Once upon a Groupon deal, we came across wine glass painting. I had looked at the same deal for over a year until we decided to go and actually do it. I asked myself why we would go out and do something we could do in our own home for less money. I’m really glad I changed my mind because it was one of the best experiences we’ve had for doing artsy things. There were people flying out from other states just to use their Groupon here. That’s really saying something about the credibility of a place.
When we got there, we found out that it was a small shop in Tampa. The man who ran the shop was one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. He had so much to say and so many stories to tell. He had started a shop to express his most favorite things in life; His wine glass painting studio doubled as a karate class. He was one of the nicest people and I’ll never forget how quirky he was. He cracked jokes with us the entire time and made everyone in the class be social in a way and made us feel welcome.
Let’s not forget the fact that there is an industrial fan provided to dry the paint in order to add more layers. We may or may not have been making robot noises and pretending like we were models with our hair blowing everywhere.
We used a fancy French paint that we were able to rub off with rubbing alcohol in case we made a mistake. I’m pretty sure each of us at one point completely started over. J had total painters block but when it hit him, it definitely hit him because his creativity flowed. Not only was it a nice bonding experience, I really think our glasses matched our personalities in the end.
A painted a pretty glass that looked like a peacock; C painted a peace sign and tie-dye glass; I painted a sunflower and cherry blossom glass, and J used a technique that he learned when he was in a culinary school. He used a plastic fork to fling the paint together. The owner, Mark, said after all the years he’s been doing this and all the odd requests, he has never been asked for a fork.
We stayed later than everyone else did then even stayed later just having conversations with him and eating all of his candy. After 24-hours we had to bake it in the oven to make the paint settle. This activity could be recommended for mother and daughter dates, for girls nights, for bachelorette parties, and for date nights. It’s an all around fun experience.