DIY Paint Party Supplies

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Paint Party Supplies 

The trend of painting and sipping your favorite cocktail is still on the rise! Going to a paint studio is a a lot of fun. The atmosphere is very relaxing, the instructors are fun and gifted at guiding you through the process of painting a beautiful masterpiece.

It’s the perfect date night and girls night. But have you thought about hosting a DIY paint party in your own home?

Hosting a paint party is FUN but there is a lot of planning involved because there are a lot of supplies you’ll need to get. The amount of paints, canvases, brushes, easels, etc. can be kind of cumbersome.

In this guide I will detail some recommended supplies that are suitable for a paint party. I’ll also provide you with some pointers and tips. This post contains links to other retail markets such as Amazon, Michaels and Hobby Lobby.

What Paint Should I Get?

Can I use craft paint? Craft paint works fine on canvas and it’s easy on the budget! Keep in mind that it will be a bit watery so you may be using twice as much even though it appears cheaper. I love using Apple Barrel paints for paint parties. 

How much paint should I get?  I always use the formula .25 oz per color per painter if we’re doing the painting on a 16 x 20.

If there’s a lot of one color, I just buy an extra bottle or tube of that color. If we’re working on smaller canvases, less paint is needed.

My Acrylic “Craft Paint” Picks:

Apple Barrel 18 Piece 2oz bottles. This is a best seller on Amazon. I love this set and have personally used it for a lot of my tutorials! (Note: they are more expensive on Amazon. You can get them for like 50 cents a color at Walmart)


DecoArt Americana 18 Piece 2oz bottles. These are a tad more expensive than the Apple Barrel but the quality of this acrylic paint is better than the typical craft paint. They also just released a tube version of the Americana (see below)!
Craftsmart Brand From Michael’s. This one is a popular choice because they are so CHEAP and look at all the colors you get!


Economical artsy acrylic paint options:

If you don’t want to use craft paint, look for the DecoArt Americana, Liquitex BASICS, Artist’s loft or the Fine Touch Hobby Lobby brands.


I LOVE DecoArt Americana premium in the tubes! It’s surprisingly very vibrant, flows nicely and fairly inexpensive. You can find these at Michaels and Joann. 


Artist Loft is similar to the Liquitex BASICS brand. I call it the “knock off” BASICS because it’s usually about $1-2 cheaper. Look for sales on this one throughout the year too!


I’ve been using BASICS for years! It’s what I bought when I was in college and I just can’t venture away from it. For a paint party, I’d say it’s an economical choice because the paint will spread further than some of the off brands.

It might be a good choice if you have a small group.


Other Economical Picks: 

Just be careful with some of these off brands as they might be very watery or even “clumpy”. I’ve personally never tried these but they are listed on Amazon and seem to be an economical option!

US Art Supply 12 Piece Set
Castle Art Supplies Acrylic Paint

Large Party Paint Picks:

Are you anticipating a large group? You might be able to save by buying bulk containers of paint.

While six isn’t really a “large crowd” this bundle pack from US Art Supply may be able to save you the hassle of buying everything separately. 

What Brushes Should I Get?

Make sure your set includes at least:

  • a large flat for painting large surfaces 
  • a small/medium bright  (also a flat brush)
  • a medium/ small round brush

Also look for packages that say “meant for acrylic” or “synthetic” or “soft bristles”.

My Bulk Paint Brush Pack Picks: 

I find that has the best prices on bulk paint brushes. There are A LOT of listings. for bulk sets. Here are a few:

30 Pack of Brushes (5 of each size) This is a great value for this set!!!!

Loew-Cornell 3 pack of 25 pieces, total 75 brushes

What Canvases Do I Get?

It’s up to you what size to get! The standard paint night canvas size seems to be 16″ x 20″ . That’s a large canvas and usually it’s about $3-$4 each.

I’ve recently gravitated to a 11″ x 14″ size and think it might be more ideal for a paint party because it’s less time consuming. But the choice is up to you!

If you’re painting with kids, make sure you grab smaller canvases.


 My Canvas Picks: 

I found this gem at Michaels! Mega pack 20 piece 16″ x 20″ canvas Artist Loft  They are the best deal that I’ve found out there for bulk canvas packs! 

Other Picks From Amazon:

I also like to get the Art Alternative bulk packs on When I get my 11″ x 14″ canvases, that’s the brand I go to:

5 Pack 16 x 20 From Amazon

7 pack 11 x 14 From Amazon



Where do I get easels?

Easels give your painting the best perspective to work with. They also save space! I can easily fit six painters at my small dining room table if they all have easels!

If you’re buying easels online, pay attention to the size in the description. A lot of them look larger in the picture but are only about 12″ high and won’t be able to support a 16 x 20 canvas.

Find one that is at least 18″ high!

My Easel Picks: 

  • I own  these easels from Hobby Lobby! This particular easel is the best deal in terms of quality and price. I own 15 of them and use them for my personal paint parties! Also, Hobby Lobby has a 40% off coupon you can use on one item.
Hobby Lobby Beechwood Tabletop Easel. Great for 16″ x 20″ canvases! Easel Picks: 

Loew Cornell Table Easel Also Good For 16 x 20

12″ Easels


6 pack 18″ Easels
10 Pack Aluminum Easels


What should we use for Palettes?

I use paper plate palettes because I don’t like cleaning them afterward.

I also recently discovered that using those little condiment cups (paper or plastic) is a genius idea! You can put your individual paint colors in each of the cups!

Palette paper is another option you can use, especially if you’re having a large group.


If you’re interested in multi packs of palettes, I’ve listed a few below.

Individual Palettes

12 piece palette set with thumb hole
40 Sheets Palette Paper

Should we get aprons? 

Everyone requests these at paint parties! For some reason putting on an artist apron makes the whole night seem that much more authentic!

Not to mention, acrylic paint DOES stain!

You can get relatively inexpensive bulk sets of aprons on Amazon or even some ones with fun slogans and designs on them! I found this adorable “Paint & Sip” apron by MeAnWe Wares!

Artist’s Paint & Sip


12 Pack Bib Apron

Do we need graphite paper? 

A lot of painting tutorials online include a traceable that you can print and distribute for your paint party. This skips the need to draw free handed on your canvas.

Just place a piece of graphite paper below the print out and it transfers to the canvas.

You can check out my printable library here

The best thing I’ve noticed about graphite paper is that it can be used multiple times and shared with others so you don’t need that many.

If you don’t want to purchase graphite paper, just apply pencil to the back of the traceable and trace it over the canvas.

25 Sheets 9″ x 13″ Graphite Transfer Tracing Carbon Paper


Graphite Transfer Tracing Carbon Paper – 10 Sheets – 18″ x 24″


White Transfer Paper-9″X13″

Any Accessories?

Don’t forget things like the plastic wine glasses if you’ll be offering wine!

Decorations and props are fun but don’t overload your table because you’ll need all the room for paint supplies!

Also, I recommend you get plastic table cloths to protect for all your tables!

 Books About Paint Parties:

There’s a lot resources online but there are also some beautiful books on Amazon for how to plan a painting party!

What Should We Paint?

It’s really up to you what you’d like to paint! You can look through my growing collection of acrylic painting tutorials here. 

Navigate to my home page to find my growing collection of tutorials:  


Enjoy your party and have fun! If you’re using one of my designs, share your photos on the Step By Step Painting Facebook Page! I love hearing about your event.

See the paint party planner below to help you plan your event. This download is in my PDF library. 

17 thoughts on “DIY Paint Party Supplies”

  1. Hello,
    Thank you so much for this supply list and info.
    I am about to do a paint party and I have not been sure of what I’m doing.
    This is truly a blessing to me. Thank you again.

      • You have given so much great info in the post. Thank you! am wanting to host a paint party but am not sure what to use as a venue as my home is rather small for the number of people. Any ideas on a good place to use?

        • Lana thank you! I have a small home and I’ve hosted many paint parties. If you use easels, you can fit a lot of people at one table. I put out foldable tables each with 6 easels. One time we used our garage. You can also paint outside if the weather is nice! I’m unsure of venues but you can always look into renting a church hall or community center. Good luck!

  2. You just gave me that much more confidence about this paint & “sip” surprise party I’m hosting for my moms 61st birthday. The estimated measurements for the amount of paint I would need, was especially helpful. Thank you!

  3. Thank You! I just came across your information, I am doing my daughter a “Paint & Play” birthday party I planned everything except I wasn’t sure how I was going to get the pictures on the canvas. (FYI I failed art couldn’t draw stick people) With your very informative guide I think I got this again THANK YOU

  4. I am in a long distance relationship and have been looking for cool virtual date ideas so this seems like a perfect avenue to do so. Do you know of any places that sell whole kits that I could send one to my GF and the same one to me so that we can do it together virtually over the net as a date night? or will I have to get the supplies and separate and send myself?

    • Hi Jason! What a fantastic idea for a virtual date! The one place that comes to mind that sells whole kits is Social Artworking. Look them up, I think they’ll be a great fit for what you’re looking for!

  5. Tracie!
    I just had the most amazing Paint Party. I followed all your steps, and made sure I had all the supplies. The graphite paper was a big hit. We allowed each guest to free style or paint from a traceable…They loved it!

    Yoir tips made this easy for me. I am an anxious hostess but I felt prepared today.

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