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Painting With a Twist is about MORE than just painting. In fact, we get asked all the time, "What's the Twist?". Well, the TWIST is many different things! Here's just a few:
1) The TWIST could be alcohol! We offer 10 different varieties of wine and 7 different types of beer. We specialize in local craft brews. Of course, you don't HAVE to indulge in adult beverages. In fact, we have lots of kids parties where clearly no alcohol is served. We also frequently offer drink specials. Keep an eye on our calendar for "Free Drink Fridays" and "$2 Tuesdays". Having a glass of wine or beer helps loosen people up sometimes. It gets your out of your overly-critical head space and lets you relax a bit. If alcohol isn't your thing the don't worry! We have lots of other ways to loosen you up. We play games, dance and sometimes even practice a little Yoga to get you ready to paint your masterpiece.
2) The TWIST could be our MUSIC! We carefully curate our playlists to make sure your head is bopping and you are singing along all night long. We know people have the MOST fun when they know the words to a sing and they can lean over to their friends and shout out a tune. This is why you wont hear that new Indy band that nobody's ever heard of. You'll hear time-tested FUN hits that we all love. Plus- if you're hosting a Private Party you are welcome to bring your own playlist or just tell us what kind of music you like! Our goal is for you to have fun so we pride ouselves on bending over backwards to make that happen. Music is a key element in our clases! Click here if you have more questions about Private Parties.
3) The TWIST could be the surface! Other Paint & Sip Studios just let you paint on a canvas. We offer you MUCH MORE! You can paint on canvases of many different sizes. You can paint on thick, wooden plank boards (great for that rustic look we all love right now). You can paint on shiplap pallets, wine glasses, and more. When you arrive at our studio we have a wall called "Pick Your Product". You can select from any surface on that wall or, if you know ahead of time, you can make your surface selection when you are registering. Either way, we want you to feel free to be able to customize your artwork however you like. In fact, you can even paint anything you like! Don't feel obligated to go with whatever the teacher is painting! We welcome you to mix it up, choose different colors and just go rogue! After all, it's YOUR 2 hours and we want you to have FUN!
So, the moral of the story is- Painting With a Twist is all about FUN art, not FINE art- and we will do whatever it takes to make sure you have the best painting class ever! Even if it means getting up on the stage and doing...THE TWIST!
As we’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, we frequently hear from guests that they “Can’t do it” or “don’t know how to paint”. So, in this blog we will show you some very simple techniques that will help you become the artist we all know you can be! Here are some tips to help you paint the masterpiece that you will be proud to show your friends.
Blending colors is a very common practice you will need to learn how to do. We use it in almost every background such as sunsets, oceans, and even just abstract gradients. The KEY to blending is to make sure you have wet paint. You also need to have PLENTY of paint. We see lots of guests who want to use the TINYEST bit of paint to cover their canvas. Why? We’ll give you more for free! Blending is really just being able to slide one color into another. So, in order to do that you’ll need to have enough wet paint on your canvas of one color to BLEND it into another wet color. Then you just overlap the two and use your brush to lightly blur out any harsh lines between the two colors. You want the colors to flow into one another so you can’t tell where one stops and the next begins. Remember, lots of wet paint is all you need!
At Painting With a Twist in Colorado Springs, we paint a LOT of trees. If we lived in Hawaii, we’d probably paint a lot of seashells, but we don’t. The key to painting a pretty tree is to remember that trees are bigger at the bottom and skinnier at the top. You want to make the branches farthest away from the ruck be as thin as possible. This will make your tree looks lovely and elegant and not like fat fingers stemming off a trunk. We suggest you practice using a small, flat brush on your table paper until you feel comfortable enough to do it on your canvas. If you aren’t sure where the branches should go (even though it really doesn’t matter because trees allow for very creative interpretation) then you might want to use some chalk to draw the branches on your canvas before painting them!
We know people have a natural inclination to paint little “U” shaped lines to represent waves, we see it every day. However if you want your water to LOOK like water- you should paint very thin lines, perfectly horizontal. This will not only give your water the appearance of being calm and serene but it will also make it look like tine ripples dancing in the moonlight. When you see water in real life (at night) what you’re REALLY seeing in the light of the moon reflecting in the waters surface. And that light hits the water parallel to the horizon, or shoreline. So, you’ll just have to trust us on this one- TINY line- perfectly straight! And you’ll have the most beautiful water you’ve ever seen!
Take a peek at our calendar and find a piece of art you like. We will help you paint it step by step and if you take into consideration these tips, you’ll be calling yourself Picasso in no time! Remember, you can join a public class or host a Private Party! Either way you'll get the same GREAT instruction!
Painting With a Twist in Colorado Springs: Can you do it?
We hear it all the time “I’m a terrible artist”, “I can’t paint” and even “I haven’t picked up a paintbrush since Kindergarten!”. Almost every single one of our guests thinks they won’t be able to do it, that their painting will come out horrible or they won’t have fun. And yet- every night we teach people with that same mindset and EVERY night we watch as our customers leave with smiles on their faces!
We specialize in making FUN art not FINE art. What that means to you is that we make is SUPER EASY for you to paint something that you’re proud of! Even more than that, we make it SUPER EASY to have FUN! You’d be surprised to find out just how relaxing and enjoyable it is to slide some paint across a canvas- while sipping some wine or even just a soda. Our professional, local artists are trained to break down each painting into simple to recreate steps. We show you every little detail and how to do it. We also walk around and help as much (or as little) as you need! Beyond that we play GREAT music that you’ll find yourself singing along to. We play silly games and give away prizes.
For the more difficult paintings (and for the kids classes) we offer stencils to help you trace difficult to draw shapes. Things like horses, shoes and cars can be tough to draw free-hand- but we know that! So we create simple stencils for you before class that you can trace with chalk onto your canvas. Perfect circles are also tough to get right so we trace those as well. We WANT your painting to come out great, we WANT you to have FUN! We’ll do whatever it takes to make sure those 2 things happen.
We also offer a FREE follow up class (which is optional) for those of you that might need extra time or if you just want to come back a make a few tweaks. In fact, you can go to any Painting With a Twist studio nationwide for the S.O.S. class. It’s free and we’ll get you all set up with the right brushes and paints to make your painting the masterpiece that you want it to be! Just check our calendar for the S.O.S. class- it’s usually paired with our Open Studio class. If you're in Colorado Springs you can also go to the NORTH Studio.
If you’re like most of our customers you’re probably nervous. Everybody is. Take those nerves and transform them into FUN! Trust us, we're experts in FUN.
It's a little bit of paint, a little bit of wine, and a whole lot of fun!
Invite your friends, and enjoy step-by-step instruction with our experienced and enthusiastic local artist. You'll leave with a one-of-a-kind creation and a new found talent you'll want to explore. Book a private party and choose from over 15,000 paintings. From birthday and bachelorette parties to date nights and team buildings we can help you celebrate anything! We offer Public Classes, Private Events, Kids Parties, Paint Your Pet and MORE!
The Holidays can be a stressful time. Between relatives coming to town, the expense of gifts, the crunched work schedule and everything else- one might get overwhelmed. That's why this is the PERFECT time to relax with a nice glass of wine, some friends and some fun! At the Painting With a Twist Colorado Springs West Studio we specialize in fun and relaxation. In order to host an event you just need 10 people- then we do the rest! You get to pick the painting, dat and time. You can even select the instructor an dmusic playlist if you like! On top of that, we'll give you one free painter for every 10! This time of year, companies are alwats looking for unique ways to tell their staff they're doing a great job or to simply boost morale! Nothing does a better job than a Holiday Party at Painting With a Twist. We have a bar that offers both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages plus we have snacks or you can bring your own! We've had everything from full catering to simple pizza's brought in. If you want to request a party simply fill out this form and let us know when you're looking to have the best painting party ever! You can even select the surface you'd like to paint on- we have canvases and wood boards in all different sizes. Most of our art can go on whatever surface you'd like. The best part is- you walk out at the end of class with a finished painting (dry and everything) that you can take home with you as a wonderful reminder of a great time you had with friends or colleagues. PLUS- if you don't have 10 people- we can throw you an "Open VIP Party" where you still get to pick the painting, time and date- but we'll open registration up to the public so you may (or may not) have more people in the class with you. We like to think, the more the merrier anyway, right! So hurry up and get yoru party booked- this is our busiest season and spots fill up fast! You won't regret throwing your Holiday Party at Painting With a Twist Colorado Springs West! Remember, it's FUN art, not FINE art!
There are quite a few ways you can make your company Holiday party one to remember. You can spike the punch...you can video tape copy room hook-ups...or you can REALLY ramp up your reportoire and throw a PAINTING PARTY! If you think about it, it's the perfect idea. We offer beer, wine and snacks at our Inspiration Bar so you don't have to worry about schlepping to Costco to stock up on booze. We take pics and share them with you so you will have evidence of who was playing footsie under the tables and who was brown nosing the boss. AND everyone leaves with their own magnificent piece of artwork to forever memorialize the night! YOU PICK THE PAINTING from our library that has over 8000 options. Our amazing artists will make sure your event goes off without a hitch- we work with you to create a stellar soundtrack and we tell jokes, play games and even sing! Throwing parties is WHAT WE DO- so why not let us give your company a Holiday Party to beat all other Holiday Parties?!?! On top of all this we ALWAYS give away FREE STUFF!!! Call us today and let's brainstorm ideas customized for you. Paint a White Elephant for your "White Elephant" party, re-create your company logo on 12-20 canvases and each team member paints a piece, Ugly Sweater parties, we can go on and on....call us today (719) 358-7758 or text the word PARTY to (719)358-7758. You won't regret it, promise
At Painting With a Twist we know there are LOTS of options for painting classes in Colorado Springs. That's why we work hard to separate ourselves from the rest! We offer NEW and ORIGINAL art every month plus you can choose which type of surface you want to paint on! We have wooden boards, shiplap boards, tall canvases, regular canvases and more. Once you enter the West Studio in Colorado Springs you'll be overwhelmed with all of the amazing art on the walls. Plus, our super talented artists will teach you new creative techniques to make your painting stand out from the rest. It's so increduble to see a class of 30 people, all painting the same thing, but at the end of the class every single painting looks unique! Also- if you ever want to make changes and use different colors or different brushes than the ones suggested to you- we LOVE that! You can customiz your artwork as much or as little as you like. In fact, you don't even have to paint what the teacher is teaching! You are ALWAYS welcome to paint whatever you want- go rogue! We do offer a class called Open Studio which is designed solely for people who want to paint their own thing- but you're never limited to just that class. We love seeing creativity in action- that's how you HELP us to be the best painting class in Colorado Springs! So please, come stop by the studio and share your creativity with us! We'll help you, you can help us- it's a win-win!
If you thought Painting With a Twist was JUST about Painting- well think again! Our Colorado Spring West Studio and our Colorado Springs North Studio now offers painting on wood boards, crafting and rustic embellishments to your already beautiful paintings. Make sure you check out our Fall artwork. We will be showcasing Aspen Trees, rustic paintings and AWESOME twine and ribbons that will make your paintings really stand out. We were voted "Best Paint Night in Town" by the Colorado Springs Gazette for a reason! You'll be able to choose from an amazing line or art specially designed for the kitchen, bathroom or living room. Woth these new "spaces" you can combine multiple canvases to create one big wall of art that all flows together seamlessly. Then, if you add some twine, lights or just a little glittery embellishments you will have the most beautiful house in town. Watch out Parade of Homes! We hope to see you soon- keep an eye on our calendar for paintings you like and then just ask your artist what sort of extra goodies you can add to make it really shine! And, as always, tell them Laura sent you for a free drink!