To Paint for Dad or to paint with Dad? That Is the Question.

Let’s be honest.  Dads get a little less attention on their special day than mothers (rightfully so).  Father’s Day is probably just a little more significant than Grandparents Day on the, “Most amazing holidays” scale. So, we want to pay a little homage to the fathers out there who may be feeling a bit neglected on their special day of the year.

A Father’s Day gift is hopefully not that impulse buy as you are standing in the checkout line at your local box store. Put a little bit of thought into your gift! Painting with a Twist makes it easy (and fun) for you with 2 options.

Paint with your Dad or paint for your Dad.

Reasons to Paint for Dad

Painting with a Twist - Paint For Dad

Dads love getting sentimental gifts from their kids so painting FOR dad is a great option.  Painting with a Twist has a plethora of painting choices for you to choose from.  This means you can find something your dad would enjoy hanging on his wall.

Whether a seasoned painter or beginner, Painting with a Twist classes are suited to any experience level.  We supply everything from brush to canvas and even a resident artist to help guide your creativity. Check the calendar for a location near you to find the painting he’d love the most.

Reasons to Paint with Dad

Painting with a Twist - Paint with Dad

Most dads love to spend time doing something with their kids.  Something that bonds and creates memories.  Painting is that exact experience and you get to take a memento (a brilliant piece of art!) home with you that will always bring back that memory when you look it.

Whether you’re planning a day with dad that includes lunch, and perhaps drinking his favorite beverage or a mom planning an activity for your husband and kids, painting is a great idea! Whatever your father likes to do, we have options to suit the choosiest of dads.

If you are looking for some great bonding time and building amazing memories dad will remember for years to come, then paint WITH dad.

Find a studio near you and schedule some time with dad for his special day.


Colorful Cocktails: Champagnarita

Colorful Cocktails: Champagnarita by Painting with a Twist
Colorful Cocktails: Champagnarita by Painting with a Twist

Welcome Thirsty Thursday with open arms and a round of deliciously colorful cocktails: The Champagnarita! It’s National Margarita Day with a twist! Dress up your favorite margarita in sparkles by adding a little bubbly to the glass. This is the ultimate girl’s night out drink – it’s a little sweet, a little sour, and a lot of delicious. Not to mention, it makes for a great selfie! BYOB to your next Painting with a Twist class and make a pitcher of Delish’s Champagnaritas. 

For an even more colorful take on this cocktail, think pink with this dazzling and darling recipe. You can also find a rainbow of other Champagnaritas here so there is something for everyone! Head over to your local Painting with a Twist studio and pick up a brush and a glass to celebrate!


  • 1oz Silver Tequila
  • .5 oz Orange Liquor
  • Champagne
  • .5oz Simple Syrup
  • 1oz Lime Juice
  • Kosher Salt
  • Lime Wedge
  • Crushed Ice


  • Pour Kosher Salt into a shallow dish.
  • Wipe glass with a lime wedge and dip the rim into the kosher salt.
  • Pour silver tequila, orange liquor, simple syrup, and ice into a shaker and stir.
  • Strain into glass.
  • Top with champagne.
  • Garnish with lime.

Art Spotlight: Date Night Paintings

Do something different for Valentine’s Day this year and try out a date night with a twist! Painting with a Twist studios nationwide are gearing up for the biggest date night of the year by adding couple’s paintings to their already amazing calendars. A couples’ painting combines two separate masterpieces  into one larger piece of art!  Head to a studio for an unforgettable night filled with flirty games and colorful artwork. Upon arrival, you and your date will check in at the front desk and an artist will show you where your seats are. No worries, there isn’t a rush! You’ll have time to pour a glass of wine and take in the studio as the walls are usually covered in artwork. Challenge your loved one to see who can paint the best painting – winner gets a kiss! At Painting with a Twist, it’s date night done right.

Wet Kiss Set

Date Night: Wet Kiss Set by Painting with a Twist
Wet Kiss Set by Painting with a Twist

Painters can find the event “Wet Kiss Set” by clicking here. 

Love Trees At Night Set

Date Night: Love Trees At Night Set by Painting with a Twist
Love Trees At Night Set by Painting with a Twist

Painters can find the event “Love Trees at Night Set” by clicking here.

Love Ripples Set

Date Night: Love Ripples Set by Painting with a Twist
Love Ripples Set by Painting with a Twist

Painters can find the event “Love Ripples Set” by clicking here.

Love Potion Set

Date Night: Love Potion Set by Painting with a Twist
Love Potion Set by Painting with a Twist

Painters can find the event “Love Potion Set” by clicking here. 

Lovely Lake Sunset Set

Date Night: Lovely Lake Sunset Set by Painting with a Twist
Lovely Lake Sunset Set by Painting with a Twist

Painters can find the event “Lovely Lake Sunset Set” by clicking here.





Colorful Cocktails: Irish Coffee

#NationalIrishCoffeeDay is this week and we couldn’t be more excited to talk about our favorite Irish Coffee recipe. There isn’t much to dislike about this steamy and sweet concoction. It’s the perfect blend to help you relax with a drink and wake up with a jolt! Not to mention, it almost always comes with whipped cream. This Colorful Cocktail recipe is classic. When it comes to Sangria recipes, we like to get a little creative – but the Irish Coffee needn’t be complicated. Simple ingredients make this toasty cocktail shine on a dreary winter’s day. However, if you prefer a little more flavor, there are endless recipes available at your fingertips. Like The Spruce’s creamy caramel recipe or Genius Kitchen’s rich, dark mocha recipe that hides a hint of Creme de Menthe for the most luxurious touch ever. 

Pro tip: Get really creative and add some snazz with a dollop of colorful whipped cream on top instead of the usual white. Our favorite color to make is PINK! It’s an easy way to achieve a striking (and fun!) result.


  • 1.5oz Irish Whiskey
  • 6oz  Hot Coffee
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cinnamon Stick


  • Pour 1.5oz of Irish Whiskey into your glass.
  • Top with 6oz of freshly brewed hot coffee of your choice.
  • Stir in 1 tbsp of brown sugar.
  • Top with a generous amount of whipped cream.
  • Garnish with cinnamon stick.

2018 Painting Horoscopes

2018 is full of creative possibilities so we’ve paired up every zodiac sign with a beautiful painting from our art library.

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

It’s 2018 and you are ready to get up and go, go, go, Aries! Your energetic and enthusiastic mindset will love this hot-hued painting. Grab a paintbrush and get ready for these colors to invigorate your mind and soul. Painting “Pure Shores” will transport you to a vibrant bubblegum paradise. 

Pure Shores

Taurus (Apr 21 – May 21)

We love our classic Taurus – you’re the likeable and loving best friend we all hold dear.  2018 will be filled with genuine happiness. Taurus is so warm-hearted and loving, that we had to pair you with a Painting with a Twist classic, “Happy Hydrangeas.”

Happy Hydrangeas

Gemini (May 22 – June 21)

Everyone knows you are a social butterfly. You’re dynamic and lively to be around. “Paint your Pet” is the most versatile class we offer. It’s perfect for the Gemini’s good-natured flexibility.

Paint Your Pet

Cancer (June 22 – July 22)

Oh, deep feeling and intuitive, Cancer – You are a moon goddess at heart. Just like the that big beautiful ball of light in the night sky, you protect and look over the ones you love. “Moon River” is a painting of a full spirit like you, shining and bright.

Moon River

Leo (July 23 – Aug 21)

Your courageous heart is prepared to be extra fierce in 2018. The “Rose of Love” painting symbolizes the fragility of human connection. A Leo’s kindness and emotional wisdom draw out the rose petals to reveal a bountiful blossom.

Rose of Love

Virgo (Aug 22 – Sep 23)

A Virgo’s job is never done, as you probably know already. It won’t be any different in 2018 where you’ll thrive by solving your problems with creativity and diligence.  Stand tall and steadfast, like the painting “Sunflower on Sunset.” 

Sunflower on Sunset

Libra (Sep 24 – Oct 23)

Another year, another adventure for Libra! If you haven’t tried a paint and sip class before, January is the month to do it. You believe life begins at the end of your comfort zone so extend your creative horizon by painting “Breaking Free.”

Breaking Free

Scorpio (Oct 24 – Nov 22)

Nothing sums up the fiery, passionate Scorpio as much as “Wicket Sunset.” Your intensity is a powerful calm over those you love. 2018 is going to be an exciting whirlwind of stirring up chaos then sizzling into a slow burn. Melt into the “Wicked Sunset” with a glass of wine and a paintbrush.

Wicked Sunset

Sagittarius (Nov 23 – Dec 22)

Sprightly Sags, you are a beauty to behold. Your optimistic and forthright attitude are as refreshing as a brisk stroll which is why the perfect painting for you is “Morning Walk.” Cloak your days in color and your 2018 will be as bright as your outlook!

Morning Walk

Capricorn (Dec 23 – Jan 20)

You are a queen, Capricorn and your crown is well-deserved. No one is as disciplined or ambitious as you when it comes to attaining your goals. Pick up a paintbrush and release that creative energy on canvas with “Powerful in your Pumps.”

Powerful in your Pumps

Aquarius (Jan 21 – Feb 19)

Eccentric Aquarius is in for a good 2018. Your independence will lift you up and make you prosperous this year. Luckily for your loved ones, your friendly spirit will help them thrive too. “Paisley Elephant” is the perfect painting that symbolizes the originality and strength of the Aquarius.

Paisley Elephant

Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20)

Last, but never least, sweet Pisces. You are the most compassionate and sensitive of all the zodiac signs. Painting “Ethereal Evening” will bring about deep feelings of quiet and reflection. It is a beautifully fragile landscape of a tree cloaked in delicate flowers, overlooking a serene and distant valley.

Ethereal Evening

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


  • 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


  • 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.



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

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.


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



  • 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


  • 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!)

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.