If you haven’t been to a wine and paint party yet, you’re missing out. It’s a great way to hang out with friends and dip into your artistic side in the least scary way possible. Usually, you paint things like flowers or wine glasses or city skylines. But in the most genius marketing move ever, these studios have decided to offer special sessions for you to paint a portrait of your precious pet.
The way it works is pretty simple. First, you find a good quality photo of your pet. Make sure it’s not blurry and not too dark or light. Send the photo to the paint class you select and the instructor will sketch it on the canvas for you. When you get to class, all the materials you need will be waiting for you. All you have to do is throw on that apron and color in your canvas.
There are a bunch of different wine and paint companies that offer these special sessions. Wine & Canvas, which offers classes in 25 different states, has a Paint Your Pet session for $45. While you can’t BYOB to these events, they’re usually held at restaurants or bars that give drink specials for painting customers.
Pinot’s Palette is another company that offers these pet portrait classes all over the country. Their method sounds even more foolproof, as they print your actual photo on a canvas and all you have to do is paint on top of it. They allow BYOB in some states but not others, so check your local restrictions.
The best part of these events is that you get to walk out with a beautiful painting that you made with your own two hands. Even if you’re not the most artistic type, the instructors are usually great about making sure that everyone leaves with a great finished product. So when you hang up that portrait in your home and the compliments start rolling in, you can proudly say, “I made that myself.”
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