Hosting a themed DIY art party
I have a passion for art and was recently offered a chance to host an arty party for a customer based on some of the artwork she had seen of mine online. I accepted the challenge but it very quickly dawned on me that I would have to actually stand in front of quite a few people and teach them how to paint. Being quite a shy person, this definitely frightened me so I decided since my birthday was coming up why not test this out on a small group of friends first.
This is what I did.
1. I chose a theme: Frida Kahlo
Frida is one of the most famous women artists ever and definitely one of my favourites. I also loved the Mexican colours and being the month of Halloween October I liked the idea of incorporating the Mexican Day Of The Dead theme as well.
2. I chose what we were going to paint: A Delicious Monster Leaf
Quite on trend at the moment and I wanted something people would actually like to put up in their houses and not at the back of the garage.
3. I started to buy Mexican decorations and to search Pinterest for ideas on decorations I could make myself.
I visited China Mall for table cloths, cups, plates and hanging decor.
I then found some of my favourite images of Frida which I colour printed and mounted on black mounting board using Bison Spray Glue, foam board which has a sticky side and cut all this using an art knife and my special Cutting Mat.
I created a Photo Booth with the black mount board and decorated that with some plastic flower clips that I found at China Mall.
I made some photo booth accessories using paper plates and my Molotow Acrylic Markers, which my 6 year olds help, I left some blank for my guests to decorate themselves when they were done with their painting project.
4. Art Supplies For The Paint Party and what you will need for approximately 10 guests
I bought 10 x wooden Easel and Canvas sets which are available from my online store which are cheap but get the job done.
I bought 11 different colours of Primo 300ml Acrylic Bottles but you could just get the primary colours or if you would like to do the Delicious monster, you could get the greens, white and black but I do own an art supply company and wanted a big range of colours to try out. I still have left overs so it does go a long way.
I had tones of brush from my years of doing art but if you need my Hog Brushes would be fine. I would suggest a minimum of 3 each, Large #10, Medium #5 and small #1 for detail.
For mixing palettes you could get the small plastic one which look great or just use a paper plate which is what I did.
I bought a bulk pack of plastic aprons from Makro for about R70 which gave me a couple hundred for future use.
We also used paper cups for washing brushes.
5. Food and the amazing pinata
I was lucky enough to meet and make friends with a lovely and creative lady with many talents, who made the most beautiful Frida Pinata, Frida biscuit cookies and who decorated my cake with fondant, So I have decided to sell her themed cookies and themed pinatas on my store too. Obviously, we would need advanced warning of about 2 weeks for her to make the orders and I’m looking at selling her party boxes too.
Gluten doesn’t really sit well with me so I ordered and bought a banting cake from Yolande at www.cravecakes.co.za It wasn’t cheap bet well worth it and very delicious. I chose a naked red velvet cake with cream cheese topping and my friend Margaretha whom I mentioned earlier put on the Frida Fondant.
On the day of the art party
Thanks to my mom and friends we set up, unfortunately it rained so we had to set up inside and not outside under a tree as I planned but it worked out.
I borrowed a few trestle tables from family members and did it in my dining room.
I also got a lovely easel for my birthday which is available to buy from my store WOODEN ADJUSTABLE EASEL which I set up in front of every one.
I was quite nervous so when I started the class my voice cracked a bit and I felt a bit shy but I told everyone to have fun and try not to criticize their work and that they can use any colour they like.
Each person got a colour and a black and white print of the delicious monster and either traced it onto their canvas from their window, used carbon paper or free hand drew the pic on. It went quite well but there were a few things that I learned
- Paint your pic before and do one on the day. Its really quite hard to do your best work and have everyone scrutinise it when you are pouring paint, helping someone and finding a brush. so have your amazing example done prior.
- Don’t judge yourself too harshly, I told everyone not to be critical of their work and then I wasn’t happy with the one colour I used for the background and I used a bigger canvas for them to see but it was out of proportion, so this was also lack of planning on my part which made me doubt myself a bit.
In the end it came off very well, everyone was chatting and a in a good mood and loved doing something different for the day. We took some funny pics in the booth, ate some nice cake but never got to decorating the scull masks.
Please comment below if you need help with hosting your own art party or your successful actions for hosting a successful one yourself.