Friday, December 5, 2008

Paintertainment is now on Facebook!

Paintertainment is now on Facebook! If you're a member, be sure to check us out here! :-)

Friday, November 28, 2008

New Face Painting Book!

I am super excited to have just received the first print of my 2nd book, "Step-By-Step Face Painting: 32 Classic Carnival Designs," now in print and available soon at Paintertainment!

This book is a must have for any beginner looking for clear instructions on how to paint specific designs. I guide you through the process of painting 32 classic designs with clear instructions for every step of the way. Every step is illustrated using full color photography of actual face paint on skin in 6 steps or less!

This guide is the perfect size to carry with you, and it's coil binding makes it easy to keep the book open to the page you are referencing.

This book was designed to be used as a companion to my full-color, heavily laminated sheet of designs, also available at

I have more books in print and on the way, and I expect to have them ready to ship within 1-2 weeks! Pre-order yours today!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Hennepin County Adoption Day

This morning my mom and I spent a few hours face painting at the Hennepin County adoption day! It was a very fun and touching event as 35 kids were placed with 24 families at the Juvenile Justice Center in downtown Minneapolis. This lightning bolt design was caught on camera in tonight's Kare 11 news.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Big Mouth Face Paintings

Just surfing the web and found a couple of wild face paint designs...check these out!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

More New Products Just Added!

I've just added some great new items to!

We now have extra large, 3/4" wide brushes available! These are great for when you are doing full face designs, and need to cover a lot of area. All brushes on our site are made of high quality, genuine sable bristles.

I'm also excited to have just added some great 6-color pallets of metallic Kryolan face paints! These paints have a truly shiny, metallic look.

And, if you run out of any colors, we also have refills, including a bronze that does not come in the standard pallet set:

The metallic paints look really great and shiny on skin. Here is a very simple sword design that I often do, using the metallic silver paint:

Metallic paints go on a little different than the regular paints. I find the silver is almost flaky when it dries out, but I just use a bit more water when applying it than I do with other paints.

If pallets of several colors are not your thing, we also have several of the metallic colors in the larger, 2.5 ounce cakes. I like to keep one larger silver on hand as it comes in handy for many of my designs!

Friday, October 24, 2008

How to do a jack-o-lantern face paint

I have had several customers ask me to create step-by-step instructions for my designs. While I am planning to write another book soon that fulfills that very purpose, I thought I'd share one great Halloween "freebie" for you!

Here are some instructions for creating a simple jack-o-lantern cheek art design!

1. Draw 3 yellow triangles and a crescent as shown to represent eyes, nose, and mouth.
2. Fill in the shapes with yellow.
3. With orange, trace around your yellow shapes.

4. Add some teeth to the mouth if you like, stroking from the outline into the middle of the yellow.
5. Draw the outer edges of the pumpkin, kindof like a pair of touching parentheses.
6. Fill in the rest of the orange.

7. Add a green stem.
8. Outline the pumpkin and the stem.
9. If you like outline the facial features and add more detail.

10. Add some nice orange and/or yellow glitter!

You can find some nice, superfine orange and black glitter here for your Halloween face paintings, as well as paints, Halloween design sheets, and more supplies!

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

"Self portraits" by James Kuhn

I just finished a busy day of face painting at two events and thought I'd share this cool link that a friend passed on to me.

Check out this video of some pretty crazy face painting by James Kuhn! I've been having fun experimenting more lately with incorporating my subject's eyes and mouth into my designs, and it's pretty fun!

You can check out more of his work here. I thought this one of American Gothic was pretty cool...

He even has a book, available here. Great stuff, James!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Face Painting Books

I have recently added a nice collection of great face painting book links to my shopping page...check them out! There are a lot of great books out there. Note that the links on my site for these books will take you to Amazon...I do not sell these books directly but thought that people would find it helpful to have a nice selection all in one spot to browse! Enjoy!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

New Halloween Face Paint Package Deal!

Now available: a new package deal for Halloween!
This exclusive Paintertainment package deal is available only on this website. I have put together this package for those of you who are going to be face painting at a local Halloween event! Since you will most likely be using a lot of orange and black, you get a large cake of each of those colors, as well as glitter to match!

This Package includes:

• 0.5 oz Orange Ultrafine Glitter
• 0.5 oz Black Ultrafine Glitter
• 2.5 oz Orange Kryolan Aquacolor Makeup
• 2.5 oz Black Kryolan Aquacolor Makeup
• 8.5" x 11" Full-color, heavily laminated page of 24 Halloween designs

Over a $36 Value for only $29.00!

To avoid giving you more than you may need depending on the type of event, I have included just the basics. If you are going to be painting a variety of designs, to complement these essentials, I would recommend also purchasing at least one of the Aquacolor Palettes (6 or 12 color Aquacolor palettes) for the other colors, and if you don't already have them, some quality brushes. Other items that you may enjoy using for Halloween would be the neon yellow glitter (#385U), or even some of the UV-DayGlow fluorescent paints that glow under black light! You can have a lot of fun with face paints at Halloween, whether you're painting cheek art on kids at an event, or painting your own kids' faces as part of their costumes. Be sure to get your Halloween makeup early so you have plenty of time to play around with it, experiment, and get the hang of it in time for the big night!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Finally...My Favorite Glitter for Face Painting!

I am really excited to announce that I now have ultra fine glitter available on and ready to ship! This is the exact glitter that I have been using exclusively for the 12+ years that I have been face painting. It took me until now to finally locate the manufacturer to add it to my selection of products! In my professional opinion, it is the BEST glitter to use on face paintings because it has super fine granules (.008"), which are considered cosmetic and safe for skin by the FDA. The super fine granules are ideal for applying to face paintings because they are light enough to stay on the design without falling off right away when the paint dries, like coarser craft glitter does. They also enhance your designs, rather than cover them up.

You can get some really nice effects by applying some of the brighter colors on their corresponding paint colors. You can see samples of face paintings that I have done with glitter on my work examples page.

I have selected a rainbow array of bright colors that are now available on my site:

Yes, I even have black glitter!  It looks great on designs like Darth Vader or a black spider, and the boys love it!  Glitter can really add a lot to your designs, if you use the right kind!

I also have a great selection of pastel glitters. In my experience, if you only have one kind of glitter in your set of supplies, I would make it the blue-violet (231U). Blue-violet looks fantastic on top of any paint color without hiding your designs!

I have usually around 8-12 colors of glitter to choose from in my bag of supplies at any one time. I like to store my glitter in mini glass jars...the kind that you get those little jam samplers in around Christmas time. I have seen some people use film containers too. Something with a tight fitting lid works best, and a wide enough opening to dip your finger in to dab it on. I also have screw-together stacking clear jars on my site that work great as well for storing multiple colors.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Busy week completed!

I recently completed my busiest week of the year, 10 straight days of face painting for two back-to-back events: River City Days in Red Wing, Minnesota, and the Dakota County Fair in Farmington, Minnesota...with a National Night Out gig in the middle!

This was my 2nd year painting in Red Wing, and my 11th year at the county fair. I really enjoy painting at both events, and while it's a lot of work, I enjoy being a tradition for families year after year, especially 11 years at the county fair! You can see a nice newspaper article done on my business last year, as well as more older fair articles on my press page.

The top photo is a shot of me painting in Red Wing. I paint there on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the first weekend in August. Then, on Sunday morning, before I have to start painting in Red Wing, my husband and I head out to Farmington to set up my booth for the county fair, which starts the following day. (bottom photo is my booth)

I get many ideas every year to improve my booth for the following year, and have already started implementing improvements for 2009! As a display designer, I tend to pick apart my booth quite a bit!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Face Painting Kit

Have you been asked to be a volunteer face painter at an upcoming church or school function? This is a great little kit that I put together just for people in the same situation.

The Smile Painter Set comes with all the basic necessities, and all the supplies are of top, professional quality. The set includes my 40 page book of face painting instruction (assumes no previous knowledge of face painting!), a heavily laminated sheet of simple designs, two high quailty, genuine sable Kryolan brushes in two sizes, and a set of 12 professional Kryolan face paints.

This set of 12 colors is perfect for use year after year, because each cake of paint snaps in and out of the metal box, and you can purchase refills of individual colors as they run out. Don't waste your money on those cheap sets in the molded plastic trays that are not refillable!

The Smile Painter set gives you a discount of $11 over purchasing each item separately! It is a great investment for any church or school because they can keep a kit on hand, and whenever children's entertainment is needed at their upcoming events, they can provide their volunteers with all the supplies and instruction they need to do a great job.

Amazing Hand Paintings

Here are some amazing examples of hand paintings by Guido Daniele! Be sure to check out the link for many more incredible animals...

Welcome to the Paintertainment Blog!

Welcome to the Paintertainment blog! First things first...let me introduce myself. My name is Gretchen, and I have been professionally face painting for over 12 years. It all began back in 2005 when I face painted one summer at Valleyfair. I continued to face paint year-round at the amusement park inside the Mall of America throughout high school and college, and have since started my own business. I currently face paint for parties, carnivals, fairs, festivals, etc...and also run an online store where I sell professional face painting supplies, as well as my own book of face painting instructions, design sheets, and kits for beginners! I am a full time Mommy, and love spending time with my baby boy, while also running my other two businesses, GF Design and Junk Mail Gems.

I hope to use this blog to share cool things related to face painting, as well as announce new products that are available on