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How a New Year's resolution turned into paint and sip pop-up

PAINT AND SIP: One of the Bubbly and Art pop-up events (Image: Bubbly and Art)

TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD JACKIE Abrafi set up Bubbly and Art, a “paint and sip” pop-up art class based in London, in January of this year.

The idea for her business, which sees people get creative while enjoying prosecco and non-alcoholic alternatives, came after she set herself a New Year’s Resolution.

“After attending a few art classes last year, I wanted to create a class that was not intimidating but more fun, especially for beginners who want to try something new,” she told The Voice.

The themes of the relaxed pop-ups ranges from life drawing to abstract art. And unlike conventional art classes where noise is usually kept to a minimum, with Bubbly and Art the focus is on the fun side and creating a comfortable and enjoyable environment so expect to hear your favourite neo-soul and R&B sounds playing as you paint.

PICTURED: Bubbly and Art founder Jackie

Although Bubbly and Art is a fabulous idea and one that appears to be proving popular, Jackie says she’s learned running your own company requires much more than that.

“Whilst balancing a full-time job and a new business, one of the biggest challenges has been ensuring that my time and finances are well balanced, so everything can run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. This meant cutting costs where need be and outlining what is worth my time and what isn’t - I found out the hard way that this is a lot harder than it seems.”

She added: “It is down to you to make sure you package up your business in a way to make people want your version of a good idea. This means, taking pride in your company; investing in a good logo, website etc. It is easy to take shortcuts with this but first impressions are everything.”

If your own New Year’s resolution is about increasing your creativity, Bubbly and Art’s pop-ups could be a good place to start. You don't need to be an experienced artist either, all levels of creatives are welcome.

Their next event is on February 3 at Concrete Space, Shoreditch. Tickets are on sale now.

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