SOAP STONE PAINTING WITH JAMES

That’s me carving into my very first bowl.

Hello readers, I have been lost for a while haven’t I ? Well, here I am with my Saturday vibes. Guess what I did on Saturday? I went to my very first soap stone painting class. I would say that this is probably one of the best experiences I have ever had. I painted, I ate good rice and green grams, I went shopping and the best part of all I made new friends!

from the left Me(Barbara), Yolanda and Rebecca!

I decided to actually go ahead and book an experience on Airbnb. The first experience that appears on the page as fate would have it is James’ experience on learning how to paint on soapstone bowls. I promise that I was swayed by the five star rating and the images that came up on the page. It looked like an amazing thing to do, I guess what did I have to loose anyway? I boarded a matatu all the way to Kawangware from my home on waiyaki way ; this cost me about 30kshs, I then boarded a bodaboda to James’ place. Well, I admit that I was afraid of getting lost but James ensured that he gave even the bodaboda driver the directions and he also texted them to me.

Our group tryout bowl.

I got there at about 10:00 am and I was invited by James into his house where he showed me around his abode and gave me good stories as we waited for the two other visitors who were joining us. Eventually Rebecca and Yolanda joined us at about 10:30 where they were also shown around and our ‘lesson’ commenced. James told us his life story and all about how he ended up in soap stone painting and he taught us how to do the painting. we actually did all the designs and carvings by ourselves. He then eventually gave each of us our own bowls where we got busy and creative.

This is what we each came up with. Amazing right?

After our painting session James made us amazing lunch composed of fried rice and green grams. Apparently he’s got skills in the kitchen as well. Magnificent food! After lunch we eventually decided to head to Maasai Market where I discovered my amazing bargaining power. Who knows maybe I can make it a career? We eventually said our goodbyes and parted ways. Best Saturday ever!

At Maasai Market, we stopped for a mini photo session

Barbara Michoma,

The Traveling Mindset.

Published by Barbara Michoma

I am a tour operator in Kenya. I have a degree in Tourism Management and I have my own company known as The Traveling mindset Limited which is centered on giving people a chance to experience the world in a sustainable way. I am extremely passionate about climate change, human rights, sustainable tourism, accessible tourism and meeting new people and giving them unforgettable experiences. For fun I play hockey and read all kinds of books. I have two dogs and I love animals very much. My all time hobby though, is writing and sharing my thoughts with the world.

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