After a long, slow few months after Christmas, it’s getting to that time again where some of us might have a few ppf’s coming up, wether that’s a particular village fete you do every year or an exciting new event. I have also been asked by a client to give examples of fast designs to show her boss, as they have 100 children attending a 3 hour event (and I can tell you now, it’s HIGHLY unlikely that they will all get painted). But the thing to do straight away is to manage the clients expectations and tell them how many people you can generally paint in an hour so that when it does come to the event and not everyone has been painted, you’ve still painted as many (if not more) children as you promised.
So I thought while I was painting up these designs I may as well share them with you guys! I think realistically stencils are the answer and quick one stroke designs with not much embellishments, so I may have to get myself some more stencils as they’re actually not something I use very often!
Just as a side note, this particular client doesn’t want me to use gems which again would save time, so I’m showing you how to achieve these designs without using them!.
Quick one stroke unicorn
I actually use this design all the time, but for speed, I’ve left out the sponged cheeks and floral eye embellishments I usually add. I used my TFPS short angled 3/4 inch brush with the Nat gold edition Red Fox, started with the ears, then the horn (although you could use the ooh body art unicorn horn stencil for this!), flipped the brush over to do some squiggles by the eyes and that’s it!
Completion time 1:17
Rainbow unicorn with clouds
I have the cutest chubby unicorn stencil which I absolutely love! For this I used my 3/4 short angled brush and Leannes Summer Days One stroke from the Tropical Palette to just swipe the rainbow above and below the eye. I then used a filbert brush loaded with mostly white and a touch of black to create clouds either side. I then loaded a sponge one side with gold for the unicorn and the other side silver for the stars using my chubby unicorn stencil by Tap Stencils and my Bad Ass stars mini stencil.
Completion time: 3:05
It’s at this point it REALLY wish I had the ooh body art dolphin flip stencil! *takes a quick break to put it in my shopping basket!* because the shells are perfect! However I do have the Bad Ass mermaid mini stencil with the different sized scales (1307) so that’s the stencil I used for this one. For the base I used Sillyfarm Dragon Pixie (although I’ve got my eye on Mermaid Pixie too!) And the leftover shimmery white on the sponge for the stencil with a little bit of DFX white line work thrown in just to finish off (although you could leave this out) and a quick spritz of glitter. This took: 3:43
Quick one stroke crown
I always seem to forget about crowns and how versatile they are! So here is one both with and without the line work using Global One Stroke in Tokyo and DFX white
Without linework 2:45
Completion time: 3:41
One stroke mask
Another simple design using Purple Pixie from Leannes Tropical palette, and DFX white
Time taken was 3:45
Eye of the tiger
I’m not gonna lie I’ve had Sillyfarm Brilliant Bling for a while, and I never seem to use it. But now I have my new kit set up and I can actually fit all my kit in the same place, I’m going to make more of an effort to use it, because it really is gorgeous! Finished off with good old DFX black and my pink tip triangular dagger brush
Completion time: 1:54
Quick Line work mask
I was originally just going to do this as linework (which there’s no reason why you shouldn’t) but I decided there was no harm in adding a light sponged base! I used Superstar Glitter Gold and Super star Rose Gold Glitter (not gonna lie it’s one of the most beautiful colours in the world EVER!) Topped off with linework using DFX white and my PXP round 5
Completion time: 3:00
Rose and petals
I recently bought myself DFX evil rose because I was out of my usual rose split cake and I know loads of people use this one and I was not dissappointed! It’s gorgeous and so vibrant without being too strong. I used my TFPS 3/4 short angled brush for the rose and rose petals, and for the leaves I used my 3/8 dagger brush and triple dipped it using DFX white, DFX Dark Green and a touch of DFX Dark Blue
Completion time: 3:15
I’m not gonna lie, I hate painting spiderman, so if fast designs means spiderman just as an eye design that’s fine by me! You could take this further if you want using the Bad Ass mini stencil 1206 (the graduated dot one) to give it that slightly more pop arty effect.
Completion time: 2:44
So I hope you have found this useful! I never time myself so that was a really useful exercise, and I’m hoping it will come in use for the ppf’s I have coming up! I would love to see your go to fast designs too so please feel free to tag me in them! I would ask love to hear any comments you may have or requests for upcoming blog posts!
The Pixie Tribe