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Paint Nite in Victoria: This is Date Night Stuff!

With DIY crafting making a comeback, it’s no wonder concepts like Paint Nite are successful. The idea behind the brand is for guests to attend a locally hosted event, frequently at a restaurant or community hall, with your own friends plus a bunch of people you’ll meet that night to make a new creation. 

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As the name implies, Paint Nite started out as a company focused on paintings. The concept has been so successful that the creative forces behind the brand have expanded their offerings and now changed the name to more fully encompass the variety of experiences attendees can choose from.

Introducing Yaymaker!

Attending a Yaymaker event may be a painting night, or you might select from one of their expanding line of experiences that now include:

  • Plant Nite
  • Design a Sign
  • Flower Workshop
  • Candle Maker
  • Make a Mosaic
  • Innovation Lab

They promise more are on the way. NOTE: Due to COVID-19, all Yaymaker events were moved to an online format. As of October 2021, in person events are now starting again. But if you're not ready for an in-person event or there are none in your area, we've got another incredible idea for you. Create your own paint night right in your house with paint-by-number kits. Gone are the days when these things were tacky - now they are all the rage! Throw in a bottle of wine and you got date night! My personal favourites are the cherry blossoms, the orca and the mountain lake scene

Attending a Paint Nite

When you buy a ticket to a Paint Nite, you are buying an event-specific ticket. You can choose from any of the paintings in the current event calendar, including fund raisers for groups you aren’t even associated with. So, you can either choose a painting that appeals to you, or a group you want to support.

The amateur rugby club I am connected with recently hosted an evening at our clubhouse. The painting selected by the organizer was “Wading in Red Wellies” and given this is Victoria, this one seemed especially appropriate!

I was pleasantly surprised to see how many people came out to our event who were not associated with our club at all. It really shows the appeal of the concept and we raised over $450. The best part was that the organizers showed up, set up, provided all the materials and instruction and cleaned up after us! 

Many people fear they don't have the creativity to participate or make something worthy of hanging on a wall. Don't let this fear hold you back. 

The instructors have got it figured out and they know how to guide the class. They give step by step instructions, demonstrate the techniques, use language that is easy to follow, answer all your questions, get you more supplies as required and move at a pace that is easy to keep up with.

Even the most doubtful from the beginning of the evening were pleasantly surprised at their own creations.

Because everyone is following the same instructions, all the paintings from your "class" will look similar, but you are given enough latitude to do what you want and create something that is uniquely yours.

Despite the fact our painting was called Wading in Red Wellies, both my sister and I got a little rebellious and chose different colours based on our own interiors and where we planned to hang them. My sister went with turquoise and mine are the yellow ones. It was way more enjoyable than I expected! 

Next time you get invited out for an evening of painting, I encourage you to say yes, and see how much fun you can have.

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