Rooster Painting Video

Here’s another painting tutorial, this time of our Rooster painting. While these videos are meant for instructors, and give tips for how to avoid the pitfalls of teaching them, individual budding artists are welcome to paint along at home. If you’re interested in licensing our paintings (all of which are copyrighted) for your own paint and sip business or classroom, please contact us at artisticabandon@gmail.com. If you’re a budding artist and just want to paint along at home (not to teach or to sell as your own painting or financially profit from in any way), you are welcome to use this video free of charge. Have fun!

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Solace Painting Video

Here’s a tutorial for how to teach one of Artistic Abandon’s most popular paintings, Solace. As always,  while these videos are meant for instructors, and give tips for how to avoid the pitfalls of teaching them, individual budding artists are welcome to paint along at home. If you’re interested in licensing our paintings (all of which are copyrighted) for your own paint and sip business or classroom, please contact us at artisticabandon@gmail.com. If you’re a budding artist and just want to paint along at home (not to teach or to sell as your own painting or financially profit from in any way), you are welcome to use this video free of charge. Have fun!

Sunflower Painting Video

Here’s another instructional video of a happy little sunflower. If you’re interested in licensing our paintings (all of which are copyrighted) for your own paint and sip business or classroom, please contact us at artisticabandon@gmail.com. If you’re a budding artist and just want to paint along at home (not to teach or to sell as your own painting or financially profit from in any way), you are welcome to use this video free of charge. Have fun!

Post-Thanksgiving Painting Video

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a smashing Thanksgiving yesterday, and are now lazing around with bloated bellies until it’s time to dig into your leftovers. To give you an excuse to avoid getting into another political fight with your crazy Uncle Albie, here is another instructional video for one of Artistic Abandon’s paintings, Blue Window.

If you’re interested in licensing our paintings (all of which are copyrighted) for your own paint and sip business or classroom, please contact us at artisticabandon@gmail.com. If you’re a budding artist and just want to paint along at home (not to teach or to sell as your own painting or financially profit from in any way), you are welcome to use this video free of charge. Have fun!

Instructional Video – Misty Woods

We’ve created videos for how to teach a few of our paintings! We’ll be releasing more over the coming weeks. While these videos are meant for instructors, and give tips for how to avoid the pitfalls of teaching them, individual budding artists are welcome to paint along at home. If you’re interested in licensing our paintings (all of which are copyrighted) for your own paint and sip business or classroom, please contact us at artisticabandon@gmail.com. If you’re a budding artist and just want to paint along at home (not to teach or to sell as your own painting or financially profit from in any way), you are welcome to use this video free of charge. Have fun!

Smart Meetings

Artistic Abandon has been featured again! The magazine, Smart Meetings, even included a picture of Emily teaching. One of the fun things you can do as a paint and sip studio is team building events. There are so many options for customizing it for each company that comes in for a painting class! We’ve done everything from small doctors’ offices to huge tech companies and everything in between. It’s a great way for coworkers to get together and use a part of their brains that doesn’t always get tapped, and it’s a fairly level playing field: generally, the boss has no more painting experience than the entry-level employee, so it puts everyone on an equal footing as they get to know each other a little bit better.

We’ve Been Featured!

Hi everyone, sorry for the long gap in posts, but I’ve been hard at work on a variety of projects. I thought I’d pop over to share some fun news with you: Artistic Abandon has been featured in the February/March 2017 issue of Professional Artist magazine! Here’s an excerpt of what they had to say:

“Emily Page taught for Painting with a Twist, and when she decided to open her own paint-and-sip studio, she wasn’t happy with the franchise deal the corporation offered her. She had created many example paintings for the company, so she thought she’d just make more. And, she could contract someone to build a computer system for her for a lower price than the franchise would offer for their systems, she said. And in her heart, it just didn’t feel right to franchise.

‘It didn’t really seem to me like a very good deal,’ she said. ‘I watched franchise owners get frustrated at wanting to try something different and being told by corporate that that’s not the business model.’

She opened Artistic Abandon (artisticabandon.com) in Raleigh, N.C., five and a half years ago. There are a couple things that set her studio apart from the franchised ones: The painting library is ‘less cartoony, more like real paintings,’ and the teaching style is more comprehensive. ‘I figured out how to break it down in a much more step-by-step method,’ she said.

Independent studios have some unique challenges. The franchises have the name recognition, and they can put locations anywhere, and sometimes they don’t separate them out very well, Page said. It can be hard to compete, especially in the beginning. And, if new owners don’t partner with other indy studios, they will probably have to pay more for art supplies because they won’t have access to bulk pricing.

Her advice to artists looking to start a paint-and-sip of their own? ‘You have to have patience. It is a customer service job…If you’re not willing to repeat yourself a bunch of times, it’s not the job for you.’ She also warns artists to make sure they understand the liquor laws in their county. Contact the state department of alcoholic beverage control to find out what can and can’t be done.

A couple years after opening Artistic Abandon, Page was approached about franchising her business. ‘It seemed hypocritical. If I wasn’t willing to do it [join a franchise], it seems unfair for me to offer it,’ she said. So, instead, she started a consulting business – kind of like franchising lite – to help artists and non-artists alike open their own studios…

She’s helped seven studios open so far. She offers tools, including a library of paintings, guidelines and suggestions. The studios have banded together to get wholesale prices on materials. Unlike in franchising, the studio gets to pick its own name and doesn’t pay a royalty fee.

In addition to running and teaching at her studio and consulting, Page makes what she calls her ‘real art,’ original paintings, to sell through emilypageart.com. She said during the first couple years of having her paint-and-sip, her art took a backseat, but now that the studio is established, she’s able to spend more time making art, and, maybe more importantly, marketing it.”

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