Paint Nite: A Review of a Night of Art and Booze

Paint Nite: A Review of a Night of Art and Booze

It was so easy even I could do it.
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Last weekend, the ladies in my family spent our evening out attending one of the new trendy events that have surged across America that combines booze and artistic abilities: Paint Nite! The idea behind Paint Nite is that you have one professional artist give you a step by step lesson on how to make a magnificent piece of art, while you attempt to follow instructions and get buzzed with booze either provided by the venue or brought from your own home.

For our event the piece of work we were attempting to replicate was called "End of Summer".

Upon inspection I had the same reaction anyone with the artistic ability of a kindergartner would have..hell to the no will I be able to replicate that. I had a good year and a half of elementary school art classes where almost every project I got back was C worthy.

This made me wonder how a two hour class was going to improve any "skills" I might have. However, putting any doubtful thoughts to the back of my mind I quickly ordered my first drink of the night to work as some liquid confidence, a peach whiskey mule, and headed to my station.

At each station you are given a paint tray with all of five colors that we were going to use, a canvas, brushes, and cleaning supplies for your brushes. The only downside of the work areas though is that arm space is far and few, but still is pretty manageable.

Once we got started I have to say that my work looked like what I expected it to look like from the beginning, a complete mess with attempts at blending to make it look better (P.S. I would like to thank all those youtube makeup tutorials I've watched that taught me everything I knew about blending). When it came time for us to take our break all I could think was that my painting looked like a sad art attempt put together with items you find at a ball park snack bar. Again for comparison here was mine,

and here was what the final product was supposed to look like.

The odds were not in my favor here.

Which meant it was time for liquid confidence number two, a Manhattan. At this point things got scarier when it was time to use the black paint mainly because it's hard to hide and blend black paint if you mess up.


I was disappointed, at first, mainly because I thought they were supposed to be trees and it was looking like a fire had occured in my forest. Suddenly, though we added the horizon to our art and I could finally see a comparison between the two paintings.

Maybe I wasn't bad at art, maybe I've just been doing it wrong this whole time! With some final touches added our work of art was done and I have to say mine was pretty satisfactory!.

I think if you are interested in a fun night out, with your girls, this is the event for you. It's fun it gives you confidence in your art skills and it's way easier than you think it's going to be. Also one of the highlights was trying catch all of the "that's what she said" jokes by our teacher. Such as: "Every time you brush it, it gets bigger"

Yes, I know. I have a twelve year old's sense of humor.




Cover Image Credit: shaareishalom

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

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Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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1. When that one kid in the group project isn't pulling their weight

We all know these people. The ones who chill with their phone while you and the rest of the group scramble to get your work done. They offer no help at all and leave you and your team to figure everything out yourself. Sometimes there are more than one of these people in your group and, sometimes, they're all like this and you need to fend for yourself. During times like these, a McDonald's run will do you good.

2. When that one professor sounds like they are speaking a different language

Sometimes you can leave a lecture feeling like your professor just spoke in klingon for an hour. This would be a great time to head on over to the golden arches.

3. When you have early morning classes

Nothing like an after-class treat of delicious, golden fries to wake you up after taking class when it's still dark out.

4. When you're applying for internships

Is there anything more stressful than thinking about your future career? Sitting down to fill out applications with fries by your side will make it less painful, I promise.

5. When you have to do an interview

To celebrate being a winner and a legit adult.

6. When you have to give a speech

Public speaking is the #1 fear in the U.S., even ahead of a fear of death. So, this wouldn't be a bad time for a cheat meal.

7. When the people living above you sound like they're raising a herd of elephants

Seriously, what could they be doing up there that makes their footsteps so dang loud?

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Whether you're stressing about the next day or just can't get comfortable in that twin bed of yours, some fries might be just the midnight snack you need.

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There's always that one class that has extremely boring reading, and you need to mentally psych yourself up every time you sit down to study. Sitting down with some fries is sure to help.

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