So, the other day my lovely friend Angie took me for an early birthday dinner to Play. What is Play you ask? It is this amazing wine and tapas restaurant. The atmosphere is very welcoming and the staff is amazing. You can find tourists in jeans mingling with women who look like they just stepped off of the pages of Vogue. I was told to order a bottle of wine, my choice, to celebrate. Hrm, very difficult in a place like that, where they pretty much have an entire page dedicated to red wine. Up walks Grayson, their sommelier, to save the day. He asked me what I liked, I said “definitely red, dry and oaky”. So, he suggests Petite Petit, which is not on the menu. The moment I saw the label, I was sold, haha. It had a circus theme to it.
Thanks to my love of esthetically pleasing things and Grayson’s knowledge, I was not disappointed. The wine was delicious and inspiring. I asked to take the bottle home because I really wanted to create something with it. Luckily they obliged (even put it in a gift bag so I wasn’t walking the streets with an empty bottle of wine looking a bit seedy). When I got it home I pulled out my art journal and off I went to the open crop night at The Scrapbox. The creativity just flowed and I did the entire thing in one sitting, with a bit of drying time in between. To get the red striping effect (just like the big top) I used masking tape and acrylic paint. I then dripped india ink down the full length of the pages.
I added a flag banner with my trusty Stampin Up! punch.
This is with the back side of the insert. You can see my lovely elephant and cute pierrot riding atop.
Now, a close-up of the label and inspiration, which I stuck right in there. Isn’t it adorable???
So satisfying. I think I might just do a circus theme canvas series, I had so much fun. Now, I must head to the LCBO and try get my hands on a few bottles of this stuff as it is a vintage so once it’s gone, it’s gone.