Sip and paint events are an entertaining way to mix socializing and creativity. With the step-by-step guidance, anyone can participate regardless of age and artistic ability. There are dozens of sip and paint ideas out there, whether you’re looking to throw a party for your friends, colleagues, family, or for date night.
Here are four amazing sip and paint ideas for beginner and more advanced painters:
- Use downloadable PDF painting instructions.
- Use a paint-by-number.
- Use a blank canvas.
- Use a sip and paint host package.
In this article, I’ll give you a closer look at each of these amazing sip and paint ideas, and I’ll explain how to progress through each piece.
In addition to some easy painting ideas, I’ll also cover how you can help everyone at your party achieve a great piece that they’re excited to take home, regardless of their artistic ability. Read on to learn more.
1. Use Downloadable PDF Painting Instructions
If you’re looking to host a sip and paint party for true beginners, using downloadable PDF painting instructions is a great idea. This way, everyone has the same guidance to start with, and it can feel less intimidating for beginners as you provide step-by-step instructions.
Feeling Nifty has two different PDF painting instructions available, including:
Whether you live in New York or are just a fan of big metropolis cityscapes, ordering a PDF workbook for painting a Sunset Cityscape is a great way to paint an awe-inspiring picture. This PDF includes tips for hosting a paint party, a high-resolution image of the finished artwork, and step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow.
This workbook is great for hosting a paint and sip party, as it provides instructors with everything they need to teach the group to paint.
All you need to do is pick up the supplies for your group. The finished artwork is on a 10 x 10 canvas and requires only five colors. Once the painting is complete, this cityscape will be ready to hang on any wall.
Cherry Blossom Tree Painting
Create a gorgeous cherry blossom tree painting with Feeling Nifty’s comprehensive instructions, available in PDF format. All ages and skill levels can enjoy painting this lovely tree and afterward, they’ll have a keepsake to hang in their living room, bedroom, or office.
The tutorial is delivered instantly, as soon as you place your order. This project uses only three basic colors: white, black, and red. Interestingly, you’ll utilize cotton swabs when painting the cherry blossom tree, making it fun for young children.
With the PDF, you’ll receive tips for hosting a party using the cherry blossom painting, full step-by-step instructions (with large pictures to follow along), as well as bonus tips and steps.
2. Use a Paint-by-Number
If you’re looking for a little more guidance, consider purchasing an adult paint-by-number. These canvases will come with all of the necessary outlines as well as a number that lets you know what color each section should be.
Paint-by-numbers are a great choice if you have some nervous artists in your group. Beginners love paint-by-number sets. They’ll feel comforted by guidelines given to them by the preset colors and guide on how to apply them. This support can guide them to easy success and make them feel more confident for the next sip and paint party.
Adult paint-by-numbers really take all the pressure off the non-artists in your group. Everyone will have an equal chance to make a stunning piece of art without someone leading the party. If you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere where you don’t have to guide everyone through each step of the process, a paint-by-number might be the perfect choice for you.
You can purchase paint-by-number kits, like this one, or you might feel inclined to make your own. If you’re an artistic person, you can draw the outline of the desired shape on the canvas and give each section a number that’ll correspond with a different color of paint. This post walks you through how to make a DIY paint by numbers. Having one that you’ve already completed can be a great visual guide as well as your guests begin painting in your design.
Pre-Drawn Canvas Painting Kits
Another idea for beginners is a pre-drawn canvas. For some, these may be easier to complete than paint-by-numbers because they don’t take as long.
Pre-drawn canvases make it easier to paint an image. If you like the idea of using a pre-drawn canvas, you might also consider a pre-drawn canvas painting kit, like these ones, or this paint party pre-drawn kit. Painting kits include a pre-drawn canvas, necessary brushes, required paints, as well as added bonuses like painting aprons, disposable easels, and mixing palettes.
Purchasing painting kits can be a great idea for small events. If it’s just you and your partner having a romantic evening, these packages will get you just what you need without having to spend extra on large containers of paint.
3. Use a Blank Canvas
If you’re looking for a more advanced sip and paint experience, you might want to choose blank canvases for you and your guests. There are limitless possibilities you can do with a blank canvas, and using these are ideal if you have experienced or creative guests you’ll be painting with.
If you feel confident, you may choose to lead your guests through the painting experience, much like if you attended a sip and paint event at a studio. You have the freedom to choose a design that would be fun for you and your guests.
Whether you choose a landscape, an animal, a flower, or something else in your imagination, it’s important you’re able to deliver the instructions in bite-sized pieces. Your instructions will keep everyone on the same page and will make sure no one gets lost or frustrated.
If you’re not sure where to start, there are endless tutorials you can access on YouTube. You can use these at your event, pushing play and letting everyone follow along with the artist in the video. Or, if you’re feeling confident, you can watch a tutorial to get the hang of the painting and deliver the instructions live on your own.
To help you get started, here are a few top sip and paint tutorials from YouTube that might be perfect for your event.
Paint a Mermaid Tutorial
If you want to paint a beautiful mermaid ocean scene, complete with a moonlit starry sky, this tutorial is for you. This full-length tutorial is designed for all levels and goes beyond the basics. It’ll give you the techniques you need to make your painting reach the next level.
In this video, you’ll learn how to make the moon and stars glow and accurately reflect on the water below as well as in the mermaid’s hair. You’ll be able to paint a beautiful, colorful seascape as well as a detailed mermaid in the foreground.
This is the perfect tutorial for a whimsical sip and paint evening. If you have friends that are looking to learn some new painting skills and make a beautifully colorful piece without getting lost, this is the perfect tutorial for you. You can find the full-length tutorial here on this YouTube video:
Mountain Landscape Tutorial
If you prefer to focus on a natural landscape, consider following this easy Mountain Landscape tutorial. When following this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create the glowing cotton-candy sunset sky for the perfect background.
For the foreground, you’ll follow four simple steps to paint perfect mountains. This is an ideal sip and paint tutorial as it’ll give you a beautiful, colorful painting without the challenges that can come with involving the human form or other shapes that need to be drawn over the background.
Watch this YouTube video for the full tutorial:
If you have creative friends who enjoy the challenge of facing a blank canvas, you may choose to skip over the tutorial or instructions altogether. You may instead choose to create a freestyle painting environment where you provide a prompt, and everyone participates in their own artistic style.
You may choose to set up a fun still life in the center of the room that everyone paints from their particular angle. Forget about the bowls of fruit– choose objects that would be fun and exciting for your guests. You may even ask that your guests bring an interesting object to contribute to the still life setup.
You may also do a challenge based on color. Everyone is given the same colors to work with and render a scene in their own style. At the end of the evening, all of the pieces can be placed together to form a giant work of art held together by its color cohesion. After you snap a few photos, everyone is free to take home their unique work of art.
For beginners, an abstract painting is a good choice. With abstract paintings, there is no pressure for your painting to look the same as everyone else’s at the end of the event. Feeling Nifty offers a workshop for painting your own abstract painting. In the workshop, you’ll paint two abstract paintings with guidance from 7 modules, 17 lessons, and 5 bonus lessons. You’ll receive a list of supplies you’ll need, troubleshooting, and more.
The sky’s the limit for freestyle painting parties. You may pick any theme and give your creative friends the time and space to interpret that theme in their own unique style. If you can make these sip and paint nights a regular event, you’ll be able to complete more challenging pieces as everyone develops their skill level.
4. Use a Sip and Paint Host Package
If you’re feeling nervous about hosting the perfect sip and paint event, consider purchasing a host package. This Cherry Blossom Tree Video Package from Feeling Nifty is the perfect way to make sure you have everything you need as a new sip and paint host.
This package contains four different videos and one PDF guide to help you with everything you need to know to host your first Sip and Paint event.
The first video will inform you of what supplies you’ll need to get before your first event. Feeling Nifty has plenty of tips and tricks when it comes to getting the best supplies on a budget. There are plenty of suggestions and recommendations for what supplies and paints to buy and how to buy them.
The next videos will show you how to set up the perfect space for your sip and paint event as well as review your complete shopping list and give you a checklist to complete before your party.
The fourth video is a full-length painting tutorial, showing you how to create a beautiful Cherry Blossom painting with minimal experience and supplies. This tutorial is 47 minutes long and can be played directly to your guests at your Sip and Paint event.
Finally, the downloadable PDF guide is a complete workbook to help you and your guests if you are struggling with your Cherry Blossom painting. This workbook is complete with instructions and pictures that you can use to follow along with and create the perfect piece of art with all the support you need.
Purchasing a host package is a great idea if you are hosting your first sip and paint event in your own space. It’s a great way to feel fully prepared and host a great event for your friends, family, or colleagues.
Acrylic Painting for Beginners
If you’re totally new to painting, you may need to familiarize yourself with techniques, paints, and more. Feeling Nifty’s Acrylic for Beginners Bundle provides you with the information you need to start painting your first acrylic project in two days!
The download includes an 87-page e-book that shares the following:
- What supplies you’ll need and how to use them (it even includes a shopping list!)
- Recommended video courses
- Step-by-step guide on how to plan and paint any project that you choose
- Blending techniques
- How to choose colors
- Color theory lessons
- Printables and charts
- Tips on cleaning up and storing supplies
- An introduction to acrylic mediums
- Access to a private art Facebook group