Paint ‘N’ Sip Queenstown

In which Bennett enjoys Paint ‘n’ Sip

Queenstown is a party town. Craig and I have had our fair share of epic nights out in this wee resort over the past couple of years together, and Craig for a couple of winter seasons more. However, we are getting to the stage that drunken nights out are few and far between (I’m not saying I’m never drunken, but once every couple of months is probably even exaggerating the amount we go out!) We prefer to spend money on other things now, including holidays, meals out and other things which give us new experiences (although, my bungy was a new experience I was not so excited to try out!)

We were lucky enough to have a brand new experience last night, at Paint ‘N’ Sip Queenstown. We were very excited as we were going to attempt to paint That Wanaka Tree!

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Sarah and Craig – photo courtesy of Paint ‘n’ Sip

Paint ‘N’ Sip has been running in Christchurch for a while and opened their Queenstown branch this month.

The premise is you get to paint a picture whilst ‘sipping’ on a glass of vino (or beer, or coke).

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The all important wine!

There is a specific painting each session and an artist takes you through each step to create it, or at least your version of it. Plentiful paint and instruction is offered, including paint mixes, names of brushes to help you get the right stroke for the stage you are at:

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Following instructions

The “Big Daddy” brush was used to create and blend the blue and white for the sky and the lake:

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First stage with Big Daddy

The “Little Daddy” brush was used for smaller work and mixing the paint.

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Little Daddy comes into play

There is space for up to 40 artists at once in the studio.

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All the easels in the studio

The end results are wonderfully varied with everyone’s different versions of the painting, where you can also opt to use different colours for your painting if you wish. You also get to keep your masterpiece!

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Everyone’s finished paintings – photo courtesy of Paint ‘n’ Sip

This was a fantastic evening, meeting new people and giving something new a go. Complemented with nibbles and giggles, this is a great activity to do, for any age, any ability and any number up to 40.

Thanks Amanda, Lou and Jade who were our hosts for the evening – these two budding artistes will definitely be back!

Would you like to join us for our next Paint ‘n’ Sip session?
What would be your tipple of choice to accompany your creativity?

Paint ‘n”Sip Queenstown is located at 10 Athol Street. You can preview the different paintings each month on their Paint ‘n’ Sip website. Seats cost $65NZDpp (although they have been doing a $55 special recently too) and sessions are 7-9pm every day except Sundays at 2-4pm. This includes all instruction, materials, nibbles and you get to take your canvas home at the end of the evening! They are available to hire for private events, so get in touch with the team.
(We paid for our own seats and all thoughts in this post are my own.)
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Author: Bennett

2 years as an expat in China and now doing the same in New Zealand, Bennett sure likes to experience "slow travel!"

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