Friday, May 20, 2016

New products, and more fun new Boy Designs!!

I have a few new items added to the shop today to tell you about! Scroll down for some of my latest paintings recently posted on Facebook, too! :-)
We've just added a new one-touch dispenser bottle. This one is a new and improved design over the old one...you can twist the top and lock it into place to prevent it from leaking/pumping when in transit! These bottles are great for henna, when you need to dispense a little alcohol onto a cotton swab/pad with just one hand! Find them here for $2!


You can also find these awesome new bottles that spray fine glitter and powders!! I've heard a lot about these on Facebook groups and had to get them into my shop. The unique mechanism inside helps gather powder/glitter toward the center tube for maximum dispersion. Find them here for just $3.75!



Last but not least, we're now carrying a new option for sharpening your makeup pencils. These little dual sharpeners are a fraction of the price of the Mehron ones, still have two sized sharpeners, and are made of metal! Get yours here for just $1.25!

Well, I don't want to just give you products without posting a little paint inspiration...here are a few pics I've posted on Facebook lately...be sure to "like" us to get all the latest!

Trying out a new variation on the Ninja Turtles...

Pete the Cat!

My son loves Fly Guy books!!

My rendition of the Death Star! You can find this cool texture stencil in the HAS-Mechanical set!

Kylo Ren! Get this look using the BAM1019 flame stencil or the HotWings 8007 Stencil!



Thanks for stopping by, and happy painting!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Dodging The Limelight

A Facebook friend recently posted this quote from a show he watches, "Madam Secretary," which spurred me to write today's blog post:

“In this world of relentless self promotion, we have all been raised to think that the limelight is the only light worth seeking, but that isn’t the case… Achievement is often anonymous. Some of the greatest things have been done by people you have never heard of, quietly dedicating their lives to improving yours.”

It really made me think of some of my painter friends who are really hung up on being "discovered," becoming well known or even "famous" among their peers.

I'd just like to remind those of you who may be caught up in this notion that your worth is tied to how well known you are, that you are worth so much more than the sum total of your Facebook likes and YouTube subscribers! 

Those of you who know me probably know that I'm an introvert...I am really uncomfortable when put into any sort of limelight. Sheesh, it took me this long to finally create a YouTube channel where I'm actually talking to the camera in just a few videos, ha!
 
I didn't want to sign up for any team sports or clubs in high school, but when my mom told me I needed to have some school activity for my scholarship applications, I signed up to be on the tech team for the school play, "Oklahoma."  I got to work behind the scenes, designing, building and painting sets.  I got to be creative without an audience, I wasn't on stage for performances, and I didn't take a bow to roaring applause. Nobody in the audience knew I had done anything...it was PERFECT.  I got to see how my behind-the-scenes work enhanced the experience for theater-goers, and that was the icing on the cake!

Sure, I am totally flattered to find out that one of my painting idols has "liked" one of my paintings, just like anyone else, and there is definitely a sense of pride felt when I see my work published in a magazine.  Everyone likes and deserves a little recognition for a job well done!  However, my point is, don't let it define you, and don't waste all your energy trying to become more visible among your peers.  Just think of the amazing work you can do by redirecting that energy toward improving your own craft?!  Or better yet, helping others improve theirs? If you're looking for more gigs, redirect that energy into becoming known by your community and potential clients, and you'll see a literal payoff.

I like to think that last line of the quote above is me, "quietly dedicating my life to improving yours."  Since I started painting a couple decades ago, I've found the most joy and contentment in helping other painters.  Being that I love design, and I love staying out of the limelight, I started publishing my books to help other artists.  I listen to what my peers are curious about, and I publish e-newsletters and blog posts in an attempt to help.  I've hosted countless jams in my home, and I learn something new from my friends every. single. time.  Something awesome happens when you let go of the popularity contests, humble yourself, help others grow and let them help you do the same! (See blog post: "Never Settle for Being the Best!")  Ironically, it just might lead to that limelight you tried so hard to avoid in the first place. ;-)
 
Now that my books are becoming so well known worldwide, I'm being asked to emerge from my basement studio to teach.  Last week I taught in New Jersey at the Northern NJ Face and Body Art Guild.  It was awesome!  This fall I'll be teaching at the JAMvention in Belgium.  All of these amazing things are happening not because I'm trying to "get out there."  God has a path laid out for me, and I'm just trying my best not to let my introvertedness scare me off that path.  ;-) My one goal is to follow THAT path, the one that is clearly not laid out by myself because it's clearly uncomfortable...not the path of comparison or likes or popularity.  And the ironic thing is, I'm finding some people outside the Twin Cities Metro Area actually have heard of me regardless! That's cool.  Not defining, not the end goal, but kinda cool, and confirmation that you can still go places without a constant stream of self promotion if you are simply doing what you are meant to do.

When it comes down to it, being well known by other painters doesn't really get you more business.  What really matters for your business is making children smile, creating an experience they will talk about for years, and leaving them wanting more of you.  The average party planning mom has no clue who those famous Facebook and YouTube sensations are in the face and body art world, and they have never heard of the FABATV instructors we gush over at conventions. Remember when you enter a home for a birthday party, YOU are the star! YOU are the big surprise for the birthday boy! YOU are going to transform a little girl into a real princess! So walk in there with all the confidence in the world, like the superhero you are. 

Thanks for stopping by, and happy painting!! :-)



Monday, May 2, 2016

I'm Coming to New Jersey!


In less tan 48 hours I will be boarding a plane, coming out to speak at the NJFABAG's May meeting THIS WEDNESDAY in Parsippany, New Jersey!  Here's my super cheesy, no-budget commercial for the guild meeting and full day of workshops I'm doing:




There are still a few seats left in both workshops, so if you're interested in spending the day with me, snatch yours up now while you still can!

Time Lapse: "Zipped"

Last week was national zipper day!!  So, in honor of this "special" day, I painted a zipper on my hand!  I've seen many designs where artists have actually glued a real zipper on the skin, and then had some gory innards in the open zipper which is cool.  I'm not into the gore so didn't go that route, but I think sometimes leaving out the blood and guts ALMOST makes it just as creepy and more surreal than real! ;-)


I put together a YouTube video of course, which you can view by clicking here, or on the video below:


Thanks for stopping by! Happy painting! :-)