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At Home Paint & Sip - DIY Paint Party

Even before social distancing, paint parties were the thing to do with your friends but now with social distancing, they are making even more of a come back. I'm going to help you have your own paint party with little to no hassle!

All you'll need to do is get your supplies, set it up out in the backyard, at the park, or you can even do it virtually using Zoom, Facebook video chat, or any other video chat platform.

These materials can be purchased at various craft stores such as Blick or Michaels but they can be also found in other stores such as Walmart, Target, Dollar Tree, or even 5 Below! I will refer to these craft stores a few times throughout this post.

Supplies You Will Need

1. Canvas or Paper

Some stores offer pre-outlined canvases with designs or you can order them online if you cannot fine a design you like. Expressions by van offers pre-outlined sets with everything you will need for your paint party here.

In addition to canvas, there are kits for painting pottery on the site. You can get creative and paint other things such as a shirt, denim jacket, or a baseball cap.

2. Paint

Paint is an easy find and is available at wide range of prices. If you are painting on canvas or pottery, I recommend acrylic paint because it dries quickly and can be blended out with water. Other kinds of paint may require different types of solvents or curing.

If you are unsure of what colors to get, you can mix most colors using different combinations of white, black, red, blue, and yellow. Skin tones can be a bit challenging so if you need a skin tone, I suggest raw sienna. If you want to make it lighter mix it with white. To make the color darker, mix it with black.

3. Palettes & Water Cup

Often times I just use a paper or plastic plate for easy clean up! Take a trip to the party section of Dollar Tree.

4. Paper Towels

5. Brushes

For most projects, a very small, a medium, and a larger brush will suffice. Clean the brush between uses to prevent it from drying out.

6. Easels (Optional)

Portable easels that fold down are my favorite. On the other hand, easels can be a bit pricey but sometimes it's more comfortable to paint flat on the table or floor. Be sure to lay down some plastic for easy clean up.

7. Apron (Optional)

Again, for one time use, aprons may not be worth the splurge. I recommend to wear an old t-shirt or make an apron out of an old t-shirt following this tutorial.

To take your paint party to the next level, you can follow a painting tutorial on youtube. There are lots of artists posting videos that are great for kids, couples, or friends. I'll link a few of mine below and will be posting more tutorials soon.

Wishing you the best for your event! If you have any questions, drop them down below.

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