What is Merriment Atelier?
an occasion when people laugh or
have an enjoyable time together
In Merriment Atelier we blend everything we love to do, in a beautiful palette of events, where our guests can have fun in style, enjoy the creative process and make timeless memories.
Something magical happens when you stand in front of the white canvas and start to paint. You don’t need any drawing or painting skills to be able to create a piece of beautiful art and to manifest happiness.
Merriment Atelier’s mission is to make people fall in love with painting and to turn this activity into part of their lifestyle. Like the human body needs exercises and movement to be healthy and feel good, the soul and mind need moments of peace and emotional relaxation.
We want to help people to discover the joy of creating something beautiful and through the process to inspire them to bring positivity, feelings of happiness and well-being in their lives.
how did everything start?
meet mariella 🇧🇬
Welcome to our happy community 💖
I am delighted to invite you to be our guests and spend some quality time with friends and family.
Hi there, I am Mariella Wilson,
The founder and CEO of Merriment Atelier, destination wedding & event planner, or in short: creator of happy memories.
I have been planning bespoke weddings and events for decades. I love what I do and I love to make people happy.
My Merriment Atelier journey started a few months after I got redundant because of the pandemic from the job I loved.
My lay off coincided with my husband getting a job overseas, so I faced the first lockdown jobless and alone at home. I will never forget this time. The feeling of sadness and loneliness was killing me.
Like many other people, I was spending hours watching Netflix. One of my favourite shows is Shark Tank, and this was what I was watching all the time. I am an entrepreneur myself, so I enjoyed watching other people’s business ideas and success stories.
In one of the episodes, a team pitched a paint & sip business. This immediately grabbed my attention because I had never heard of this kind of event before. My excitement became bigger when Kevin O’Leary, known as Mr Wonderful, almost jumped from his chair and said: “I am investing in your business”. For those who haven’t watched this show, he is a very selective investor and brutally honest with people presenting nonsense ideas. That’s why I like him.
I absolutely fell in love with the idea of events where you can paint and sip a glass of wine and have a great time. I shared the idea with my sister, Nicolette. She is incredibly talented with painting and crafts, so I thought she would be the best person to help me in this journey. She warmly hugs the idea and voilà: “Merriment Atelier” was born.
meet the artists
Grace Brennan 🇬🇧
Hello, my name is Grace Brennan, I am a painter, illustrator and animator from County Durham in the North East of England and I am currently undergoing my postgraduate degree in Mass communication Design at the Royal College of Art here in London, with a focus on music and art. I have been painting since as early as I can remember. I have always tried to express my love of music through my painting. I remember being a small child and drawing with crayons while my dad played all his favourite CD’s and feeling truly at peace. I think that the most relaxing and peaceful times come from painting and listening to music. My painting technique is abstract and colourful, without having the confines of trying to paint something that exists and to allow the body to intuitively brush paint against the canvas and be free with what you create, you can create something uniquely your own. My art techniques allow you to fall into a meditative state with the music as we create paintings that reflect the melody and mood of the songs. Be at peace with the music and instinctively fill the canvas with the colours and brush strokes that represent your intuitive, inner creator. To create these abstract shapes in acrylic I use a variety of techniques with different materials. Painting through gauze or linen creates interesting textures and colours, and helps you to create something uniquely beautiful. Join me in creating a truly meditative, peaceful practice while we paint to music at the Paint and Sip workshop.
Chiara Formisano 🇮🇹
My name is Chiara, I am from Napoli, Southern Italy.
Three things I can't live without are my watercolour palette, laughter and … Neapolitan pizza!
Three random, funny things about me - I am actually a children's art teacher! I’m a huge historian of art nerd, and I know lots of fun facts!
I play the ukulele.
I have been painting since I can remember being able to hold a brush, and I love it because I created my own language for communicating what I couldn’t say, with words.
My favourite object to paint are portraits!
There are many painting techniques when comes to acrylic painting, but there is one super easy, and very effective way which I always use. Being mainly a watercolour artist, I learned a very effective technique to make your acrylic paintings look watery and ethereal. Beautiful! With this technique, all your paintings will look like .... watercolours even though we are using acrylics!
Join me at our next Paint & Sip workshop, and I will show you how to do it.
Merriment Atelier is an event company that organizes stylish social creative, paint & sip events.
We plan our workshops with our guests in mind.
Our experiences are not only a fantastic way of having a great time, enjoying some excellent wine, and painting a wonderful piece of art; but also an opportunity to de-stress, relax and increase positive emotions by spending some quality time with friends and family.
- We are all artists. You can create your beautiful destiny, and you can paint beautiful art.
- You don’t need someone to make you happy; you can make yourself happy. And the best part is you can start whenever you like.
- Remember, some things are fly-by-night, but happy memories will stay with you forever.