Monday, September 25, 2017

Some ME Time To Paint & Sip @ Artsy Sip

My sis went to this Artsy Sip place for her company's team building session. She had fun there and so she jio (invited) me there. 
And so last weekend, my sis, mum, my cousin sil and me went over to Artsy Sip at Nagore Square, Penang.

So what we got is this. 
They supplied us with everything we needed for a creative day out. Canvas, acrylic paints, paintbrushes, apron, everything.
We even had a glass of wine each.
And then all we needed to do was to just paint and sip for 3 hours. :)

There were 2 instructors there to help us and the theme of the day was Hot Air Balloon. We were free to follow and there would be some basic step-to-step guidance on the drawing of the theme. 
They also encouraged us to deviate from the painting, to make it unique and special to us. 
But of course we were free to paint anything else we wanted.

I did not paint the hot air balloons because it didn't bring any meaning to me. Maybe after I'd visited Cappadocia in Turney then I'd be painting that.

Shern had been learning about arts in school and he had been crazy about Van Gogh's Starry Night. He'd even did a small painting of that in school, and in this year's Learning Log cover, he had drawn the Starry Night using marker pens.
And so I decided to paint my take on Van Gogh's Starry Night!

Firstly, took a sip first with my mum and Sew Foong sitting in front of our blank canvases. 

You could see the faint sketches I made to my drawing. On where the moon and starts and tree and swirls should be so that I could get the proportion right before I started painting it. 
And clink.....sip sip sip. 

It was such a relaxing 3 hours.
We just painted and chatted and sipped (though my half glass of wine finished in like 1/2hr!).

I must admit that I was a little nervous and as well. I didn't paint since I last left high school and that was like 18 years ago. Maybe even more because the last I did art class was in Form 3. Hahaha.

And I was intimidated by the large blank canvas staring at me!
But once I started painting, it got easier and then I got more daring to just mix the colours and paint and paint and paint.

And this is the end results after 3 hours.
Tadaaa.......not bad at all!

I added my name at the right corner of my painting and also the date for memory sake!

This is the class in progress.
You see, lotsa people here to just relax and paint as well.
A mixture of young and old and women and men.

And this is the instructor's take on the hot air balloon.

The acrylic paints and brushes and wine.

So who is buying my painting now? hahaha

Our paintings. All so beautiful if I must say so! ;)

And when I brought it home, Shern told me, "wah....nicest Starry Night ever".
And it is now on the wall on top of the piano! :)

Have a try there and release the artistic side of you! 
I think I will be back soon.....or maybe I should just go buy some blank canvasses and paints and draw to my heart's content. :)

p/s - Please take note that advance reservation/booking is needed.

***Please take note that this post is NOT sponsored. I paid for this Art and Sip session with my own money. All text and opinions are of my own and represents my honest opinion of the product(s)/service(s).

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Khye's Letter to Ah Kong

Khye learning how to post a letter to his Ah Kong

Khye has been writing a few letters to random friends lately. 
He drew this for his Kindy friend Amanda and I did posted about it in my personal FB page a few mths ago. So cute right? hahaha

Khye said he wanted to write a letter to Amanda and put it into an envelope to send to her.
We obliged and gave him an envelope.
Apparently, this is how Amanda looks like. He apparently drew her face on the envelope.
Then he proceeded to draw her house out for the postman. 😂
And inside he drew his fav rainbow and some hearts for her while signing off. 

Khye does not really understand how letters are delivered, and when he wrote a letter to his dear Ah Kong when we were in Melaka, I promised him that we will get that letter sent.
Sent not from Melaka, but from Penang though. ;)

This is what he wrote for his Ah Kong on the envelope.

The letter itself. He actually put some of his precious Mamee Monster snack into the envelope as a "present" for his Ah Kong.

So off we went to the Post Office just last Monday, which was a mistake because it was the Monday after the long Merdeka weekend. So the post office was really full of people.

Anyway, I put his whole envelope and letter into a new blank envelope. Then I got him to write down Ah Kong's name and helped him with the address.

We waitied 45 minutes just for our number to be called to buy some stamps! "_"
He waited quite patiently with me. A bit whiny towards the end because we went there straight after school and he was without lunch yet. Coz I did not expect to wait so long just to buy stamps!

When it was our turn, I found out that there was no more 30 sen stamps. Hahaha. 
Nowadays is 60 sen for white envelope and 80 cents for other colours. And there is GST too! So we paid 65 sen to send that letter!

I let him adhered the stamp on the top right corner of the envelop and let him post the letter himself.

Next, is the waiting game. I told him it would take a day or two for the postman to collect all the letters from there and then delivered it to Ah Kong. 

He was excited when Ah Kong received the letter. He saw that there was a date stamped on the stamp.

And then when he tried the Mamee Monster snack himself, he said "eekkk....not nice to eat anymore!" hahaha! #sudahmasukangin

This is how Khye learned how to post a letter. I think this is still an important experience to let kids try, as nowadays they only know how to send sms/messages/email through the phone or internet. 

Khye now tells me he wants to post more letter to more people! "_"