Sunday, December 30, 2018

Fun Family Photo Shoot Turns Magazine Feature!

Toby proudly holding up his spread

Last month I took my boys out of school a little bit early to take a trip to downtown Minneapolis for a magazine photo shoot! I'm so honored to have my business featured in this month's issue of Lake Minnetonka Magazine! They wrote a really nice article and put together such a fun and beautiful layout!

Here are a few pics I took at the photo shoot back in November. I painted both boys in the studio before their shoot, and then painted some jewelry on myself while they were taking pics of the boys...

Sam getting painted

Toby getting his photo taken

Sam's turn for photos

Selfie after we got home


Here's a peek at the article...




Such a fun layout...I had a blast taking my boys on an adventure downtown and they suddenly weren't too sick of being painted when the promise of being in a widely distributed local magazine was a part of the deal, haha! Now if only I could convince them that mom's magazine was just as cool...

Thanks so much, Lake Minnetonka Magazine!! :-D


Monday, December 17, 2018

2018 Ugly Christmas Sweater


I had the joy of painting my awesome 10 year old again this year with another ugly Christmas sweater for my business Christmas cards! He's such a good sport! This sweater was SO realistic that it really itched him, haha! I think it had something to do with our dry Minnesota winter air as it doesn't usually itch him, but he did an amazing job sitting still for an hour for this one!

Things get a little crazy around our house this time of year, prepping for Christmas, this guy's birthday which is the day after, and all the holiday parties I paint at! However, this year is even more nutty as we just got an 8 week old great dane puppy right around Thanksgiving! So, please bear with me as I plan my work day around naps and potty breaks, haha! I hope to get some more painting in here once we get past the holidays, AND more blog posting! So stay tuned for a recap of the Jamvention and more step by steps to come! Until then, have a wonderful holiday!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Introducing: NEW Step-it-Up Stencils!

Designing my own line of stencils has been a dream of mine for several years, which is why I am so super excited to announce the release of my brand new line of stencils, "Step-it-up Stencils!" And since I've bee on a jewelry kick lately with my new Jewelry for Face & Body Artists book and recently teaching jewelry at the Jamvention in Belgium, I've decided to launch my first line with the jewel theme!

These stencils are designed to help you step up your detail, step up your speed, and step up your game! The "step" word also comes into play within the stencils themselves, as they are designed to take you step by step through your design.




The stencils currently on the market for speeding up jewels just don't lend themselves well to realism, as they leave lines between all of the facet shapes. In real life, everything is not outlined like a cartoon...the shapes of the facets are defined by the contrast of colors next to each other. For this reason I have broken down realistic gemstones into steps, enabling you to paint the various facets' planes closer to each other and in varying shades.




Each stencil comes with a full color instruction sheet, however, the stencils themselves even have the steps numbered with useful instructions by each one. Guidelines help you line up each step of your design, and the etched words remind you which color change to make on each step.

These are great for speeding up those fancy d├ęcolletage designs, especially if they have multiple gems in them and you want to keep them consistent!

I have many more stencil design in the works, including more gem shapes, but the third and final one that is available right now is the princess eyes stencil!





I know so many artists who struggle with creating uniform, delicate eyes on their princesses and unicorn. Sure, practice may make perfect, but why struggle through these tiny details at gigs when you can create them in seconds? Part of being a professional is knowing when to rely on the tools available to you. This stencil comes with four sizes of princess eyes, ranging from about 1/4" wide to 1/2". In just two steps you can lay down the whites and the black, finishing it off with a brush to add the iris in a color of your choice.

I first premiered these stencils at the Jamvention in Belgium last month, including one free in every attendee's goodie bag! Today I'm happy to announce that these new stencils are available now in the shop! Grab yours today, and be sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest designs as more are released!


Winter issue of Wet Paint Magazine: Now Shipping!



The winter issue of Wet Paint Magazine is NOW LIVE! Congrats to our cover artist, Sabine Vogel for her amazing glitter body art!

With the season of sparkly decorations and glistening snowdrifts fast approaching, I found it appropriate to give this winter issue the theme of BLING! 


 Being new to bling clusters myself, I’ve interviewed Jewel Junkies Facebook group creator Lilly Walters Schermerhorn about how to make and use your own bling clusters. We also share an inspiring story of 15 year old gem cluster phenom Aubrey Goettlicher, and a collage of creative bling cluster ideas!


In this issue I’ve also started a new series called “Branching Out.” In this and future issues, this series will focus on the various ways that face & body artists have expanded their business to include something other than painting itself. In this issue I’ve interviewed artists from around the globe who create and sell their own bling! 



Briar Adams also shares with us a recap of the New Zealand Body Art Showcase, complete with a photo gallery of artists with their models! 


Meet our glitter tattoo cover artist Sabine Vogel in this issue’s “Pro Artist Q&A” session! 


Also in this issue, professional entertainer and safety expert Kelly Smith writes on the subject of keeping yourself safe at gigs.



For this issue's "Kid Artist Spotlight" we've interviewed the youngest graduate of Olga's International Face Painting School, Chavie Goldberger!


We also have three step by step designs...




Huge thanks to everyone who contributed to this amazing issue! This issue is sure to inspire! Order your copy here today!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Realistic Eyes Workshop in Minnesota!

Class is in session!

This week I hosted one of my Realistic Eyes workshops in Minnesota for a great group of local painters! I love hosting smaller workshops in my home in Mound. Space is limited to 6 students to ensure everyone has plenty of space to spread out their supplies and paint along!

All set up to go!
Today's class schedule!

Whenever I do workshops I have tons of visuals. My years of experience working in a corporate office and giving Powerpoint presentations, even in a technology company itself, has taught me not to ever rely fully on technology to work!! So, I always create an "analog" Powerpoint! Here is my little flip book that works as my notes and visuals for my students...

My analog powerpoint!
...I never have to worry about the connection being bad or having the wrong cord, and it's easy to bring along for my workshops across the globe!


Reference photos...a key piece to realism painting!

In this workshop we start by covering some of the physical properties of the anatomy of the eye...their shapes, textures, and proportions. We then "dissect" they eye, so to speak, focusing first on the "whites" of the eye, then the iris, pupil, eyelids, lashes and finally highlights.

Hands on with lots of visuals!
We learn tricks and tips along the way for how to achieve realism, what tools to use, and how to achieve certain effects. While we spend much of the class studying every component of a realistic eye painting, I also throw in some tips for creating a realistic eye quickly, sharing a few on the job design ideas, so that our lessons can be applied even to busy gigs with long lines. It is vital to start slow, studying the details of realism first, in order to understand how to best use the speed tricks we have up our sleeves!

And speaking of "up our sleeves," check out the awesome eyes on the arms of these ladies during class!


 I always love to get a photo of everyone's arms during and after this class! I always tell my students to take pictures of their work, along the way and especially at the end...and especially if they don't like it! Chances are, when you go back and look at it on the screen later, you'll be amazed at how much better it looks than when you were working on it. Sometimes all we need is to step back from the design, and look at it with a fresh pair of eyes. ;-)

What we all painted today!

At the end of class we had a little time to paint a couple animal eyes, and I demonstrated a dragon eye and a tiger eye. 



This week's wonderful students!
Huge thanks to all the ladies who came out for this week's class! I had a great time and hope you did as well! If you're interested in attending an eyes workshop in Mound, Minnesota, or would like to have me come to your town to teach workshops, check out my workshop page to learn more and contact me to discuss your needs! If you live in the Twin Cities, be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out my events page for local jams and workshops

SO Many NEW Products!



We've been adding so many products lately, I haven't kept up with sharing them all on my blog! Here are a few of our latest additions to the shop!


We now carry Pros-Aide! Be sure to stock up now before the winter months hit...remember we are located in Minnesota, and this product will be rendered useless if frozen! Definitely check out the new Pros-Aide II...while the original is great for glitter tattoos and things we want to last for days, Pros-Aide II is preferred by artists for more temporary items like bling clusters and unicorn horns!




We also now carry Art Factory's Glitter Glaze and Festival Glitter!

Glitter Glaze!


Festival Glitter!

Don't forget to keep an eye on our Pixie Paint assortment as it's still GROWING!

Pixie Paint...we keep adding more, more more!

Did you miss the latest issue of Wet Paint Magazine? Grab yours NOW for some really great and timely inspiration and information! In the fall issue we've interviewed Shawna DelReal about sugar skulls...what you need to know about their history, and what's appropriate and NOT appropriate to include in their design! Also, you'll really enjoy our Q&A with Nancy Wu, our feature on blacklight artist John Poppelton, and we'll invite you into the magical world of Elfia!

Wet Paint Fall 2018 - a MUST have!


We have a lot of fun things for bling cluster making...

We now carry stamen in assorted colors, perfect for antennae in your butterfly body bling clusters!


available in yellow, pearl black and white!


We now carry big backs of red ribbon roses! Snip the tops off with a scissor or wire cutter, and affix them to your bling clusters!

ribbon roses
Getting into the unicorn horn craze? We now carry Foamies brand air dry clay, which is perfect for making unicorn horns! The clay dries slightly flexible to stand up to kid play, and weighs virtually nothing!
air dry clay; perfect for making unicorn and monster horns!

We have also expanded our assortment of fabric paints for bling clusters, including glitter and iridescent sets!

Iridescent slick paints

Speaking of bling...we've added so many new gems it's hard to list them all! Here are just a few of the new, fun Halloween bling we have in stock! These are a special buy, with limited stock, so get them before they're gone!!






Here are few more of our new bling sheets...find these and all of our bling on our bling page!!




Two sheets of adhesive backed epoxy eye pairs, and several google eye pairs!


If you can believe it, we've actually added even more items, but this is all I have time to share with you this morning!! Be sure to visit our shop regularly as we're always expanding and evolving! Thanks for stopping by, and happy painting!!