What is a paint and sip?

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In this article we explain you everything you ever need to know about paint and sips, wine and paint or however you decide to call it.

What is a paint and sip?

Let’s start with the most important question first: Paint and sip events are painting workshops taught by professional artists in a social environment, think music and a lot of social interaction with the people around you.

But that is not all, the social environment is further stimulated by the drinks you are having while painting. Sometimes all drinks are on the house, and sometimes you need to order them separately. 

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When was the first paint & sip?

There are different stories going around about the origins of paint and sip. One thing they all have in common is that the concept has come over from the United States. 

The version that I personally find most logical and therefore hold te be the truth is that it was Wendy Lovo, an art teacher, that accidentally organised the first paint & sip. She noticed large amounts of stress in her oldest students and thought some wine might relieve them from it. 

And now here we are, a little over 20 years after the fact, with the concept being a worldwide phenomenon and millions of people sipping their stress away in front of a canvas on a daily. Thank you Wendy!

What do you do at a sip & paint?

The task at hand is to paint a painting. There will most likely be a paint instructor present to explain the most logical steps for you to take and thereby help you paint a true masterpiece. The beauty of it is that you don’t need any experience to join a sip and paint, with some guidance literally everyone can enjoy it.

The atmosphere at a paint and sip is completely different between nights, a true reflection of the participating artists! If you are a sing-along artist, expect to sing along to great music. Are you a dancer, then maybe expect a dance party. If you like to sit back and relax, dream and sip away without any worries!

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How long does a paint and sip take?

Approximately 2 hours.

But there is no easy answer to this question as each organizer of course decides on the length of the event themselves. Most paint and sips take around 2 hours from start to finish but this could be a bit longer or shorter depending on the difficulty of the painting and the speed of the group. 

What clothing to wear at a sip and paint?

Even though it can feel like a painting party you shouldn’t go about wearing the prettiest outfit you own. Clearly, most organizers (if not all) provide you with an apron to protect your clothing from getting dirty but an incident can always happen. 

Wear something that you are comfortable in, but wouldn’t shed a tear if it gets dirty either. 

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What is the most fun paint and sip?

Are you from Amsterdam (or closeby)? Then you are lucky, we wrote a whole article discussing the most fun paint and sips in Amsterdam. Read enough and just want to book the most fun one? This the paint and sip in Amsterdam you want to book if you are in for some real fun! 

If you are from a different city then I am sure there will be similar resources (by different writers) out there to help you too! 

Can I organize my own paint & sip?

Of course you can! We wrote a whole article on what you need to organize a DIY paint and sip at home. To get you started, these are some things you can definitely not forget: 

  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • Canvas
  • Easel
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Drinks

What to do now?

Go book yourself a night full of creativity and enjoyment right away! Just do it, you will thank me later. If you are from The Netherlands then this is where you can book your paint and sip session immediately!

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About the author:

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Borre van der Mark

Borre has had a long passion for art, creative outings and fun. Only since recently he has learned that those 3 perfectly come together in paint and sips events and now he is writing about them in his free time.

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