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It's been a long time since our first "game" review (LeX Flight Simulator), and this time we have again headed to Empire Shopping Gallery for another non food review, this time at Plaster Fun House!
We actually noticed this place the same day we went to LeX, but never had the chance to go back and try it till now. Wendy was always eager but I was less enthusiastic about it because, let's face it, painting and me aren't friends.
In fact it doesn't even run in the family! I've always known that since I was in primary school, when I couldn't differentiate my primary colours from secondary. But finally I couldn't put it off any longer, and so I resigned myself to an afternoon of paintbrushes and watercolours.
As you can read in the picture, the concept of Plaster Fun House is simple. All you have to do is pick a design that you like, pay for it, and start painting. The paint is free, and the only thing that needs paying for is the selected mold. The best part is there is no time limit! That means anyone can sit there painting for the whole day if they so choose. It really is the cheapest and most relaxing way to spend a lazy afternoon with a loved one or a few friends. =)
Since the business is all about painting plaster molds, it goes without saying that there are tons of designs lining the walls and shelves! Those that are already painted can be regarded as samples, while the pure white ones are those patiently waiting for someone to come along and claim it as their own.
There are designs like dogs, 7 dwarves, cowboy guns, cars...
...Or even ships! There are also signboards for those who want a design with some words. Phrases such as "Home Sweet Home" or "Faith, Hope, Love" are readily available here.
There are also molds packed in boxes for those who want to give it away as a gift, or for anyone who wants to give it a try at home. I must say they make great presents for children - definitely better than the usual hum-drum list of gifts that roll out of Toys-R-Us. Why not inspire some artistic sense in children, rather than spoil them with toys? Goodness knows it might have done me some good!
(Though I was not spoiled with toys. Nothing can improve my hopeless art anyway. =P)
So after browsing through the numerous designs, Wendy decided on the above picture for us to work on.I liked it immediately - it was obvious who was going to paint what, and the picture looked like something I would do anyway.. =P
As we sat down to begin, we realized neither of us had the RM15.60 to pay for the mold!
because we spend all our money on food T.T So I had to run down to the ATM for cash. In that time, the staff brought over the colours, waters, and brushes like what's in the picture. First impression is it looks really dirty, but ah well, what are painting tools without paint all over them right?
So once you have your colours, you're all set to go! Once we got all our "tools", the rest was up to us. Thank goodness Wendy was around. Leave me alone with a bunch of colours and a palette and I wouldn't know how to start at all. But Wendy got all the mixing started, so all I had to do was watch and take pictures.. =P
First touch by Wendy onto our first plaster mold! That was supposed to be skin colour, but I think the colour was wrong, so she immediately stopped to mix it again..haha.
Once Wendy mixed the yellow again to resemble a more Chinese-looking skin tone, it was my turn to paint! The first flick of the brush is quite a 'gan jiong' (exciting) moment. A lot of ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh goes around, even from me! All very fun stuff. =D
Not long after I progressed to painting my blue suit! (With the colour mixed by Wendy of course). I like blue, so obviously I must wear something blue.
....And Wendy likes purple, so that's what her dress got. Here's the 2 of us, without any eyes. I gave myself a blue suit with black buttons and trimmings, a lighter blue shirt and a purple tie (to match the dress =p). Oh and I got Wendy to mix a maroon-ish red for me, just like my current hair colour. =D
Finally, after about an hour of painstaking hard work, we finished the inside picture with me painting the guy, and Wendy painting the girl! I'm quite sad with how the red heart turned out. I wanted it to be brighter than that, but the colour got mixed with some black I think. Wendy did all the eyes and her lips, which until now I'm still amazed at because it really forms the perfect shape of a lip!
Once the inside was done, All that was left was to paint the background and border. By that time we were running out of time because we had to be home for dinner. Thankfully the yellow was simple to do, and we did it quickly
seeing as we were such pros by then. The black border on the other hand was a different story!
We thought it was simple, just drawing some straight lines. Little did we know how difficult it would be, since I can't even draw a straight line, and Wendy had a hard time keeping the line in equal thickness. It was threatening to ruin the whole painting, but then Wendy's a genius, and she wasn't going to let uneven black lines ruin 2 hours of work!
So by making the borders thicker, she salvaged the painting! In fact I think it looks even better with the thicker lines. Another case of a mistake that brings better fortune. =))
By the end of it all, we had nearly used up all the space on the palette. =D I have to complain a bit about the small plastic palettes; I know it's cost efficient, but making them just a bit bigger wouldn't hurt, and it would help people mix a lot more colours than what we were limited to! Better a slightly bigger palette than handing out a brand new one all the time, no?
Once we finished with our painting, one of the helpful staff will coat it with gloss and dry it with a hairdryer. It's meant to give it a shinier and glossier look, and it probably protects the colour, though I'm not sure about that.
Oh yes, sitting there the whole day means painters will definitely be hungry and thirsty. There's a limited range of junk food and drinks served there, but prices are a bit steep. Although for the amount of time people can spend there versus how much they are charged for each mold design, paying a bit more for food and drink only seems reasonable.
All in all, it was quite an enjoyable experience, though we were both left with tired eyes after focusing so much. For about RM20.20 (including snacks), this has to be one of the best-bang-for-our-buck activities in recent times! Movies are way more expensive these days, and even a cybercafe charges by the hour. In future we'll probably start earlier so that we can spend longer there. =) It was a Sunday afternoon when we went, and it was quiet throughout. So this is a very highly recommended Sunday activity!
Oh... Can't forget to show a picture of our final glossed-up masterpiece right?
Plaster Fun House | Site
S-05, Level 2,
Empire Shopping Gallery,
47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Tel: +6 03 5611 1968
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 10am - 10pm