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5 Tips on convincing your spouse to join you in a paint class

Couple Paint and Sip Date night
Trying something new together means growing your relationship

“OMG, that looks like so much fun honey, can we go do this together?” How many of us ladies have seen those amazingly cool painting photos of our friends at a “paint & sip” studio and thought this same thing? Trouble is, our “better half” doesn’t seem to think this new activity is up his alley.

As a matter of fact, if you ask a group of men whether they’d prefer to take a paint class or get up in front of a large crowd and make a speech…well, you know which one your husband or boyfriend would choose.

Yup, it’s a tough sell ladies but don’t fret, your local art lady (me, Corina!) has spoken to so many of my couple customers and have come to the following conclusions on how to make the sell. Sit back, relax, have a glass of wine and take notes…wink!

POINT #1, IT’S NOT JUST FOR WOMEN

Most men who even entertain the idea of “Hmm, maybe I should think about this new possible activity with my wife” soon snap back to their “reality” and assume the following: “Nah, this kind of stuff is just for women. I don’t want to go to a class with just a room full of women. What will the guys think if they catch wind of this? Nope, this isn’t going to happen.” Well, stop the presses! Go For It!

Now is your time to educate your lovie with a few counter points. Firstly, this stuff isn’t just for women; please note that most of the more well-known artists are MEN! Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock, etc.

Also, his point about being in a room full of women: what is wrong with that?!! He will be the “star” of the show, plus most of our Art Class & Wine Glass sessions on weekends are predominantly COUPLES.

And in conclusion, his fear that his guy buddies will hear about his painting outing will actually turn into HIM calling or texting his buddies after the class to either “show off” his painting or communicate what an amazing experience it was.

It ends off with this conversation with his buddy, “You need to bring your wife and next weekend we can all do a couples thing and paint! It’s so cool!”

POINT #2, “I DON’T HAVE ANY ART ABILITIES!”

Of course, he doesn’t have any art abilities…or does he??? We are all guilty of getting comfortable and not experimenting with different things, activities or even experimenting with a new restaurant.

So how in the heck are we going to get him to paint? Start off by telling him about your shortcomings. Let him know that you’re no Picasso either and as a matter of fact, that last paint class that you took with your best friend? Yeah, that’s not suppose to look like a mountain, it was suppose to be a meadow. Once your partner realizes that you went into it with little or no skills but enjoyed the process, he will feel a bit more at ease on this new activity.

Let him know that there is an instructor taking him “step by step” on the painting. Even so, at our art studio, we do pre-sketch many of our designs so that clients aren’t trying to fix a crooked Eiffel Tower. Communicate how the instructor walked around during the session and gave some students a more hands-on approach when they messed up their painting. There’s always a way to fix any painting, believe me!

And if he’s still hesitant, just suggest a fluid art pour painting session where they teach you how to mix and pour paint (no art skills required at all.)

No skills needed for this fun fluid art paint session!

POINT #3, WHO WANTS TO PAINT THAT?!

Ok, so maybe he isn’t as hesitant about trying this whole new “paint class” idea. You’ve gotten as far as discussing when you’d like to go and now to discuss the “where.” What do you mean “where you’d like to go?”

This is our little secret on how to seal the deal… Did you know that if you sign up for most paint & sip classes at many studios, they already have a calendar of what is being painted in advance and when?

For example, you look up a local franchise art studio, next Saturday’s calendar shows it’s a painting of a vase with colorful flowers at 7pm (with signup required in advance.) This works for some, but do you really think he’s going to want to paint flowers, and moreover, do you really think he’s going to want two of the same paintings of flowers? Nope, I didn’t think so.

Here’s where you “sell” him on the idea by letting him know that at Art Class & Wine Glass we do not have a set schedule of when and what is being painted. You both get to choose the time, the date and the paintings you’d prefer! What? Yes, you read this correctly! Maybe when you both went onto our catalog page he got really pumped up about doing that “Galaxy Bear” painting. And, once you scrolled down a bit further, he saw the “couples” paintings that are two canvases that make one idea and thought, “Wow, this would look great in our den.” Now is the time to get him excited with all the themes he can choose from.

Couples paintings where two canvases make one idea

POINT #4, BRING DRINKS & SNACKS

Hey, have you heard that you can bring foods and drinks to these type of establishments? Heck ya! If you let your spouse/boyfriend know that they can bring their favorite beer or wine, this paint activity just got a bit more “interesting.” Let’s face it, he’s going to be a bit hesitant anyway but if we add a little something to sweeten the deal, he may go along with you.

Pick up his favorite pizza “to go.” Bring his “go to” lager or beer. Sure, he may need some other snacks too…pack that as well. Most paint & sip studios are pretty flexible on adult beverages or even regular non-alcoholic beverages. Perhaps the weather is chilly outside and some hot lattes with some banana nut bread would hit the spot on a Saturday afternoon. The reason most studios permit foods and drinks is because it allows us to all relax with our comfort foods, thus creating a more fun atmosphere.

Of course, if you were taking ADVANCED ILLUSTRATION on a college campus these things would not be allowed. But remind him that this class is more “entertainment” than being a rigid, strict class environment. We call it an art party and not so much an art class.

POINT #5, SEAL THE DEAL WITH THIS STEP!

It’s Friday, you’ve brought this idea up for a second time and given him all the pertinent information. He’s on the fence. No plans with his buddies have been made for Saturday yet. You bought his favorite beer that’s chilling in the fridge. Oh, wait, what is this? His favorite candy bars too?

Now is the time to bring this up one last time. How? Well, we women have super powers don’t we? Let me tell you mine! About 11 years ago, my marketing director at my 9-5 job invited me to a “paint and sip” studio that was opening up here in Houston. I had no idea what a “paint and sip” was but it had the five magic words “Free paint and sip class.” Bam! I was sold!

But unfortunately when I told my husband about it, his face told me everything. And to counter that face, I made my face (hint, my super power!) I looked at him with big bright eyes of enthusiasm and hope (that he was going to say yes.) He did!

And now 11 years later, with two art studios of my own, I spread my advice on how you too can have an awesome time together as a couple learning, growing and having fun! Now get out there and paint…

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5 Tips for a Successful Bachelorette Party

You’ve found Mr. Right, he’s popped the question & you said YES!

As the bride, you’re getting the steps rolling on the wedding planning, among them is Bachelorette Party Ideas.

Now, I no what you are thinking,

Strippers,  naughty party favors, hangovers, etc…

The problem:

You’ve got alot of acquaintances that are eager to help you celebrate this time-honored tradition. But the problem is, how can you coordinate a day that’s going to work for everyone?

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How to Easily Plan Your Kids Art Party

Thinking about throwing a kids birthday party? Here’s a few tips and ideas on how to make the event planning easier and more unique!

Let’s dive right in.

Base the Party on Your Child’s Age

Yes, sounds silly and obvious but parents, please remember when you’re thinking of making your child’s birthday plans, make sure it’s age appropriate.

Would you believe:

We’ve seen parties for 1-year olds at “brazilian steak houses,” with guests (children) looking confused and uncomfortable in this bizarre setting. Think of your child and their friends. Would they be comfortable at a 4-star restaurant or would they prefer the cheesy “pizza party?”

Think safety.

Would your 3-year old be ok unsupervised at a golfing fun center? Probably not. We tend to want to make ourselves (the parents) live vicariously through our children and it sometimes isn’t a good fit.

Don’t be impatient.

If you really, really want your daughter to have a formal tea party for her birthday, let her enjoy it at a more appropriate age instead of 2-years. We know your husband would like for your son to have a birthday paintball party (but again, age is a determining factor.)

Age-appropriate activities make for a more relaxed event.

Please don’t put yourself and the chosen “establishment” in an awkward position to reject your plea for a birthday party for a child that is too young.

What is your budget?

In today’s age of inclusion, we’ve been taught not to leave anyone out and to invite everyone in your classroom.

That’s a Big commitment.

Is that financially feasible if your child’s class is 31 children and each child will cost the birthday parent $32 each? Look at creative venues instead of high-ticket activities.

Are the kids ok jumping at an inflatable kids center instead of paying sky-high prices per child to “faux” parachute jump at the newest facility? Remember that your child has at least several more birthday parties in their future and you shouldn’t break the bank each year.

You might be wondering.

When planning your budget, will it be just for immediate family or friends? Will it be the child’s entire classroom? Is the party including a sit-down meal or is it just light snacks and refreshments? Does the venue you’ve chosen allow decorations?

Some venues provide decorations and other venues may even allow you to bring outside food to save you money on catering or ordering food. Will you be giving goodie bags or will the event provide a take-home item? These questions will help begin structuring your budget.

Planning the Party: Venue

Don’t send out e-vites yet! Let’s not get ahead of ourselves before booking the venue. We’ve seen parents scrambling at the last last minute when they’ve forgotten to book a venue and not have availability after all. Venue tips for choosing your location:

  • Is it easy to find?
  • Is it close to everyone? Don’t choose a venue that’s too far.
  • How many people can it hold?
  • Do they allow siblings to watch or is it limited to just participants?
  • Are you allowed to bring your own food/drinks or must you purchase onsite?
  • What is the deposit required?
  • Can you bring decorations?
  • Do you have setup time before your event?
  • What does the venue provide? Plates? Napkins? Music? Assistants?
  • Is the room private or will you be sharing it with other groups?
  • What is your time limit?

Invitations

Now that you’ve chosen your venue, let’s talk scheduling. What time would you like to start your event? Mid mornings are great if you have a group of kids that aren’t busy with swim, soccer or baseball practice.

Keep this in mind when scheduling early.

For example most children are more readily available during the late afternoon time such as 1 or 2pm. Noon is recommended if you’re providing lunch. If you’d like to avoid that aspect, plan for a later time so that you’re only responsible for snacks, cake, etc.

We’ve discussed time, but what about day?

Do you want to book the party on a weekday after school? Most parents prefer the ease of a Saturday afternoon party or even a Sunday late afternoon party.

E-vite or other emailable invitation?

Yes, some still use the old-fashioned mailed invitation and that will be your choice. Please note that you want to add rsvp contact info so that you can get an accurate count of guests for planning purposes. At least 3-4 days beforehand is recommended for a rsvp date. Emailed invitations are best as soon as possible (with at least a two week notification.)

Make sure you have a second person proofread the invitation for accuracy before you hit that SEND button.

Decorations and more…

Invites are done, venue booked, now what? You’ve gotten the theme decision from your child. You’ll begin the online search for your streamers, themed-balloons along with matching plates, napkins, forks, cups and tablecloth(s).

Order online since these items may be more inexpensive online.
Also, you may find a bigger selection for what you’re searching for.

Pinterest is a great site to get some decorating ideas. Just type in “kids party decoration ideas” and you’ll be amazed at what you find. This will also show you how to setup and present the food/snacks/drinks.

In conclusion, Pinterest is great for showing you how to accomplish alot by designing or setting up on your own instead of purchasing expensive setups.

Bonus Tip:

Use this time to get your child involved in helping glue or assemble decorations for the party. It is their time and they may even bring up a great idea or two since they’ve probably been to a number of friends’ birthday parties.

Hungry?

Food choices are pretty easy for a child’s party. If an at-home party, make good use of fresh fruits, veggie cups, etc that can be refrigerated up until the party. If the event is at another venue, easy is the best! If it’s a party around lunch time, start with some cute cups of “goldfish” crackers or fruit as an appetizer. Chicken nugget trays with various dipping sauces are a favorite!

Now:

Pizzas delivered hot to your venue are also a no-brainer but please make sure to order at least one or two cheese-only pizzas since children are a bit more fickle about toppings.

Thirsty?

Drinks such as juice boxes or pouches are fun and easy! If event is at-home, a homemade punch with fruit is also a great choice. Parents tend to stay away from bottled sugary sodas for obvious reasons.

Cake or Cupcake?

With parent’s thinking outside the box, new solutions for birthday cakes have been popping up. For instance, birthday cupcake towers are great since you know exactly how many children will be attending and your local bakery can theme the cupcakes easily and this is less mess for everyone too.

Unique and fun cakes add to the “silly” factor in a kid’s party

Birthday ice-cream cakes are also a new fav since some kids avoid the sugary frosting from a traditional cake. But let’s talk traditional cakes now.

Chocolate or vanilla cake?

Have your baker create a half-chocolate, half-vanilla cake for that picky group.

Remember there should always be a cake or cupcake so that your child can blow out that birthday candle and make a wish. (Very important! Don’t forget matches or lighter for birthday candle(s).)

They can take home a piece of art they created or a bag of goodies!

The Take Away

Take-Home item for the guests are important! Depending on the theme of your party, it can be something as simple as the “painting” from a paint party or as yummy as a bag of assorted candies and small whistle or bracelet.

Let them remember the good times with something “cool” to take home and either play with or eat. As always, use your judgement on appropriateness based on the age of the children.

Remember to take time to enjoy the day with your child. With good planning, the atmosphere should be relaxed and well-paced.

Photos and videos should also include parents so that those memories are recorded and enjoyed by everyone!

Some important things to consider while planning your child’s party

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In conclusion, if you live in Houston, TX and are looking for unique kids’ birthday party ideas,  Art Class & Milk Glass offers fun paint parties for kids 6 and over.

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Expand to Experimental Art

It’s time for you to begin the experimental art portion of your life. Yes, someone needs to shake that old, dusty pencil or the same watercolor set from out of your art box. We think about our art guru, Bob Ross who’s famous words were “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents” and realize that it takes us trying new mediums and techniques to expand our art realm. Is it scary? Yes. Will you make “happy little accidents”? Yes. Will you also discover amazing things along the way? YES!

A few months ago, I happened to walk into a new framing shop to get a poster for my dad framed and I noticed something quite unusual on the wall. It was an amazingly glossy piece of abstract art. The colors weren’t that great, the composition wasn’t “wow” either. But, what caught my attention was the material it was painted on. I asked the frame store owner what it was. He said simply, “plexiglass.”

Could it be that easy? Plexiglass!

Wow, could it be that easy? Wait, what kind of paint do I use? Does it wipe off? How do I start?
I started in art explorer mode and began the expedition. Home Depot for plexiglas was a “no-brainer.” Anything larger than 18×24 would require a specialty shop…nah, I’m just experimenting right now. Let’s leave the pro stuff for later.
Oils or acrylic? That was my next question. The obvious choice for me was acrylic. It’s cheap, easy to use and to be quite honest, it was the first thing that I saw in my craft room.
Hold on, if I’m painting on plexiglas and it looks glossy on the front side…that meant that I must paint on the backside. Thus, I am going to have to paint backwards! Whoa, that just blew my mind. Thinking about a tree that I was about to paint, I surmised that I will have to paint some of the branches first, none of the background till the very end and somewhere along the middle I will be creating the tree leaves. Hmm, usually I can paint a tree in a matter of minutes. This is a challenge!

Challenge Accepted
So now that we’ve stepped out of the normal paint realm, I find myself being challenged. Thinking differently and problem-solving on this new project was refreshing and invigorating. Taking a unique approach with a new medium allows you to not only proceed with excitement but also to proceed with the basic art knowledge you’ve acquired over so many projects already.

Well, the project went well. I was able to dabble and just have fun with this piece. I knew if it went horribly wrong, I could just wipe it off or wash it off. No harm, no foul. Time and time again, I find myself repeating these words to my art students, “Don’t worry, what’s the worst that can happen?” Now, it’s time for you to take these words to heart on your next great experiment! Happy crafting!

Experimental success!

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How to Acrylic Pour Painting for Beginners – Houston Art Class & Wine Glass

Is This Really Art?

Is there a support group for Obsessive Compulsive Pour Painting (OCPP)? If so, I’ve taken the first step, it’s admitting I have a problem with OCPP.

One late night while I was browsing through YouTube, I saw a the most awesome technique and I’ve not look back since!

Pour Painting, also called Cell Painting or Fluid Art.

Fluid Art Pour Painting is a great technique that anyone can do!

Ok, ok, I’ll admit it,

I’m the first to “call out” just splattering paint on a canvas and labelling it “art.”

Having formally studied art/painting my entire life, I truly believe it just shouldn’t be so easy to paint, one must experiment, fail, try again, again and again.

Practice, practice, practice along with having the discipline and character to try and “perfect” the method.

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Tutorial – Learn How to Paint on Ceramics – Tea Cup

Just the other day, I was kidding around with a customer in my studio about how we paint on anything. I told her that we paint on anything that doesn’t move! Sad but true. I have tried painting on many items such as how to paint on ceramics, shoes, glass, etc…–sometimes it doesn’t turn out well and sometimes it turns out awesome! One of my painting classes this week was of some funky summer cactus. Wait, what’s the correct plural of cactus? Oh yeah, cactuses–just kidding..cacti. Well, here’s the painting for your viewing: Continue Reading

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Watercolor Painting | Watercolor Masking Technique Tutorial

A neighbor of mine just had a baby and I felt maybe another baby blanket or onesie was too impersonal. So being in the crafty mood (that I’m always in), I decided to make a personalized gift! Just a few notes: This is the first time for this type of a watercolor painting project and I did come across a few bumps along the way but hopefully my mistakes and boo-boos help you guys on your project. By the way, if there were too many exclamation points in this watercolor painting entry, it’s because I was really excited on how well this project turned out! Continue Reading

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Tips for artists on shoestring budget

Plain white disposable platter left behind from a previous party with fluid paint!

Times are tough right now. I’m not sugar-coating most of our situations here today. With the virus still in full force, many of us are facing tough decisions with our daily budgets. What bills are going to be paid, how much is left for food and transportation, do I have enough for art supplies?

The answer is definitely yes! Let me show you how!

CREATIVITY FLOURISHES EVERY DAY

Talk about making your own stencil!

Us creative types must dust off our imagination and become more innovative on how to approach our artistic dilemmas. Let’s go way back in time…let’s think “pre-historic man.” I bet there weren’t any fabulous craft stores they could visit such as Michaels or Hobby Lobby; not even a Wal-Mart! Mankind had to make a mark in his (or her) world.

But, how? The caves in northern Spain called “El Castillo” show a definitive answer to this question. They used their hands as stencils and blew “mineral-ground” paints. No, no, I’m not saying let’s start digging in the dirt, but I am asking you to look around your home for more innovative ideas.

My grandmother back in North Texas was a share-cropper’s wife. She and my grandfather had 10 children and a small plot of land. Grandma didn’t have an opportunity to go to the closest town but every now and then. She improvised.

However, I’ve been told that “need is the mother of invention” and we must not forget that if it’s going to happen, it’s up to us! The cards are stacked against us enough (most people look at us creative types as a bit “odd.”) We must continue!

EASY ENOUGH TO SAY, BUT HOW?

Cute! Paper or fabric embellishments on a clip

Let’s take baby steps, shall we? We can do an inventory of what we have to work with firstly. Start with your home office area. So much is going on in there and you don’t even realize it! Open that desk drawer: paper clips, rubber bands, mechanical pencil and maybe even a glue stick are what you might find.

But you’re not done! Turn around to the home printer area; eureka! printer paper! Ok Corina, how can this possibly help me? Two words people: PINTEREST SEARCH. Oh my, what do we find?

Great ideas on how to make paper art using…paper clips! See this awesome tutorial below from Loopylouslens blogpost. Again, use what you have in those drawers. Check out this butterfly paperclip craft at ps://pin.it/3pYWcZL

Mechanical pencils are amazing! Get that printer/copy paper and start doodling! If you happen to have a photo you’ve been wanting to turn into a drawing, the mechanical pencil is a great tool to approach this project with.

The mechanical pencil lends itself to crisp lines that capture the contour shapes instead of focusing on “shading” and gradients. This might be a great time to do some online research on “contour” drawing.

Contour drawing allows you to really look at the item or person you’re drawing without ever lifting your pencil and more dramatically not even LOOK down at your paper or pencil. Again, explore within your home! It’s limitless! See example of contour drawing by the “Artlady2017blog”.

I prefer BLIND COUNTOUR. Go for it!

GETTING STIR CRAZY IN THIS HOUSE

Bleach design drawn on the edge of tshirt.

Keep searching, those “art supplies” are there! I open the door to my laundry room; I ask myself “Really Corina? You really think you’ll find something here?” The answer is a definite YES!

For instance, you’ve seen those CLOROX bleach pens? It’s a pen! It leaves a mark, right?! Oh wait, maybe you haven’t made it to the grocery store in a while and that’s last on your list.

Let’s make our own bleach pen with cornstarch and bleach (and of course an empty bottle if you’d like to have more control with your art project). If no bottle available, make sure to clearly mark the bowl or glass that has bleach so that no one mistakes it for water.

Safety first! Secondly, check this link out on how to create your own bleach pen. https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/how-to-make-your-own-bleach-gel-pen/

Squeeze bottle for bleach mixture. This helps drawing easier.

As you can see at the beginning of this section, I found an old green tshirt and it was pretty plain and really “old” so if I messed it up, I would be ok with it. Because of the damage done by bleach, put down some plastic bags or plastic tablecloth where you’ll be working on your project.

Again, we are using whatever we have in the house. If you’re lucky enough to have some latex gloves, go for it. If not, be careful to wash your hands very well after this project.

Next lay your tshirt flat. You must put some type of non-porous layer inside your shirt so that it does not soak into the back of the shirt. Again anything plastic is fine as long as you are OK with trashing it afterwards.

Now with a pencil, you can sketch your simple design and then trace over it with the bleach pen. Practice makes perfect; so don’t be afraid to find an old rag to practice on beforehand. Viola! A cool shirt is done!

JUST A FEW MORE IDEAS

In closing, I’ll rattle off a few more things that have lots of “potential.” For instance, food coloring in your pantry, parchment paper, aluminum foil, flour, wood scraps, teabags… shall I go on?

In conclusion, I’ve reached the end of my blog time. But again, the possibilities are limitless. Don’t let that tight budget ruin your creativity. CREATIVITY FINDS A WAY!

So many types of teas with so many different staining abilities

Houston Christmas Office Party Employee Quiz

It’s that time of the year again! Yes, the dreaded Christmas Office Party. There is always quite a number of employees that fit the “office party cast.” Which one of these holiday characters best fits you?

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Day of the Dead Skull Project

In any culture, we are drawn to the beautiful, the unique and the different! With Halloween around the corner, we’d like to present the fun crafting of a “Day of the Dead skull” or also known as “sugar skulls.” No, these aren’t made from sugar (but originals are created with sugar in Mexico).
Supplies needed:

• Skull (styrofoam preferred): Where to get one? Find a local craft store such as Michaels, etc and check out their Halloween department. You’ll probably find some that are “shaded” to look spooky. If you find a “white blank” one, you’re in luck. If you found a “shaded one”, just bring home and paint white Gesso over it with a big paint brush. It may take a few coats to get rid of the dark shadows. Gesso is used to prime a surface for “acrylic paint.”

Blank, gessoed skulls ready to paint!

• Bling: This means any loose glitter, glitter paint, rhinestones or random broken jewelery parts

• Markers: Oil-based or water-based Sharpies are fine. Choose how many colors you’d like.
I recommend broad-tip since fine-tip are more hassle.

• Acrylic Paint: Recommend acrylic over tempera or oil paints. Easy and water-soluable.
Absolutely no watercolors!

• Pencil and eraser

• Glue for stones

• Anything else laying around your craft room: Random flowers, goldfoil, weird attachments
small mirrors, etc

Let’s get started!

Once you have your skull ready (and it may take a day for it to dry if you had to paint gesso over it), you are ready to begin designing it! I hear so many crafters say, “Where do I begin? What if I mess this up?” Time and time again, my answer is the same. The worst that can happen is that you mess up and REPAINT over your boo-boos. That’s it! Therefore, let’s move forward and begin! I start with a dull blunt pencil. If you have looked on the internet for a general idea, that’s great! If not, start doodling. You do it in meetings, at school and waiting for dinner. Now let’s put that doodling to good use. Start with the eye area. This will set the tone for your design. Literally draw on the skull! Yup, you can erase if your line is light and restart. Once you get your eye design, move to the nose and the back of the head. How to approach this? Think of shapes! Hearts, diamonds, pokers, swirls, triangles, fleur-de-lis and more! Curled lines are awesome! They can fill a space very well. Now that your done with the sketching part, let’s move on.

Begin painting, glueing and “glittering” to your heart’s content!

Paint, Markers and Glitter (Oh my!)

First of all, let go of your anxiety. This is a fun activity. Grab a paint marker and begin outlining your shapes and design. Colored markers are awesome and don’t get me started on “metallic” markers. Once you’ve outlined your design, we will begin filling our large shapes with our acrylic paints. If you have small areas, remember that you can use your colored markers to fill in.
Consequently, you can leave some of these shapes empty for your glitter paint or loose glitter.
Bright colors of paint are awesome. May I recommend my favorites? Turquoise, orange and white!

Bring on the Bling!
To re-emphasize, have fun with this! Grab your bottle of glue or brush on your glue where ever you will be placing your blingy stones. (Crafter note: be aware of where you are placing your stones. They will slide if they are on the side of the skull and not on the top area.) If you decide to place stones on the side of your skull, lay the skull down on the side so that the stones have time

Amazing skull eyes

to dry in place before propping your skull. Think of stone placement. We had a creative crafter who placed the biggest red stones inside the eye sockets and clear stones for the teeth….brilliant!

Finishing touches!
If you happened to mess up some of your marker lines, re-trace your shapes now! Also, don’t forget those flowers that are placed on the top portion of your skull. Since the skull is styrofoam, poking artificial flowers with plastic stems into your skull should be easy! Embellish and bling as much as you desire.  This project is certainly a labor of love and will probably be a favorite! Have fun and craft on!

 

Successful Houston Teambuilding Activity Tips

Your 14 Teambuilding Tips

Choosing the right teambuilding activities for you company can be a bit overwhelming in addition to being stressful.

Don’t worry, here are 14 helpful tips that hopefully will make this task a little easier.

  1. Purpose / Type
  2. Activity Level
  3. Appoint Manager
  4. Find Out the Total Number of Participants
  5. Budget
  6. What is the Goal of the Teambuilding Exercise
  7. Venue
  8. Transportation
  9. Extras: Food & Refreshments
  10. Simple reminder…Make it Fun
  11. Say Cheese
  12. Remember to Relax and Enjoy
  13. And the Survey Says
  14. Momentos

THE PEOPLE & PURPOSE

Decide on the Event’s Purpose & Type

 Identify type of teambuilding activities
     
A.  Creative
     
B.  Community Outreach
      C.  Social / Ice Breaker

Determine Your Activity Level

Remember to keep in mind everyone’s physical limitations or time limitations. 

Also, keep in mind the weather conditions if you are choosing an outside activity.

Appoint an event manager/coordinator

Appoint someone who can devote the extra time to plan. This task will be time-intensive and take prioritizing.

Above all, make sure you or someone you appoint has that time!

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Try a Mini Canvas for just 1 hr

Houston, we heard your request loud and clear! Now come paint a one-hour project and save some time and money! For only $18.95, you can paint one of several pictures and these are easy self-guided projects. So come get your PAINT ON at Art Class and Wine Glass!

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You can walk in and request either a Kid’s or Adult canvas. Canvases are 10×10 inches and are self-guided. Although there is an assistant nearby, they will direct you to the instruction sheet for your particular painting. Quick, easy and economical for those groups that want just a quick project on a weekend or before a movie or dinner!

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