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7.16.19

Bucket List of ‘Must Do’ Experiences at Painting with a Twist

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Come experience something different in our studio!

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably had a fantastic experience in one of our studios. But have you experienced everything we have to offer? We’ve put together a quick bucket list of ‘must do’ events at Painting with a Twist. Check it out and come experience something completely different in our studio!

Trivia Nights

This event is really popular in our studios!  If you’re looking for a unique night out with friends or coworkers, this one is a great choice! We combine four of our favorite things: friends + wine + paintings + TRIVIA! From wizards and zombies to space nights and 90’s coffeehouse trivia, you can find a theme night you and your friends will love! Dust off those leg warmers for an 80’s event or dress in your old school 90’s threads for a night of pure nostalgia. We promise you’ll have an absolute blast! Click here for upcoming trivia nights near you!

Date Night

Looking for a unique experience for that first date or a place you and your hubby can go to escape the real world for a bit? Come see us for a Date Night event.  You’ll each create a painting that, when put together, are two parts to a whole. You’ll relax, laugh, sip on your favorite beverage and get creative! Besides, Baylor University conducted a study with Painting with a Twist and concluded that all couples release oxytocin when painting together and men release 2x more oxytocin than their partners! So there you have it, it’s healthy for your relationship!

Coffee & Canvas Events

Not a night owl? Try our Coffee & Canvas daytime paint parties. Grab a cup of Joe, some friends and head on over to a studio! You’ll love this laid back twist on our experience!

Black Light Event

Glow sticks, glow paint, black lights and an awesome painting event. Who knew, right?! But yes, many of our studios across the country host Black Light events! We use special paint that shows up under the black lights. Wear white or neon color clothes for the ultimate black light painting experience!

Private Parties

Did you know you can host your very own birthday, bachelorette, holiday or team building party in our studios? You pick the date, the artwork you’d like to paint and we’ll take care of all the details so you can have a blast with your friends! Request a party here!

Ready to experience something different in our studio? Click here to book your next girls’ night!

5.24.19

How to Throw the Best Bachelorette Party

So, you’re part of the #bridetribe and are in charge of throwing the BEST bachelorette party. No pressure ?? Don’t worry. We have you covered. Check out some fabulous and unique bachelorette party ideas and tips below to make your bestie’s party a blast!

  • GET ALL THE PROPS

There are a TON of bachelorette party props out there to make your bride-to-be’s night unforgettable. Whether you go the traditional or the more risqué route, your bride will LOVE the attention. After all, it’s her last fling before the ring! So get the cute veil, the sash, the cup, etc!

  • DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Whether it’s grabbing the girls for adult camp (it’s a thing!) or throwing a wine and painting party at one of our studios, do something out of the ordinary for your bestie!

  • BRING THE ESSENTIALS

Tylenol (hello!), wine or your favorite cocktail mixers, matching t-shirts or tank tops and/or tumblers (the bride will LOVE this!) Be sure it has a clever bridal-inspired saying on it! Or you could always come MAKE a pair of bridal party wine glasses in our studio! ?? You can use one glass for the bachelorette party and one for the big day!

  • GAMES, GAMES, GAMES

Weave in some fun games throughout the party! Ask the groom some questions ahead of time and have the bride answer. If she gets it right, she gets a gift. If she gets it wrong…well, you decide the “punishment”!  After a few cocktails, bring out the bachelorette version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Your group will be in hysterics, we promise!

  • TO POST OR NOT TO POST?

You are going to have a TON of adorable and funny photos from the weekend. But before you go to town posting on social media, check with the bride! If she’s ok with photos, then make it extra fun and create a hashtag for the party!

Your bestie deserves the best bachelorette party! Follow these tips and she’ll have the time of her life.

4.04.19

5 DIY Craft Ideas for Wine Lovers Everywhere

Do you constantly feel like you’re juggling a thousand things and one misstep would make everything come crashing down? Yep, we’ve all been there. With the 24/7 demands of today’s world, it’s important to have an outlet; a place where you can escape the daily stress, relax and express yourself.  Sounds far-fetched, doesn’t it? We don’t think so! Your escape could be as simple as picking up a paintbrush or making a necklace. DIY craft activities have consistently proven to have tremendous benefits for both your mind and body!

Check out some super cool DIY craft ideas for wine lovers everywhere below!

DIY craft ideas

PAINTING (WITH WINE)

Well obviously we’d start here, right?! But seriously, painting (especially when it’s paired with friends….and wine…) can definitely boost your mood! People who haven’t attended Painting with a Twist before are usually hesitant to come because they think “Oh, I’m not an artist” or “I don’t have artistic skills. I can barely draw stick people!” Well guess what, you don’t have to be anywhere NEAR a professional artist to have FUN in our studios. You’ll be surprised by how great your DIY painting will come out AND you’ll have so much fun in the process. You’ll laugh with (hopefully not AT) your friends and make hilariously awesome memories, we promise.

TWINE WRAPPED WINE BOTTLE

LOVE this one.  Super easy and you can use it as a centerpiece with several in a row or as a standalone on a bookcase or mantle. All you need is an empty wine bottle (bummer, right?) and waxed twine.  Start at the top and work your way down. Tie a knot at the end to keep it from unraveling. Add some extra flare with silk or burlap flowers. Pro tip: DON’T cut the string as you work. You WILL be short at the end, despite how accurate you think you measured. ?? Check out this example on Pinterest!

WINE GLASS PAINTING

Who doesn’t love a personalized wine glass?! We love seeing all the funny sayings and quotes on the glasses brought into our studio. Did you know we offer DIY wine glass painting events, too?! Check your local studio’s calendar or request a private party!

WINE CORK MONOGRAM

Get some use out of all those corks you popped at our studio and at home! Pick up a 16” or so cardboard or wooden letter cutout shape from your local craft store and super glue the corks onto it! You’ll have an adorable masterpiece and you’ll have a blast making it. Invite your girlfriends over for a DIY craft night! You’ll all walk away with something special and personalized!

WINE CORK COASTERS

Ok we had no idea how many uses there were of CORKS! Seriously, look it up on Pinterest. We love this one because it’s fun to do AND functional. It’s a simple project and will give your house and your dinner parties an extra flare (while also protecting your furniture!) All you do is glue each cork together with a hot glue gun in a circular pattern. Then, glue a ribbon of your choice around the bundle.  Voila!

We hope you enjoyed these wine-inspired DIY craft ideas! Now, grab your apron and get to crafting!

3.21.19

5 Ways to Cure the Winter Blues

Staying active, eating chocolate and getting a little art therapy goes a long way!

Let’s face it, the arctic weather this year has taken a toll on all of us. (Is it flip flop season yet?!) I’ll speak on behalf of all women out there that we could all use a little renewal this spring to cure the winter blues. We got you, girl. Check out some ways we’ve found to Spring into Joy below!

1. Get Outside!

When the weather starts to warm up and the ice starts melting, go outside and soak it in! Or at least open the windows! Take a walk, bring the kids to the park, go have a picnic.  The much-needed dose of Vitamin D can certainly boost your mood!

2. Healthy Diet & Exercise

Grab your ear buds and get moving! Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Exercise combined with a healthy diet has the greatest impact. P.S. did you know dark chocolate is full of anti-oxidants AND can help enhance your mood!? We didn’t make this up.

3. Get Together with Friends

Keep your social life active. Enjoy a night out with girls for food and drinks or some art therapy!  Did you know that painting can relieve stress, encourage more creative thinking, build self-esteem and create an overall healthier state of mind. Pairing WINE with PAINT — we may be biased but it’s the perfect combination to de-stress and feel rejuvenated!

4. Cross Something Off Your To-Do List

The never-ending To-Do list… don’t let it be never-ending. Cross something off! It’ll give you a sense of accomplishment and boost your mood. It can be something little like organize a junk drawer (we all have them!) or something bigger like “Marie Kondo-ing” your closet.  Just get something done so you can put a big check mark next to it. It’ll bring you joy! ??

5. Plan Something to Look Forward To

Whether it’s planning your next date night or girls’ night or a big vacation, start a Pinterest board with some ideas.  The planning process, itself, will boost your mood!

There you have it. Whether you take a walk in the park, re-organize your closet or de-stress with some wine & art therapy, we hope you benefit from these tools to help cure those winter blues and Spring into Joy!

2.21.19

Couples Creating Art: The Perfect Trigger for the ‘Love Hormone’


“The couple that paints together, releases oxytocin together!”

– Dr. Karen K. Melton Ph.D., assistant professor of child and family studies in Baylor’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences. ?

We were ecstatic a couple of years ago when Baylor approached Painting With a Twist about a research study to determine how different family interactions caused spikes (or lulls) in the release of oxytocin. Oxytocin, AKA the “love hormone” is a hormone that plays a role in social bonding between couples. Check out a summary of some pretty interesting insights from Dr. Melton below from an interview we conducted with her!

Q: How did the idea for this study come about?

A: Working specifically with family studies, we really wanted to understand how different interactions affected the natural oxytocin levels of individuals participating in family activities. We chose two activities to test with participants: board games and a painting experience with Painting with a Twist.

Q: What did your colleagues think when you came to them with this idea?

A: They loved the idea. When we presented the idea to the National Council to receive the grant for the study, they loved the idea as well and were excited to hear the findings.

Q: Did the findings surprise you?

A: We hypothesized that all activities would release oxytocin but that board games would likely release more. What surprised us the most was that not only did painting release MORE oxytocin but men in the painting group had 2-2.5 times the oxytocin levels of other groups (even other women!) What’s interesting too is that people who were in the painting group had higher levels of oxytocin at their baseline than board game participants leading us to the idea that the novelty of the concept and physical environment play a key role in the release of oxytocin as well.

Q: What was your personal experience at Painting with a Twist?

A: When we had the idea of the study, I took my team for the experience and everyone really enjoyed it. I still have my painting in my bedroom because I’m so proud of it. What I think is really great about the concept is it takes away a lot of the work when it comes to family leisure. Somebody in the relationship has to do the work of setting up the activity. With this, it’s all done for you so you can enjoy a true state of leisure. And when it comes to the actual activity of painting, you are challenged but certainly not overwhelmed.

Q: Are you looking forward to returning to Painting with a Twist?

A: Absolutely! I think it’s a great concept. I’ve seen some kid-friendly options posted so I’m looking forward to taking my daughter for mother/daughter date night.

Q: What do you hope comes about based on your study results?

A: Well, we certainly know more than we did before the study. We can make a lot of assumptions with recreational activities but it’s great to be able to measure the true experience. Ultimately, we would like to study different types of interaction to find out exactly what activities and factors release oxytocin. This information can help facilitate better experiences and family interaction so individuals and couples can connect at a deeper level.

There you have it! Painting = more oxytocin = more love in the air. So if you’re planning your next date night, find a Painting with a Twist studio near you and give it a whirl! You might walk away with not only amazing paintings but a new sense of connection with your significant other. Cheers!

12.04.18

2 Fantastic ways to Give the Gift of Fun this Holiday Season

Holiday Gift Cards from Painting with a Twist

When the holiday comes around, picking out a gift for the workplace or family gift exchange can be a little challenging. You want to get something thoughtful and creative, but something that will also be appreciated and remembered. A unique gift idea is a  Painting with a Twist gift card. It’s the easiest way to give the gift of fun for that special friend, family member, or coworker.

Gift cards can be purchased in any amount over $5.00 so it can fit any gift exchange budget.  This is a gift that allows someone to have an amazing, fun experience at the painting party and also take home their own painting that will become a lasting memory.

Throw your own Holiday Paint Party

Why not throw a holiday-themed paint party? Painting with a Twist offers private paint parties for large groups (please note, each studio location has its own requirements for minimum group sizes).  

With a private paint party, you can select a piece from our entire catalog of paintings.  We take care of all the paint, brushes, canvases and teacher. All you need to do is invite your guests and encourage them to bring their favorite beverage and perhaps something to nibble on!

Paint parties are a festive way to celebrate the season. You can also plan a paint party to celebrate any type of occasion or just to get your group together.  

A private painting party is a really fun and exciting way to bond in a large group atmosphere. If you are considering throwing your own paint party, you should talk to one of our studios!  They can answer any questions you may have and help you get started.

11.06.18

Celebrate the Season with Holiday Art

It’s November and the holidays are approaching quickly. We have a large catalog of holiday art to choose from that will provide a unique personal touch to your yuletide decor or create the ideal gift for a friend, family member or special someone.

Holiday Painting Party Canvases

Come to celebrate the holiday season and create something special and fun with one of our artists at a Painting with a Twist studio in your community! Have a great time with your friends and family while you paint a holiday-inspired creation you can take home with you.  We provide all the paint and materials, just bring yourself, your favorite beverage, and perhaps a simple snack to nibble on between brush strokes.

Create your own Holiday Art!

Sign up for a holiday paint party today!How to throw a holiday paint party

Paint Parties are perfect for:

  1. A Girls Night Out
  2. Date Night
  3. Bachelorette Parties
  4. Family Classes
  5. Children’s Classes
  6. Team Building

Paint, Sip and be Merry!

If you want a unique way to celebrate the holiday season, book a paint party today!

Ready for an amazingly festive good time? Get started on our Holiday Paint Party page.

paint and sip party at painting with a twist

10.04.18

Autumn Pumpkin Art with a Twist!

Fall is an amazing time of year and nothing is more iconic to fall than the pumpkin! The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word, “pepon”, meaning “large melon” but the pumpkin itself is believed to have originated in North America thousands of years ago.Pumpkin Art Classes

 

While a huge food staple, pumpkins also became an element of décor with the introduction of the Jack-o-Lantern. Based on an Irish myth about Stingy Jack and the Devil, Irish immigrants opted to use pumpkins in the place of turnips to represent Jack’s most famous lantern.

Autumn Pumpkin Art

Beyond the Jack-o-Lantern, the pumpkin has become a core design element around the house to usher in the autumn season. At Painting with a Twist, we honor the tradition with a variety of pumpkin art projects!

Fall Sparkle Wall Decor

We are offering many types of pumpkin art classes. Whether paintings on canvas or wooden cutout door hangers, we have something to add spice to your fall decor!

Pumpkin Wall Hanging

Don’t stop at canvas and door hangers…

Only during the month of October, you can paint pumpkins! Choose from six different styles.  Our artists will guide you through the process so you will have a unique pumpkin to take home with you!

Find a studio where you can celebrate pumpkin season.

9.20.18

Celebrate Fall with a Painting Party!

Who doesn’t love fall? We all look forward to a new season that brings sweater weather, changing leaves and everything pumpkin spice.

Painting with a Twist wants to help you find the perfect way to celebrate this cozy time of year with your friends and family.

Paint Together This Fall

Enjoy some time together at a painting class while laughing and having fun. For friends or families, painting is a great bonding activity.

Here are some suggestions on how you can to celebrate the new season with your favorite people.

Grab your friends, enjoy your favorite beverage and each other’s company while you paint the colors of the season. Not only will you have fun but you will walk away with some great art to add fall flair to your décor and the best part is you painted it yourself.

Breast Cancer Fundraising with a paint party

Gather the whole gang together and have fun at a family painting class. Our family classes are designed for all ages and skill levels. Painting is a great way to spend quality time together as you create memories to last a lifetime.

Paint and Sip Event

Breast Cancer Fundraising with a Twist

During Breast Cancer Awareness month, join us for special Painting with a Purpose events, at select studios, benefitting the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. We’re painting with a purpose — to benefit a cause that affects many. Help change lives and sign up today.

Vera Bradley Foundation - Group Photo

We provide you with everything you need. Relax with your favorite beverage, a canvas, and paintbrush as you enjoy time with friends and Family. Find a studio where you can have fun this fall.

9.07.18

Colorful Cocktails: Game Day Sangria!

 

Colorful Cocktails: Game Day Sangria
Colorful Cocktails: Game Day Sangria

If you’re in the mood for something new and exciting to get you in gear for tailgating- look no further. Inspired by the idea of hydrating, nourishing and amping yourself up for game day, this fruity sangria will transport you to a place between summer and fall where weekends are filled with promise and FOOTBALL!  Make everyone happy and whip up a batch of this creamsicle inspired Sangria- with a sweet and tangy fusion of summer and fall fruits. It’s perfect to satiate any palate with a refreshing zing!  Game Day Sangria isn’t just for afternoons before the big game, it’s DELICIOUS enough to make in a Painting with a Twist studio for a Friday night class! There’s no better way to celebrate a girl’s night out than a paintbrush in one hand and a Game Day Sangria in the other.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 Bottle White Wine (choose your favorite!)
  • 1 Cup Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 Cup Orange Juice
  • 2 Oranges
  • 1 Punnet Strawberries
  • 2 Pears
  • Crushed Ice

Directions

  • Fill pitcher with crushed ice.
  • Add wine, vodka, and juice. Stir.
  • Slice oranges and pears into quarters.
  • Slice strawberries into halves.
  • Add fruit into pitcher mixture.
  • Serve in wine glasses, making sure to scoop fruit out into each cup!