We are fast approaching that time of year where face painters get booked up for private Hallowe'en parties or asked to create outstanding individual designs on avid trick-or-treaters. Hallowe'en has come a long way in the past 20 years and is no longer just a washing up bowl for the bobbing apples and a witch outfit. It's big business and the face paint is no longer an absent minded splash of green. It's a crucial part of it. So for that reason I have created a couple of designs for The FacePainting Shop Blog which will hopefully give you a starting point for your creepy creativity this year.
Our new resident blogger - Charlotte Gardener
We are super excited to introduce to you our new residnet blogger Charlotte Gardener, Charlotte will be producing detailed step by step designs for us all to try out, we would love to see your take on these amazing face painting designs, so please share them with us either on our Facebook page or by sending them to [email protected]
If you hae any special requests or questions about the designs please leave comments for Charlotte below.
You can follow Charlotte on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FairOfFaceFacepainting
We hope you enjoy these step by step face painting designs
Have you seen the new online face and body painting magazine called Pintamos?
Pintamos is a free on line Spanish magaine for face and body painters, with tons of great step by step picture articals (which is great if you can not read Spanish) - You can also read all past issues by clicking the link.
We will be looking forward to the next issue - Great job Pintamos!
Check it out guys....Oh and did we mentiona our lovely Anna Lingis has a 7 page artical in there too, - for those of you who can not read Spanish, Pintamos have very kindley translated Annas Artical for us :
WHEN WE FIRST STARTED PREPARING THE CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE of ¿PINTAMOS?, WE CONTACTED ANNA LINGIS, A YOUNG AND BRILLIANT BRITISH ARTIST WE ADMIRE FOR HER BEAUTIFUL SKULLS. WE WANTED TO MAKE AN ARTICLE ABOUT HER AND ASKED HER A COUPLE LINES ABOUT HER AND HER LIFE. IN RENSPONSE, SHE SENT US THE FOLLOWING LETTER WHICH WE LITERALLY REPRODUCE. YES, THEY’RE MORE THAN A COUPLE OF LINES, BUT HER HUMILITY, SYMPATHY AND ENTHUSIASM EQUAL HER HUGE TALENT AND WE THOUGHT IT COULD BE INSPIRING FOR YOU. IT IS INDEED FOR US.
My name is Anna Lingis and I am a 35 year old face/body paint artist and makeup artist, living in London. Ever since I can remember, I have loved art and all things creative. Although I hadn’t picked up a brush to paint in almost 20 years, I have always loved being creative. Art was my favourite subject at school and I went on to study Product Design at university level. Over the years, I have experimented with making jewellery, customizing and making clothes, painting canvases, designing tattoos, nail art and make up.
For my 33rd birthday, I painted myself as a Zebra (animal themed party) and that’s when things changed. I received many requests to paint individuals for parties, to paint at children’s parties and various events. I have never received any training, I am completely self-taught but any free time I had I would practice, whether it would be on my fiancé, my family, my friends, their children or myself. I can’t put into words how much I love to paint, I could doodle on my arm for hours, and it was and still is an amazing outlet for me.
After a few months of painting, I was contacted by two lovely ladies, Lucy Gaster and Rocio Cano, who asked me to be involved in a Sky Arts TV show, Portrait Artist of the Year. I felt blessed and honoured to have been given the amazing opportunity to be a part of the shows art festival, which took part in Trafalgar Square, London. In addition to this, I was asked to paint the shows presenter Frank Skinner as Van Gogh. My work was featured on the BBC website, various newspapers including the BBC News online, The Sun, Daily Star, etc., which was a huge achievement. The show allowed me to test my limits and push the face ‘painting’ barriers, incorporating fine art, whilst breaking away from the ‘traditional’ face painting that you see. I believe that this ‘non-traditional’ face art is what has appealed to people and enabled me to have my work noticed.
One of the pieces I created during the build up to the show was a recreation of ‘Marlene Dietrich’ by Alexey Kerbatov. I entered this piece into a competition held by Illusion magazine and I was so flattered to receive 2nd place. My prize was a case of paints, glitter and various goodies, which was amazing. My work was shared by various artists after, including Crownbrush, who then asked me to a guest blog post for their website, which was an honour. This can be seen on their website.
At this point, my ‘hobby’ had been going from strength to strength, however things were about to change. I was made redundant from my ‘normal’ full time job so I felt a little vulnerable in terms of going full time with my painting and make up career. My fiancé (boyfriend at the time) and my family were so supportive and encouraged me to give it everything I had, as they knew I was extremely passionate and dedicated to it. I set myself up as a self-employed artist and began freelancing. I joined some networking groups, and contacted various schools, event companies etc. The one that had the most impact was a local networking group called LYDS (Love Your Doorstep), in particular a lady called Jo Johnson. She was so helpful and gave me all the information I needed in terms of how the group will benefit me in addition to a great deal of support. I began to receive many jobs and made many new contacts. My new business began growing and I had jobs every weekend, which obviously made me happy.
Not long after, I was contacted by Nathalie Farmer, the owner of The Face Painting Shop, in Standford Le Hope, Essex. (For those that don’t know, or have never been, the shop is a painters heaven). I was so overwhelmed by her offer of a sponsorship in conjunction with Superstar Paints in Holland. I was spoilt with brushes, glitter and every single colour Superstar had to offer (over 80 shades), so you can only imagine the face painting frenzy I went into. This gave me further reassurance that I was on the right path and I continued to paint nearly every day/night, not only because I loved to paint, but I wanted to develop my skills and most importantly develop my own style.
I have continued to work closely with Nathalie from the Face Painting shop, who continues to support me, encourage me and has taught me so much. Less than a year later I was blessed once again with another amazing sponsorship. This was by Australian brand Global Colours. Their paints are so vibrant and highly pigmented and they have a great range of mattes, shimmers and neons.
Over the last year and a half, I have painted a variety of looks, as you will see from the images attached. I do have a fondness for Skulls, and many people recognise me for the skull work I do, some have called me the ‘Skull Queen’ which does make me giggle. I am aware that skulls represent death and are quite dark, however that’s not why I paint them, I simply love the beauty and structure of skulls. I have had quite a few enquiries about teaching classes; therefore I am now holding workshops at The Face Painting Shop, 1-3 Wharf Road, Standford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0BZ. I was so thrilled to hear that the first workshop sold out however there is now another workshop available on Sunday 19th October, so if you would like to learn how to paint skulls (ready for Halloween) please go to www.thefacepaintingshop.com or call 01375768773.
I hope my story helps to inspire you to follow your own passions and dreams. You truly can achieve anything you put your mind to. Hard work and dedication speaks volumes. Although in my case, I am also extremely lucky to have amazing support from my amazing fiancé Andy, my parents, my brother, my sister, my beautiful nephews (who are often models) my friends (I don’t have enough space to list them all individually but they know who they are) and also, my followers, who all inspire me, support me and encourage me every day.
I would also like to give a huge thank you to Nathalie Farmer for everything she has done for me; I probably wouldn’t be where I am without her and thank you to Superstar & Global Colours. Lastly, I would like to give a special thank you to Aiala Lekuona Artola and Pintamos for the opportunity to share my story with you.
If you would like to follow my journey, or simply want to see more of my work, please use the links below:
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After 8 years of painting at many festivals around the country I have decided to write a blog about painting at festivals. A lot of painters seem to be a bit intimidated when it comes to painting at festivals – don’t be!
Painting at festivals is great fun, I get asked a lot of the time “do you see all the bands?” NO, its purely work for me, when I say its great fun, I mean the people and atmosphere, having said that it’s hard work!
So this is how our weekend at V festival went down.....
Arrive at V Festival 3pm Thursday, wait for our cars to be searched by security and police (they check for glass bottles/weapons/ and illegal things. We then have to get checked in and wait for our traders bands and produce our insurance, after we have been checked we then have to wait to be shown to our pitch which is near the MTV music stage (our usual spot that we have had for years)
So your now asking why get there so early? – The answer is that that is what they stipulate, we are only 30 mins from V Festival, every trader has to be in and sited by 5pm Thursday, also once your in with your car, there is no leaving until the very end.
When we are escorted to our pitch the first thing we notice is that there is a huge branch hanging from a tree that if it fell could easily kill one of us if it had dropped, so we asked to either be moved or the branch cut down – the answer NO – deal with it yourself, okay we were super lucky to have really nice neighbours that helped us out cutting it down. So now after all the problems we get to set up, we spend the next few hours getting our stall ready with banners, setting out our kit and generally making it look pretty. (All in the rain) We were also super lucky that our neighbours had electric and let us charge our phones!
Electric at festivals can range between £200 - £300 – very expensive
We make some dinner on our camping cooker and hit the sack (in our tents) behind our stall and next to a generator that is the size of a transit van.
Friday morning after breakfast we get to putting the finishing touches to our stall and get ready for opening at 5pm, The Friday night at V festival is never super busy for face painters as most people wait until the Saturday, so we try to maximise our profits and offer hair feathers – this way we are making the most of our trading time – they also have a great profit margin. The arena closes at 1pm and we sleep in our tents.
Saturday is our most busy day so we wake bright and early and head for the loos in hope that they have been cleaned....NO!! Time to get out the Travel Johns (These are small disposable loos that you can wee in and seal them up, it has some gel type substance in that turns wee into gel) Maybe a bit too much information there, Check them out of you are porta loo phobic!
The arena opened at 11am and we painted full on until 10pm that night with no lunch breaks and no toilet breaks, but this was totally our choice, we were making hay while the sun shined as they say.
We are told half way through the day there are face painters two stalls up that are painting for £1.00!!!!!!!!
So after making some enquires we find out that yes this is true, there are 2 girls that are on a hat stall that have just set up and started to paint – every year there are around 5 painting stalls at V Festival, this is totally normal, but they are all stalls like us, that have paid their money and are just painting. What I do have a problem with is chancers – which these two were. I asked management if they were meant to be painting, the answer of course was no – they did not have any insurance and I could not even tell you which brand of paint they were using as I have never seen it before.
We had a number of girls come to our stall throughout the day asking for wet wipes to take off what they had painted and for us to paint them, we refused point blank, as we did not want to paint over anything that had been put on their skin (to cover ourselves )
So around 9pm we make a quick something to eat (I would advise anyone that plans to paint at music festivals to take your own food, it very expesive to eat at the festivals - hot dogs and pot noodles will be your best friend!), try and tidy our kits as best we can and tidy our stall, after 11 hours of painting full speed it was quite a mess.
We hit our tents around 1.30am after braving the loos again with our Travel Johns, and taking some pain killers for our bad backs.
Sunday 6am we here the toilet Lorries come to empty and clean the loos – time to get up!
After a bit of breakfast and packing away our tents and camping gear, we try to make our stall look pretty again, and get ready to paint, the arena opens at 11am
Another busy day we don’t stop and paint all day until we have no one else to paint which is around 7.30pm, we are now officially exhausted, but have to pack everything away and make sure our pitch is free from rubbish and then wait until 1am (Monday) before we can even think of moving our cars.
We arrive back home 3.12am Monday morning – dying for the loo, a shower and hot running water, quick shower and time for bed.......
Festival painting is not for the faint hearted, its long hours, you need to be able to paint fast! Pitch fees are very expensive, the toilets are just the worst and you normally have to sleep with your head next to a generator that is the size of a transit van! But they are great fun, lovely people, and lovely atmosphere, and not forgetting lots of people to paint= lots of £££
We had our problems over the weekend with various things, but it’s always worth it when you get home and have had a great weekend.
I had a perfect chance to test the new Global rainbow cakes to the max – Have to say I am totally in love with them, they were great! I test these paints in a number of different ways; including leaving one in the direct sun while painting (to see if they end up mushy) I use too much water with them – not enough water, and see how they hold up. I have to say they passed every test for me.
I also used the new Global Strong black all weekend and again totally impressed, it did not melt, I used too much water with it and not once did it end up mushy. It gave me great line when using my brush and perfect stencil prints when using sponges.
I also used our new line of brushes, I took the full set with me and was pleased I did because they are all I used all weekend.
Now we are back at the shop, still a little tired but back to normal.
The Que for the toilets......Not good
Ready to paint ......
We are super excited to tell you all that Ronnie Mena has made a video for YouTube for you all.
Filmed at The Face Painting Shop, Ronnie painted himself as a monster/skull - a treat for all those that couldnt make it to his workshops.
Check out this new tutorial by Maria Malone, showing how to create the pefect bruise.
Friday 11th July see us celebrate our first birthday, we were overwhelmed at the amount of people that turned up to celebrate with us.
We hope everyone enjoyed the amazing goody bags that were provided by all our suppliers - Global, Diamond FX, Superstar, Cameleon, Charles Fox, Mehron, Ladot Cosmetics, and Silly Farm, they were all super generous with the gifts they sent for everyone.
Our candy floss machine was a huge hit with the adults and the children, and our huge birthday cake was super yummy, we hope that you all had a slice!
Huge thank you to Debz, Nicky Gardener, and Anna Lingis for there amazing demos, you all done a grand job, thank you!
It was lovely to see everyone, our old customers and new, and it was great to see everyone chatting, having a glass of wine and just talking about face paint! Our favourite topic ever!
We thank you all for the amazing support you show us all year round, we really appreciate it, we have many many new and exciting things coming your way, the 1st of many will be in around a week’s time so please keep your eyes peeled :-)
A special thanks to Sally Ann and her two beautiful daughters that made a special trip to come to the party, we hope you had a great time - sorry that we didnt have more to to chat! - and huge thanks to Essex's queen of bling Wacky Jackie for being our barmaid for the night ;-)
Thank you for all the cards, champers, and flowers x
Here are a few snaps from the night.....
I’m very excited to teach at The Face Painting Shop this August! These workshops will help you take your face paintings to the next level by showing you how to take stunning designs and break them down into easy steps. You will learn how to create designs that have stunning flow, dynamic color combinations, and excellent placement.
In my “Creative Masks” class you will learn how to paint stunning designs by using consistent line work, seamless blending, and contrasting colors. In my “Animals and Butterflies” class I will teach you how to create eye catching face paintings that while come to life by placing them in key areas, having good flow and achieving perfect placement. Finally, in my “Monsters & Skulls” class I will teach you how to create striking monster and skull faces. You will learn the importance of proportion, highlights, and shadows in monster designs.
We will be working at a fast pace so please be ready to learn.
My goal is to leave you feeling inspired with a variety of new techniques you can apply to your own designs. Things to bring: A practice head if you have one, #1, #3, #6 round brush, face painting sponges, a 12-14 color palette, (any brand is fine.) Make sure to book early to secure your spot and I look forward to meeting you!