All About Live Art (FAQ)

Live Art is easily one of our most popular services. Our team has done close to 200 events in the last 3 years!

Over the years, I’ve noticed that clients ask similar questions so I compiled all the FAQ and provide all the answers in this post. But first, let me explain what it is for those who aren't familiar: 

Live Art is when our team goes on-site to paint watercolor portraits for guests at the event. Our mini portraits are great to give out as personalized party favors and it also doubles as live entertainment for all guests to enjoy! It's perfect for personal events like weddings, bridal + baby showers, birthday parties as well as corporate events. Now that you know what it is, let's get right into the FAQ.

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1. How does it work?

It is very important to us that our station operates as efficiently as possible. Due to this, we take a photo of the guest(s) and have them return later to pick up their completed portrait. That way, they don't have to wait or miss out on the party! 

Tip: Our layout helps avoid long lines and allows other guests to enjoy the live painting session. We kindly ask that the host provides the proper table, chairs & lighting outlined in the contract. We'll bring the rest of the materials!


2. How long does it take?

Our watercolor portraits are faceless and painted from bust and up. It’s painted in a similar style to our Custom Portraits except it’s not full body! Time varies slightly depending on the individual's details but it usually takes about 3-5 minutes per individual. 

Tip: Since we are pumping out portraits in 3-5 mins per person, we are not able to add facial features during live art. If you’d like to order a custom portrait, we can definitely add facial features then!


3. What if I have a big guest count, would you be able to do one for each guest?

Our live portraits are done fairly quick (3-5 mins per person) but with each art piece being customized and hand-painted, it will naturally take time. We cannot guarantee that every single guest will be able to get one but we promise that we will do our best to pump out as many as we can in the time slot!

Tip: Based on your guest count, we will send over a brochure with recommended packages. The package will outline the % of guests that will be painted so you can pick & choose according to your expectation and budget!


4. Can families or couples do this together?

Absolutely! We can accommodate one to four persons in a portrait. Please note, we limit one portrait per person and one copy per portrait. For example, if the guest is in a group portrait, they cannot get another one just for themselves. We created this policy so we can accommodate as many guests as possible!

Tip: Individual portraits are recommended so each person can keep their own. For group portraits, we ask for no more than 4 people so it fits in our standard 4x6 card.


5. How do the packages work? Can I add more time if I need to?

Our packages start at 2 hours and go up to 4 hours. If you’d like to add more time the day of, make sure you request add-on time at least 30mins before the closing time. If our team is available, you will be able to add 15-60mins of time. Please note, add-on time is not guaranteed and will include a surcharge.

Tip: If you think this could be an option, please let us know in advance so we can plan accordingly. Increased time slot must be paid the day-of the event by cash, check, or online payment (zelle, venmo, paypal.)


6. How do I book? 

Inquire your date HERE. If we’re available, we will send over a brochure with our packages we’d recommend based on your guest count. Once you decide the package you’d like, we’ll send over a proposal outlining all the important details and requirements. We require a 50% retainer to reserve your date and the remainder is due 2 weeks prior to the event date. If you're ready to book, reserve your date HERE.

Tip: We book up to 9 months in advance, We recommend inquiring early as we have limited slots available each season!

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Additional resources:

Blog Post: Live Art at a wedding from the bride by Lauren Jaclyn

Video (below): Live art a birthday party from the mom by Jen of From Head to Toe (we also created the calligraphy banner backdrop.)

Photos by Kassia Phoy 

And that's all friends! If you have additional questions, please visit our Live Art Page or shoot us an email.

Have a wonderful rest of your week!