Over the weekend, I had the most fun with a bunch of ladies from the Facebook group, Texas Bloggers (find us here).
We met in Fort Worth at A Piece of Work, a do-it-yourself art studio. The concept is genius, even for a non-artistic person like myself. Most of us, I think, live within 30-40 miles of Fort Worth, but some ladies drove a “fer” piece to attend this party. We ate snacks and drank wine provided by our hostesses, laughed (and Holli snorted more times than I could count), and even shared a few tips about the blogging world before painting. Every lady is just how I imagined them to be. When you visit their blog and read their posts, they are the same authentic person in real life.
In order to properly cover myself, I opted for a double-breasted apron ensemble — which means I wore two aprons, one to cover each of The Girls. Of course, the other ladies laughed but at the end of the night, I did not get a drip or splatter of paint on my bright pink shirt.
The ladies at A Piece of Work are very hospitable and they go all out to make sure artists (a.k.a. customers) are comfortable. Jenny (our instructor) and Leslie (one of the co-owners) were very reassuring too. I was very doubtful about my abilities!!!
When I arrived, the studio was prepped with every supply needed to paint our blank canvas. Since we are all bloggers from Texas, our project for the evening was a bluebonnet scenery. The cost to participate included a canvas, paint, brushes, and a professional artist’s instruction.
This event was co-hosted by a group of lovely ladies that I was very excited to meet in person. When I arrived at the painting studio, they were putting the finishing touches to the snack and wine bar.TAYLOR (wearing the cream shirt) blogs at Goings on in Texas, JULIE (black and white floral top) blogs at A Beautiful Day, and SARAH (coral sweater) blogs at City Girl Gone Country.
They went all out with trays of fruit, veggies, fresh salsa, and even had chocolate chip cookies (non-dairy!!!!) that were safe for me to eat. Several varieties of Texas wines were offered and everybody went home with a cupcake especially wrapped with the Texas Bloggers logo sticker. How adorable are these cupcake boxes?!?!
Following Jenny’s instruction, we began painting our masterpieces one specific step at a time. I have to admit, I was scared to death. Yes, a plastic tray of paint and three brushes intimidated me!!!!!! I dabbed, I flicked my wrists like Jenny demonstrated, and at one point I used my fingers instead of a brush to blend in the colors.
Finally, after three hours of painting, socializing, encouraging, laughing, eating and drinking, I had a finished product. Please don’t judge my artwork. I tried. REALLY HARD. I’ll probably have ulcers by Tuesday because I was so nervous and stressed. Jenny and Leslie were wonderful motivation and extremely patient teachers, even offering to add their own professional strokes onto my canvas and demonstrating a particular technique. No worries, I’m not quitting my day job.
We all took pictures (we’re bloggers, that’s what we do when we’re out and about ……. DUH!!!!) at the paint party and I can’t wait to see what everybody uploads to our Facebook page. Until then, enjoy this mini collage I created with pictures from APRIL (Red Dirt Mama), AMANDA (Princess of The Panhandle), and HOLLI (Holli’s Hoots and Hollers).
Do y’all remember this post about my pen-pal exchange? Well, KRISTEN (Few Of My Favorite Things) surprised me by attending this event!!!!!! She lives in McKinney, northeast of Dallas, and drove nearly two hours to get to our party. Rest assure, I gave her lots of hugs and we even sat next to each other while we painted. It was sooooooo cool to meet her. And, she’s the cutest lil’ thing ever!!!!!!