I have noticed on social media a popular trend: Paint and Sip Parties. The basic idea is to head to a local studio where you are provided with all of the materials needed to paint your own canvas. There are, as the title suggests, treats and a beverage (usually wine to loosen up your inner artist!). The entire class paints the same canvas design, along with an instructor. I was intrigued with the idea, but I do not have a local studio. I decided to come up with a way to host a DIY painting party myself! My sisters and my parents were good enough to oblige me in this trial run. We had so much fun that we want to make it a regular thing! It was super inexpensive, and it was honestly really nice to stretch our creativity in a way that none of us are used to.
But I think we did pretty okay!
The first thing that I did in preparation for my painting party was to choose a painting that I liked. I basically scrolled Pinterest until I found one – I was drawn to the colors and composition of the painting that I chose. I received permission from the artist, the very talented Julie Ryder, to feature her painting in this tutorial.
This is a link to more of her beautiful work on her website: Julie Ryder, Mixed Media Art
Or visit her Facebook page here: Julie Ryder Facebook. Thank you, Julie for letting my family and I attempt your work!
Supplies needed to host your own DIY painting party:
- Color and Black and White Prints (explained below)
- Stretched Canvas Value Pack
- Gray Graphite Artists Paper (This piece of graphite will cut up into six 8×10(ish) pieces)
- Paint Palette (One per person)
- Studio 71 Acrylic Paint (your choice of colors)
- A quick word on the paint- I chose the colors that were most prevalent in the painting I chose, and ordered large tubes of those colors. I ordered a smaller multi-colored set (linked below) to fill in, and for those participants who wanted to maybe do their own thing and stray from the original.
- Studio 71 Acrylic Paint Set
- Various Paint Brush Sets – I grabbed a variety of brushes, but found that most of us gravitated towards the flat and round brushes:
- Disposable Cups filled with water (one per participant)
- Paper Towels
- Treats, wine, etc.
Then print each person in your group a black and white copy of the painting. I will explain this a bit later.
The first thing you will do in your “class” is prepare your canvas. Cut a piece of graphite paper the size of your canvas.
Place your painting copy on top of the graphite and trace the image onto the canvas.
When you have gone over the image, lift the papers and make sure that everything has transferred how you like to the canvas.
I think the hardest part about the painting party was the initial splash of paint on the canvas!
We started with our background first. Some of my family chose to leave theirs white.
Everything is up to interpretation!
Lots of “Oh boy that was terrible!”
“I can’t believe that worked.”
Lots of good-natured laughter.
And tons of Bob Ross quotes.
And as my teenage kids would say: 10/10, would highly recommend.
If you are looking for a quick and easy version of this painting party for a younger (kids) crowd check out these pre-printed canvases. No need for tracing the design. Just paint! This would be a fabulous birthday party idea!