Throw an At-Home Painting Party Like a Bob Ross BOSS
For those of us who grew up watching PBS, there are tons of iconic shows that stain our memories. Mr Rodger’s Neighborhood, Sesame Street, Masterpiece Theater and the ultra legendary Bob Ross from The Joy of Painting are just a few of the classics. Bob Ross is best known for being the painter who effortlessly paints “happy little trees” amongst serene landscapes and makes it look all too easy. The very last episode originally aired in 1995 but now you can stream full episodes of The Joy Of Painting on Netflix! This guy hosted a Bob Ross painting party and it’s inspiring people everywhere to do the same. Even us! Painting is a great way to channel your creativity and relax. Bob Ross makes it even more therapeutic with his super soothing voice and easy to follow landscapes you can do at home.
We’ve watched nearly every Bob Ross video, like… EVER and rounded up everything you’ll need to throw your very own painting party. The tools listed below are the staples Bob Ross uses to create virtually every masterpiece. So, round up some friends and a nice bottle of wine! Turn your winter blues into a winter wonderland filled with happy little trees by hosting your very own Bob Ross painting party!
Every work of art starts on a blank canvas. These 11″x14″ canvases are the perfect size for a painting party. These canvases come in a pack of 5 and are already primed for painting. They’re the perfect size for wall mounting or for table top display, so you can showcase your work of art pretty much anywhere!
This set has pretty much every single color you will need to make an awesome landscape. Not to mention at a super reasonable price! One set will set you back about $7.70 and will be enough for a modest party. You might want to have a second set handy if you plan to have more than a handful of guests. These paints offer a smooth consistency and a satin finish. You will also be able to work with them in open air for quite a while without worry of them drying out. These are also non toxic and non leaded. Awesome!
What kind of painter would you be if you didn’t have the quintessential painters tray? Not a very happy one! This tray is one of the first things you’ll need if you want to work comfortably and be able to mix colors freely. We found this set on Amazon and it comes with 12 trays. Perfect for a painting party! If properly cleaned and cared for, you can use these again and again!
Expressing your creativity can be messy business! Make sure to protect your clothes with an apron. These aprons come in boxes of 100 and are great for a painting party. They’re easy to put on and will make sure that any mess you make is contained and won’t end up on your clothes. Your guests will thank you!
The 2 inch oil brush is the first brush that Bob Ross starts off his painting with. This brush is essential for achieving perfectly blended backgrounds. The 2 inch brush is made of boar bristles which holds oil paints very well and the larger size covers more surface area. This brush can be used for priming your canvas before painting, blending colors together to create various sky scenes and sunsets, forming mountains and painting grass. If properly taken care of, this brush can last for quite a long time!
The fan brush is the one responsible for bringing those happy little trees to life. This brush helps to create feathery variances in whatever you paint. Bob Ross almost exclusively uses this brush to paint his signature evergreen trees. He also uses this to create small shrubs and to hi light areas where light strikes. With a little paint and a few strategic dabs, you’re canvas will turn into an enchanted forest in no time flat!
This set comes with everything you’ll need for more detailed work. You can use the fine liners for creating delicate tree branches and the heavier ones to create lush grassy landscapes. The larger brushes are a great addition to your arsenal but aren’t as frequently used as the 2″ brush, fan brush, and the fine liners. Regardless, there are still quite a few Joy of Painting videos that utilize these, so they’re good to have handy.
Now, you might wonder why would you ever need a knife set for painting. The answer is that these artist knives are essential for creating sharp clean lines and layering on heavy handed paints. Bob Ross frequently uses these to mix his colors too. You’ll use artists knives to mix paint colors, create sharp rocky mountains, create tree trunks, branches, houses and add texture to hard surfaces in your image. There’s no substitute for these!
Oil paints can be pretty messy to clean up and can destroy your brushes if you don’t remove residue properly. That’s where Odorless Turpenoid comes in. This mild paint thinner is great for cleaning brushes and doesn’t have a harsh chemical smell. It’s also great to thin out pigments for creating a more inky consistency. When it comes to brush cleaning, this is the easiest way to safeguard your investment.
For a grand total investment of $77.95, you can throw many painting parties this winter with endless themes. Have your friends chip in! Lots of these items are available at Shoplet.com and we encourage you to take some time to pamper your spirit with a little creative fun. This winter, invite some friends over for a seriously relaxing painting party! Have you ever hosted a painting party? Tell us about it below! We’re planing our very own painting party this upcoming Thursday so stay tuned to see what master/disaster-pieces we come up with! Happy painting!