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/
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”!
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
A Pro Painters best kept secret!!
I was wondering what to write for my next blog for the Face Painting Shop, and having just watched Heather and Marcela’s latest class (while I was in the bath!), I was inspired to write about FABA TV!
I subscribed to FABATV in December 2013, I wasn’t sure, and it seemed like a big expense, and I had a lot of questions as to how it worked, so I am sure you are asking yourself the same questions!
This is how it works (for those who are not already enjoying a subscription)
FABATV or “Face and Body Art Television” is owned and run by Heather Green from Silly Farm supplies.
There are hundreds of classes from the Masters of Face Painting such as Mark Reid, Nick and Brian Wolfe, Marcella Murad, Lisa Joy Young, Matteo Arfanotti, Dutch Bihary, Lynn Jaimeson, Annie Reynolds and more and more!!! So whatever your favourite style is, there will be a class that interests you. And the best part is you don’t have to travel miles to take their class!
You can watch at any time of day or night When you subscribe you get a log in code, and then its up to you how often you watch, and when its suits you. (I tend to go to bed and watch it on my ipad!) Pick a class, and watch it! There is no set time you have to tune in, just load up your browser, log in, pick a class and start watching!
All aspects of our industry are covered, Face Painting (of course), beginners/intermediate/advanced, Airbrushing, Body Art, Black Light art, Henna, stencils, balloons, even marketing your business. Each “class” is roughly an hour long, but you can pause if you need to go pick the kids up, and then just pick up again when you’re ready.
New classes are loaded every month, and all the previous classes are archived so you can search by Artist, by class name, or by topic. So if its “Boy designs” you need to brush up on just search for that.
It will work on your computer/laptop, ipad or tablet, or even your phone, so you can take it with you anywhere.
Personally I have learned so much from artists I would probably never have got to see in real life, simply because they live on a different continent to me!! Little tips and tricks that you can put to immediate use on a job, or fresh ideas for new designs. When I had a big Christmas job, and all I could think of was holly, it was great to watch Denise Cold’s “Corporate Christmas” class to get my imagination going!
So if you want to paint butterflies like Lynn Jaimeson, Tigers like Mark Reid, or Animal masks like Christy Lewis (Daizy Designs), then FABA TV is where you’ll find them all.
So how much does it cost?
You have a choice of an annual subscription, 6 months, or monthly. So if you are not sure, (like I wasn’t at first) you can try it out for a month. Remember classes are unlimited, so you can cram as many classes as you can manage in that month!
At the time of writing an annual subscription is £190
(Ive done a quick conversion from dollars for you)
6 months is £112
One month is £19.77
Compare that to the price of a one day class! And remember its all tax deductible :D
I hope this helps, I often see people asking about FABATV on facebook and (like me) wondering how it works!
Mad Hatters Tea Party in Park Lane London
Well I have just got back from a lovely day painting at the London Taxi Driver’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the Grosvenor House Hotel!
What an absolute blast!
The charity was formed in 1928 for underprivileged children, and every year they host a party and various outings for children and their carers. Taxi driver, Raymond, and his wife, Maureen Levy organised this event.
It was my first time, but some of the other painters/balloon modellers have been doing it for years. Denise Mountstephens from Angel Faces is the leading lady, rounding up all of us face painters and balloon people, she has been in charge of that side of things for about 15 years! (but has been involved for even longer than that.) Debz Mills wrote something on her facebook page about her experience last year which really touched me… “My most memorable face painting moment was a beautiful girl who was blind I made a point of explaining the feel of the colours and texture of brushes and exactly what I was painting she was so happy. I will never forget her. Xx” What a privilege to be able to give these children such a happy experience!
There were celebrities in attendance, but I have to confess I didn’t know who they were! Now had it been Jude Law or David Beckham I might have stood more of a chance! But Joe Swash - presenter and “Im a Celebrity” King of the jungle was there and was snapped by Val Hayllar, and “Tiffany” from Eastenders, was also present, along with Pearly Kings and Queens, Marching Bands, Gymnastics displays, “Elvis”, and a Choir singing the songs from Frozen, with me and Paula Southern belting out the lyrics from the back of the hall! Of course I knew who the Cheeky Girls were, and embarrassingly was able to sing along with them too.
In total there were 12 Face Painters and 8 balloon modellers in our little spot, and the queue of children just kept coming, Kate Lock did a magnificent job of queue managing when it just got too mad!
In a Facebook message after the event, Maureen Levy (the organiser) said: "Just want to say a great big THANK YOU to all the painters who came and worked so hard at our party at the Grosvenor House yesterday. Just spoke to Joe Swash's mum and she said Joe and her thought you were all amazing. So glad they came over to you! I have just been crying reading thank you emails from grateful parents and carers who said how special we all made their children feel. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Maureen and Raymond xx"
It was lovely to be a part of it, working as part of a great team of people, and I hope to be involved again in future!
Click for the pictures from the event
Here is my first blog entry for The Face Painting Shop and I am delighted to have been asked to be here!
I thought I would start with a quick review of some brushes which I have noticed people on facebook groups asking about!
The Loew Cornell Flora Brush: No. 10, Loew Cornell dagger Brush: 1/4 inch and the Loew Cornell double filbert brush: No. 8. (Also a size 0 liner brush.)
They are all quite wonderful, but they are all different and do take a bit of practice to get used to, and see what they can do.
In the first picture I have loaded the no. 12 Flora Brush with white (right up to the metal of the brush) and then I have dipped the tip into Global Dark Blue (an absolute MUST in your kit, it is so beautiful, not just for double dipping but as a brilliant alternative to black for linework, and as with all the Globals – no staining!)
Anyway back to the painting, You will see I have made a flower shape by simply laying the brush down flat with the point towards the centre. You can get a lot of other shapes from this brush though, as you can see by varying the angle you lay it down. Give it a go, you will suddenly LOVE doing flowers, I guarantee!
In picture 2, I have added some leaves. For this step I have used a loew cornell “Dagger brush” I have only just discovered this brush and I LOVE it! I loaded it on a global green Fun Stroke (Congo) with the longest side in the darker colour. Then I just played around with it pressing, twisting and releasing the brush until you get lovely long leaves with that beautiful point.
Pic 3 shows a thin white Loew Cornell liner brush which can do lovely dots as well as thin to thick lines. Drag, press, release to get the effect shown here.
Picture 4 shows the Loew Cornell double filbert brush. I had this in my kit for over a year before I learned how to use it! Now it is my go to brush for daisies and other small petal flowers. Load it well, then press from the outer edge of the flower, drawing in to the center. I have used white, but it is equally nice in a dark red or blue, it can be anything you like! Finally I went back with my dagger brush and created very fine, grassy flicks coming out from the daisy petals.
I hope this helps, Loew Cornell are such brilliant quality brushes, I love them!
In fact I might just have to order some more (you can never have too many right?)
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