Monday night, I had the honor of attending Art & Ale at Royal Docks Brewing Company. I had always wanted to attend an art and alcohol event, and I was excited to see something happening at one of the new breweries.
One of my friends suggested a group of us girls try it out. We all signed up and were excited for the evening. The program offered wooden signs in two designs: 1. An initial, last name and date or 2. A fall-themed sign. Since I’m not married, the fall sign was my only option.
I didn’t read the Facebook description properly to know that I’d be doing some dirty work in the making of this beautiful sign.
I arrived right on time and found that the other ladies were already sanding away at their stations. I dove right in and sanded my wood board until it was smooth. The next step was paint. While everyone else—and I mean literally everyone—chose to paint their boards one color, I opted for three. I chose orange, brown and teal.
After the paint dried, it was time for more sanding. Luckily for me, one of the guys running the whole shindig thought my board was worthy of a demonstration. He used my board to show the other ladies some fun sanding techniques. A little more sanding from me, and my board was read for stencils. The stencils were pre-made and just needed adhesive to stick onto the boards. We then used special round brushes to dry paint our words.
After the words dried, we peeled off the stencils to reveal our masterpieces. I love my finished product! Now just to find a place in my apartment for it.
If you’re iffy about signing up for an Art & Ale night at Royal Docks, I suggest you go for it. For $40, I had a fun experience with friends, and I got a beautiful wooden sign out of it. (Alcohol not included in total cost.)