vintage watercolor box giveaway

by | Jul 1, 2021 | art supplies, Artistic Endeavors, Favorite Things, Watercolors | 517 comments

As I was thoroughly organizing the studio through February and March, I came to the conclusion that one person can only use so many antique and vintage art boxes!  Don’t get me wrong, I am perfectly willing to extensively explore and discover the true limits of the number of art boxes one person can own, but I wanted to spread the love around to those who might want to explore that territory, too.  I currently have two antique oil paint boxes, five watercolor boxes (two English Victorian and three mid-century French), a drafting box, two pastel boxes, and several smaller boxes for pencils, nibs, etc.  What can I say?  I love art supplies and pretty containers.  I will offer no other excuses or clarifiers.

antique artist boxes | miss mustard seed

The fact is, though, it is important to me to use things I have.  It’s okay if using them means displaying them, admiring them, or actually storing art supplies in them.  To me, that’s the joy of owning something – interacting with it in a meaningful way.  If it’s stored away, unseen and unused, what’s the purpose?

antique victorian watercolor box | miss mustard seed

So, I decided to give away one of my mid-century French watercolor boxes.

This one, to be specific…

antique French watercolor box | miss mustard seed

I purchased this particular mid-century watercolor box off of Etsy almost a year ago.  What caught my eye immediately was the striking color of the paint on the wooden box as well as the pretty blue lettering.  I also love the label on the inside of the lid.

And, I already started outfitting it for the future owner.  I had custom ceramic palettes made to fit into the dividers…

antique French watercolor box | miss mustard seed

The latches to hold the box closed are missing, but I just used a large rubber band to hold it shut.  The new owner can add clasps or just use the watercolor box on a desk where it won’t matter if it latches.

antique French watercolor box | miss mustard seed

There is a brush holder in the watercolor box that swivels out of the box, so there is a place to rest brushes and pens, which keeps them handy and prevents them from rolling away.  I’ll include a little French escargot pot that is the perfect size for one of the cubbies in the box.  Otherwise, it’s ready to fill with your paints, brushes, pencils, and other little supplies.

antique French watercolor box | miss mustard seed

I have a travel French watercolor box from the same era and I just put the watercolors directly in the wooden pans…

antique French watercolor box | miss mustard seed

The French vintage watercolor box giveaway is open to readers worldwide who are 18 & older (if you’re under 18, just have a parent enter for you.)  To enter, subscribe to my blog and leave a comment here on this post letting me know have or you already do!



If you’d like an extra entry, make sure you’re following me on Instagram and leave a comment on my giveaway post over there, too.

The giveaway will end Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at midnight PST.  A winner will be selected at random and contacted/announced on Thursday, July 8, 2021.  Good luck!

For those who are interested, I also rounded up some antique and vintage palettes and boxes I thought were either special or priced well…



  1. Jenn Anderson

    I am a long time subscriber to your blog and admirer of your style and talent! And that box is so pretty!

    • Cyndi Wiant

      Oh I’m so excited, I’ve been a follower for a bit, however just started dabbling in watercolors. Super excited!

    • Kerry-Ann

      Such a great giveaway! I’m been a follower for a few years now. I’m an artist that primarily works in oil. It’s been on my mind lately to dabble in watercolours. Thank you!

    • Mandy

      I have been a long time follower, hope I win😊

  2. April

    I follow! And I love your painting tutorials! You inspired me to paint more.

  3. Lorna Piper

    I am new to your site. I am fairly accomplished with any medium and am a sculptor, but I have never really had a lot of success with watercolors. I need the instruction that you can give and eagerly look forward to it.

  4. Vera Dunlop

    I’m a long time subscriber to your blog. Enjoy all your projects, suggestions,
    and tips. Would love to have my watercolors in your lovely box. Thanks for

  5. Ashley Sumner

    I would soooo absolutely love to have something so timeless like this like wow us so neat farmhouse yet antique-ish it’s beautiful! I really hope this is how I get to enter for it

  6. Lindsey Fuenty

    Already follow in ALL the places! ♥️

  7. Lynzee

    I love your love of art supplies!

    • Martha

      Subscribed! What a beautiful giveaway!

  8. Sheila

    New to your blog and am delighted to have found you!

    • Ruth

      I am a long time subscriber and love your posts. I have recently joined an art group, which I am really enjoying. Still lots to learn though. Love the vintage box. Love anything French.

  9. Jane Voorhees

    I love your work and your tutorials! Very inspiring!

  10. Susan

    What a beautiful blue and I love the lettering!

    • Susan

      And I just signed up!

  11. Petra

    oooOoOOooo! So pretty! I have followed your blog since it’s beginning & continue to be inspired by your creativity & practical advice & ideas. Thanks, Marian!

  12. sandi m

    I’m a very long time subscriber (fand ollow you on FB).
    Having studied French in high school, I am a lover of anything French. This boite is wonderful and makes me smile.

    Your creative adventures and sharing are truly gifts from God. Merci!

  13. Maggie

    Hi All! I love your blog, your photos and your decorating style.

    I’ve been a follower for years and have never seen a boring post.

    (I do miss the old furniture redos you used to do 😥. But I have found others to follow for that.)

  14. Sally Nygren

    Hi Marion,
    Thanks subscribe to your blog and also on instagram. I enjoy following you and everything you do including your painting. I went to Paris 10 years ago with my daughter. We loved it. We spent most of our time at the markets looking for antique and vintage items. So much fun!
    Please enter me in your drawing for this exquisite box!❤️

  15. Erin Rizzo

    Not going lie, I’m a little obsessed with this. lol. I have followed you for awhile now and even over on IG.

    • Ginger Perry

      I love your work! I have just retired and can’t wait to get back to my watercolor passion! You have inspired me!

  16. Chris Tigges

    Loving keeping up with you, Marian, even from afar! I heard you “met” the sweetest daughter-in-law ever… Talia! I love your watercolor box… hoping to be the lucky winner for a dear friend, Miss Sherri! Blessings to all of you!

  17. Page Traynor

    Until I started watercolor, I never knew there were so many fascinating things around it. I’ve always loved old things and now there is an entire new area to investigate. I happily am subscribing to your blog.

  18. Frances Ashley

    I’ve been a watercolor painter for a long time. ( And an antique collector even longer! And a follower of your interesting life and ‘doings’ for some time.

  19. Robin Coots

    Such beautiful treasure another time filled with energy of another person fulfilling their gift of art making…… I’m new to art, but watercolor has a special place in my heart, it would be such a much needed treat for me…. They are all beautiful can’t wait to unveil the new owners of your treasures!
    Thank you…..

  20. Mary Beth

    I always read your blog. I always come away inspired and energized!

  21. Ann Faircloth

    This is such a beautiful antique watercolour box. How very generous it is of you to offer such a wonderful giveaway. I have subscriberd to your blog for several years. I always look forward to what insightful and helpful things you have to say and see all the amazing projects that you are working on at the time. You are a woman of many talents.

  22. Susan Strickbine

    I follow you! Thanks for this opportunity!

  23. Linda Lubovich

    A returning subscriber, happy to see your paintings.

  24. Sue M.

    I’ve been following and loving your blog for sometime now and was telling my sister she had to also, as she just started painting. I would love to surprise her with this very cool antique paint box.

  25. Lisa

    My daughter is 12 and just beginning her watercolor journey! And she loves beautiful boxes and storage. She would treasure this.
    Long time blog follower- hugs to you for all you do.

  26. CM

    I’m a subscriber from way back. Love your blog! Love that paint box.

  27. Elise

    I recently discovered your amazing blog! Thank you so very much for the planning sheets and the chance to win this gorgeous vintage paint box. If I win it, I will love it forever and it would be proudly displayed in my home! What a generous and beautiful giveaway!

  28. Mary Beth Lott

    I am a subscriber and would love to win the paint box!

  29. Melissa

    I just subscribed as I can’t stop thinking about this watercolor box! The color is stunning and would look so lovely in my French bedroom. Thank you for the chance to win!

  30. Darlene

    I have just discovered your site and I am thrilled! I know I am in for a good time here and I would treasure that beautiful paint box. Thank you for the opportunity to win.


  31. Darlene

    P.S. I have subscribed to your newsletters

  32. Vicki

    Love your blog and the color and lettering on the box is yummy!

  33. Nicki Blakeley

    I’m English but live in New Zealand now. I’ve followed you for some years since I came across you in a search about upholsterering furniture!! Your hair was very short then!!! It’s been interesting following you and watching how your style and business has grown and developed and gone in a slightly different direction. Quite inspirational.

  34. Patti

    I have followed your blog for years and recently subscribed. I love the watercolor box and you are generous to part with it. You are talented in so many ways, but more than that you are genuine and willing to share your heart with others. Thank you for your inspiration!

  35. Sherry Caplinger

    My BFF just shared your website/blog/Insta with me, and I love it all. I’m new to water coloring and the antique art boxes are amazing!

  36. Michele

    I follow your blog in email form and also follow you on Instagram, and discovered you through your first book! I love your down to earth, but creative approach to life! My French grandfather was a hobby artist. I’m lucky enough to have a few of his lovely oil landscapes. He passed away when I was young, so I wasn’t able to save any of his painting supplies unfortunately. This box would remind me of him.

  37. Bonnie Kilgore

    Just subscribed although I’ve been following your blog since you lived in Adams County! This paint box would be perfect for my daughter who majored in French and is also my art and color consultant whenever I want to “do something” with my decor!

  38. Sandy A

    I’m a long time follower of you and your blog and your IG acount.. What a beautiful and generous give away….

  39. Julie Polzin

    These boxes are beautiful and I’d be THRILLED to own one! Thanks for this fabulous giveaway!!!!

  40. Laura Appler

    Hello to one of my favorite painters and bloggers for many years. I subscribed to your blog and I love to paint too. Crossing my fingers that I win this beauty of a paint box.

  41. Laura Stevens Appler Hewitt

    Hello to one of my favorite painters and bloggers for many years. I subscribed to your blog and I love to paint too. Crossing my fingers that I win this beauty of a paint box.

  42. Karen

    You find the most lovely vintage things. ☺️. I totally enjoy following you on Instagram. ❤️

  43. Valerie

    I have been subscribed to your blog for several years now and always look forward to opening your blogs, wondering what life lesson, decorating tip, organizing insight, recipe and/or inspiration I will receive. Thank you for teaching me so much!! And I would be thrilled to win the watercolor box – hoping it’s beauty would transfer into my attempts at painting!!

  44. Nancy

    Entered and subscribed!

  45. SHONA

    I subscribe! And follow! And paint!

  46. Vanessa

    I have been following from Australia. Love your style and tips. My daughter, a struggling artist, would love this box. Can’t wait for the book release!

  47. Julia Thornton Wilson

    What a fun giveaway, with art and France combined! I thoroughly enjoy both your blog and your Instagram. Thanks so much for sharing your authentic voice with all of us. I always feel inspired after reading your latest posts.

  48. Irish Yopp

    Following for some time now! Love everything you do, especially your studio!!! These watercolour boxes are treasure, and would certainly enhance my watercolour experience! Such a generous offer!!! ❤️

  49. Betsy Lehman

    I follow your blog already. The box is beautiful and I love watercolor.

  50. Sharon Rexroad

    the COLOR of the box is wonderful. It would look SO good in my house (please let me win, please let me win)

  51. Patricia Kasparian

    This French box is such a wonderful thing to share with a lucky subscriber! I’ve been one for years and years, and I always find your work and your taste impeccable. Thank you, Marian, for sharing your ‘gifts’ with us all.

  52. Lynnette

    I’ve followed your blog for more years than I can remember. I love every post. This French box is an incredible giveaway.

  53. Emily Johnson

    So pretty! Love the box

  54. Tammy

    Just subscribed! I’ve been following you for a very long time on IG!

  55. Grace Gamlin

    I love following both your blog and Instagram. The variety and quality of your content is always amazing. I personally love making art and you are an amazing painter.

  56. Donna A

    I have enjoyed your blog for awhile now and started crocheting with your tutorials.

  57. Kathie

    I’ve been following you what seems like over 20 years, and just recently found you again 😍 (via Jeanne Oliver 😉) I signed up to get your newsletter, and can’t wait to be inspired!

  58. Linda Brownell

    thank you so much for the giveaway opportunity. I have my gramma’s old paint brushes but they don’t really have a home yet so the box would be lovely. I’m just starting to watercolor so this is perfect timing. Thanks again!


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