Is everyone looking forward to the Kent Jam 2015??
After two successful years, this will be the third Kent Jam hosted by my good friend Clare Jeffery of Cosmic Face Painting & Pampered Delights and Jules n Andy Feist of Crazy Face Painting.
It will be taking place at Larkfield Village Hall, New Hythe Lane, Aylesford, ME20 6PU. 9.30 – 3.30pm
For those of you who have never been to a jam before, it is great fun! You can bring a small kit and join in with the painting or go and have a nose around other peoples kits and get ideas and inspiration! There are traders there so that you can stock up on all the latest goodies, so make sure you bring some cash (or a credit card!) Retailers coming along include: Rainbow Faces, Façade, and the Face Painting Shop!
Everyone is very welcoming and no one will be left out, you can pick other artists brains and watch the various demonstrations, which will be happening throughout the day.
Demonstrations will include: Debz Mills showing her beautiful rose technique, Mandi Gabler doing Boys faces and Superheroes, Nicky Gardner will be showing One Stroke fast faces, Michelle Koopmans doing her outstanding henna designs, and Angela Youngs doing gore (of course!!), Jennifer Parker and Leonie Dack will also be demonstrating their skills and techniques. I will also be there, demoing eye designs. So it should be a great day!
There will be a body painting area for 6 body artists, so if you’ve never seen full body art in real life this will be a good opportunity, Five baby bumps will be being decorated as I understand, and henna tattoos on offer. Also beginners and “Frozen” Balloon modelling, and the opportunity to take the FACE test, or at least to find out more about the benefits of joining FACE if you are interested!
There will be all levels of experience at the jam, so if you are new (or old lol), please do come along, you will definitely learn, laugh and meet some lovely people!
Entry on the door is £5 or you can pre pay via paypal for a discounted £4 fee which also gets you a FREE raffle ticket! Children are welcome for £1 each, so don’t worry about offloading the kids! All proceeds will go to charities: Macmillan and K9 Rehoming.
Check out the event page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/713725292039442/
Going Global in One Stroke
By Nicky Gardner, Moving Canvas
How was I going to react when Natalie from the Face Painting Shop called me and asked if I can keep a secret? Seriously? Me? Well I made a promise that I would and it has been torture, until now! Nat invited me and my fabulously talented friend Debz Mills to come and try out a few new Global one-stroke paints before their official launch. GASP! So we had a brilliant morning playing with the new colour combinations and painting the lovely Hannah as part of her work experience, as you do!
Everyone knows how much I love one-stroke cakes - when I get random requests I look at my one-strokes and think “Right, how I can paint that using a one-stroke cake?”. I have a few favourite brands including Cameleon, TAG, DFX and now Global too. I am not sure when I first tried one of the Global one-stroke paints but I can remember being completely in love with the vibrant colours and how beautifully they blend. I mean, let’s face it, I was going to buy a few to add to my kit anyway but then I discovered that they also don’t seem to stain me.
I know that different brands and colours stain different people, but I seem to have skin that completely absorbs colour. I have stained with every red, green, teal and dark blue that I have ever used before I tried Global, so having really deep and rich colours that don’t linger is a huge bonus for me.
Global one strokes are not as soft as brands like Cameleon or TAG so if you are used to these lovely paints, it can take a while to get used to the water and pressure that you need to get good activation of the paint without turning the one-stroke into a bit of a muddy puddle. The result is worth it though. Global Iceland is my absolute favourite Elsa cake. Considering the millions of winter/snow crowns, eye designs and butterflies that I painted in the past year it has lasted for absolutely ages -I only started using my new one last week.
What started as a handful of one stroke’s in my kit has developed into a bit of a collection of about 15 and is still growing. Some of the colours don’t look very interesting in the container and then you put them onto a brush and taaaadaaaa it makes sense and then I just HAVE to buy one. If you have not tried them yet and live near the Face Painting Shop, you can always pop in as Nat has some lovely samples in the tester room. Otherwise, you can always corner me or my super friend Debz at a local face painting jam as we both have a pretty complete collection of one stroke cakes. Alternatively, keep your eyes peeled for our One-Stroke workshops!
Hopefully the few designs we painted with these lush new one-stroke cakes will give you an idea of the new colour combinations and some of the things you can do with them.
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"I've lost my mojo!" is a cry I have heard face painters all around the world say from time to time. I have never quite understood it...until now, that is.
I have had days where I felt that I wasn't painting up to scratch or feeling substandard when comparing myself to other painters. But I have never experienced the lack of motivation that has hung over me for the past 6 months.
To anyone who knows me, face painting has been a significant and immensely pleasurable part of my life for the past few years. You couldn't prise the brush from my hands at one point. If it was moving, I would paint it! So, how can something you feel so passionately about suddenly become something you can hardly bring yourself to look at?
Life throws wonderful and unexpected obstacles and challenges at us and people, in their uniqueness, deal with things in different ways. There have been times that immersing myself in face painting has proven to be very therapeutic and I know this has been the case for lots of other painters too. However, sometimes the very thing that makes us happy is also the one you can no longer face. At least that is what I thought...
It has become very apparent to me that if you love something as much as I love face painting, then you will never really lose that passion. It is just hiding. Talking about how I felt with other painters was a massive step towards understanding why I was feeling this way. In the North East of England, we have a group on Facebook where we can pass on jobs, share ideas and generally be there to support each other. I like to think of face painters as an 'extended family'. They are the only people who truly understand your excitement when Nat's gorgeous pink parcels of new paints arrive on your doorstep or the horror when a child sticks their finger in your new split cake!
One thing I have learnt is never take the power of social media for granted. It is so wonderful that we have access to so much inspiration at the very click of a button. Sometimes, just seeing one beautiful design can inspire you to pick up a brush and put your own spin on it. Just recently, I was astounded when I came across some of the work of Svetlana Afinogenova. The vibrancy of her delicate designs really made me smile.
This picture is painted by Svetlana Afinogenova
So, I guess what I am saying is, if you too find yourself feeling this way, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I had been so unsure for so long whether or not the passion would return. But I can confidently say, I now feel energised and more motivated than ever to get back out there and paint up a storm! Now, pass me my brush!
IMAGE and ARTIST CREDIT - Svetlana Afinogenova
I don’t know about you, but I have a LOT of brushes, and sometimes the bristles go a bit splayed out and don’t give a nice clean edge to my painting. Particularly with my large flat brushes I use for one stroke painting.
I was ready to throw several of them away because they were quite worn out. Here is a pic, as you can see they are quite “woolly”!
The Face Painting Shop team is always looking for new ways to make shopping eaiser, here are some more of the Superstar face paint colours charts, these are super useful when shopping for your new paints.
The Face Painting Shop are proud UK distributors of Superstar face paint.
Here is a full chart of all the Superstar colours and numbers, this is a great refrence for all face painters, and will help you when buying
your shiny new paints.
If you see a colour that you like, simply type the number into our box at the top of our website and the colours will apprear for you.
Here is the new body paint by Nathalie Farmer and Anna Lingis painted at the shop last week.
Huge thank you goes to our super model Zoe Newlove from Crown Brush UK
I know it’s a bit late but I just wanted to tell you all about FAB Megajam which took place in a lovely hotel in Cambridge over the weekend of 31st Jan and 1st February.
It was my first time attending and I really enjoyed it although there were a few anxious moments on the Saturday when the snow really started falling and we wondered if we would all get home!
As the name suggests, it was just a huge “Jam”, lots of demonstrations, a retailers room, and entertainment laid on in the evening, where a grown man got himself inside a huge balloon – yes really! Quite hilarious!
There were no competitions - that isn’t what this jam was all about, it was all about getting together, learning from each other and from the demonstrators, and just getting inspired! There were a good mix of newbies and seasoned painters, and it was lovely to see the more experienced painters freely sharing and helping the newer ones.
There were a ton of balloon classes (which I confess I did not attend - dogs and swords are about my mark) but it was quite funny each mealtime to see people wearing their elaborate balloon creations on their heads!
It was lovely to meet up with my good friend Clare Jeffery again and we were coerced by Jennie Roberts to take part in a fun, top secret “mission” in preparation for Paintopia in May, I cannot say any more, as I am sworn to secrecy, but keep your eyes peeled!
The best part of the event for me, apart from seeing everyone again, was the opportunity to try out a few new designs on some willing delegates, pure indulgence on my part! I got myself painted by Clare Jeffery and again by Toni Bluestone Doctors (who came all the way from Israel to attend – that’s commitment!!)
Here are a few pics. Enjoy!
Thanks to KJ and all her team for putting it on, I know it must have been a lot of hard work x
Instagram is proving its worth for many businesses with these amazing statistics
300 million monthly active users, 30 billion photos shared, 70 millions photos uploaded every day! With huge brands like Mercedes, Starbucks and Levis using Instagram its time that your face painting business got started there too.
We are hearing more and more that Facebook posts on business pages are not getting seen, this is because Facebook generates a huge amount of money by making business pages pay so that posts show up in peoples news feeds, this is not the case with Instagram.
Instagram is FREE, just download the app to your smartphone, and away you go.
Sign up for an instagram account and choose a username that clearly represents your business.
*Add a profile photo, a bio and link to your website
*Link your account to Twitter/Facebook and Tumblr
When you start to upload your pictures to your new Instagram dont forget to use hashtags, so if you are uploading a new picture of you painting a face, use the hash tags #facepainter #facepainting and dont forget to use the hash tag for your business.
Build your followers by following them back, and linking your Instagram profile to your website.
Its quick, easy, and free - what are you waiting for?
You can follow our instagram account here > http://instagram.com/thefacepaintingshop/