Monday, August 18, 2008
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
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.
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 Paintertainment.com.