The process of finding a passion is not something we tend to talk about. We hear stories of other successes but forget what it takes to get there, especially when it comes to finding out what you’re good at. It’s scary and at most times, awkward to expose yourself to something new for the first time. Trust me, I’ve been there. At 21 and after many attempts of trial and error, I’m still searching for that one thing that deserves my effort to perfect.
This week is all about mixing drinking with art, an easy start for students amid the rules of social distancing. Wine and paint nights have been gathering popularity the past year and are an absolute rave of a time. However, it’s worth mentioning said classes are expensive and the stingy limits on the wine is a buzzkill. This is why I suggest you try a DIY wine and art night on a budget.
So, what does it involve?
- Wine (anything to get that buzz going)
- Something to draw with (pens, pencils, paint, crayon etc…)
- Something to draw on (canvas, paper, a shirt etc…)
- Newspapers (to protect your space)
And that’s it! It’s pretty straight forward from here but there’s more than one way to do it.
For the socialites, make a night of it! Suggest a BYO and invite some mates over to get on the piss over art. However you do it, is your choice. If you’re feeling friendly, share what you have, otherwise, see if they have their own supplies they can use. Personally, I did this as a gals night and asked for donations of what they could afford at the time in order to get what we needed. There is really no limit to an activity like this. A trip to Spotlight or Looksharp has an array of options of what to use at a low cost and may inspire you along the way.
After coming together, it’s honestly surprising to see what people come up with. I imitated a pot of apples in a vase that I presented on the table, while my friend channelled her inner Bob Ross and followed a Youtube video from the legend himself. This means you don’t have to be an artist to enjoy it, so ditch the pressure and I promise you’ll feel all the better for it.
Consider this column as a base of inspiration to give you the encouragement to search for your passion and to move past the excuses of “maybe next time” or “it’s too expensive”. This is a chance to grow and a chance to strengthen your mindset upon experiencing failure and discomfort. Trying something new doesn’t have to be a chore, it can be as simple as scrolling on Pinterest to get inspired, taking 5 minutes to research that one website and then taking the time to implement. The worst thing that can happen is that it didn’t work out, and that’s okay! Because life has an endless list of things on offer, and within that list is surely a spot that’s calling your name.