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My bedroom decorations are sparse. (I call it minimalism). The only art hanging on my wall is a poor Van Gogh rendition I made during a paint and sip. While I often browse online for new artwork, I’m averse to spending $100 on a painting I’ll become bored of in a couple months.
But what if I got fresh art delivered to my door each month? Papirmass is a subscription box service of high-quality art prints. Their mission is to “wow your walls and bring out your inner artist.”
I hoped Papirmass would give my apartment a more colorful feel and teach me something about art along the way. Here’s what I thought.
How Papirmass works
Each box comes with a signature art print, coloring card, Q&A card with the artist (which includes art tips for beginners), a postcard and illustrated quote card. Each month showcases a different independent artist, so you’ll never get the same print twice.
How much Papirmass costs
Papirmass costs $96 for a six-month subscription and $48 for a three-month subscription (which breaks down to $16 a month).
Each subscription comes with free shipping and cancellation anytime. Know an art lover? Papirmass offers gift packages for both six- and three-month subscription boxes, which includes a personalized message.
In my box, I received a gift box of five art posters, postcards, quote cards and Q&A cards. The featured artists hailed from all over the world, and their art reflected that. Each piece was vastly different in style.
While I enjoyed almost all the pieces I received, there were a few pieces that I loved, including “Jettison” by Kirsten Francis and “Buoy Oh Buoy” by Corey J. Isenor.
"Colour Garden" by Eloise Renouf (left) & "Stay in Bed Forever" by Holly Jolley (right).
My favorite part of the package was the illustrated quote cards, which had a space to color on the back. It was a great, portable way to practice art and the quote cards were the perfect size to hang by my desk. I also collect postcards, so I enjoyed adding more to my stockpile.
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Is Papirmass worth it?
Whether you’re looking to decorate your apartment or support independent artists, Papirmass is an easy and affordable way to do so. The art is hand-picked and delivered, so you don’t have to worry about combing through Instagram to find the right piece. I also thought the price point was in range for what you could buy at an art fair.
Papirmass may be a good introduction to new independent artists, but it may not be right for someone who already has a taste for what art they like. I asked our editorial designer Nastia Kobzarenko what she thought of the subscription. She liked some of the artwork, but said she would be more likely to buy artwork directly from artists she already knew.
Overall, Papirmass has made my apartment walls more colorful and taught me a thing or two about art. The only drawback of the subscription? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so you may not like every print you receive. But don’t worry — there’s always next month.
Image: Phillip Blackowl