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A first timer’s guide to paint night at a pub!

Let’s go to a paint night they said… it will be fun they said…

I thought I would do a blog post on what to expect as a first timer at a pub paint night.

Firstly and most importantly:  EXPECT nothing, no paint pARTy is the same and if you have never done it before, expect even less. Just go with an open mind and ENJOY! You are doing this for pure entertainment. Make that your mantra for the evening!

As a paint party instructor, I often hear lines like “Good luck gettin’ me to paint that!”, “I can’t even draw a straight line with a ruler!” or “I can’t even draw a stickman!”  Well, at a paint party there are no rulers in the house, a stickman would probably not be the subject and you will be painting not drawing!  Feelin‘ better yet?  Thank goodness!  No drawing, no lines and no stickman.  Just painting.  Phew! Right? …or as in the case below, maybe no relief yet

I have actually seen this happen; A first time paint party attendee walks in and there in front of them they find a BLANK CANVAS.  There is no picture, no outline, no nothing!  It is pure. It is bright. It is white. It is A BLANK CANVAS! …Pupils dilate, jaws drop and brows lift..Overwhelmed… I actually love that look, because what is about to happen is beautiful!

It’s beautiful because you will fall in love with art!  Sorry! But it is true. Once you are over being overwhelmed and the instructor has taken you step by step through the process of creation, you will have discovered something about yourself. You will go home with a painting you may or may not think is very good (30 other people think it is great!) but the one true thing is that you will look at art differently now that you have actually painted.  Often people will share with me that since they went to a paint pARTy, they now go to galleries more, they enjoy viewing art with new perspective and many say: “We should drink and paint again! When can we do this again?”

Some things that are going happen at a pub Paint Party are:

People are going to judge your art. Yup, it happens. Strangers will come right up to you and tell you… ‘That looks amazing!’ and you are going to think – ‘What have you been smoking??’ But step away from your own project for a minute and go see others’ projects.  You will find their work amazing and you will tell them you think so and by the time you return to yours… you might just see what they see!

People will jovily mock the instructor ‘jaaast liikkkeee that,she says’.

Most people will look like an experienced painter to you and so will you to them…

Sometimes there will be a real artist in the room to show off their skills (this happens more often than you think)  Should said artist make eye contact with you after seeing your painting, just nod and paint on… You got this.

There will be regulars – The regulars love giving advice. Listen to them… they’ve done this before and they love telling everyone how many paintings they have painted.

The lights are going to be inadequate . There is no other way of putting it. Bring a flashlight.  No don’t, people will point and laugh, while they use their phones to light up their canvases. You don’t need bright lights to see what you are doing. I promise.  It is for entertainment only, remember?  Most pubs/bars/restaurant will have low lighting to create the right ambiance for a dinner… you should come early for a dinner. That is always a good idea!

Everyone will paint the same painting!  Well everyone is directed to and it starts out that way but there are those that go completely rogue and paint their own thing and that is ok too!

The instruction is going to be minimal. Don’t expect a fine art lessons. These are FUN art lessons!  Entertainment, remember.  They will tell you which brush to use, how much paint to pick-up, which colour to pickup and even show you how to pick it up Have fun and explore the inner artist that is about to burst out!

DO NOT hand your brush to the instructor, these people are art-addicts you might never get your brush back!

There will be paint splatter. Don’t wear your Versace, Dulce and Cabanna or Burberry to a paint pARTy. You might be a reserved tamed artist, but you have NO IDEA who sits next to you. That friend of yours that dragged your ass to the pARTy, might just be reserved quiet and the best accountant in town, but at night she is a Jackson Pollock  (famous splatter painter – Remember this name, you can use it at the Paint Night… ) Keep your belongings out of splatter reach!

Your food plate will go on your lap!  With the easels, water jar, palette brushes and drinks on the tables… there might not be space for the food. Your lap is now the table. 

Someone is going to drink the paint water!

Someone is going to dip the brush in their drink!

Someone is going to hold all their brushes in one hand!

You will learn who Bob Ross is, just in case you don’t know who he is.

You might run into your mother there! Everyone loves paint pARTies!

A painting is never done, it is just abandoned. True, right? Right??..Sort of…

*The event will have a start and end time… you can not paint to midnight. People want to go home… Sometimes you just have to put the brush down and take your masterpiece home.

We will see you soon!

 

Wine glass painting in the Fraser Valley

Are you social when you paint or do you ‘get in the zone’ like me?

 

WoW! What a season!  Christmas 2017 was my busiest season with more than 1 000 people painting with us since our first Christmas themed painting pARTy this season.  Isn’t that crazy!

In 2011 when I started to do mobile paint pARTIes there was no ‘Paint Nite’ in Canada only after doing some research,  I found US based businesses like Canvas and Cocktails doing paint pARTies. These pARTies were known in the states as ‘speed painting lessons’ and they did them in various locations like schools and restaurants.  About a year or so after I started doing the pARTies did I see local artists and even non artists see the great business opportunity and started offering mobile art pARTies and then Paint Nite entered Canada and wow, now you can pARTy everywhere.  To tell you the truth I love going as much as I like facilitating these pARTies, and I often do. I do find that I am not the greatest person to go with… not that much fun, I get so involved with the painting I don’t socialize. I forget to drink something and if I would order food, I bet it would go home in a take out box!   Are you social when you paint or do you ‘get in the zone’ like me? Let me know…

Something that we now do almost as much as canvas painting is wine glass painting.

The wine glass painting sessions are very different to the canvas painting sessions. We still provide all the art supplies the difference is… if you change your mind on a brush stroke… you just wipe it off and go again… a little easier than a canvas where a few more steps are required to make a change!  I love how creative everyone gets as this is mostly self paced session with an artists around to give basic technique instructions and some guidance. Very social fun event and everyone goes home with a keepsake from what is always a fun event.

You can have a wine glass pARTy  in your home or at your office or you can join a local event.  All you need to do is set up a table like you would for a dinner and we will do the rest. So phone a few friends fill out our contact sheet and lets make your 2018 your most creative year yet!

I would like to wish you and your family the very best for 2018

~freda

50 Bob Ross Quotes to lift your spirit

  1. “There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.”
  2. “The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe.”
  3. “We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”
  4. “I think there’s an artist hidden at the bottom of every single one of us.”
  5. “You too can paint almighty pictures.”
  6. “No pressure. Just relax and watch it happen.”
  7. “Don’t forget to make all these little things individuals — all of them special in their own way.”
  8. “Find freedom on this canvas.”
  9. “It’s so important to do something every day that will make you happy.”
  10. “Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you’re willing to practice, you can do.”
  11. “Make love to the canvas.”
  12. “[Painting] will bring a lot of good thoughts to your heart.”
  13. “We artists are a different breed of people. We’re a happy bunch.”
  14. “We want happy paintings. Happy paintings. If you want sad things, watch the news.”
  15. “That’s a crooked tree. We’ll send him to Washington.”
  16. “Every day is a good day when you paint.”
  17. “I think each of us, sometime in our life, has wanted to paint a picture.”
  18. “We tell people sometimes: We’re like drug dealers, come into town and get everybody absolutely addicted to painting. It doesn’t take much to get you addicted.”
  19. “They say everything looks better with odd numbers of things. But sometimes I put even numbers — just to upset the critics.”
  20. “Gotta give him a friend. Like I always say, ‘Everyone needs a friend.’”
  21. “See how it fades right into nothing. That’s just what you’re looking for.”
  22. “If I paint something, I don’t want to have to explain what it is.”
  23. “Water’s like me. It’s lazy. Boy, it always looks for the easiest way to do things.”
  24. “In painting, you have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains. You can bend rivers. But when I get home, the only thing I have power over is the garbage.”
  25. “Don’t forget to tell these special people in your life just how special they are to you.”
  26. “Didn’t you know you had that much power? You can move mountains. You can do anything.”
  27. “I like to beat the brush.”
  28. “Just let go — and fall like a little waterfall.”
  29. “Talk to the tree, make friends with it.”
  30. “I taught my son to paint mountains like these, and guess what? Now he paints the best darn mountains in the industry.”
  31. “I really believe that if you practice enough you could paint the ‘Mona Lisa’ with a two-inch brush.”
  32. “Be so very light. Be a gentle whisper.”
  33. “Use absolutely no pressure. Just like an angel’s wing.”
  34. “You need the dark in order to show the light.”
  35. “You can do anything you want to do. This is your world.”
  36. “You have to allow the paint to break to make it beautiful.”
  37. “However you think it should be, that’s exactly how it should be.”
  38. “In nature, dead trees are just as normal as live trees.”
  39. “You can have anything you want in the world — once you help everyone around you get what they want.”
  40. “If you do too much, it’s going to lose its effectiveness.”
  41. “This is happy place; little squirrels live here and play.”
  42. “That’s where the crows will sit. But we’ll have to put an elevator to put them up there because they can’t fly, but they don’t know that, so they still try.”
  43. “Remember how free clouds are. They just lay around in the sky all day long.”
  44. “We don’t really know where this goes — and I’m not sure we really care.”
  45. “If we’re going to have animals around we all have to be concerned about them and take care of them.”
  46. “You can do anything here — the only prerequisite is that it makes you happy.”
  47. “Go out on a limb — that’s where the fruit is.”
  48. “Isn’t it fantastic that you can change your mind and create all these happy things?”
  49. “Anytime you learn, you gain.”
  50. “It’s life. It’s interesting. It’s fun.”

Contact us if you would like a Bob Ross Paint pARTy at your home!  

Paint Night Date Night

 

Paint Night Date Night!

A night sure to be remembered forever!

The gift certificate will be e-mailed. For custom gift cards please allow 12 hours for processing.

 




This is a gift certificate to a Zealous Art Paint night. Valid for 2 person for 1 pARTy, valued at $70. Expires December 2017. Gift certificates can not be redeemed for cash and are non-refundable. Can only be used at Zealous Art in Downtown Langley. Must reserve your spot via e-mail freda@zealousart.com. Visit our website to view the calendar.

 

New Years Special

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This is a $40 saving!

Lets start the new year with fun new paintings!!

Come join us at Zealous Art in Downtown Langley, Wednesday nights in January  from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for fine FUN art lessons!

Use your tickets for one event or one for each painting event at the studio during January.  You must reserve your spot via e-mail to freda [at] zealousart [dot] com.

Listen to music, relax and paint! !   Bring your friends along for a fun evening being creative to what is always a fun paint night!

Tickets includes a 12 x 16 canvas, use of all art supplies and 2 hours art instruction!

Never painted before? Don’t worry, we guide you step by step so no experience required!  You can even pick the colours you would like to use!

Coffee and tea available. You are welcome to bring your own appies and drinks!

Doors open at 6:15pm.  If you are coming in a group come early if you would like to sit together, we do not reserve spots. There is ample parking …outside and it is well lit!   Painting will start as soon as everyone arrives, no later than 6:45pm.




Remember to add #zealousart on your posts (Facebook/Instagram) or share our business (by tagging it) on Facebook/Instagram and you will be entered into a draw to win a ticket to a paint night at our studio in Downtown Langley.

A few events coming up!

I have been quite busy with a few major events the last few weeks, moving into my studio and have not been posting events like I should have!

Here are 3 upcoming events. Please check back by the end of this week as life slows down a little for updates on all the Christmas events!!

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Blogger’s paint pARTy

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Do you paint…? I am not talking thriftstore makeovers, I am talking fine art …a picture   …a masterpiece?

Freda, the owner and operator of Zealous Art is hosting a fun night out for bloggers in the YVR and Fraser Valley areas, at The Loft Studio in the eclectic Downtown Langley!  Freda has  been doing ‘paint night’ long before it became cool!

Zealous Art is a mobile art pARTy business that specialises in adult painting pARTies that is great for anything from Bridal showers to Team buildings!  Freda teaches FUN art, not fine art lessons!

Copy of Copy of Time to book (2)Come and enjoy a night out with fellow bloggers!  This event is free and by invitation only!( If you did not get your official invite, send me an e-mail with a link to your blog.  Space is limited, so don’t wait too long to RSVP!)

Where will we paint:  The Loft Studio in Downtown Langley 20458 Fraser Hwy, Langley (The red door next to Forever Yours Lingerie)

polkapotWhen:  May 19 ~ 6:30pm for 7pm

RSVP: freda@zealousart.com

What will you be painting:  Tulips in a polka dot vase! The first painting ever painted at a Zealous Art painting pARTy!

The event is about 2 – 2 1/2 long. No need to bring any supplies and aprons are provided.   Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

 

 

APRIL 24 – Anchor – THE LOFT STUDIO ~ LANGLEY

‘Tis the season!!  Summer is upon us!

No need to be an artist I will guide you step by step in creating this fabulous painting!!

Join me Sunday April 24th, at 4pm pm  at The Loft Studio in Downtown Langley 20458 Fraser Hwy in Langley (Red door next to Forever Yours Lingerie on the one way)

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**SPECIAL PRICE FOR THIS ONE!**

Tickets are $30 and it includes a 12 x 16 canvas, use of all art supplies and 2 hours art instruction!  Painting, listening to music and exploring your creative side with friends by your side!

Coffee and tea might be available. You are welcome to bring your own appetizers!

Get your tickets here!

(you don’t need paypal to purchase your tickets learn more about paypal here or contact me for alternative ways to pay! )

 




 

May 1 – Art and High Tea – Zen – Cloverdale

Painting pARTy at

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111-6385 168th Street
Surrey, British Columbia

May 1, 2016 2:30pm

Local artist, Freda  will guide you step by step in creating a masterpiece of your own!

Art & High Tea, Sunday May 1st at 2:30pm at Zen Frozen Yogurt in Coffee

$37.50 Includes all you need to make your own beautiful artwork on a large 12×16 canvas, plate of sandwiches and frozen yogurt parfait and choice of tea, coffee or juice.

It’s the week before Mother’s Day…fabulous gift idea!

Call 604-372-0600 or come in to book your spot!

No experience or artistic skills needed!

All supplies provided!

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 This painting is fun for young and old!

Fun relaxed encouraging environment!   Chat, paint and have fun.

Dad/Mom and daughter date night?  Girls night out?  Come and discover your inner artist while enjoying Zen frozen Yogurt and Coffee

 

 

APRIL 27 – JellyFish – THE LOFT STUDIO ~ LANGLEY

This event is now sold out!

‘Tis the season!!  Summer is upon us!

No need to be an artist I will guide you step by step in creating this fabulous painting!!

Join me Wednesday April 27th, at 6:30pm pm  at The Loft Studio in Downtown Langley 20458 Fraser Hwy in Langley (Red door next to Forever Yours Lingerie on the one way)

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Tickets are $35 and it includes a 12 x 16 canvas, use of all art supplies and 2 hours art instruction!  Painting, listening to music and exploring your creative side with friends by your side!

Coffee and tea might be available. You are welcome to bring your own appetizers!

Larger Canvasses available in-house!