Lately, painting parties have been all the rage. Grab your girlfriends and head out for a night of crafting and drinking. Winter is a crazy time of year with all the holidays and family in town, and this may be the last thing your thinking about, but is the first thing you need. So grab your girlfriends, grab your favorite La Crema wines and have a girl’s night IN.
There are lots of businesses popping up that allow you to bring your own food and drink and get creative with painting canvases or pottery. I love that idea, but I’m a homebody, and I have never been that impressed with the paintings I’ve seen come out of those places. I figured I could have my friends over, serve them delicious La Crema wines and we could create a beautiful painting together!
First, you will need a subject to paint. Pick something easy to start with.. My girlfriends aren’t frequent painters so a natural stone worked well, since the lines don’t have to be straight and perfect. I love to use watercolors to create beautiful agate slice paintings.
The rest of the supplies you need are fairly cheap and the night will cost less than you would spend at one of those chain painting party locations. Besides some agate slices or photos of agate to reference, you will need:
- A palette for each guest
- A watercolor canvas for each guest
- A variety pack of decent paint brushes (look for ones specifically meant for watercolors)
- A glass for water to rinse your brushes
- Watercolor paints in jewel tones like magenta, plum, emerald green, cobalt, plus a dark brown
- Table salt
- Paper towels
- Plenty of La Crema wine!
Watercolor is one of the most forgiving mediums to work with. I provided each guest with her own watercolor canvas and palette, and instructed them to start by wetting their canvas lightly with the largest brush.
Proceed by adding a small amount of paint to your palette. Using a wet brush, add water to the paint in your palette and create a freeform, rounded shape in or near the center of your canvas. Start with a small amount of paint compared to water so your shape is light at first. If it is too dark, or if you make a “mistake”, add a bit more water and blot with a paper towel. Continue adding concentric rings to the interior of your shape, following the shape of the outer edge. The very center of your agate should always be the lightest part, with darker and lighter alternating rings around it.
To create that mottled, shimmery effect in the center of your agate, add a small sprinkle of table salt to your painting, just in the center of the slice, while it is still wet. The salt will soak up some of the color. It’s really neat. You can either leave it or brush the crystals away once it is dry.
We each painted clusters of three agate slices. You can leave yours as one or add as many as you’d like! Finish each one with a ring of dark brown around the edge. Remember, the less “perfect”, the better! Agate slices are literally slices of stone, so the brown edge is the outside of the stone. It should be inconsistent in thickness, but relatively thin overall.
We had the best time, were able to wear yoga pants and be ourselves, and unwind from the holidays. Plus, each of my friends got to bring home a lovely one-of-a-kind piece of art. It was such a great evening!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of La Crema. The opinions and text are all mine.