Thursday, March 21, 2019

How To Make Confetti Cakes!




Do you have some dried up, old, or seldom used paint lying around and just taking up space? Don't toss it out! Turn it into a fun, new confetti cake! Or, do like I did below, and make a whole palette of them! I turned an empty Tag palette into an assortment of confetti cakes, including bright colors, a neon cake, blues, greens, pastels and metallics!


Confetti cakes are great for adding fun textures and color combinations to your designs. Here is a video of how to create your own! Scroll down for some examples of what you can do with them!



Here are just a few ideas of things you can use confetti cakes for. But, the possibilities really are endless...


A pastel cake works great for Easter eggs! Just load a round sponge and pinch the top half to create an egg shape!
Really any color combination of confetti cake can make a cool looking gemstone. Want to learn more about painting realistic looking jewelry? Check out my book, "Jewelry for Face & Body Artists!"


Lollipops are a fun design that you can use confetti cakes for! Make it even more festive with some chunky glitter gel!

A confetti cake made up of different greens works great for creating a scaly texture for your snakes, dragons, dinosaurs and Ninja turtles!

Another example with the green cake...a turtle shell!

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Thanks for stopping by, and happy painting!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

How to Revive Your Old Brushes!



When artists tell me that they are having trouble achieving good linework, more often than not I find that the culprit is the brush. Many new face painters start out with cheap brushes from their local craft store...which is fine to start with, but everyone quickly learns that good, quality brushes are worth every penny! However, even the most careful professional artist who treat their brushes with utmost care will find that they eventually come to a point where they become split, splayed out and even twisted.

If this has happened to you, don't throw them away just yet! While no brush lasts forever, there are ways to revive those splayed old bristles and make them useable for a while longer. Here's a video showing two ways that I have found online and have had success with so far!

Tried these methods and they are still split and splayed? You can always donate them to an artistic kid, and then pop on over to Paintertainment.com to get yourself a brand new set! Also be sure to check out our other post on how to clean and care for your brushes!

Friday, March 15, 2019

St. Patricks Day Face Painting Ideas!


St Patrick's day is just around the corner!  Here are a few fun designs to inspire you! I do plan to add to this collection over the years, so be sure to check back every St Patrick's day! Like what you see? Make sure to like and follow us on Facebook to see all my latest designs as I post them!



Here's a fun leprechaun feet design! Ever worried that by adding more you'll get too busy or go too overboard? Here's a tip: take photos of your designs as you go along. That way if you think you've gone a tad overboard, you can "rewind" back to a previous state! It's like a real life undo button! I took a photo above, and then below you can see how I went crazy with the bling!!


This one above uses Glitter Glaze for the drippy mask base, and it is then outlined (gold) and dotted (colored "gems") with Liquid Bling! Up in the rainbow and surrounding the leprechaun I have used some Rainbow Pride Festival Glitter and Lucky Stars Pixie Paint! The little gold buckles on his shoes are also created with gold liquid bling!


This design above is super quick and simple, yet still impressive as it incorporates split cakes (I'm using Global summer crush here) and also chunky glitter! The glitter I used here for the gold pouring out of the pot is gold Pixie Paint "Lucky Stars" , and the rainbow I added some Rainbow Pride Festival Glitter!

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 This smiley shamrock design above would be a great place to stick on some 3-dimensional googly eyes! I like to use the new Pros-Aide II which still sticks just as good as the original, but is easier to remove when it's time to wash off. The original is great for glitter tattoos, but you don't necessarily want this stuff to stick for weeks on your forehead, haha! Here I've used Global's "Leanne's Lollipop" for my rainbow, and then added some more "Rainbow Pride" Festival Glitter sprinkling down underneath!

Below is a more unique take on the pot-o-gold design, with an angle of the rainbow that you don't normally see. This one enables you to put more focus on the pot of gold itself. Try blinging out the gold with some gemstones or gold liquid bling!


Here's a little step by step with a list of tools I used!

A quick, fun design that looks great with some metallic gold makeup and rainbow cakes!

I always love cheek art, because it's so versatile. You can put it on little hands and arms for kids who are nervous about getting painted on their face, yet you can turn it into a forehead or eye design by expanding it with stencil pattern backgrounds, chunky glitter and more! Here are a few little illustrations to start from that you can make big or small!






Here are a few larger designs I did myself just for fun....

This one I did for a St Patrick's day contest/challenge online!

A St. Patrick's themed dragon!

This one I painted for "National Cereal Day!" Look back into my blog history throughout the year 2017 and you can see every one of my daily posts, corresponding to that day's "national day of whatever!"


I hope you all have a super fun St. Patrick's Day! Happy painting!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

So you want to BE an Agent...

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So You Want to BE An Agent...

For my third installment on the subject of agents, this time we’ll briefly discuss some pro’s and con’s of acting as an agent, as well as some of the things you may have to consider that you don’t as an individual artist. (if you haven't read my previous articles, check out "Finding a good agent" and "Keeping a good agent")


Working as an agent is certainly not for the faint of heart.  It’s one of those jobs that looks so much greener from the other side of the fence, but once you jump over, you may likely find your foot land in a hidden pile of dog poo! Haha! For this reason, it is important to do your research and carefully weigh the pros, cons, and responsibilities involved with being an agent. (And when I say an agent, I mean the “good” kind I defined earlier)  Here are some things to consider!


The Pro’s

Your capacity increases

Hiring out other artists does increase the number of gigs you are able to cover.  (Though keep in mind that this brings with it many other cons associated with juggling multiple artists)

You can make more money

In the end, you can end up with a larger dollar amount in your pocket at the end of the year.  Whether it is enough to be worth all the extra hours you’re not paid hourly for to manage multiple artists though, is highly arguable!

You can have more family time

I do enjoy the ability to send other artists to gigs when I have a family event to attend instead! However, this does come with the constant possibility of someone not showing up or something going wrong, potentially requiring me to still drop what I’m doing to fix it. 


The Con’s

Less Painty More Desky

You will spend a LOT more time on the less fun part of the job than you will painting as an agent.  This includes writing, sending, and chasing down artist contracts. (yes, you MUST have written contracts for your artists!)  Writing, sending and chasing down payments from vendors.  Fielding any and all emails and phone calls from clients, calming frantic clients, and smoothing over disasters.  Getting recaps from all artists, thanking the clients, paying the artists, paying the artists again when they lose a check or move without telling you, getting reviews and ratings from clients, and following up with clients the next year in hopes of getting the gig again.

Then there’s just the business side that isn’t directly related to events...advertising, marketing, maintaining websites and social media accounts, responding to requests for quotes, etc etc.  If you don’t get enjoyment out of the administrative side of your job, agenting is definitely NOT for you!

Meet Uncle Sam

As an agent you are required to provide a 1099-MISC form to every independent contractor whom you pay $600 or more during any given calendar year.  This can be quite an undertaking, especially if you haven’t already collected social security numbers when originally hiring artists.  Bookkeeping in general becomes much more complicated and time consuming when acting as an agent, and more important.

Handing Over Your Reputation

It is hard to express how difficult it is to hand over my baby to another artist. It is no reflection of their talent or capabilities of course, but more about the decades of blood, sweat and tears I have poured into making my business what it is today.  The thought of one person having the power to hurt my business’ reputation is sortof terrifying for a new agent! Heck, it's terrifying for a seasoned agent!  This is where you need to ensure that you are able to manage the expectations of both clients and artists, and handle sticky situations with grace.


Other Considerations

Cash Flow

Suddenly cash flow becomes incredibly important when you are responsible for paying artists.  If you’ll remember from our first agent article, a good agent doesn’t make you wait until they get paid before you get paid.  Making your artists wait to be paid more than a couple weeks for work they’ve already done is really unacceptable.  As an agent it is imperative that you either require payment up front from your clients, or manage your money in such a way that you are always able to pay your artists promptly when they perform for you.  Ticking off your artists will only hurt you and your business in the end, so this is important!

Your Actual Income 

Many artists who have had bad experiences with agents claim that agents are just getting rich off of their work.  Let me tell you, this is oh SO not the case.

For the sake of easy math, let’s say as an agent you charge $100 per hour, and pay your artist $80 per hour for a 1 hour birthday party.  For that 1 hour party you are spending a conservative estimate of 2-4 hours on this gig, which makes you a whopping $5-$10 per hour.  The wide range is affected by things out of your control....how difficult a client is, how difficult an artist is, etc.  Some clients you have to go back and fourth several times to get it booked. Some artists you have to send and re send contracts to get them signed. Some paychecks you have to re-write as an artist moved and didn’t give you their new address. The list of variables goes on and on.  Then you have to subtract the money you spend to GET those gigs that you give to other artists...your website costs, advertising, gig site bidding fees, or whatever you use to bring in business.

You will be spending a lot more time on paperwork and people management than you will on painting as an agent, and with no set hourly rate like your artists receive. Though as long as you get enjoyment out of these aspects of business and can find a good balance, it can be worth your while!  My suggestion is to start small, yet do it right from the beginning.  Don’t cut corners on bookkeeping or contracts.  It’s much easier to get the process down early on when you have 1 or 2 artists you frequently hire, rather than dozens!  Starting small will enable you to see if being an agent is for you before it consumes your business.  In a future issue of Wet Paint Magazine, I plan on doing a more in depth article on being an agent. I’d love to hear your experiences on the topic! Feel free to email me at Gretchen@Paintertainment.com if you’d like to share any insights or stories! 

KEEPING A Good Agent

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Keeping a Good Agent

Last time we discussed how to FIND a good agent.  If you didn’t read that article, take a look back and learn what to look for in a good agent...while a bad agent can bring you tons of stress, a good one is worth their weight in gold!  Now that you’ve hopefully found a good agent, here are some tips to keep your relationship great.

Communication


Preferred Method of Contact
An agent can’t book you if they can’t get ahold of you.  The best way to ensure that you don’t miss out on a gig is to find out your agent’s preferred method of communication, and respond in that way, or at least in the way they contacted you.  If they email, send an email back.  If they call, call them back.  I personally am terrible at keeping up with phone calls, but am quicker with texts and emails!  

Check In
Check in with your agent as soon as possible after you finish a gig.  It’s NOT because they don’t trust you or want to babysit you. It’s really important for the agent to know what happened from your perspective asap, so that they can properly address any issues when they discuss how the event went with the client.  This enables them to have YOUR back if a client calls with a complaint.  For example, if the client claims you were too slow, it helps to have photographic evidence that twice as many kids came as they originally told you.  A good agent stands up for his or her contractors while smoothing over any issues, and in order to do this, you need to keep in close communication to work as a team.  

Likewise, agents would like to know if the client was especially pleasant, helpful, tipped you well, or did anything else that went above and beyond so they can properly thank them, and hopefully book YOU for the same event next year if you enjoyed it!

Sending photos with your check in is a huge plus, and for many agents, a requirement! It helps your agent to better understand the environment you were working in, and plan their discussions with the client for next year’s event, should any changes need to be made to make things run more smoothly.  I also request that artists who work for me send photos of several of their paintings, so I can thank the client with a photo collage of the beautiful work that was done!

Stay Top of Mind
I know this may make we agents sound spacey, but sometimes agents don't hire you just because they don't think of you or haven't seen you in a while! It has nothing to do with your talent...they just deal with so many artists and so many events, that they tend to call those artists who are top of mind first. You can stay towards the top of your agent's mind by sending an occasional email letting them know what you've been up to. Maybe you've learned a new skill, gotten better or faster at a particular design, added some cool new products to your kit, send a picture of something you've painted recently or let them know some upcoming weekends you have open. Don't bombard them with spam, of course, but keeping communication consistent or just showing up at local jams, conventions, workshops or other events where the agent is can help keep you top of mind!

Be Professional

Punctuality is a Virtue!
Perhaps one of the worst things you can do to damage your relationship with your agent is to arrive late.   Whether you’re stuck in traffic, got bad directions, were given the wrong address, or had the time wrong on your calendar, we have ALL been there, myself included! While it can be totally mortifying for both the artist and the agent, no matter who’s fault it is, it immediately damages the reputation of the agent’s company.  Do whatever it takes to arrive on time, and plan to be early! 

When you are stuck in one of those situations where you’re running late, it is of utmost importance that you contact the agent the moment that you know you will be late. (not after the fact)  This gives them the opportunity to call up the client and prepare them, making life easier for you and preventing a possible client meltdown when you arrive. Agents take care of this uncomfortable stuff so you don’t have to...help them get the info they need so you can just have fun painting!

Take your Commitment Seriously
Backing out of a gig after you’ve signed a contract is right up there with arriving late, especially if it’s at the eleventh hour.  While you may be taking a to-do off your calendar, the agent is now taking on a huge list of stressful to-do’s to replace you.  Again, I’ve both done this myself, and had this done to me.  We’ve all been there and know it’s sometimes truely unavoidable. But no matter how good your reasons are, be as gracious, understanding, and accommodating as possible, and try very hard not to ever let it happen twice!

Dress Appropriately
You would think this would go without saying, but unfortunately it has to be said.  If your agent hasn’t given you some sort of dress code, just ask them.  They may request a certain style to fit their brand, the client’s preferences, or simply request a level of modesty.  

Represent the Agent

Distribute the Agent’s Collateral
Once you accept a gig that was booked through an agent, you are expected to act as a representative of their business, not your own.  This means you distribute their business cards (unless they say otherwise), and only display their company  name.  

When you are the one who has put in the time and expense of advertising, earning regular clients, and maintaining that relationship, then you are free to sell yourself.  Always ask your agent what their policy is when asked for a card, though this should be in their contract already. Many agents allow and even prefer you to write your name on their cards in case the client wants to request you specifically for a future gig!  

If you’re an artist who argues, “well I’m the one doing all the work and making THEM look good!” then you likely have not played the role of an agent yet!  As an artist who also experiences first hand the sheer volume of unpleasant grunt work involved in being an agent, I have a special appreciation for this and jump at the chance to work for and represent other agents at a fraction of my own hourly rate! Regardless of your feelings on whether an agent is worth their “cut” or not, the bottom line is, you are a independent contractor.  This means you are completely free to work on your own, and if you are unhappy with your agent’s policies or the rate that they are paying you, simply stop taking gigs from them. That’s the joy of being your own boss!

While I could go on and on, these are just a few tips on how to keep your relationship with your agent running smoothly.  The biggest tip though is to simply have open and honest communication with your agent about their own particular policies so everyone is clear about what their roles are!  As I mentioned, this is a series of articles on agents...next time I’ll touch on the subject of becoming an agent yourself! Until then, happy painting!

FINDING a Good Agent

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FINDING A Good Agent

Have you been struggling to find enough gigs to keep yourself as busy painting as you want to be?  Do you dread the business side of face painting, wish you could skip all the paperwork and chasing down payments from clients, and just PAINT? Perhaps then you might consider working for an agent.  Finding a great agent to work with can be very good for filling your calendar.  Sadly, there are a lot of bad agents out there, and artists need to remember that as independent contractors we have the freedom to work for whomever we want, and should be interviewing potential agents just as they interview us. Here are a few tips to help you find the right agent for you.

Do Your Homework

Where To Find Agents
Before you can start working for agents, you of course need to find them.  You can start with a simple Google Search or find out who’s offering face painting services on Thumbtack, Gigmasters, Gigsalad, and similar sites.  Some areas have Facebook pages for local artists to connect with agents and share gigs.  The best way is to simply connect with other local painters who are willing to share who they work for and what it’s like.  

Define your Wholesale Rate
When you work for an agent, you need to be willing to work for a lower hourly rate than you would on your own.  (and you certainly should be charging more for yourself than you get from an agent!!)  A good agent invests a TON of time and money into their business to land their gigs, as well as doing all of the “grunt work” most artists hate...booking contracts, dealing with client complaints, coordinating multiple artists, cutting paychecks, advertising...the list goes on and on.  I don’t know about you, but for me, NOT having to do all of this and just show up & paint is totally worth a reduced rate.  Find out the going rate in your area that agents pay, and decide what you are willing to work for.  Or, how much NOT having to do all that grunt work is worth to you. The rate you’re paid will vary among agents and among gigs, based on many factors, so having a general range or minimum in mind is best.  You may be willing to work for less if it’s in your own town, for example, or if it’s an all day event.  

What to Look For

Before you start setting aside precious weekend time slots for agents, make sure they are reputable.  Here are a few things to look for....

Prompt Payment
A good agent will make sure you’re paid in a reasonable amount of time, not make you wait until the client pays THEM before paying you.  It’s the agent’s job to control their own business cash flow issues, not project them onto you.  If you’re having to spend time chasing down payment from an agent, there is really no advantage to working for them in the first place...you can do that yourself with your own clients and make more for doing that extra work! On the flip side, a good agent who pays quickly and takes care of all the billing is SO worth working for a reduced hourly rate!

Written Contracts
A good agent will back things up in writing.  Contracts are incredibly important, not only for protecting the clients and the agent, but for yourself. Your contract should not only include all event details, but the amount you will be paid, how you will be paid, and the date you can expect to be paid by. 

Solid Business Practices
If your agent is a legitimate business, and they have paid you $600 or more for any given calendar year, they are required to send you a 1099-MISC form by the end of January for the previous year’s wages for your taxes.  As an independent contractor you are required to pay your own taxes, and this is all part of running a good business.  Likewise, you are required to provide them with your address and social security number in order to fill out these forms.

Expectations
Make sure to have a discussion about an agent’s expectations of you.  Are you only allowed to hand out the agent’s business cards? What is acceptable attire to wear to gigs?  How should you handle questions about their rates or your availability? How early are you expected to arrive to a gig? What should you do if you are running late?  How should you handle client complaints?  What if the client wants you to stay later? Are there limitations as to what products you can use or what age you can paint?  Are you expected to provide your own design menu or adhere to theirs? All agents should have something to say about these topics, and making sure you are both on the same page is critical to your business relationship. 

Word on the Street
An employer calls up references to get the opinions of those you’ve worked for, so why not do the same with them? Talk to other artists who have worked for an agent.  This is a great way to learn whether you will fit into an agent’s business practices and expectations.   Make sure to get multiple opinions to be fair.  As we all know, not everybody may give glowing reviews, but don’t judge an agent based on one bad review. We’ve all had relationships gone bad, so take opinions with a grain of salt, remember there are two sides to every story, and give them the benefit of the doubt...just as you hope they do with you. 

More to Come
My hopes is that this article will help you to get started in your search for an agent, and hopefully lead to an awesome relationship with them!  This is the first of a series of articles I've written on agents.  Check out our next post for more on what you can do to KEEP your good agent relationship, and what to think about if you are considering becoming an agent yourself!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

2019 Personal Challenge: Patterns!

This year I've been working on some fun pattern studies...something I've been wanting to challenge myself with for a while now! I bought a huge book of textile patterns on Amazon, and have been Google searching various patterns to try out. It's been a great exercise in repetition, and choosing the right tools for the job to keep things efficient and consistent, especially the more geometric patterns. I've learned a lot already, personally... Here are a few I've done so far!














Giving out an AGENTS' Card When Clients Love YOUR Work



I am working to copy some of our past e-newsletter articles over to the blog to make them even easier for people to find! This particular article can be found in the October 2017 issue. Not a subscriber? You can learn how to subscribe and download past issues by clicking HERE!


If you’ve ever worked for an agent, chances are you’ve been instructed to only give out the agent’s cards to guests who inquire about your services at the event.  But why? Let’s take a closer look at this situation, from both sides of the brush.

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you!

Having worked extensively as both an agent and contractor for decades, I feel qualified to chime in on the subject. First, let me just say, that if you find it unfair to be asked to only give out an agent’s cards while working for them, you have not spent much time acting as an agent yourself. I don’t mean bringing along one friend and passing through payment to them to help you out...I mean spending all of your time selling, booking, filling, managing, billing, contract wrangling, and paycheck processing for large gigs that utilize multiple artists which may or may not even include yourself as a painter.  Just trust me on this one, a few gigs like this and you will develop an immense appreciation for agents and the grunt work they endure to enable you to just show up, paint, and get paid! I for one LOVE it when I have the opportunity to get paid a little less than my own going rate to work for an agent and let them handle all the stuff that is NOT fun!

But it was MY talent that made them ask for a card!

This is an understandable argument at first glance...yes, when I create a masterpiece on a child’s face and that masterpiece prompts the parent to ask for my card for their upcoming birthday party, I feel that I should be able to get the credit for my work and reap the benefits of that potential future gig.

Yes, my talent may have made them ask for the card, but I wouldn’t even have been there if not for my agent’s talent that landed the gig in the first place. Don’t forget this! While my talent may play a big part, it is not the only thing that has prompted them to ask for my card. It is the fact that I was there in the right place at the right time, which was all orchestrated behind the scenes without any involvement, time or expense from me. (Thank God...that part is way more boring and draining than the painting!)

I sell face paint online and out of my basement. Say I were to go get a job at a local costume shop, and every time someone came in and showed interest in face paint, I would give them my own card and say “call me instead, I can get you the same quality product for cheaper!” After all, it was my salesmanship that got them to ask about paint, right? I would be fired! Immediately! Using someone else’s storefront, marketing, blood sweat and tears to market my own business, while even being paid by them to do so, is completely unethical. It takes an immense amount of trust for an agent to invite you to represent their baby, their business, that they’ve poured their life into for years. Take this as the honor it is, and you’ll be given gigs for years to come.

But I want credit for my work!

Some artists feel that they are somehow stripped of their “credit” for the work they are performing when asked to give out the agent’s cards. I have never seen an agent personally claim that one of their artist’s work was their own on Facebook or anywhere else. When you work for an agency, you are a part of a team. Nobody else is claiming that they are the creator of your paintings...that is illegal.  As an artist you own the rights to the painting you created...not the rights to the gig you are working or future gigs as the client. 

I personally have cards specially made for my contractors. On the front it says “Ask for me by name!” and has a blank line for each artist to write their own name on it. This way if a future client calls, they can specifically request that artist, and that artist still gets future gigs. As your agent if they are okay with you putting your name on their cards...chances are they will be totally fine with it, and grateful that you’re asking!  The credit you get for doing a good job? It’s your paycheck!

But they are making money off of ME!

First of all, the amount of money an agent is charging the client on top of what they are paying you is completely irrelevant.  If they are offering you an hourly wage that you are happy with, great! Take the gig! If they are not, then don’t! I have a personal goal to never take a gig that I will later resent getting.  I want to show up to each and every gig happy, thankful and grateful for the work. This attitude really shows with the client, whether you are grateful or not, and can have a huge affect on whether they call you back next year! 

Second, if you’ve worked as an agent you know that for every 1 hour gig, it can take multiple hours of back-and-fourth drudgery with the client, and that’s with a client who isn’t particularly difficult to deal with.  And let’s not forget the amount of time and money they put into advertising in order to get these gigs in the first place. They may even be sub-sub contracting, or owe someone else a finder’s fee on top of it. Personally, I think the ability to let someone else deal with billing and office work while I just paint is priceless!  When you take a gig through an agent, you have no idea what work and expense they have gone through to get it, or will go through to follow it through and maintain the relationship so you can work it again next year.  So rather than worrying about whether they are getting paid too much for an amount of work you are unaware of, focus on what you can control: whether you take a gig for a certain rate, and your attitude about that gig.  If the fact that an agent is making sure they too are getting paid for their time upsets you, please, please just don’t take the gig!

I admit, when I started out I was a little resentful of agents who would make money when I was the one painting.  But after just a few gigs taking on the agent role, my perspective changed completely and I developed a huge amount of respect for the work agents do. If you have an agent who doesn’t treat you well, don’t work for them anymore. But if you have an agent who pays you well & has your back, hold onto that! Respect their policies, and you’ll be reaping the benefits of their grunt work for years to come! 


Thursday, January 24, 2019

CONTEST TIME!


We at Paintertainment and Wet Paint Magazine are holding a contest this February! Unlike most face and body art contests, this one does NOT involve any painting at all! Rather, we are looking for your clever and creative ways to re-use and repurpose your empty paint containers!


We've all got them lying around...containers that once held paint that we either used up or have re-potted into a new kit. Rather than tossing them in the trash or recycle bin, why not use our creative minds to come up with other fun ways to re-use them?

Paintertainment is sponsoring hundreds of dollars worth of prizes for the top three winners of this contest! The first two places will also get to choose which issue of Wet Paint Magazine they'd like included in their prize pack. Every winner gets a copy of Gretchen Fleener's book "Realism for Face & Body Artists," and an awesome assortment of paints, brushes, stencils and other goodies! Who knows...we may throw in even more surprises before we ship these!




RULES:

There is no purchase required to compete or win. This is a global competition, open to everyone! Artists are welcome to enter more than one idea. By entering this contest you agree to allow Paintertainment, LLC and Wet Paint Magazine to use and share your submitted photos in contest online and in print, in advertising, announcements, and in a feature article in an upcoming issue of Wet Paint Magazine announcing the winners and ideas! Contest begins on February 1, 2019. Contest ends on February 28, 2019, at 12:59 PM CDT. Winners will be announced on or before the release of the summer issue of Wet Paint Magazine May 1st, 2019.

HOW TO ENTER:

Like and follow Paintertainment on both Facebook & Instagram (@Paintertainmentdotcom),

Like and follow Wet Paint Magazine on Facebook (@WetPaintMag) and Instagram (@WetPaintMagazine), so that we can find and tag participants when needed.

Submit your good, clear photos of the finished product and at least 4 photos of the steps of how you made it via email to Gretchen@Paintertainment.com with the words “Wet Paint Recycling Contest” in the subject line, no later than February 28, 2019 (11:59 pm CDT). Make sure to include your name, country, Facebook/Instagram tags, and a brief description of your idea. We want to share your creations in the next issue of Wet Paint, so good, clear photos are a must!

Questions? Email Gretchen[at]Paintertainment[dot]com! Good luck and have FUN!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

New Year and New Creative Challenges!

It's a new year, and with new years come new challenges!! This month I've decided to participate again in the super fun Facebook group "Inspiration to Paint!" Every day they give you a theme to paint. Paintings have to be done the day-of, no painting ahead.

January 1st's theme was to paint something inspired by the late, great Jocelyn Casdorph! Such a tragic loss for our face painting community. She is as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside, so I painted a little portrait!


Today's theme was to choose a word for your "intent" for 2019; not necessarily a resolution. The word I chose is "Growth!" This year I hope to grow in my skills, business, relationships, faith, and creativity!


And in keeping with the growth theme, besides this month of participation in ITP, I have decided to start a personal exploration in patterns. Here are my first two paintings...houndstooth and paisley! Stay tuned for more pattern inspired designs in the coming weeks and months!

Houndstooth...boy, did this one make my brain hurt!!

fun with Paisley!
Happy new year, and happy painting!

Jamvention 2018!

This year marked the 10th edition of Jamvention in Wortel, Belgium! I was so honored to be among the teachers this year and it was amazing, yet again. The Jamvention is put on by Face Paint in Progress, also known as "FIP."

Even the first year I attended Jamvention my husband and I were welcomed into Willy and Jacklyn's home like family. The convention officially starts on Friday night. Despite the huge mountain of work they have do on the Jamvention itself, on Thursday night Jacklyn cooked an amazing dinner for the artists who had arrived in town.

On Friday we were treated to breakfast, and a wonderful walk over 3 miles in the woods with Jacklyn and her dogs! It felt great to get out and walk after the long travel day before.

out for a walk



Everyone was very patient with my obsession with photographing mushrooms, haha! I love all the different colors and textures of mushrooms and probably have taken hundreds of photos of them on walks over the years!

Friday afternoon we loaded up the vehicles with gear and artists and headed over to the Jamvention location to set up! It is SUCH a cool location for an intimate jam and convention. (For a more in depth description of the venue and my first time teaching at Jamvention, check out the first ever issue of Wet Paint Magazine!)
Everyone pitching in to decorate and set everything up!
We aren't able to get into the space until 5 pm, as it is used as a camp for kids during the week. So, we have 2 hours to get it all ready before attendees start to arrive. Everybody pitches in to help set up and decorate the rooms! There is such an awesome sense of community and ownership among the FIP team, which contagious and spreads to all of the visiting instructors. I love how everyone jumps in to help!

The opening night festivities are so fun and full of energy. People gather from literally all over the world, and greet each other with hugs like old friends. I've said it once and will say it again this year...the food is AMAZING!! Friday night we are treated to a paper cone of awesome Belgian fries with delicious sauces, dished up right in the kitchen.


On the opening night everyone is welcomed, and the instructors are introduced. Did I mention how amazing the food is? We also enjoyed their fun tradition of incredible cakes on opening night! One of the cakes had edible fondant photos of every instructor, so I even got to eat my own picture!



Opening night was awesome as usual...a great chance to kick back, enjoy a treat and beverage, and get to know the instructors and attendees!

My husband Wayde and I manning our table in the vendor room
 There is always a jam on Friday night, and this year it was a blacklight jam! I didn't get a chance to participate in this year's jam as I was busy selling books and stencils in the vendor room, and the black light room filled up pretty full. But, it was fun to pop in and see what everyone was working on!

Saturday was amazing! I taught both jewelry and henna. My jewelry class was probably a bit too full for everyone to be able to fully enjoy as people were bringing more chairs into the room to squeeze in...that and me painting too small made it a little bit of a challenge, but the next time around it went much more smoothly! ;-) My apologies to my jewelry guinea pigs!!
My first jewelry class on Saturday





Tessa was my beautiful model!
 Tessa was a wonderful model! In my Sunday class I painted a giant gem on the back which was much easier for everyone to see. But my fabulous students made some pretty amazing gems on themselves in this class regardless!! This painting is obviously really exaggerated, but we did a gem, pearls and some other smaller gems in settings.

getting a closer look

I also taught a henna class for beginners! It was a fun time...we talked about the origins of henna, what it's made of, how to make it, warnings against black henna, etc, and then had lots of time to practice drills and designs!

Saturday's henna class

Last time I was at Jamvention I taught every session, but this year I had some breaks and was able to attend other classes which was really fun!



Belinda Wurmitzer's one stroke flowers

I attended Paula Southern's calligraphy course on Sunday, too!
Saturday night's festivities were AMAZING. For the big 10th anniversary FIP really went all out. Attendees were asked to dress in FIP's colors, blue and gold, and all of the team members who run the event were dressed in their formal best and they applauded everyone as they entered the room for dinner! We had yet another incredible meal, and even some drinks with edible glitter!!

drinks with edible glitter!

There was another fun 10th anniversary surprise, as we were all treated to an incredible fire dance show! Just spectacular...I need to dig up a video to share but here are a couple pictures:



Saturday always ends with a paint jam! I had sketched this queen bee design a couple days before and was hoping to bring it to life.

my sketch
I was really lucky to have the chance to paint Marcel Verbeek...he and his wife Daisy are both body paint models and do an amazing job!! Other than my 11 year old son, and the pregnant bellies I've painted, the only time I've body painted on models has been this time, and 2016 at the Jamvention. They provide models for everyone who needs them which is amazing!!

Painting on Marcel


finished product!

photo by Wim Roelsma of Artishoot Fotografie

Wim Roelsma of Artishoot Fotografie was there this year taking amazing pictures!!!

photo by Wim Roelsma of Artishoot Fotografie

photo by Wim Roelsma of Artishoot Fotografie

I would have kept painting if it wasn't getting so late by then, haha! I still had to wind my brain down, sleep, and teach another day!

Sunday morning they always take a group photo of everyone in attendance!

photo by Wim Roelsma of Artishoot Fotografie

I love walking around the grounds in the morning at the Jamvention...it's such a gorgeous and peaceful setting! I have dozens and dozens of animal photos but I'll spare you all of them, haha!

So many gorgeous views here!
Peacocks...so cool!

Jamvention location

Sunday I again taught both Jewelry and Henna...another great time with wonderful students!!

Teaching Jewelry on Sunday
Sunday's jewelry class was much smaller and we were able to cover more things...

Note to self... larger jewel made a huge difference! We also talked about pearls, chains, making tiny diamonds and quick beads.

Some of my wonderful jewelry students and their gem paintings!
THE Belinda Wurmitzer attended my henna class too!

Henna students starting out with markers and some drills


I really can't thank Willy and Jacklyn and their dedicated team enough for all the hard work they do behind the scenes to make this event such a huge success! 

Cheers!

Some of my favorite moments of the Jamvention were here in Willy & Jacklyn's home...the conversations with people from all over the world were just fascinating and sometimes so hilarious my face hurt from laughing! What an honor to rub shoulders with so much talent!! I got to meet Andrea Benocci and the beautiful Elena...amazing body painter Raphaelle Fieldhouse and her super talented balloon artist husband Gary, incredible artist and calligrapher Paula Southern...and I laughed so hard with Belinda Wurmitzer... Jacklyn has this amazing ability to hand pick instructors from around the globe who just seem to click together right off the bat. Everyone I've met there has been so immensely talented, yet so humble and down to earth, it truly feels like one big, wonderful family. 

I can't even explain how wonderful and energizing it is to be able to hang out with fellow artists who are passionate about the things you are passionate about. I guess this is why attending workshops and conventions is so important for artists like us. We don't get to hang out with dozens of like minds every day, as if we were working on a team in a corporate office...as artists, and for many of us as sole proprietors of our businesses, it can get lonely. I am thankful for conventions like this, social media, and my local monthly jam sessions, for their ability to fill us up with fresh, creative energy and inspiration! :-)

The Jamvention always runs right around our anniversary, so my husband and I had a wonderful time staying longer in Brugge and spending a day in Ghent to celebrate our 19th! I'll pretty much teach anywhere in the world if I can turn it into a trip with my hubby or family! ;-) 

THANK YOU Jacklyn and Willy, and your entire talented FIP team for all of your hard work and dedication, and congratulations on 10 years!!