Watercolor Blooms & Bling + Cocktail Punch

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Arts & DIY

Event Overview

I am so thrilled to bring some watercolor love to the beautiful Festive Collective! My Grandmother was a brilliant watercolor artist and her breadth of work has always been so inspiring to me. She used to bring her easel with her on our family vacations and show us how to paint the trees and flowers. From a still life to her landscape paintings, I can tell an Elinor Winkler watercolor from a mile away.

We'll be learning the basics of watercolor and you'll fill a sheet with various leaves and blooms to practice. Then, I'll show you how to design and paint a floral bunch or wreath with your new skills. AND, I'll show you how to add a touch of gold to your painting, if ya like. 

A delicious floral cocktail punch is included!


  • Watercolor and brushes to use during our time together

  • Paper (some with pre-drawn florals to help you get started)

  • Cocktail punch


FESTIVE COLLECTIVE is a creative community for celebration-focused brands in Chicago.

They're a party and paper shop in the front and a co-workspace in the back. A photo studio by day and a crafting classroom by night. We're a breathtaking and uniquely creative event space on some days, and a bustling manufacturing facility on others. 

More than anything, we're here to help you party!

FESTIVE COLLECTIVE was founded in January 2017 by Angela Wator, owner of Bash Party Goods, and is a collaborative effort with two other amazing Chicago brands- Anne and Kate and Luft Balloons.


Minimum age

All ages welcome

What You Can Expect From This Experience
  • Watercolor Florals
  • Gold Leaf
  • Cocktail Punch
Cancellation Policy


Joslyn Villalpando

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My name is Joslyn Villalpando and I am a working artist and art educator in Chicago. After studying fine art and art education at the University of Cincinnati, I spent 7 years teaching elementary art. While teaching, I completed my master's degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), studying the impact of craft and fiber art on art education. My small research group of young participants grew into a little community while learning to weave, sew, embroider, and dye; sharing the stories, memories, thoughts, and ideas that arise when creating together.

After witnessing the beautiful community that is built when creating with friends, I first began holding craft and cocktail parties to spread my love of the handmade with my favorite people. We gathered to learn how to block print to make valentines or embroider to create holiday ornaments- each craft accompanied by a featured batch cocktail and treats, of course. Inspired by the old sewing circles and expanding on the theme of intimate, creative social gatherings, I am moving these parties from my tiny Chicago condo and hosting craft events at some of Chicago's most beloved bars, restaurants, coffee houses, boutiques, and cupcake shops. I love utilizing classic, traditional art/craft processes such as; weaving, embroidery, printmaking, and watercolor, and putting a contemporary spin on them to bring you a unique learning experience.

There's nothing better than gathering with others to make something by hand, learning skills and processes that can be used again and again. At each J.Villa gathering, you will experience a thoughtfully curated event in an inspiring space, hand selected and/or handmade art materials, and enthusiastic guidance through the craft process.

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