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9.18.19

Colorful Cocktail: Autumn Pear Spritzer

Colorful Cocktail: Autumn Pear Spritzer

The leaves are turning and there’s a special feeling in the air anticipating the cozy nights and brisk days ahead. Here’s a delicious colorful cocktail to celebrate the changing of the seasons- going from summer to autumn feels like a major shift.

How to make a delicious Autumn Pear Spritzer

It seems like the perfect time to ditch the summer fruits and embrace the delicious flavors of fall. At Painting with a Twist, we love trying new colorful cocktails that embody every time of year. What’s the best way to welcome the changing leaves? A toast to the good life with an Autumn Pear Spritzer

Ingredients

  • Crushed Ice
  • 1 tsp organic honey
  • ½ cup prosecco
  • Slice of fresh pear
  • Sprigg of Thai basil

Directions

  • Fill a highball glass with crushed ice.
  • Drizzle 1 tsp honey into ice and stir vigorously with a spoon to distribute evenly.
  • Fill with ½ cup of prosecco.
  • Push sliced pear into the drink along the side of the glass.
  • Slap basil between palms to release flavor.
  • Garnish
  • Sip!

Additionally, this recipe is simple enough to pack up and bring to your next paint and sip class or perfect for sipping on the patio at dusk.

While this palette satisfying colorful cocktail is our own brainchild, we couldn’t help but take inspiration from the Lemon Tree Dwelling’s recipe for the Pear Prosecco Spritzer. Is basil not your thing? Maybe you have a heart for amaretto? If so, here’s a perfect recipe that is similar. Maybe even give them both a try to see what you like most. Cheers!!

Cheers!!

Category: Delicious Recipes
9.04.19

Colorful Cocktails: Tinto De Verano

Colorful Cocktails: Tinto De Verano

At Painting with a Twist, we love a good twist in our cocktails, making the Tinto De Verano a perfect sip for any painting class. This simple and refreshing colorful cocktail is a fan fave! Originating from Spain, this red wine-based drink is similar to a Sangria but with a twist of lemon. With a splash of lemonade, a twist of lemon, and muddled mint, this cocktail is sure to be a fan favorite for all!

Many also call the Tinto de Verano the “Red Wine of the Summer.” Summer may be coming to a close where you are, but this cocktail will help you relish in the memories of summertime. This cocktail also has less alcohol in it, making it a perfect beverage to paint with!

Painting with a Twist Colorful Cocktails: Tinto De Verano
Painting with a Twist Colorful Cocktails: Tinto De Verano

Ingredients

  • Ice cubes
  • ½ cup of red wine
  • ½ cup of lemonade
  • 2 lemon slice
  • Mint leaves

Directions

  • Place ice cubes in a 20oz cup
  • Add red wine and lemonade
  • Twist in lemons
  • Add mint and stir

There are several versions of the Tinto to choose from! This recipe featured on The Spruce recommends adding lemon-lime soda instead, which, frankly looks super yummy too!

 

Category: Delicious Recipes
8.28.19

10 DIYs to Decorate Your Home this Fall?

10 DIYs to Decorate Your Home this Fall

It’s fall! Time for changing of the leaves and routines. Are you looking for different DIYs to bring some of that autumn spirit into your home, but don’t have the time to look for any inspirational ideas? We have got you covered! 

There’s no doubt you are focusing on getting reacclimated to schedules filled with school schedules, homework, and after-school games. It’s completely understandable if the time left to think about bringing warm colors of fall into your home has been given to coordinating time slots between soccer and football practices.

There are so many different ways to incorporate the season changes into your home, we thought it might be nice to give you some festive DIY ideas to help you create a cozy, organized decor for fall.

Which idea are you most excited to try? Each one is so much fun. Please post pictures of your projects below. We’re dying to see how your’s turn out.

1. Chalk painted Wooden Cutout Jar To Do List

Painting with a Twist's Chalkboard Wooden Cutout
Painting with a Twist’s Chalkboard Wooden Cutout

Turn list-keeping into a fun family activity! This charming wooden cutout adds a touch of cute to your kitchen and a fun place for everyone for notes and reminders to each other.

Join a Painting with a Twist class to make this!

2. Pumpkin Yarn Balls

Yarn Pumpkins Balls via Only Little Project
Yarn Pumpkins Balls via Only Little Project

These little pumpkin yarn balls are so simple and easy to create. They make a great weekend decoration DIY project for you and the kids!

Click here to watch Debbie Chapman break down the process of making these precious pumpkins step-by-step: http://onelittleproject.com/yarn-pumpkins/

3. Gourd Birdhouse

Gourd Birdhouse via Martha Stewart
Gourd Birdhouse via Martha Stewart

Did you know Fall is also prime time for Purple Martin Bird to make their annual visit? Since these birdhouses are man-made structures, not only do these DIY gourd birdhouses look neat, they also attract these birds.

Let Martha Stewart herself bring you through the process of creating your own: http://www.marthastewart.com/264245/gourd-birdhouse

4. Terracotta Pumpkin Candy Jars

Terracotta Pumpkin Pots via Real Housemoms
Terracotta Pumpkin Pots via Real Housemoms

This DIY project instantaneously made us fall back in love with candy jars. Take your Halloween Candy game up a notch this year with these incredibly adorable pumpkin pots!

Real Housemoms walk you through how to create your own in their clever post: http://realhousemoms.com/diy-pumpkin-terracotta-pots

5. Autumn Threshold Decor

Painting with a Twist's Family Monogram Wooden Cutout
Painting with a Twist’s Family Monogram Wooden Cutout

Your threshold gets an enormous amount of much this time of year. Why not make sure it represents your family in the best way possible? This family monogram is just one option to make over your door this season.

Create your own at Painting with a Twist today!

6. Painted Acorns

Painted Acorns via Home Stories A to Z
Painted Acorns via Home Stories A to Z

Sometimes the tiniest accents make all the difference in a room’s feel – wouldn’t you agree? These adorable colorful acorns are the perfect addition to any room this season and they’ll last!

Click here to learn how to make this simple addition: https://www.homestoriesatoz.com/fall-2/how-to-paint-acorns.html

7. Pine Cone Bird Feeder

Pine Cones Bird Feeders via Freebie Finding Mom
Pine Cones Bird Feeders via Freebie Finding Mom

Pine cones. They one of the most fun parts of Fall. This little DIY project is a perfect weekend activity for you and the kids. Spend some time looking for the pine cones, decorate them and then watch the fruits of your labor.

Here’s the link to learn how to make these step-by-step: https://www.freebiefindingmom.com/easy-fall-crafts-using-pine-cones/

Our favorite animal to watch dig the seed out of the peanut butter are the squirrels! Their little feet get all peanut buttery – it’s hilarious. What’s your favorite animal to spot?

8. Seasonal Pot Trivet

Festive Foliage Trivets by Martha Stewart
Festive Foliage Trivets by Martha Stewart

Doesn’t Thanksgiving feel forever away? With all those Fall schedules, we found it’s better to start planning the holiday season now – even your decorations.

Here are easy, step-by-step directions on how to make your holiday spread even more festive: http://www.marthastewart.com/273201/festive-foliage

9. Pumpkin Mason Jars

Pumpkin Mason Jars via The 36th Avenue
Pumpkin Mason Jars via The 36th Avenue

Quickly transform your guest bathroom into a place where your Q-Tips and cotton balls get a festive home as well! These cute little Halloween jars are the perfect touch to add a quick Fall splash.

Thanks to the ladies at The 36th Avenue, they are super easy to make as well: http://www.the36thavenue.com/diy-pumpkin-mason-jars/

10. Hand Made Seasonal Artwork

Painting with a Twist's "Winterberries & Copper"
Painting with a Twist’s “Winterberries & Copper”

A super quick way to spruce up your decor for Fall is to paint something yourself! Not only will you be proud of how glam the feeling in your house has become when your friends and family you can also be proud that you made it yourself.

Category: Simple DIYs
7.16.19

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!

Category: Art Spotlights
7.03.19

Colorful Cocktails: Irish Coffee

Colorful Cocktails: Irish Coffee

#NationalIrishCoffeeDay may be in January but 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.

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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.

Category: Delicious Recipes
6.26.19

Colorful Cocktails: Champagnarita

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!

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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.

Category: Delicious Recipes
6.19.19

Magical Moon Paintings

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.

Category: Art Spotlights
6.12.19

What to expect at a Paint Your Pet Class

Feeling like you are entering your blue period? Or maybe pop art is more your taste? Painting with a Twist doesn’t just DO a Paint Your Pet class… we do Paint Your Pet classes with style.

Painting with a Twist offers, “Paint your Pet” classes in a variety of styles including Pop Art, Monochromatic, and Rainbow. Available canvas sizes are 16″ x 20″ or 12″ x 12″. If you are looking for a particular color scheme to match your décor, we’ve got you covered!  You can pick the colors you would like to incorporate into your painting.

How our Paint Your Pet classes work.

  1. Visit your local studio’s website and pick your class.
  2. Email a picture of your favorite furry (or feathery) friend to the studio.
  3. Paint, Sip, and have a great time!

Whether you go solo or with friends, you will have a great time. You will also walk away with a really cool painting of your beloved pet that you can hang on your wall.

Do you have a friend who just loves their pet? This is a fantastic gift idea! Paint their pet for them, and you’ll give them something personal that they are sure to love.

For more details and classes near you, visit our Paint your Pet Page.

 

paint your pet class

 

 

paint your doggie

paint your cat classes

Category: Decor and Design
6.08.19

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!

Category: Delicious Recipes
6.05.19

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.

Category: Art Spotlights
6.05.19

Inspirational Quotes: Waking up on the Bright Side

Inspirational Quotes: Waking up on the Bright Side

I have a Pinterest board that is full of decorated inspirational quotes that lead me to feel motivated and understood. There’s something deeply satisfying with feeling connected to the world around me through these particular pieces of colorful wisdom. I collected these wordy bits like a bird building its nest and would scroll over them lovingly, letting them lift my spirits for a moment. Until one day, a quote caught my attention, and as I read it again, it hung there with its arms draped around my neck like a child. It was brilliantly simple and left no room for excuses. It was the type of candid, matter-of-fact whimsical quote my mental Pinterest board had been searching for.

Inspired by Ghandi
Inspired by Ghandi

The proof is in the pudding. I practiced being outwardly optimistic to myself, loved ones, and strangers. I became a walking, talking Pinterest board brimming with hopeful quips and unsolicited advice. Looking back, it had to have been a bit overwhelming and dare I say… obnoxious to my closest friends and family. But it WORKED. Practice really does make perfect. Or imperfect in this case. The more I consciously applied the inspirational quotes to my reactions, the more calm and serene I actually felt. I communicated the good and those words have made a difference.

The Huff Post suggests that our daily thoughts will create one of two things: Separation or Intimacy. Then, of course, these thoughts trickle down to create our actions. This is the foundation of our character- it’s whether someone knows you can be depended on, or if you might flake. We articulate our destiny. I still collect pieces of colorful wisdom and open my Pinterest boards to reflect on them with gratification and I look at them through different eyes.

Painting with a Twist - Art with Inspirational Quotes
Painting with a Twist – Art with Inspirational Quotes

Category: Quotes to Live By
6.05.19

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!

Category: Simple DIYs
6.05.19

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.

 

Category: All Smiles
11.01.18

Tis the season for holiday parties!

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. Wine and Appetizers
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.
 
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!
 
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. 
 
 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.
 
5. We do parties 7 days a week.
You set the time, you pick the painting, we do the rest!

Category: All Smiles
11.01.18

5-Star Paint and Sip in Lake Norman!

Great Experience!

I had been wanting to try this for a while and I was thrilled to experience it. We had a great time. A little wine, some laughs and games....who could have a better time? It was just great to be a part of something like this. The ho hum of everyday life got you down? Go to Painting With A Twist, it is a great distraction!!

- Darlene K.

 

Thank you Darlene for sharing your experience, we are thrilled you had a great experience.  Anyone is welome to try one of our public classes. More information can be found at https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/mooresville/calendar/

Category: Event Highlight