Date Night Idea: Plan a Couple’s Paint and Sip Night

Grab a glass of wine and a paintbrush for a painting date night to remember
by Sarah Finley

Blend the rules of this week’s date night with a couple’s paint and sip night that Frida and Diego would be proud of.

Studies show that couples that engage in creative activities enjoy greater romantic passion long-term, as well as a sense of personal wellbeing.

So, for an off-the-wall experience, simply grab a drink and begin creating your masterpieces together – we’ve got some great ideas for you to try below.

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Date night at a glance

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Things you’ll need: Paintbrush, a canvas and your favorite drink

Time needed to prepare: 5 minutes

How doing this will improve your relationship

Doing something creative, or sharing a hobby, such as a painting date night, is a bonus for any relationship – as it helps to relieve stress and leave you with a positive memory that you enjoyed together.

According to research in 2017 creating art also helps to activate your brain's reward pathway. The study by Drexel University, which was completed on 26 artists, found that there was an increase in blood flow in the brain's prefrontal cortex when they were doodling, free drawing or So, what are you waiting for?

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How it works

The beauty of this couple's painting date night is that you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. Decide on the painting you both want to create a few days before, to ensure you’ve got the right utensils, and set your canvases up, so you’re sitting next to each other.

In case you’re feeling peckish throughout, make sure you’ve got some snacks to hand or create a platter of cheeses and meats if you’re feeling adventurous. Put on your favorite music, hide your phones away and sip on your favorite drinks while you get creative on your first paint and sip date night. 

Stuck for ideas of what to paint? We share some of the best couple painting ideas below.

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Couple painting ideas

  1. Pottery painting

    You can create your own pottery or buy some plain pieces of pottery to paint for this fun couple's painting date night. Choose a theme or color, or show off your own personalities as you create an artistic memory for you both to savor. 

  2. Recreate a famous painting 

    Have you always dreamt of attempting the Mona Lisa or a favorite piece of art deco? Now’s your chance! Agree on a painting together, print it out for reference, and giggle together as you give your best attempts at recreating it.

  3. Paint each other's portraits 

    You can be as silly or as serious as you’d like for this couple's paint night idea. If you both fancy yourself as artists, then use your color palette to express how you see them. But stick figures and googly eyes are also fine, too.

  4. Paint by numbers

    If neither of you feels confident enough to free paint, then paint by numbers is the perfect easy couple's painting idea. The canvases will already come with numbers added which indicate where the different colors should go – and will also have an outline of your painting. Simply add the right colors to your painting while you sip on your favorite drink. You can either paint the same picture as your partner and compare, or paint different ones.

  5. Side by side canvas painting 

    As couples painting ideas go, this is one of the sweetest. Once you decide on the scenery or painting to replicate, then take one side each and make sure it meets in the middle. Put your personalities into your own paintings, but make sure they are similar. Then join them together as one painting – you’ll finish with a joint project which will always remind you of your fun date. 

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