I am SUPER excited to announce my latest book, hot off the press! "Funny Fingers Hand Art" It's been 3 years since I've published a book...about how long it's been since my first baby boy started getting mobilized! I think you can guess what's been keeping me busy since!
I got the idea for this book and 3 weeks later it was going to print. I love what my drive to complete a project can do when combined with the amazing ability the internet gives me to publish my own books! (Well, it would have been done in 2 weeks, but I had to paint at the fair right in the middle of it!)
"Face Painting: A Step-by-Step Guide" and "32 Classic Carnival Designs," this book is not designed for the total beginner. This new book assumes that you have the ability to paint and have some artistic skill as a face painter. It definitely stretches the imagination! If you're a professional face painter, are finding yourself "stuck" in the same old cheek art designs, and are looking for some fresh, fun, new ideas to get your creative juices flowing, this is the book for you!
The book measures about 6" wide (including the spiral binding) by 8.5" tall, making it the perfect size: large enough to see each step, but small enough to tuck into your kit of paints and take with you. It costs a little more to bind a book with the spiral binding, which is why you won't find that on the other popular selling books currently out there that focus on princess faces, cat faces, etc. However, being a professional face painter myself and a professional product designer, I know that when you're painting, your hands are both full and you don't want to mess with trying to hold a page open. The spiral binding allows the book to lay flat on the table for reference, or fold completely back if you just want to reference one page.
So what's the big deal about painting on hands vs the face? Kids just LOVE them. A little creative placement on the hand, combined with a child's imagination, can bring your designs to life! Kids can open and close their fingers to make an animal's mouth open and close, to make legs walk, or to wiggle the fire coming out of the space ship. Parents love to see their child's own hand transform into a puppet...a fun toy that they can enjoy all day and won't find broken under their bed two days later!
The beginning of the book opens with a couple pages of tools and tips. Tips include hand-painting-specific things like how to get a smooth, solid line across a knuckle. The "Design index" spread functions as a visual table of contents for the designs. This makes it quick and easy for you to find the page you want, and also can double as a design menu board if you use it at your events for the kids to choose from!
There are 18 designs, each one illustrated with full color photography in six steps, along with a large, full-page photo of the finished design. Most of the designs also include the "Get Creative!" box at the bottom, which includes more ideas to make your design unique and inject your own style!
You can purchase the book from my website. As of today I only have this one copy that I've photographed, however, I've already ordered more and expect to have them in stock for good and ready to ship next week! Can't wait that long? You can also buy it directly from the site where I self published it, Lulu!