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Mooresville, NC 28117

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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.

 

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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
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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