Friday, March 31, 2017

Celebration Challenge: March Recap

It's hard to believe I'm nearing my 100th painting already, and am already 1/4th of the way through this 365 day challenge!!  And to top it off, I'm publishing a brand new magazine for face and body artists VERY soon...exciting things are happening this spring at Paintertainment!!


This month produced some of my favorite new hand/arm paintings.  I convinced Sam to let me paint him FOUR times! I also did a few things I've never tried before...a big, freaky, toothy smile, and a celebrity caricature.  No, I'm not the best at painting these things, but that's the beauty of challenges...they make me paint things I'd normally avoid!  It's amazing how quickly the fear of doing something melts away when you just try it.

Each month there are themes I'm really not that excited to paint. I also have times where I really only have a few minutes to paint before my kids get off the bus, and I just have to make myself get it done.  There are also times I rush through a design, and later think of something better I wish I had done.  But I've learned from this experience so far that if you wait until you have the perfect chunk of time, or wait until you have that perfect, willing model, you may never do it.  So take a lesson from Nike and just DO IT, do it NOW while it's in your head.  You can always go back and do it again if you want to do it better. Because if you wait, you may lose the idea, or you just may never try it in the first place! And there are no ideas sadder than those never realized.

Here are just a few of my favorites from the month of March...

"Day of Unplugging"

"Jewel Day"

"Quilting Day"

"Chocolate Caramel Day"

"International Day of Happiness

"Plumbing Day"

"Lips Appreciation Day"


"Crayola Crayon Day"
"Doctors Day"


What will April bring?!  I have no idea but I'm excited to keep going!  Thanks for stopping by, and happy painting!!

Celebrate Day 90: "Crayola Crayon Day!"

Who doesn't love a fresh, new box of Crayola crayons?!  For today's painting I turned my fingers into crayons, and of course had to wear the watch I bought years ago when touring a Crayola factory! ;-).

A couple months ago we had an art themed birthday party for my 7 year old...it was SO fun!! Got an art themed birthday party of your own coming up? What better way to celebrate than to hire a real artist to paint the kids' faces?! Contact Paintertainment today to book your artist!

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Celebrate Day 89: "Doctors Day!"

Happy Doctors Day!!  This is what happens when you're stuck at home with your face painter Mom over spring break in our house...haha!  Many thanks to Sam the Man for letting me paint him for this one!  It took about 45 minutes so not TOO bad.  ;-)



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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Celebrate Day 88: "Manatee Appreciation Day!"

Happy manatee appreciation day! Hey, what's not to appreciate about manatees?  Here's a quick little manatee...could be a good cheek art design or a full face surrounded by some bubbles! :-)

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Celebrate Day 87: "Something on a Stick Day!"

Happy "something on a stick" day!!  To properly celebrate today I think we may have to make corn dogs for dinner...maybe lollipops for dessert!

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Celebrate Day 85: "Spinach Day!"

Happy spinach day!! Who's the first "person" you think of when you hear "spinach?"  Why, Popeye of course! :-)


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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Celebrate Day 84: "Waffle Day!"

Happy waffle day!!!  This waffle bothers me because it doesn't have both butter and syrup in EVERY square.  That's how I like it. Haha! Hope you have a waffle filled morning! :-)


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Friday, March 24, 2017

Celebrate Day 83: "Chocolate Covered Raisin Day!"

It's chocolate covered raisin day!  I wasn't really crazy about the idea of just painting little brown blobs in my hand, so I decide to cover a California Raisin with chocolate instead! ;-)


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Celebrate Day 82: "Puppy Day!"

Happy Puppy Day!  I just had to reserve this painting for Sam, my puppy lover!  I have a really fun puppy design in my Painting Boys book that is always a hit, but I mixed it up a little this time and made it in a little more dynamic!  The glittery drool drips really added to the effect! ;-)


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Celebrate Day 81: "Water Day!"

Happy water day! I painted a little puddle of water for today!  I actually had to use my own Realism book for reference as it's been a while since I've painted any water drops.  Looking for some good step by step's for painting water?  Get the same reference I used, here!


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Celebrate Day 80: "International Fragrance Day!"

Happy "International Fragrance Day!"  Today I painted an antique perfume bottle that I had on hand. :-)


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Celebrate Day 79: "International Day of Happiness!"

Happy International Day of Happiness!!

Not feeling particularly happy today? Try putting a huge smile on your face regardless of how you feel!  It actually does improve your mood for real after a while! :-D

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Celebrate Day 78: "Chocolate Caramel Day!"

Happy Chocolate Caramel day!! And wow, what a coincidence...it's also MY BIRTHDAY!!  Woohoo...now I have TWO excuses to eat all the chocolate and caramel I want!!! :-D. Step aside chocolate bunnies! My husband's hand is making his debut in today's painting, breaking off a piece of my chocolate finger!!  :-).

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Celebrate Day 77: "Quilting Day!"

Today is quilting day! I had a lot of fun with this one, and glued on a real piece of thread for the final pic using body glue


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Celebrate Day 76: "St Patrick's Day!"

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Since today is an actual holiday most people are aware of, which is obviously not the case with most of my daily "celebrations," I wanted to go all out.  But alas...a last minute cub scout event threw a wrench in my plan to paint my boys last night! So, I had about 1 minute per kid this morning to paint them before school! Both just wanted their arms, so that's what we did!

The rainbow was created in a split second using my TAG 3/4" flat brush and Cameleon's Rainbow Wow.  The shamrocks were also created in just seconds using some Global Fresh Green (so we don't have to see them stained on their arms tomorrow), stamped on quick with my small wooden daubers.  The teeny ones were done with the new "Deb's Dotters!" I then finished it off using a #1 round Loew-Cornell brush with a little black & white, and then a few dots of gold Liquid Bling! BAM!
Looking for some fun products for your St Patrick's day event? We have a special St Patrick's day package deal just for you!


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Celebrate Day 75: "Lips Appreciation Day!"

Happy "lips appreciation day!"  Today I just had to paint something inspired by a set of well known lips... Steven Tyler! Haha! 



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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Celebrate Day 74: "Buzzards Day!"

Today is Buzzards Day!  I have to admit I was really not looking forward to this one...I mean, who really loves buzzards anyway?  But, I used the 15 minutes I had before my boys got home from school to do this quick buzzard on my fist!


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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Celebrate Day 73: "MOTH-er Day!"

Happy "MOTH-er Day!" Well, I have absolutely no clue why they had to add "-er" at the end...why didn't they just call it "moth day?!"  Is it supposed to be some sort of play on Mother's day?  Hmm... Oh well...at any rate, I painted a moth for today.  ;-)

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Celebrate Day 72: "Jewel Day!"

Happy Jewel Day!! I LOVE painting jewelry.  While this one looks pretty intricate and time consuming, it actually took me less than 30 minutes.  My small wood daubers and new "Deb's Dotters" really made quick work of the tiny jewels!  Then it was just a matter of adding highlights and shadows to define the facets and sparkles.  Looking for some help with painting jewels? I have several pages on painting realistic gemstones in my Realism for Face And Body Artists book!



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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Celebrate Day 71: "Girl Scout Day!"

It's Girl Scout day! I was a Girl Scout for 10 years myself, and a recipient of the Girl Scout Silver Award and Gold Award! In celebration of this day, and as an excuse to eat my reference model, I decided to paint my favorite Girl Scout Cookie...the SAMOA!


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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Celebrate Day 70: "World Plumbing Day!"

Today is world plumbing day!  My main man Sam was a great model for today's painting!  It got a little wobbly on the bottom edge as he started getting itchy and squirmy, but overall I'm pretty happy with it!


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Friday, March 10, 2017

Celebrate Day 69: "Mario Day!"

Happy Mario Day!  I have so many fond memories of playing Donkey Kong on my Intellevision...haha! Yeah, I'm old. Here's Mario from 1985!

I painted this entire design with my 1/4" flat brush!

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Celebrate Day 68: "False Teeth Day!"

Is it a coincidence that false teeth day is just 3 days after dentist day? Hmmm...well, here's a pair of dentures for today's painting!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Celebrate Day 66: "Cereal Day!"

Happy Cereal Day!  Today's post is inspired by one of my boys' favorite cereals, Lucky Charms! (oh who am I kidding...it's still one of my favorites too, right up there with Reese's Puffs!). Sam was such a great sport sitting for this one for over an hour! Of course it helped that I finally got a TV in my studio so he could watch some cartoons while he sat! ;-)

I was about to cover him in Paradise Amazon green and luckily stopped myself just in time...man, that stuff stains like crazy and he would have been totally green the next day for church, haha!  Instead I treated myself to a brand new cake of Global Fresh Green...my least staining brand.  (Check out my stain test!)

For this painting I put together a time lapse video! Check it out...





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Monday, March 6, 2017

New Products: "Deb's Dotters" Now Shipping!

I say it at every paint jam...every single time I get together with my painty friends I learn something new!  Besides all of the great tips and tricks we all share with each other, I always love to hear what my friends' favorite products are, and get suggestions for new things to carry in my store.  SO much of my shop is there because fellow painters requested it! This past jam was no exception, as one of my wonderful artist friends Deb introduced us to these awesome little tools for making tiny and perfectly uniform dots...

Yes, we do have Dotting Wands, small foam daubers and Mehron Detailz available in the shop... so what's different about these dotters?  After trying this out myself I totally fell in love. These make completely foolproof, uniform dots because they are not a spongy, foam tip.  With the foam dotting tools, the harder you press, the more the sponge spreads out, and the larger the dots you get.  This is great when you want to achieve a bunch of different sizes, but makes it tougher to achieve many tiny dots of the same diameter.  Because there is no sponge on Deb's Dotters, you don't get much variation in the diameter of your dots...meaning they remain quite uniform regardless of the pressure you apply.  The tiny hairs on the tip of the dotter grab the paint, and can be applied either by simply touching the skin or pressing and twisting.  They are surprisingly durable and are reusable! However, Deb recommends that you get a few of them because their size makes them easy to lose.  At just 10 cents each, you won't break the bank by stocking up!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Celebrate Day 64: "Cheese Doodle Day!"

Happy Cheese Doodle Day!  You can't enjoy cheese doodles without the orange fingers!!



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Celebrate Day 65: "Dentist Day!"

Today is dentist day!  Everybody knows dentists love patients who floss daily, so today I painted a box of dental floss!


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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Celebrate Day 63: "Toy Soldier Day!"

Happy toy soldier day! Today is the day we celebrate those little plastic guys that KILL when stepped on with bare feet! "March fourth," toy soldiers!!


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Friday, March 3, 2017

Celebrate Day 62: "Day of Unplugging!"

Now this is a day that I'm sure most parents can get behind! Unplug those iphones, ipads, kindles, laptops and screens for a day of unplugging!


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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Celebrate Day 61: "Dr Seuss Day!"

Today is Dr. Seuss Day!  Aaaah, there are SO many fun things I could paint for this day, but I had to do green eggs & ham!!  Makes me think back to my first day of this challenge, when I did a "Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz!"

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Do You Still LOVE Your Job?

Most everyone who gets into the business of painting faces starts out doing it because they love it.  Whether its a passion for art, the smiles they bring to kids’ faces, the ability to be their own boss, or one of the other countless reasons to love working as a face painter, our passion for our profession is what keeps us going. But what if it doesn’t?

Honey, we need to talk.
One of the saddest things I often read on Facebook or hear from fellow artists is that they’ve decided to give up face painting. I’ve heard all sorts of reasons that artists give up face painting:  They aren’t making enough money fast enough.  Their significant other is unsupportive.  They had some major life event that has changed their priorities.  They’ve been burned by one too many clients, barfed on by one too many kids, or wronged by one too many agents.  They may doubt their own talent, or simply didn’t realize the amount of time and money that goes into making face and body art a profession.  Take a hard look at what the issues are and determine if they are truly uncontrollable deal breakers, or if you can do something about them.

Remember why you fell in love.
Take a look back and focus on the good and remember why you fell in love with face painting in the beginning.  Don’t let the memory of one eternally grateful child get lost among the stories of entitled kids and rude parents.  I have a cork board in my studio full of photos of some of my favorite moments of my career. Thank you notes from clients, photos of happy customers, incredible experiences of teaching and traveling, sporting silly costumes with painty friends, memorable “firsts,” my kids painting with their own little kits, and even the painted faces of family & friends who have now passed away.  It is a daily visual reminder of all the good that comes from my job!


My happy place!! Photos & thank you's hung above my drawing board.


Rekindle the Romance.
Feeling like you’re just going through the motions at your gigs? Sometimes the fun and passion can start to wane as we paint our 10th Spiderman at the same event, or when we create a menu of new designs only to be asked for yet another unicorn.  As much as we’d like to expect our gigs to provide a creative outlet, it doesn’t always work that way...while many of us are our own boss, in the end we work for our clients.  If this is the case, create opportunities to give yourself total creative freedom.  Participate in creative challenges.  Attend local paint jams.  Bribe your kids into letting you paint whatever you want on them.  Don’t expect a client to hire you to paint whatever you want...make those opportunities for yourself when you need a boost of creative freedom! Clients hire us to do what they want...as your own boss, you are responsible for providing what you need to feel fulfilled!

Work it out.
If you and face painting are meant to be,  it’ll be worth the work.  A true internal passion is not affected by external circumstances.  If you are truly in love with face painting, yet find your passion fading, take a moment to evaluate what’s really causing it to fade and figure out what you can do to turn it around.  Burned by too many clients?  Reevaluate your contracts and your method of managing client expectations.  Not making enough to cover your costs? Experiment with raising your rates or reducing your costs.  Feeling burned out or like you need a creative boost? Attend some conferences and workshops. Spouse being unsupportive? Time for a heart to heart conversation about how important it is to you!  One client or agent causing all your stress? Stop working for them! You have that power!

Take a break.
You know the old saying....If you love someone, let them go.  If they return to you, they’re yours. If not, they were never yours to begin with.  Try taking a break from face painting and see what happens.  If you find yourself missing it or wishing you were back at it instead of wherever you are, it may be worth fighting for.  And if you find you aren’t missing it, then it may just not be for you, and that’s okay too!  Sometimes people, artists especially, just need to experiment with different forms of expression to find their niche.  You don’t know until you try it, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with continuing the search if face painting isn’t your thing!

Take it slow.

If you are thinking of throwing in the towel because you are not making enough profit in this business, let me be the first to tell you that it takes time. And by time, I mean a LOT of time. Like YEARS of time. In my case, DECADES of time. Don’t get into face painting thinking you’ll immediately be quitting your day job, unless you go into it after already quitting your day job and devote 40 hours a week to building it up.  While you do generally get back what you put into this business, many people go into it with skewed ideas of just how much needs to be put in to begin with, and how much passion is required to keep you loving it despite the level of income it provides.

It’s not you, it’s me.

Do you love the idea of being a face painter, but lack the confidence in your own work to keep going?  If you are willing to take a hard, honest look in the mirror, you have the power to change this!  Skills can be practiced and honed.  There are countless amazing ways to improve your skills, whether it’s through books, online tutorials, workshops or conferences.  It may not even be related to painting! I personally have gotten so dragged down by my frustrations with the accounting side of my business, I’ve recently started taking online college courses in small business finance so I can show Quickbooks who’s boss.  I’ll never have a passion for accounting, but I identified it as a source of pain and am doing something about it! Whatever you do, don’t EVER think you already know everything there is to know about everything, or that you are too good to learn something from someone with less years of experience.  This is a deadly trap and the quickest way to fade away in this industry. Never, ever, ever, ever stop learning and growing.  And if it’s truly your passion, you’ll LOVE the learning process too!

Take the bad with the good.
If you’ve determined that yes, face painting IS a passion that is worth fighting for, it is important to remember that no job is all sunshine and rainbow cakes.  Your passion for the job will ebb and flow with time, and every job comes with downsides.  The goal is to not let those things drag you down.  I know this is easier said than done, as it seems so easy for those terrible experiences to stick in our memories while the smaller and more frequent victories fade.  But a big part of this job is JOY...not only the joy we see in the kids’ faces as they look in the mirror, but the joy that we have an opportunity to pour into the lives of even the most seemingly undeserving customers. As hard as it may be, you’ll never regret spreading contagious love and joy!

A little henna for me and my little man!

This past weekend I did a little henna on myself...it's been way too long!  I love to just doodle on my hand while watching tv at night.

My little man Sam (9 yrs old) has been asking for henna for a while, so the next day I did some on him.  This is by far the most he's had, and he sat so still! He chose 3 of his favorite Pokemon characters!
It's that time of year for me to start thinking about henna for upcoming grad parties, and making a fresh batch of henna paste! Spring has practically sprung here in MN with these unusually warm temperatures...I'll take it!

Celebrate Day 60: "Pig Day!"

It's March 1st...Happy Pig Day! Today I thought I'd paint Wilbur and Charlotte in honor of this special day. ;-)

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