Sunday, June 21, 2015

Can You Paint With All the Colors of Acrylic? (The Vino Van Gogh Experience + GIVEAWAY!)

I haven't sat down to paint a picture since I took painting 101 when I was a freshman in high school. Back then, I learned several techniques, but then left them in the classroom. I did give my grandmother a painting I did of Green Gables (Of Anne of Green Gables fame. I was a massive fan back then) for her nursing home room when I was eighteen, though. Otherwise, I never really took the time to paint.

Sister Date!!!!
When I got the opportunity to try Vino Van Gogh, a local traveling painting class, I was on top of that so fast. I was given the opportunity to try a class for free with a friend, so I chose my sister to come with me. You guys know I'm always up for a sister date!

Vino Van Gogh has you pick a class based on what the painting is that's being taught, and the restaurant it's being taught as. Teachers travel to different places, and ask that you also get something from the restaurant. The restaurant we went to was Fernando's on Pacific in Omaha, a festive Mexican restaurant on a main drag. They've got a full bar, and a wide selection of classic entrees. Kiri and I planned to split the Nachos, get drinks, and get sopapillas, but by the time we were done painting, and noshing on Nachos, neither of us felt like dessert. Next time. We'll definitely be back.

Blue Margarita on the Rocks

Nacho El Kitchen Sinko~MASSIVE!!!!!
The painting portion was intriguing. Our teacher, Calinda Davis, explained different ways to ready the brushes, load the paint for perfect blending, and how to get the most out of our experience. She was great.
Calinda holding up the Model
I actually took pictures of each layer I painted when I finished. Almost like a flip book (except, not really).
A bit of white in the middle, covered by yellow

Almost done!
Finished product, with my signature in the corner <3
It was such a great experience. Being able to go hang out with friends and paint is a relaxing way to spend the afternoon. One of the most important things to do as an adult is take time to do something fun, and hopefully make something beautiful. I think I accomplished both, and will definitely try it again. My sister and I kept saying how much fun it would be to do with our parents.

We were sat three to a table, and our table mate told us of another place in town that taught glassblowing, and blacksmithing. Who knew Omaha had all of this stuff?! I certainly didn't. Further proof that Omaha is one of the greatest places to live with a lot to do.

I would HIGHLY recommend checking out Vino Van Gogh if you want to have a fun date night, a night with your friends, or even just to learn new techniques, and develop a new talent.

I also got to meet a couple blogger friends, which was awesome! Be sure to check out their blogs! Robyn's is a Mommy Blog with reviews of things she does with her kids, and Rachael's blog is all about healthy living, complete with recipes! I'm jazzed to add them to my Blog Roll!

Robyn, Rachael, and Me
If you're interested in trying Vino Van Gogh for yourself, here's a chance for a lucky reader to get TWO tickets for the class of your choice!

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  1. I attended one class like this a long time ago!

    1. I'd never been. It was a lot of fun!

    2. Never but I am drinking to prep!

  2. It was so great meeting you at this class, Becky!!!! It was SUCH a great time! I can't wait to go again!

    Thank you for the shout-out, too, girl!! xxx

    1. I had fun, too! And she was right about that "Acrylic Fairy." My painting just keeps looking better and better. lol

  3. This would be an amazing opportunity for bonding time with my mom before my husband and I leave for our new base. My mom has never been more than 20min away from me and is taking this pretty hard.

  4. I have never been to a class like this. Would love to try it!

  5. I have never been to a class like this but would love to try it!!

    1. It was a blast! I hope to do it again!

  6. Never been to an event like this before, but it sounds like fun!

  7. No, I have never been to a class like this before.