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MOM'S LITTLE BLACK BOOK, October 2014 | by Kristen Kucharski


A Colorful Affair, More than Painting

Many of us have experienced the sip & paint events around town, but A Colorful Affair in Naperville has added new artistic opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy. Regardless if you are a preschooler who wants to finger paint or a senior who wants to reconnect with your creative side, there are a variety of project experiences to be found here.

The tween group seemed very drawn to making their own candles, while I was personally drawn to trying out a fused glass project, as I have never worked with this type of art medium before. The energy and excitement in the studio was high as we viewed our options, which included designing our own jewelry, crafting a set of coasters, or a glass platter with sheet glass, rods, and stringers. Making your own candle or customized body scrub was like selecting the toppings at a frozen yogurt shop – trimmings and choices galore to completely personalize your scents, colors, textures, and style. Kids can make their own cupcake soaps, personalize a night light, or paint a penguin.

The options were endless and the atmosphere was light and fun. You could literally spend several hours just hanging out – bring your own lunch or snack and unleash your creative side. If you are in the area but don’t have time for a specific project, you can stop by and play with the sidewalk chalk outside the front door. As the weather turns cooler and the holidays approach, the girls are excited to come back and make Halloween decorations, Thanksgiving centerpieces, and Christmas gifts. Personally, I was thinking it would be a great place to hang out with my adult friends, as they offer Ladies Nights Out events too. So whether you have a toddler or a grandma living in your house, it is likely you will find happiness and fun for everyone here!

THE DETAILS

Location: A Colorful Affair, 3027 English Rows, #105, Naperville, IL 60564

Phone: (630) 806-1915/(331) 229-3524

Website: www.colorfulaffair.com

Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday;

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; private parties available

Prices: Prices dependent on creative project selected

Description: A creative space offering classes, events, and open studio times using a variety of art media such as canvas, ceramics, soap, scrubs, fused glass, and candle making! Sip & paint events offered several times per month.

about the writer Naperville mom Kristen Kucharski graduated from Illinois State University in 1992 with an International Business Degree. She is married and has two energetic daughters and her house is always full of children. Kristen joins Glancer Magazine with her column titled, Mom's Little Black Book, a monthly feature written for moms who are looking for ways to keep their kids busy.


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