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Last week I got the opportunity to attend a flower painting class at one of my very favorite stores in Little Rock, Reinvented Vintage, taught by local (Arkansas) painter Stacy Spangler! Let me preface this post by saying that I am by no means any kind of artist whatsoever. In the past I have created wreaths of all sorts and repurposed furniture (check out my dresser and home bar!!) but that’s as far as my “creative” skills go. I can’t draw anything by hand and I haven’t painted anything on canvas ever so to say this class was a step outside of my comfort zone is an understatement! Plus I went by myself so that was another step outside my comfort zone.
That’s not to say I don’t so things by myself, I go out to eat alone and to the movies and shopping solo all the time. But going to a class where I literally knew no one was new for me and I can honestly say that I enjoyed myself. It was fun to be surrounded by so many creative people and see their work. I would do it again in a heartbeat!!
So let’s get to the class!!
I honestly thought this class was going to be similar to a “Painting with a Twist” class (not that I have ever been to one of those, but from what I can imagine a class like that would be like) in that you just followed the teacher step-by-step in what she did and you walked away with a fun painting. Nope! It was different than that, but in a good way. Stacy wanted each of us to walk away able to recreate this on our home and I can say that I feel semi-confident that I can do that!
Side note- our canvases were pre-textured when we got there and that is key to the funky/cool texture of our final products!!
So what exactly did we do? Let’s get to it…
We got to class, picked a chair, had some snacks, learned a little bit about Stacy and then got to work! The theme for the class was flowers so we Googled flower picks, found some inspiration, sketched our paintings out on paper, laid down our first layer of paint (a bright background/under color), and then sketched out drawings out on our canvas. I chose a bright turquoise because I have been obsessed with that color lately!!! I knew this wound’t be my main painting color but bits of it would peek through from behind my final product. Next we sketched out drawings on our canvases with chalk.
Don’t mind my weird sketch on my canvas, I already told you that I can’t draw! HA!
That is supposed to be a drawing of a vase of roses in case you were wondering…HA!!
Next we put down our back ground color. I chose white because I wanted my painting to pop! And then we roughed in our actually paintings with dark colors. The point is to build your colors up so that you have several showing through to give the pairing depth and even more texture.
On hindsight I think I should have waited and painted my vines on afterwards so they would seem more delicate and not snake like. HA!!! After our rough paint we painted on a few more layers getting lighter and brighter each time.
I don’t know about you but I have been a little bit obsessed with watching patin mixing videos on Instagram…if you don’t know what I’m talking about check out @annettelabedzki on Instagram and you will see what I mean. All of the paint mixing videos I have seen use palette knives to mix with and so I was pumped to use one of those on my painting!! It’s the little things I tell you. HA!!
Anyway, here is my final painting and I am kind of proud of it! Like I said earlier I feel pretty confident that I could create this on my own at home and I may try sometime soon! It was a really fun class and I would definitely do another one of there is one!!
Have you ever taken a painting before??