My Very First (but not last) Wine & Paint Class

For years I've been hearing about these wine & paint classes that so many people love but I've never found my way to one until last night. Our MOPS (Mother's of Pre-Schoolers) leadership group went as a bonding experience. We paid well under normal cost I assume. $5 seems too inexpensive to keep a business afloat. 
First you have to know this about me: I'm a crafty person. No really, I am. I love making things and getting messy. I have to be in the right frame of mind to do so, however. If I am feeling remotely anxious or stressed I tend to be a bit of a freaked out perfectionist. I will sit there afraid to mess it up. The reality is you can not have art with perfection or no mess. Art is a process not a destination. I sat there last night on the verge of being that perfectionist.

I sat there awaiting instructions while staring at this plain white canvas. What would it look like when it was done? What if I ruined it's pure whiteness with muddy colors and odd shapes? Still I chose my paints and began. About 3/4 of the way through it still looked horrible to me. The teacher told us to step back from it and look around the room at other's art in progress. I chose to stop looking at my canvas but not to look around the room. Why? I know myself enough to know I would compare my piece to theirs. I would be hard on myself. 

At the end, we were told we could use puff paint on the dry canvas to make words. Be You Bravely it said. Don't think this year's MOPS theme and the amazing timing of God is beyond me. It's not. But, back to my story, I kept staring at the puff paint. Watching other people write their words. I actually went so far as to hold a few bottles in my hand but I always put them down. All of a sudden I knew what I wanted to do and it was this...

The border, dots, and words are all thanks to a Sharpie. Not traditional tools for a painting, I'm sure. I know it came from watching YouTube. There is an artist I have watched and adored. Her name is Christy Tomlinson and she does mixed media collage art. I've been saying I want to try it for a while now and I guess I got a taste of it tonight. Can I just say how much fun I had? SO much!

Have you ever been to one of those wine and paint places? What were your thoughts?

1 comment

Becky Dougherty said...

That's beautiful!!! :)