Paint Nite Crazee Daizee painting

Your Favorite Paintings and Terrariums from 2017

Well, it wouldn’t be the end of the year without a good, old fashioned roundup blog post, right? New Year’s Eve is coming quickly and we’ve been reflecting on 2017. Throughout this year, we’ve mixed a lot of paint, raised our glasses together, laughed, promised to not throw dirt, and squealed over succulents. It’s been one heck of a year.

Did you know across all of our locations, you painted over 855,000 paintings this year? Well done. Give yourselves a serious pat on the back.

Our Paint Nite artists have created over 12,000 unique paintings since we started five years ago, but you all had some clear favorites this year and we thought we’d take this time to count down the top five Paint Nite paintings of 2017.

Without further ado…

Your Favorite Paint Nite Paintings

#5 – Whatever Lola Wants by Andrea Soto

Paint Nite Whatever Lola Wants Painting

This sassy lady stole your heart in 2017. Maybe it was her power stance, or her feathery skirt, or just the fact that she’s a symbol of female empowerment. Either way, we love that you love her as much as we do.

#4 – Spring Blossoms by Meg Brady

Paint Nite Spring Blossoms painting

It’s a #happytree! Whether you painted this one in the spring, summer, winter, or fall, this serene blossoming tree captured your heart and taught you how to bring color and joy into your homes and lives.

#3 – Crazee Daizee by Maggie Sylva

Paint Nite Crazee Daizee painting

Y’all got a little CRAZEE with us this year and went nuts for this bright blossom. Some of you even chose Electric Crazee Daizee and took this painting into the black light.

#2 – Sea Turtle by Kristina Elizabeth

Paint Nite Sea Turtle painting

You took a trip under the sea with this peaceful turtle and his/her fish friends. Some of you even changed it up and added mermaids, sharks, and undersea divers—you creative people you.

#1 – Japanese Cherry Blossom by Brian Wintersteen

Paint Nite Japanese Cherry Blossom painting

There’s just something about blossoms this year. Japanese Cherry Blossom continues to be our number one bestselling painting year after year. It has been painted over 80,000 times since it was first created!

Your Favorite Plant Nite Terrariums

Did you know that across all of our Plant Nite locations (and we’re now in Canada!), you created over 95,000 Plant Nite terrariums in 2017? You did. That’s a lot of succulents, air plants, and cacti.

While each terrarium always looks a little different thanks to your creativity, here is our roundup of your favorite Plant Nite projects from 2017.

#5 – Succulent Terrarium in Wooden Drawer

Plant Nite Succulent Wooden Drawer
Nestled in a tiny drawer, but not put away, this container was a popular choice this year and held everything from fairy gardens to zen gardens to dino battle royales.

#4 – Succulent Garden in Chalkboard Planter

Plant Nite Chalkboard Planter

There’s just something about getting to write a message in chalk that makes this planter one of the most popular projects. Whether it’s an inspirational message or something silly, you enjoyed every moment of making this project yours.

#3 – Succulent Terrarium in Light Wood Tapered Rectangle

Plant Nite Succulent Terrarium Light Wood Rectangle

Simplicity is key with this Plant Nite favorite. Some of you went au naturale with simple stones and plants and others added pops of pink moss and gemstones to take this project to the next level.

#2 – Succulent Terrarium in Hanging Glass Globe

Plant Nite Succulent Terrarium in Hanging Glass Globe

Our hanging terrarium globe was a popular choice this year. While some of you hung yours around the home, others set it on display in their offices. It’s like a tiny world all its own.

#1 – Succulent Terrarium in Rose Bowl

Plant Nite Succulent Terrarium in Rose Bowl

It’s no surprise that the #1 favorite Plant Nite terrarium for 2017 remains our classic rose bowl. This timeless project lets you leave your mark and make a garden all your own.

Thank YOU for making 2017 a year to remember for us here at Paint Nite and Plant Nite. Cheers to 2018!

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  • Jo Ann Hyde says:

    Some of us folk live in isolation but still love to paint. Is there any way I could get a tutorial for “Whatever Lola Wants”? So frustrating that Paint Nites are not on the Internet.

    • Katie Fawkes says:

      Thanks for the note, Jo. We do not currently offer instruction for our paintings online, but I’ll pass your note along to our team.

  • Christie says:

    Great article!

  • Peg says:

    I bought a few groupons for paint night can those be used for the succulent parties or is that something different.

    • Katie Fawkes says:

      Hi Peg,
      Absolutely. You can use your Groupon for either Paint Nite or Plant Nite events. Thanks for asking! 🙂

  • Shayla says:

    For futher references, please don’t refer to black women as “sassy”. This may have just been an absent minded description of the painting, but we can tell that she is black by her hair. Just because she is confident, hey that’s a descriptive word to use, doesn’t mean that she is sassy. Sassy is often used to describe a black women with an opinion or more likely received as an “attitude”.

  • Katie,
    I completely enjoyed this blog. I found that it was extremely entertaining and innovative for the creatively minded person. It inspired thoughts of new possibilities. Thank you and continue to be the liaison between creativity and the world.

  • Roberta wachowski says:

    I think the birdcage painting at Shelbys was the best one. The artist Rob is great and so much fun. My friends and I have gone to 3 of his paint nights and love them. Not only do I like his paintings but he really makes it a lot of fun. We have some passed we will be using this year too.

    • Katie Fawkes says:

      Thanks for the note, Roberta! We’re so happy to hear you’ve had great experiences with Rob. We appreciate the feedback.

  • Tonda Thurston Cole says:

    I love paint night. My friend and I did a painting of the poppies and I love it. I also love the ones above with my favorite being the Japanese Cherry Blossoms 🌸. Gorgeous!!
    We painted at Bravery brewing. Although I do not drink, I was able to bring my husband a growler of beer home after I was done. An all around Win Win…
    I so badly want to do be creative and make a terrarium in a wooden drawer, but after looking on Groupon for months, I cannot find the terrarium night anywhere. Please, if feasible, could you please make this night more? I live in Lancaster and would love ❤️ more options more nights available for myself and my family and friends.
    Thank You Kindly,
    -Tonda Thurston Cole

    • Katie Fawkes says:

      Thanks for the note, Tonda. We’re working on expanding Plant Nite into more markets. You can visit to see our full event calendar. Hope to see you at an event soon!

  • Antoinette says:

    Hello Katie. Congratulations on your new assignment! Will be looking for your work in the future.

  • Janet Sinitzki says:

    Love! Love! Paint Nite. Gone to three so far. Haven’t tried plant Nite, bit looks like fun. Have to try. I went by myself twice and ince with a friend. Enjoy!!!

  • Terri says:


    Just wondering when you will be having more Plant Nite options. Can’t wait to try but haven’t seen any new ones listed.


    • Katie Fawkes says:

      Hi Terri,
      We’re always adding new events to our calendar. You can reach out to your local Plant Nite team via Facebook and request particular projects or make suggestions.

  • J Dimaggio says:

    would LOVE to do a terrarium and have been waiting over a year for the classes to be brought north! I am in Snohomish and hope that soon we will get to participate in this fun event.

    • Katie Fawkes says:

      Thanks so much for the note. We’re working on expanding Plant Nite into more markets. If you join our email list (sign up on, we’ll let you know when we get to your area.

  • Jeannie says:

    You guys are awesome. Thank you for all that you do.

  • Paula says:

    I would have guessed Paint Your Pet to be most popular for sure.

    • Katie Fawkes says:

      Hi Paula,
      Thanks for the note. We consider Paint Your Pet events to be “special events”, so they weren’t included in this roundup. They are certainly very popular though. Have you attended one?

  • Jacqueline Danna says:

    Please do something out of the box, skulls, pop art?

  • Sara Barth says:

    I love the “what ever Lola whats” painting

  • Carmen Gomez says:

    I desperately would like to paint all of them each one has a way of touching the soul and making you feel common relaxed I can’t wait!

  • Lori says:

    I’ve attended Paint Nite in Winnipeg twice. Love it!!

    When will Plant Nite be offered in Winnipeg ?

    • Katie Fawkes says:

      Thanks for the note, Lori. We’re working on expanding Plant Nite across Canada and hope to be in more markets soon. You can sign up for our emails at to find out where we’re sprouting up next 🙂

  • dolly odonnell says:

    great gesture, awarding favorites…..!

  • Ivy says:

    I had the great experience in attending paintNite. I enjoyed it soo much I have sent family members who had a loot of fun and called it “different and interesting” experience.

  • Gale Morock says:

    I love ❤️ paint 🎨 nite. Especially with Devin. Looking forward to 2018 and new exciting experiences. Already scheduled to do a great polar bear painting with Devin as the instructor. Can’t wait. Love 💗 to all paint Nite artist and partisapants for 2018. #loveDevin #lovepaint. #lookingforwardto2018 #it willbeagreatyear #couldgoonforever

  • Kathleen vogel says:

    Been to one of your classes, in Alaska. Really enjoyed. Been enjoying thru enpmail

  • Barrell says:

    I would like to know if the Sea Turtle painting will be at Freehold NJ during 2018?

  • Thanks for sharing. Interesting! I did not know you did Terrarium nights.

  • Sharon Rose says:

    I had a wonderful experience painting with my daughters as a Christmas gift! We had quality fun time together! Learning about a different side of ourself as well as one another!
    Paint Nite was inspiring and relaxing activity . It allows one to have a carefree environment away from the hustle and bustle on every day !
    This is not the wine in me!

  • Laura says:

    When will the sassy lady be back?
    Somerville location would be great.

  • Xavien says:

    Nicely written. Thank you for your time and even considering the topic!!
    You answered curiosity.

  • Mark Freimark says:

    I was fortunate enough to participate in Paint Nite 4 times this past year. Through these experiences, I’ve built up enough confidence to take up painting on my own. I would have never picked up a brush were it not for the great experiences with some of your talented and just plain cool instructors. I now have a mini studio in my home that I can create and further develop my new and favorite hobby. I use it as therapy for my PTSD. It is the only thing that can stop the horrifying images that constantly flash before my eyes. Painting at home or at your events, let’s me focus and get lost in the pictures we paint. Through painting, I find relief without having to be numbed by medications. Many thanks to all of the people at Paint Nite. I look forward to many more paintings with you great people at Paint Nite

    • Katie Fawkes says:

      Thank you so much for the note, Mark. We’re so thrilled to hear that painting helps you with your PTSD. Send us some photos of your paintings. We’d love to see them.

  • I think this venue has got to be the most unique and brilliant way, to bring women and men alike together to have good clean, but messy at the same time fun. I haven’t had the awesome opportunity to join in this fun of going to a paint nite yet. But plan to very soon. fact, of all the crafts I’ve done, and I’ve done many. Both by copying and inventing myself. So I’m into crafting. But I haven’t done any painting as of yet. I’m interested mostly into water colors cuz it seems more forgiving of mistakes. Someday I would love to be the artist that teaches at paint nite. Looking forward to this even SOON!! LOVE THIS CONCEPT! FOR ALL

  • I would like the hiring person to contact me. I’ve already spoken to someone, forgot his name, about being an artist, when i become more experienced, but he mentioned other jobs i could do. Please have your hiring person email me asap. I will return with a phone call or email upon his response. Thank you, Julie Flintoff.


    I went to 3 paint nites and had a great time every time. It’s inspired me to paint on my own!

  • Sandy Noecker says:

    Just wanted to say i had the best night ever for paint night and will definitely be doing it again. Thanks Paint Night look forward to seeing you again

  • Lyn says:

    I’m going to my first paint nite this month. Really excited, bought a ticket for my sister for her birthday. Hoping to attend many more. I just need them to be very close to home as I can’t see to drive at night.

  • Renee henry says:

    Love paint I would go with my daughter last time we went was in April 2016. I want to start back going I was on a good role 21 times in one year. It hard for us to agree what we are going to paint I like trees she like water reflections those are hard for me. I think I still have one credit for one I missed I February I am going to try to book one love paint Nite the best thing I did for myself therapy everyone need some me time thank you

  • Georgia Petrasko says:

    Here I am, grandma generation and just attended my first Paint Night courtesy of my new daughter-in-law.
    Fabulous night of food, drinks, fun & amazingly that under the guidance of the instructor, I produced an amazing painting (seascape).
    I am hooked and will be attending more paint nights with my family & friends.

  • Karen Wylie says:

    I bought 3 gift certificates in Dec. 2016 and never used them. Are they still valid?

  • vicky says:

    My friends and I are getting a little frustrated with paint nite. We have been booking classes, waiting 3 to 4 weeks, getting excited and then a day or two before the event we get a cancellation e-mail. In the last 4 months and eleven classes booked, we have only had two classes that were not cancelled. Some of my friends are saying that once they can finally use their vouchers that they will not be booking any more. This is sad because when we can finally attend a paint nite we have a great time.

    • Katie Fawkes says:

      Hi Vicky – We are so sorry to hear that your events have been cancelled! This is never the experience we would want for you or any of our customers and we would be more than happy to look into things further for you and help. Please feel free to send us an email to so we can help you out however we can. Again, we cannot apologize enough for these cancellations. We hope to hear from you soon!

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