The other night I gathered a handful ladies (without their babies) from the Playgroup and we painted the night away.
Long story short, I am a creative mom-ster. I thrive on creativity. After I had Shep I was in a post partum funk (more to come on that in another post) but writing and the arts lifted me up -- even if just for a few hours at a time. Creativity has the ability to make you turn inward for inspiration while simultaneously taking you out of your own head and transporting you to a wonderous world of possibility. In my humble opinion.
If you've been hesitant about going out without the babe, this is a great option to ease you into the idea. Think of it as a break -- two hours of "me" time. You will thank yourself. I guarantee you WILL have fun. And remember you are only a short distance away, at a friends house, with a phone by your side...to receive pics of your little lovie if you need some extra inspiration.
None of us at the party were artists by trade. Some of us definitely dabble more than others but no one is a professional. So listen up, all you whiners out there who are famous for saying, "...but I'm not really good at art," I promise you. You CAN do this.
What exactly is an Abstract Art you ask? Abstract art is traditionally untraditional. Its subject is based on exactly what you see -- color, shapes, brushstrokes. Don't worry if you can't draw faces or you can't get someone's hands just right in your painting. This is an 'abstract' painting so go with the flow.
How does it become a Party? By adding wine and cheese of course.
DIY Painting Party: The Keys to Success
- Invite a great group of 4-8 friends
- Gather simple snacks/drinks or have friends each bring something
- Buy a canvas, 2 brushes for each person and acryllic paint to share
- Choose a color palette
- Collect "Pin-spiration"
Got your group in tact? Decide on a price for the evening. The cost to be involved in my party was $15 per person. This amount should cover all your expenses. There are a lot of "Painting Parties" out there. Groupon runs daily specials. These parties cost upwards of $30 per person so if one of your invitees complains about the $15 cost for your party, don't back down. With you, they are getting a deal, not to mention a night out with the girls.
One tip about choosing colors for your Abstract Painting. Refer to basic color theory for reference. But remember, you want to avoid muddiness at all costs! Muddiness = no bueno. My resident crafty mom Kim, explains this perfectly, "Complimentary colors look good together. For example, pink and turquoise are a lovely combo but when mixed you get gray. Avoid the gray matter (muddiness) by waiting for each color to dry before going onto the next one."
Now that you've set the scene for the evening. Paint away! The art world is your oyster!