frequently asked questions
Whether you are interested in becoming a consultant, attending a class, or looking to host your own party, we are sure you have questions. Take a look through our FAQs below and if you don't find the answers you need, please email us and a customer service representative will contact you.
GENERALWhat is Social Artworking?
Social Artworking is a program that lets you discover your inner artist while having a good time with your friends. We encourage you to bring in your favorite beverage while you follow along with a trained instructor.Who comes up with the designs of the Social Artworking pieces?
All of the Social Artworking pieces have been designed by independent artists from around the country, managed by DecoArt, Inc., Social Artworking's parent company.Will I be able to take my painting home after a class or party? Won't it be wet?
Acrylic paint dries very quickly so the paintings will be dry and ready for transport when you are. But if there are still a few damp areas, hair dryers will be available to quickly finish it.What should I wear to a class or party?
Wear whatever is most comfortable and whatever you don't mind getting a little dirty. Aprons are often supplied by the teacher or host if you would like to use one.What other designs can I paint with the colors I already have?
View our designs color chart to see all of our designs and the colors that you need to paint each one.
CONSULTANTSHow do I become a consultant?
Fill out our online inquiry form to tell us more about yourself. One of our customer service representatives will contact you about completing the steps to becoming an independent consultant.Will I receive any marketing support once I become a consultant?
Once you become a consultant, you will have access to a library of marketing materials including ready-made brochures, flyers, radio ad verbiage, signs, and more. You will also get members-only access to a forum with other consultants to share ideas and tips for growing your business.
DIY PARTIESWhat time should I start my party?
Since it takes 3-4 hours for your entire party, you should probably start between 6:00 and 7:00 for an evening party. You will want to allow plenty of time for your guests to complete the painting before becoming too fatigued.Should I invite guests who have never painted before? Will they be able to complete the painting?
Absolutely! This is for fun and to help your guests explore something they may not have tried before. Everyone will learn together, and the program was created so that those without any painting experience can succeed. Everyone will be instructed step by step through the painting and we think you will be surprised by what your guests can do.
CLASSESWhat are Social Artworking classes like?
The classes last from 2-3 hours and are taught by trained Social Artworking instructors. They are fun, fun, fun! Not only will you go home with great art, but also with a feeling of accomplishment. This is the perfect place for a girls' night out or a special celebration such as a shower or birthday. You are not going to find anything newer or more exciting than this to do for an evening.What does a Social Artworking class cost?
Prices are up to the individual teachers to determine, and may vary depending on location or amenities. On average, you can expect to pay in the range of $35 to $45 for a 2-3 hour class.What all is included in the cost of the Social Artworking class?
For the cost of one Social Artworking course, you will be instructed for 2-3 hours on brush basics and the painting methodology that will enable you to create your own masterpiece. You will also have use of all of the supplies necessary to complete the painting and you'll go home with a ready-to-hang canvas.How do I select what piece I get to paint in my Social Artworking class?
Each course focuses on a particular painting. Select the design you would like to paint and consult our class schedule to see when it is being taught near you. If you have a large group that wants to do a particular painting not offered on the date you want, try reaching out to a consultant in your area to arrange for a special event.What time should I arrive to my class?
Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the class starts so you can register and get your canvas. If you want extra time to eat, drink, and be merry (strongly encouraged!) have your party arrive 30 minutes before the start of class.
PAINTING PROCESSHow do I paint over color mistakes?
If the Social Artworking paint is still wet or semi-wet, there's still hope. Slightly dampen a paper towel or cotton swab in water and rub it over the undesired paint until it fades as much as possible. Then paint over the area with the correct color.I made a mistake and my paint is already dry, can I still fix it?
If paint has dried before you notice a mistake, just apply a base coat color or other desired color over the unwanted area, and start again. Remember that any area can be painted over once the paint is completely dry.My brushstrokes are too fat. How do I fix that?
Make sure you don't overload your brush, which often causes the strokes to be wider. To correct fat brushstrokes, either wipe the paint back with a damp towel and start again, or paint over each side of the brushstroke to make it thinner and more appealing.How do I paint the details better and with more brush control?
When painting details, be sure to apply less paint to the brush. Remember, more paint does not necessarily mean more fluidity when painting. Adding some water to the brush will also help the paint flow and will give you more control over your strokes.It's boring watching paint dry. How do I speed this along?
To minimize drying time, don't load too much paint on your brush. Fans or hair dryers are helpful for speeding up the drying time of Social Artworking acrylics on canvas.I've never transferred a pattern before. Do you have any tips?
To successfully transfer your Social Artworking pattern, be sure to:
- Position the pattern and use several pieces of easy-release tape to adhere it to only the top of the canvas.
- Slide the transfer/graphite paper under the pattern, graphite side down, and trace over design lines.
- Be sure the pattern is centered and spaced evenly before beginning to trace the lines.
- Carefully lift the pattern and graphite when done to check for a complete transfer. If you miss something, just re-align the design and continue.
- If your pattern looks a bit off-center after you've transferred it, or if you messed up a line, don't worry. A simple pencil eraser will work to remove the graphite transfer from the canvas.
You can easily mix the Social Artworking paints to create a wide variety of colors for your piece:
- When mixing colors, be sure to mix enough to do the instructed steps. This will save time and keep you from having to re-mix more paint, which often leads to color differences on the finished piece.
- If your color becomes too muddy on the palette, it is better to discard the paint and start over than to try to "fix" it by adding additional paint. Just get a new, clean palette and remix your Social Artworking acrylics for fresh, bright colors.
If your brush slips and you get uneven design edges in your detail work, grab a cotton swab for a quick fix. Dampen the cotton swab with water, squeeze out any excess moisture in a paper towel, and use the swab to wipe away unwanted paint while it's still wet.Do I really have to wait for the background to dry completely before proceeding with my design?
Wet colors mix and blend on canvas and become "muddy", or they change color from the desired effect to a not-so-desirable effect. If the instructions call for you to allow the previous step to dry, it's a good idea to follow them. Use a hair dryer to speed the process along.I love my finished painting but I'm worried about it getting messed up. Is there anything I can do to protect it?
You can use a sealer or varnish to protect your painting. They come in different finishes from a matte to a high-gloss. Be sure to allow your painting to dry completely before applying sealer or varnish to protect the surface.