day. Two pretty projects, the beautiful white swan and the blue and white vase with pink roses.
The June Box was inspired by Father's Day. A father and son fishing scene and an adorable golden retriever puppy.
The July Box has a classic summer theme with a painting of a blue bike on the boardwalk and a watermelon slice.
This box has an autumn theme, with a rural red barn and a pumpkin.
The December Box has a winter Holiday theme. A vintage red truck is bringing home a Christmas tree in the 8x10 project and a pretty wreath hangs on some faded barn wood for the smaller project.