Social Painting at Arteastiq

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I have done it! Social painting at Arteastiq! It seems like this is the up and coming activity to do with your friends! Stephanie and I bought the Groupon voucher at $28 per pax (which includes a drink, a canvas, free flow of acrylic paint and a set of brushes) and it is well worth the $28!

Here are the Good and Bad about Social painting at Arteastiq!

Good

  • Pictures / books available for them to make copies (this is useful if you have no idea what to paint)
  • Provide free flow of acrylic paint (which can be very pricey if you were to paint it at home)
  • Provide palette paper, brushes, and canvas (so you don’t have to fret what to bring/buy)
  • Provide yummy tea (I tried their pomelo tea and liked it!)

Cons

  • 3 hours is too short for me to paint a decent painting (we need to pick a picture, mix the colours and paint it! They do provide follow up sessions at $5 per hour if we can’t complete our painting.)
  • Paint brush is of poor quality (which gave a rough texture and it didn’t pick up the paint well)
  • Acrylic paint is of inferior quality (some has been exposed to the air for too long and has became lumpy)
  • Do not provide palette knifes (this is crucial for mixing colours)
  • Poor arrangement of the easel (With two persons sharing one easel, one at each side, I wanted to punch the guy opposite me who violently erase the pencil marks on his canvas while I’m trying to paint)

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Overall, this place is definitely not for the professional or trained acrylic painters. Call me a snob or a perfectionist but I felt frustrated many times during the session. Stephanie had to remind me that this is a social painting session and not an art assignment. Hah. But this is definitely a must try for new or first time painters! I love painting and this session has renewed my interest in painting! It could probably be my new hobby. I love that in those 3 hours, all my attention was on the canvas, it is as though the time and space around me have stopped and even if there is a typhoon / war around me, I probably wouldn’t notice it. If I were to choose painting versus baking, I think we have a clear winner here! Even though both require huge efforts before you see the results, I prefer pretty painting than cakes (equals carbs) in my ever growing tummy.

I have asked if I can buy an easel and put it in the balcony and he is all for it! Friends, if I start bringing canvas to your housewarming parties / birthday parties / weddings as gifts, please don’t reject my painting! Haha.

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The painting I did at Arteastiq is something which I can’t stand looking at. Not because that it is hideous (almost hideous), but because I knew I can do better than this and this picture doesn’t do my 8 lessons in NAFA justice. I spent 30 minutes mixing the green and painting the green vase only to realize that I have picked a picture which is really challenging. HUGE TIP. Never try something with so many colour tones! The blending and touching up can kill. I ended up finishing 70% of the painting in 1 hour where everything was a blur. BOO. If I can afford another 3 hours, this picture could come out perfect. Haha.

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Stephanie – a first time acrylic painter with Chinese painting background – did very well!

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About somethingboutrenes

A lady with many random thoughts and braving this whimsical world with a simple faith. In love with all things vintage and pieces with a story to tell. Loves blogging, enjoys Yoga and has an urgent need to travel to maintain sanity.

4 responses to “Social Painting at Arteastiq”

  1. G says :

    thanks for the review !! I have been thinking of trying it out but wasnt sure if i can come up with something in 3 hours. I think i should try it now. Anyways, i thought your painting was cute !

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