Hey Alicia here! This year I’ll be posting a party idea for you guys each month with modifications to make it for kids or for a date! This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks for your support!
Have you seen or even been to one of those Paint Nites? I see a lot of my friends going to do them and it looks fun, but I know the price isn’t in our budget right now. And to be honest, a lot of the paintings I see are pretty but not my aesthetic. I want to join in on the fun, but I don’t want to spend my money on something I think is just not going to fit into my décor.
That’s how I came up with this party idea. There are literally thousands of painting tutorials on YouTube. And there are even episodes of Bob Ross on Netflix. So why couldn’t I just have Paint Night at home? While these events usually involve acrylics (as far as I’ve seen), I prefer watercolors. So this party will be a Watercolor Paint Night Party.
Basic party idea: Enjoy food and beverages while learning to paint a scene in the comfort of your own home.
Find the video you’d like to use first. I like this video by Wonder Forest. It’s a pretty lake scene and doesn’t use too much paint. If this one isn’t for you, browse until you see one that strikes your fancy! Try searching Watercolor Painting Tutorial on YouTube.
A great thing about YouTube is you can speed up or slow down the video. It does distort the sound a little but might be worth it. You can also rewind, fast-forward, and pause as needed.
For most videos I viewed, you want to tape your paper down to prevent warping when the paper gets wet. Cut a sheet of the watercolor paper in half and tape it down to a piece of cardboard. I think cut-up cereal boxes will work best because they are smooth.
Paper plates or extra cardboard can be used as a paint palette. As you can see from this video, it doesn't take much of these paints to make your picture. But I would wait until everyone is settled and ready to start before you put the paints out. And of course every person will need a cup of water and a paper towel or tissue.
You'll also want to have a table and chairs in front of the screen so everyone can have easy viewing access to the video.
A quick note about the brushes. These will be the most expensive thing needed for the party in terms of how many you will need. Of course this depends on how many people are invited. I have some suggestions to help on this.
To make it a more kid friendly party:
So what do you think? Does this budget friendly Watercolor Paint Night work for you? Let us know if you try it out and how it goes for you!
PS I'm struggling with my pictures right now so I will get them up soon! Thanks for your patience.
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!