When Hartford Paint Parties started our company years back, all we did was painting on canvas parties. Shortly after, the trend moved in a different direction towards hand-painted wine glasses.
After all, most of the painting parties included lots of wine, so it was rather appropriate. Hand-painted wine glasses didn’t exactly catch on to be a bigger trend than the canvas paintings, but it was still a nice little break and something different than painting canvases at parties. To this day, Hartford Paint Parties still offers wine glass painting. One positive of painting wine glasses is that they are small enough to instruct a few different designs at a party rather than just one, like at a canvas paint party. Ironically, the owner, Pam, is not thrilled about hand-painted wine glasses for a few reasons. The paint is very temperamental on the glass and there have been instances where is chips off down the road. Pam also thinks wine glasses are so elegant and heavy painting on them doesn’t excite her aesthetically-but to each their own. For this reason, Pam thought wine glass etching might look better and she decided to give it a go. To her delight, the wine glass etching was a successful, beautiful and unique offering. The first wine glass etching party was held at a local high-end restaurant/bar called Rooftop120 in Glastonbury, CT. It was in the middle of winter and the party guests etched snowflake designs on their glasses and they came our marvelously. The guests transferred snowflake designs of their choosing onto adhesive vinyl and cut out the design using an exacto knife. Then the stencil backing is removed and the stencil is placed and smoothed down onto the glass. The final step is to carefully brush etching cream onto the stenciled glass. Then wait 5-10 minutes, wash off the cream and there you go! There are some designs, such as the snowflakes, where you can even etch and paint! This combination of art mediums is unique and has yet to be done officially at a party, but certainly can be if someone is interested. So, next time you want to hold a paint party but you are looking for something a little different, try wine glass painting, wine glass etching or the ultimate experience, wine glass etching and painting!