Painting like a boss

Over the weekend I was lucky enough to attend Camp Groupon.  An amazing event sponsored by Groupon in conjunction with many other merchants across the city of Chicago.  One of the great parts about Camp Groupon, was that I didn’t have to put any thought into my weekend of entertainment.  They also picked out activities that I would never have splurged on myself to do.

One such event was a painting class called Bottles and Colors that was hosted at Bar Louie.  During the session, we were given canvases that had a trace of the Chicago city skyline, and we were then given instruction on how to paint a picture like the instructor.

His painting looked like this:

What the professional did….

Isn’t his turquoise pretty?  Look at those beautiful colors he mixed using just primary colors.   I’m sure I can create the same color.  I mean, it can’t be that difficult, can it?

Yeah- so I haven’t painted in probably 10 years, but as soon as I got my Styrofoam plate, I started mixing to try and get a gorgeous turquoise since it’s my favorite color.  So I mixed and mixed and mixed.  And failed to get a pretty turquoise.  Do you want to know why I failed.  I failed because he cheated.  Up front he had a turquoise that he actually used to create that painting.  What a great way to set us up for failure, Mr. Instructor Sir.  So, I gave up- and went with a dirty greenish blue.  Think of the way the Chicago River looks just as the green from St. Patrick’s day is wearing off.  Something like that.

After much drinking, and much mixing, I finally settled on a color palette I could be somewhat at peace with.

Obviously, I’m the real artist

Clearly, I did a great job!   You can still see some vestiges of the nasty green blue color I created in the blue sky. And you know you had a great time, when you return from your adventure, and someone asks you if you’ve been painting.  How did they so clairvoyantly discern this?   It’s the blotch of paint you apparently got above your eye, unbeknownst to you. Either way, it was a blast picking up a paint brush and painting again like you’re in the 8th grade.  Which really mean just chatting through the whole hour.  Thankfully, this time, it was allowed and you didn’t have an old bat telling you that this was a class and you should focus on your “masterpiece”.

But that’s not the only similarity to 8th grade.  I’ve learned that I apparently still can’t mix any colors than those I could back then.   When I was in the 8th grade I mixed that peachy color almost identically for a rain stick I was painting.  That was also the project that got me kicked out of the class to sit in the hall because I argued that my stick was ready, since the paint was dry, and that she could grade it now.  My art teacher, apparently super sensitive to all things moist, argued that it was not.  I clearly  touched my rain stick to prove it was dry (which it was) and that audacity to prove with my hand landed me in the hall for the rest of the class.  Personally, I think she just didn’t want to grade our crap sticks any more that afternoon. Which was okay with  me. I was sick and tired of the smell of acrylic paint and the sound of dried kidney beans trying to sound like real rain…

Speaking of real rain- I really should look for that damn thing, we’re apparently in a drought.  Maybe it still has some mojo?
Special thanks to Groupon and Bottles and Colors for a great time at Camp Groupon!

Weekend Productivity

I want to be productive this weekend. I need to find some sort of project that I can do. I’m seriously considering making a batch of natural extracts, though the lack of quick payoff (i.e.- having to wait 2-3 months) makes me think that won’t feel very satisfying.

So I’m also thinking of making a soup of some sort. I’m weird, I love soups in the spring and summer too (who am i kidding, I love them all year long). They feel so much lighter than most of the fare we eat in the winter, and all the fresh veggies to go into it! YUM. So I’ll be searching for a soup recipe as well.

Overall the need to produce something, whether in writing, crafting, or cooking is very strong in this one right now!

Making Paper Flowers

So, as I started to plan my wedding out, I’ve really loved the idea of paper flowers.  I love that they aren’t silk flowers (which can be, for some, gorgeous) trying to be real and they are definitely not as expensive as the real thing.  I love that you can write messages on the flowers (or have others write them for you to take down the aisle with you).

Needless to say, I’ve been in love with them forever.  So- for awhile, I trolled Pinterest until I finally found a great tutorial from Jones Design Company where the trick to making them look more dynamic was given. Instead of cutting in a straight circle (a slight oxymoron, I’ll admit)- you need to cut in waves as you cute the spiral.

I think my turned out be-a-utiful!

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As it turns out, I love my paper flowers, but am now in the position that they might not go with the more formal style dress I’m leaning towards. Which means I’m now going to be on the look out for options to make clothe rosettes and other options to see if I can dress them up a bit.