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12.13.17

Colorful Cocktails: Holiday Cheer Sangria

December 20th is National Sangria Day and we have a classic recipe to lift your holiday spirit. Christmas is a wonderful time of year to gather with the ones you love to share stories, eat fabulous food, and clink wine glasses together for a toast around the fire. Recipes are kept sacred and treasured this time of year.  Everyone has a favorite – buttery sugar cookies, savory cheese straws, intricate casseroles, the list goes on and on. We look forward to these tasty treats all year so why not pair them with cocktail that tastes as inspiring as it looks. Introducing, Holiday Cheer Sangria.

Holiday Cheer Sangria by Painting with a Twist

In celebration of National Sangria Day,  we are sharing our favorite version of Holiday Cheer Sangria with you. This white wine version is fresh and crisp, just like the weather. For those who favor spicy reds, substitute with your favorite cabernet and garnish with a cinnamon stick for a wintry cocktail that’ll warm your heart. For a tarter take, use a beautifully pink hued White Zinfandel with a few orange slices as a garnish for a jammy and sweet Sangria.

White Wine Holiday Cheer Sangria
Holiday Cheer Sangria: Red, White Zin, and White Wine
Holiday Cheer Sangrias

Ingredients

  • Ice Cubes
  • 2 Bottles of White Wine
  • 1/2 Cup Brandy
  • 1/2 Cup Simple Syrup
  • 1 Cup Cranberries
  • 2 Lemons
  • 2 Diced Apples (Red Delicious and Granny Smith)
  • 10 Sprigs of Rosemary

Directions

  • To make simple syrup, bring equal parts water and refined sugar to a boil. Stir frequently. Let cool before using.
  • Fill large serving bowl with ice.
  • Add white wine, brandy, and simple syrup. Mix well.
  • Dice apples into small pieces and add to serving bowl.
  • Slice lemons and add.
  • Wash cranberries well and add.
  • Scoop out 1 cup worth for your guests and garnish with a sprig of Rosemary.

 

12.06.17

Art Spotlight: Holiday Artwork

We have over 11,000 pieces of custom artwork in our art library. It’s only natural that we would have a variety of holiday artwork to delight anyone. Modern, fun, rustic, customizable, kid-friendly… you name it and we’ve got it. Here we break down some of our favorite and most popular Christmas paintings.

Christmas Hydrangeas

Christmas Hydrangeas is a piece of holiday artwork that came to us from the Painting with a Twist studio located in Charlotte, NC. As a spin on the classic and most popular painting called “Happy Hydrangeas,” we love this one! White hydrangeas are complemented by a few twigs of holly berries in each jar. It couldn’t be cuter. If you are interested in painting “Christmas Hydrangeas” then please click here.

Christmas Hydrangeas by Painting with a Twist

 Slay Bells

This holiday artwork inspires a fierceness in our hearts. An artist from Painting with a Twist in Round Rock – Austin, TX was feeling some kind of way when they submitted this to our art library.  Upon seeing it, you may already be humming a certain Beyonce song in your head. Throw on a fabulous pair of shoes, grab the girls, and pour a glass of wine at your local studio for a festive night out. If you are interested in painting “Slay Bells” then please click here.

Slay Bells by Painting with a Twist

 Rustic Reindeer Set

This season’s holiday date night wouldn’t be complete without a farmhouse chic painting to go with it. This gorgeous piece of holiday artwork was submitted by Painting with a Twist in San Antonio – The Forum, TX.  “Rustic Reindeer Set” makes the perfect date night painting.  Hang it as a single painting or combine the two paintings for the beginnings of a gallery wall! If you are interested in painting “Rustic Reindeer Set” then please click here.

Rustic Reindeer Set by Painting with a Twist

 Fancy Monogrammed Ornament

Cute, quirky, and customizable! This cute ornament’s playful look is sure to put anyone in the Christmas spirit. The painting is brought to you by Painting with a Twist in North Little Rock, AR. Our artists will take you step by step through the swirly letters of your initials to make sure your painting is adorable and ready to hang! If you’re interested in painting “Fancy Monogrammed Ornament” then please click here.

Fancy Monogrammed Ornament by Painting with a Twist

 You Melt Me

Painting with a Twist in Knoxville- Farragut, TN was spot on with the title of this holiday artwork. Our hearts really do melt at the sight of these two snowmen romantically basking in the snowy moon rays. The pink scarf and headphones are the cherry on top that makes this painting a holiday favorite. If you’re interested in painting “You Melt Me” then please click here.

You Melt Me by Painting with a Twist
11.30.17

Holiday Parties with a Twist

Tis the season for holiday parties! Whether you’re attending or hosting, there is usually some stress for everyone involved. Avoid the anxiety this year by hosting your holiday party at Painting with a Twist. People have so much going on in their life this time of year, it’s hard to keep up with a to-do list for the holiday season.  Paint and sip parties are a blast for 3 obvious reasons: A little bit of art, a little bit of wine, and a whole lot of fun!® Today, we’re going to break down four other reasons why holiday parties with a twist are the best. 

1. BYOB Appetizers and Cocktails

Julia Child hit the nail on the head when she said, “A party without a cake is just a meeting.” Don’t stop at cake! We invite you to bring an array of treats when you host a party at Painting with a Twist. You can ask your party guests to bring a potluck dish or plan to have the entire event catered with your favorite snacks. Most of our studios are BYOB, so don’t forget to pack some shareable cocktail options, like the makings for a fruity Sunset Sangria or sippable Tinto de Verano. Some locations even have a bar inside the studio for all your cocktail needs.

Fun ideas for a holiday party at Painting with a Twist

2. Fun and Games

Throughout your holiday party, you’ll have to take a few breaks and step away from your painting so that the paint can dry. This is a great time to fill a plate with delicious treats or refill your glass. It’s also a great time to play some hilarious and fun games with your instructor! We pride ourselves on putting the “art” in “pARTy” so get ready to let loose. Our instructors have plenty of fun and games up their sleeves for you to play: anything from karaoke to dance contests to a wine cork version of hot potato. The prizes are pretty great, too- winners leave with a variety of PWAT swag and maybe even an extra painting chosen from the prize painting wall. Ready, set, mustache contest!

Mustache Contests, Dance Parties, Karaoke, and Selfie Ops!

3. Everyone leaves with a painting and a memory.

This is the best reason of all – everyone unleashes their creative side, tries something new as a group, and leaves with a piece of artwork to call their own. A holiday party doubles as a tremendous bonding experience whether your guests are your friends, family, or co-workers. You’ll never forget the sensation of accomplishment and camaraderie… AND you’ll have a beautiful, new piece of artwork to hang on your walls.  

Beautiful painters and their beautiful paintings

 4. Leave the mess to us!

Let’s face it – party cleanup can be a major hassle. So we’re here to take care of that for you! Once your holiday party has wrapped up, you’ll get to return home to a sparkling clean abode. Now that’s a Christmas miracle.

No mess  – no stress!

Contact your local studio for information about hosting your own private event, or fill out our party request form.

11.15.17

Colorful Cocktails: Thanksgiving Sangria

Thanksgiving Sangria is here to make us feel warm, cozy, and grateful this holiday season. It’s deliciously enchanting and the barrage of fruit packed into a glass pitcher makes for a gorgeous tabletop addition. Anyone can make this simple recipe that pairs perfectly with a warm helping of apple pie or homemade stuffing. Everyone makes Thanksgiving Sangria a little differently. Our favorite is a twist on the classic recipe. Add some seasonal cranberries and pinch of Allspice for a bountiful red wine Sangria. Not into the reds? Try this White Sangria recipe where they use autumn ripe Granny Smith Apples and Barlett Pears to compliment a sweet Moscato. Want something with a bite to it? Apple Cider Sangria has hints of caramel and ginger that will put you in a very thankful mindset. Thanksgiving dinner won’t feel complete without a fruity and spicy Thanksgiving Sangria to wash it all down with. Pour yourself a cup, let the satisfaction wash over you, and don’t forget to tell the people in your life why you appreciate them. Happy Thanksgiving, Twisters!

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. “

-William Arthur Ward

 

Colorful Cocktails: Thanksgiving Sangria by Painting with a Twist

 

Ingredients

  • Ice cubes
  • Bottle of red wine
  • 1 cup of tonic
  • 1 tsp Allspice
  • 6-7 slices of mixed citrus
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup black cherries
  • Sprig of fresh mint

Directions

  • Fill pitcher halfway with ice cubes.
  • Add citrus, cranberries and black cherries.
  • Pour in the bottle of red wine.
  • Add Allspice and mix with spoon.
  • Top with tonic.
  • Slap the mint and wipe along the pitcher’s rim with leaves & garnish. (The slap releases oils that give the sangria a little something extra!)
11.06.17

Holiday Decor with a Twist

The holiday season is around the corner and it’s time to hang up the holiday decor! Some people start decorating the moment Halloween ends and others wait until the dishes from Thanksgiving dinner are cleaned and put back in the cupboard. Whichever type of person you may be, it’s never too early to start creating new memories and new holiday decor! Painting with a Twist studios are offering classes where you come to relax, laugh, sip, and paint a beautiful new addition to your holiday decor. Already have too many decorations waiting to be hung? Painting a loved one a festive door hanger or vibrant set of wine glasses could be the sentimental gift idea you’ve been searching for.

Thanksgiving Place Cards Set

Thanksgiving Place Card Seasonal Set by Painting with a Twist

Make your Thanksgiving table the talk of the town by painting personalized place setting canvases on mini easels. Seasonal sets are tiny but pack a serious wow factor. They can be painted any color to match any place setting. Think of all the possibilities! Your guests will be in awe at your creativity and thoughtfulness. Click here to paint your own Thanksgiving Place Cards.

Neon Christmas Ornaments Set

Neon Christmas Ornament Season Set by Painting with a Twist

The seasonal sets have another meaningful purpose, too: Tree Ornaments! Add a memory to your tree this year with a brightly colored set of ornaments, handpainted by YOU!  Loop a strand of ribbon around these darling canvases, and voila: An ornament! You can even tie them to the bows on your presents to add a sentimental touch to your holiday gift giving. Click here to paint a set of Christmas Ornaments.

Decorative Wine Glasses

Boho Feather Wine Glasses by Painting with a Twist

Introducing… hand painted wine glasses! Ooh, la la! These decorative beauties will help you level up your holiday decor from November all the way into the New Year. Click here to paint a set of Boho Feather Wine Glasses, perfect to spice up any Thanksgiving decor. Looking for a Christmas design? Find your local studio to browse their calendar for more seasonally themed decorative wine glasses.

Holiday Door Hangers

Joy Wreath Cutout by Painting with a Twist

Show off your holiday spirit by dressing up your door in holiday decor! Trade in the standard wreath for a more creative option: A pallet style wooden cutout. Bring joy to your neighbors every time they pass by. Click here to paint your own Joy Wreath Pallet Door Hanger. 

Holiday Wall Art

Shake Your Flakes 2 by Painting with a Twist

Inside holiday decor is just as important as outside holiday decor. Fill your rooms to the brim with festive cheer and artwork! Tis the season to remind yourself to feel grateful and jolly, right? Hang up your artwork from Painting with a Twist for a personalized look. Click here to paint Shake Your Flakes 2 at your local studio.

10.30.17

Colorful Cocktails: Smokey Witches Brew

Introducing, the Smokey Witches Brew: Pop. Clink. Fizz. Plop. Then, watch as the tendrils of smoke curl over the lip of your goblet.

Halloween is right around the corner and the time for serving up spooky cocktails is slowly running out. If you’re looking for the perfectly simple, yet perfectly delicious cocktail to make this Halloween, then look no further! A mimosa crafted to look like a magic potion is the answer. It’s ideal for the person who plans ahead AND for the person who waits until the day before Halloween to pick out a costume and cocktail sipper. Keep it simple, we say. The easier, the better. Luckily, a goblet full of Smokey Witches Brew is only a twisted version of the classically favored Mimosa! Adding a lump of dry ice is the most important ingredient. Use a pair of tongs(never touch dry ice with your bare hands!) to plop the dry ice cube into your colorful cocktail and watch it bubble over with spooky swirls of smoke. Not a fan of the classic Mimosa? Add any juice you want.  A lemon-lime soda could be a nice addition, too.

This recipe uses sparkling apple juice as a substitute for champagne to make it a fun and kid-friendly refreshment. Flavor possibilities are endless when it comes to personalizing your Smokey Witches Brew colorful cocktail. Country Living breaks down 29 fruity recipes inspired by the mimosa – All of which would work delightfully well to create the same smoldering cocktail that is creative and creepy enough to impress anyone. Happy Halloween, Twisters!

 

Colorful Cocktails: Smokey Witches Brew

Ingredients

  • Dry Ice
  • Handful of Frozen Raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of Prosecco
  • Splash of Orange Juice

Directions

  • Pour ½ cup Prosecco into a goblet.
  • Splash with orange juice.
  • Drop in a handful of frozen raspberries.
  • Using tongs or a fork, carefully insert one small piece of dry ice.**

**Caution your guests not to drink the dry ice cubes.  Read Betty Crocker’s advice when it comes to using dry ice in Halloween cocktails.

10.23.17

Art Spotlight: Magical Moon Paintings

We as people obsessed with the Moon and the night sky. Why wouldn’t we be though? It’s our own personal satellite. The Moon is gorgeous in every shape – whether a big glowing ball in the night sky or a silver crescent of delicate, shining light. We delight in the moon’s reflection across a lake or the ocean… Or use the Moon’s glow to cloak our nighttime adventures when the city lights hide in the far distance. We cuddle up underneath it with a glass of wine and our loved ones, letting our hands float above our heads so our fingers can trace  constellations in the sky. The Moon lies affectionately in the background for most of our memories. All of these reasons explain why Moon paintings are so popular in the Painting with a Twist studios. As a result, we can’t get enough Moon paintings, can you? 

“Aspen Moon”

Aspen Moon

This is a new addition of Moon art to our library. It was inspired by two other paintings in the art library called “Graffiti Aspens” and “Copper Moonrise.” There’s something about those flicks of metallic copper against that warm blue that really make this painting magical. It was painted by an artist at Painting with a Twist Colorado Springs, CO – Downtown. Customers interested in “Aspen Moon”can find the event here.

“Magical Flight”

Magical Flight

Well, this inspires some dreamy feelings, doesn’t it? This new Moon painting is fresh from Painting with a Twist Lafayette, IN. It stirs the imagination to take flight amidst fluffy clouds, dipping and swirling into their frothy tops before coming face to face with a brilliant and beautiful full moon. Join the adventure and paint the moon. Find this event by clicking here.

“Wicked Moonlight”

Wicked Moonlight

Talk about a crowd favorite amongst Painting with a Twist paintings. We love that pop of color against the striking moonlight. Imagine this, hanging proudly in your home. Did you know you can customize it by choosing any color you want to paint? “Wicked Moonlight” was inspired by another Moon painting called “Blue Moon” and came to us from Painting with a Twist Knoxville, TN –  Farragut. Find this event by clicking here.

“Twilight Wishes”

Twilight Wishes

This painting is a curly, whirly take on “Wicked Moonlight.” Both of these would be sensational additions to any household – and just in time for Halloween. This Moon painting was created at Painting with a Twist North Little Rock, Arkansas. The artist was inspired by the twisted branches of a weeping willow tree.  Unwind with a glass of merlot and a paintbrush. Customers can find “Twilight Wishes” by clicking here

“To the Moon and Back”

To the Moon and Back

Here is one of the sweetest Moon paintings and absolutely perfect for baby. It’s a prime example of saving the best for last.  First of all, there’s really nothing more sentimental than painting a precious painting for your little one. This painting is from Painting with a Twist Charlotte, NC. Most noteworthy, the artist who painted this says she did so for the most important reason a person can have to paint anything at all: She loves the moon. Find “To the Moon and Back” by clicking here.

10.23.17

Art Spotlight: Magical Moon Paintings

We as people obsessed with the Moon and the night sky. Why wouldn’t we be though? It’s our own personal satellite. The Moon is gorgeous in every shape – whether a big glowing ball in the night sky or a silver crescent of delicate, shining light. We delight in the moon’s reflection across a lake or the ocean… Or use the Moon’s glow to cloak our nighttime adventures when the city lights hide in the far distance. We cuddle up underneath it with a glass of wine and our loved ones, letting our hands float above our heads so our fingers can trace  constellations in the sky. The Moon lies affectionately in the background for most of our memories. All of these reasons explain why Moon paintings are so popular in the Painting with a Twist studios. As a result, we can’t get enough Moon paintings, can you? 

“Aspen Moon”

Aspen Moon

This is a new addition of Moon art to our library. It was inspired by two other paintings in the art library called “Graffiti Aspens” and “Copper Moonrise.” There’s something about those flicks of metallic copper against that warm blue that really make this painting magical. It was painted by an artist at Painting with a Twist Colorado Springs, CO – Downtown. Customers interested in “Aspen Moon”can find the event here.

“Magical Flight”

Magical Flight

Well, this inspires some dreamy feelings, doesn’t it? This new Moon painting is fresh from Painting with a Twist Lafayette, IN. It stirs the imagination to take flight amidst fluffy clouds, dipping and swirling into their frothy tops before coming face to face with a brilliant and beautiful full moon. Join the adventure and paint the moon. Find this event by clicking here.

“Wicked Moonlight”

Wicked Moonlight

Talk about a crowd favorite amongst Painting with a Twist paintings. We love that pop of color against the striking moonlight. Imagine this, hanging proudly in your home. Did you know you can customize it by choosing any color you want to paint? “Wicked Moonlight” was inspired by another Moon painting called “Blue Moon” and came to us from Painting with a Twist Knoxville, TN –  Farragut. Find this event by clicking here.

“Twilight Wishes”

Twilight Wishes

This painting is a curly, whirly take on “Wicked Moonlight.” Both of these would be sensational additions to any household – and just in time for Halloween. This Moon painting was created at Painting with a Twist North Little Rock, Arkansas. The artist was inspired by the twisted branches of a weeping willow tree.  Unwind with a glass of merlot and a paintbrush. Customers can find “Twilight Wishes” by clicking here

“To the Moon and Back”

To the Moon and Back

Here is one of the sweetest Moon paintings and absolutely perfect for baby. It’s a prime example of saving the best for last.  First of all, there’s really nothing more sentimental than painting a precious painting for your little one. This painting is from Painting with a Twist Charlotte, NC. Most noteworthy, the artist who painted this says she did so for the most important reason a person can have to paint anything at all: She loves the moon. Find “To the Moon and Back” by clicking here.

10.17.17

How to Tuesdays: Creative Techniques

“How to Tuesdays” is a series of colorful and educational videos that highlight the most common creative techniques used by Painting with a Twist artists. We made them just for you! Sometimes the idea of entering a studio in hopes of painting a piece of art can be intimidating. (Pro Tip: Wine helps!) These are some great Twister Tips if you aren’t accustomed to picking up a paint brush. We are here to show you the basics of the painting materials and move on through the different creative techniques so that you can create art at ease –  inside and outside of the Painting with a Twist studio!

“Every artist was first an Amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Paintbrush Families

We like to work with two different brush families: Round and Flat. Each brush allows you to practice different creative techniques, so it’s important to get familiar with each one. The round brushes have rounded edges and the flat brushes have cornered edges. You can see the difference in the brush shapes below. Watch as our artists  talk about the How to Tuesday:  Round Brush Family and the How to Tuesday: Flat Brush Family of painting supplies.

Round Brush Family of Painting with a Twist brushes
Flat Brush Family of Painting with a Twist Brushes

 

Brush Strokes and Colors

Eventually, every artist discovers their own personal treasure trove of creative techniques to use with their favorite brushes.  Until you’ve gotten into your own paint and sip groove, please indulge in some of our classics. In the How to Tuesday:  Different Strokes, Painting with a Twist artists explain a variety of fun, easy, and creative techniques you can use to make a beautiful painting. Thin lines, thick lines, broad strokes, and messy dabs! When it comes to painting, the possibilities are endless. All you have to do is stay optimistic and curious! Did you know you can make almost any color from the three primary colors: Red, blue, and yellow! Watch the How to Tuesday: Mixing Paint where our artists teach you how to mix up the perfect palette for any painting. 

 

We have plenty more How to Tuesday’s to share with you so stay tuned for the next round of Twister Tips!

10.03.17

5 Ideas for Date Night with a Twist

It’s date night again and you’ve got a standard lineup of ideas circulating in the conversation- Cocktails? Dinner? A movie? Date nights are there to help us reconnect. We want to feel that spark of excitement in our romantic relationships. We want to indulge in experiences that we can happily reflect on and tell stories about later. So why do we stay in the same redundant pattern? Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun!” Change it up every once in awhile and do date night the smart way: Painting with a Twist! According to Bustle, couples who attend paint and sip classes together are less likely to break up. With all the fun and diverse options, there’s no reason to pass up the chance for bonding with your bae. Here are 5 ideas to help you spice up your date night with Painting with a Twist. 

1. Paint Your Pet Date Night:

If you and your boo are animal-obsessed, then this is the fun and interactive class for you. It’s what your walls having been missing.  Send your local studio pics of your beloved pet and let an upbeat instructor lead you on a step-by-step creative journey painting a portrait fit for kings! Below is a dose of puppy love brought to you by Painting with a Twist in Mobile, AL. 

Bonus: Get ready to swap heartwarming + hilarious stories about your furbaby with everyone else in the class.

 

Paint Your Pet at Painting with a Twist Eastern Shore in Mobile, AL

2. Zombie Date Night:

Ghouls and boys unite for this spooky class! You and your date will paint portraits where you “Zombify” yourselves in every creative and icky way imaginable.  It is so fun – we’re dead serious. These two twisters from Painting with a Twist in Mason, OH did a creepily amazing job “Zombify-ing” themselves!

Bonus: Dress up as zombies when you attend the class- you can even make zombie themed refreshments! Who knows, maybe there will be a costume contest?!

Zombify Yourself at Painting with a Twist in Mason, OH

3. Game Date Night:

If anyone has trouble getting their guy through the doors of a paint and sip studio, then this is bound to solve that. Ladies and Gentlemen… Introducing… Game night! Sometimes our studios partner with local teams for a truly exclusive experience celebrating your favorite team. Other times, studios host “Paint Your Own Jersey” nights where you get to paint your team’s colors while going head to head in friendly smack talk amongst rival fans. Join the winner’s circle like these guys n’ gals at Painting with a Twist Kingwood in Houston, TX. 

Bonus: Amp up date night by sporting your favorite team’s gear and bringing a cooler of tailgating goodies!

Paint Your Own Jersey at Painting with a Twist Kingwood in Houston, TX

4. Couples Painting Date Night:

Many of our paintings are made to do side-by-side with someone. Combine your skills (and paintings) to make one big piece of art to hang up. Every time you see the painting, you’ll remember what a wild time the two of you had. Imagine it now: Scrunched close together on your stools. Cocktails in one hand and paintbrush in the other. Then, the announcement of a mustache contest… Get ready to LOL and make some date night memories!

Bonus: Make it a friendly challenge of who’s painting looks better! Winner gets a kiss and bragging rights.

Date Night Mustache Contest at Painting with a Twist Dewitt in Syracuse, NY

 

Date Night at Painting with a Twist in Middleton, DE

5. Holiday Date Night:

Tis the season, y’all! Winter is right around the corner and that means the holiday-themed parties are here. Whether you’re attending a public class or hosting a private party, bring a batch of mulled wine and sugar cookies to your holiday date night. Can you feel the holiday cheer coming at you from Painting with a Twist in Lexington, KY

Bonus: Spread the joy and bring a small gift to surprise your loved one in the middle of class (goofy Santa hats, reindeer antlers, etc.)

Celebrating the holidays at Painting with a Twist in Lexington, KY