Hey guys. Sorry it’s been a bit since I’ve written. Had a busy week here, but last night I took some “me” time and went to Wine and Canvas with a couple of friends. It was the first time I’d been, and really only recently had even heard about it. It was so much fun. I was pretty apprehensive at first considering that I’m crafty but not artsy.
Basically, you go on the their website and look at the calendar for the upcoming month. The calendar shows the locations and the particular painting available for that event, and you sign up accordingly. Here in my part of the country they sell out events pretty quickly, and the calendar changes on the 20th of each month. They have “Wine and Canvas” for adults and “Cookies and Canvas” for children. However, last night there were some older teenagers there so it’s not an over 21 thing.
We get there, sign in and they give us our blank canvas. We grab our aprons, and we get settled for the three hours we’re there. There are huge tables set up and everyone’s sits next to each other. You have your canvas, a small bucket of water, five or so paint brushes, a paper plate with several paints on it and napkins. You only get one plate so don’t get too messy with mixing the paint. However, you can ask for more paint, and towels. They play music, everyone sings to the songs (if you want – or not). They had a selection of snacks and of course wine, and other beverages that could be purchased too.
Yay, It’s time to start!! The artist gets up on a tiny stage and literally shows you what to do. Step by step, what to do first, how to mix your colors. Which brush to use and how to make the brush strokes. She was very specific but really laid back. I found it quite relaxing.
I’m making my umbrella tops. Yes, you can “erase” if you mess up. ha ha. Basically you dampen your paper towel and gently rub the paint off. Obviously it’s best to do this if the paint hasn’t dried yet. I did this a few times. (Okay, so I have some OCD issues. Even one of the girls I went with got a chuckle out of this).
They show you how to mix your paints to make the same colors they used, but really you can mix up however your prefer. Another gal made her umbrellas with polka dots. I made a couple of umbrellas different colors than they picked. I liked a little more pink and purple, instead of red. So you do have some freedom, but the basic painting it the same.
Not a paid advertisement. Just something fun to do with friends or family. Relaxing, rewarding, easy and cool to do.~Bam