So this Thursday I accidentally double booked myself. My knitting peeps had decided to do a cooking class before we got together to knit and I, of course, was all over that idea. As the time approached, however, I realized that I had already signed up for a class in Brushless Painting. Quite the conundrum.
Food vs. art.
I have to say, I only chose the art class because I thought it would be “good for me” and after all, I’ve been to a lot of cooking classes already.
And the art class was serving lunch afterwards, so I still got cake.
The class was held on the second floor of Origins Restaurant located in the lovely shopping area of Taikang Lu. I had to be there at 9:15 am which meant traveling on foot during rush hour.
Stephanie told us there were 3 rules:
1. Water does everything
2. Relax and enjoy
3. You can break the first two
Basically the process is this: The masking liquid is splattered or stroked on with a q-tip. (you can also use a stencil if you’d like a more formal design).
This has to be dried. Actually each step needs to be dried, so I’ll only demonstrate this once.
Spray the canvas with water and let sit for a minute or so to absorb some water and then drain the excess in the bucket.
Stephanie told us we could also spray red and yellow onto the canvas to add depth. I thought, “yeah, I want depth!” So I sprayed and I got mud. I also spray painted the restaurant’s tea cup. (Sorry!)
That’s also when I started blowing like crazy with the straw and nearly passed out.
And ended up with a mud puddle in the middle.
After a final dry you can rub off the masking liquid to create areas of white and if you want you can use a toothbrush and water to smudge areas some more.
I kept wanting to make mine look better, so I kept messing with it and everything I did made it look worse. I was determined to beat it into submission, but it just refused.
Stephanie talked about the things people learn about themselves through art in her classes.
So I guess what–I’ve learned I’m a control freak?
Ben, Andy and Meredith, you do not get a vote!
Here’s a link to Stephanie’s website if you’d like to see how a pro does it: (Sorry, the link button isn’t working in WordPress–you’ll have to cut and paste) http://www.stefanievallee.com/index.php
I did buy the supplies to try again in the privacy of my own home. Maybe it help to calm my inner control freak.
Coming out of the restaurant I came upon some guys taking pictures of this model:
I will sign off with some real art. Thanks Kelly–it’s a relief for the eyes!