I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to try out Cameleon's new temporary tattoo product 'Time Tattoo' at this years UK Face & Body Painting convention. The product is designed to give a realistic tattoo effect, so the ink is a blue/black colour that is called 'vintage black'. This doesn't look artificial and solid black and it mimics the true tones in healed and aged tattoo.
The ink comes complete as a little kit with everything you need in it. You get your 'Time Tattoo' Vintage black ink, a bottle of 99% Alcohol, a Cameleon Kabuki brush and your setting powder, and it all arrives in a great little kit bag.
All parts of the kit are essential to giving the tattoo as much longevity as possible, and being an alcohol based ink, the tattoo's are designed to last between 3-7 days.
You must start by cleaning the area that you are going to do with the Alcohol, which is easily done with soaking the alcohol onto a cotton pad and wiping the area. Then it is time to start painting your design! I used a very fine brush but still managed to do a mixture of bold and fine lines as well as shading all with the one brush. It is certainly something you will want to have some practise with first, as painting with alcohol based ink feels slightly different to painting with face paints. You will find that the ink does dry out very quickly on your brush as you paint, but this isn't a bad thing because you can utilise this in your design as when your brush starts to become dry the ink becomes great to use for shading. In my paintings I am a big fan of dry brushing so it came naturally to me when using the tattoo ink, but if you are not familiar with dry brushing - when you think your brush is drying out and you would usually go back and dip into the ink again, don't! Have a go at using that dry brush starting at the darkest points you want to create, and gently and softly just keep dragging you brush out. If your brush gets too dry and isn't really doing anything, then take a slight dip back into the ink, use the excess to do a few bits of your lifework, and then try again. It's a hard technique to explain in writing, but once you give it a go it will seem so easy, and the effect it produces with this brand really does mimic genuine tattoo shading so well. If you make any mistake while painting on the design, this is easily rectified by using the alcohol again. Just put some onto a cotton pad and remove your mistake. The alcohol dries out within seconds so it won't take long at all before you can paint over the area again.
Another option with the ink aside from just painting on your designs is to use stencils. I had a go with one of Cameleon's logo stencils and it was so quick as easy, and I'm sure you could use any regular glitter tattoo stencils for this. I just got an old sponge which i loaded with a little bit of the ink from the bottle and dabbed it over the stencil and it was done in seconds!
Now you also need to make sure you don't forget to set your tattoo correctly, as it is integral to ensuring the longevity of the tattoo. You get a bottle of the setting powder within your kit, and when you have finished painting the design make sure you add a liberal amount to the design, and then use the provided Kabuki brush to gently rub in the setting powder. You want to be really soft with this, but also really make sure you work the powder in. Originally I was brushing the powder over too quickly and not taking my time enough to make sure it really reached all of the ink particles. Take pride and care in applying the powder. If you are using a stencil, I would recommend applying this before you remove the stencil too.
And there you have it! A temporary tattoo that should last between 3 and 7 days! The first few I applied I washed numerous times before I fully removed them (I needed to keep my arm space clean and clear just in case I needed it to practise on over the course of the convention, hehe!), and I must have washed them 5 or 6 times with a mixture of baby wipes and water, really rubbing and scrubbing, before it showed signs of fading. Also in the demonstration video I created practising on my Gaz, he went for a shower and said that he really scrubbed it with the intent of trying to get it off, and as you can see in the video it was still as good as new after doing so. I have also seen that some people who were painted at the convention have said their tattoo's were still going strong 5 days after the application! Of course you do need to take into account a few things, not just to how many times people wash the area and how much force people apply to the area, but also the area to which it is applied and the amount of friction that that area receives against clothing, in bed etc can have an impact on the length of time it lasts. I painted my designs on my forearm, but I sleep with my arms in a weird position and I move about a lot when I sleep, so that meant my forearm was rubbing against my other arm quite a lot during the night, and I also found that I also sit in a bit of a weird position too, so during some of the classes the way I was sat meant that my plastic coated pass was pressed quite heavily against where I had painted the tattoo on my forearm. Yet still with all these factors, and washing it quite a few times, I was still impressed with how well it had stayed on. But of course as previously mentioned, you need to remember to make sure you do all steps of the process thoroughly for the best outcome. From cleaning the area before hand, to really working in that setting powder.
I think this is a great product and really love the realistic effect that the colour of the ink produces. It is as close to the colour of a realistic tattoo as you can get and as people walked past with it on at a glance it really looked like a genuine tattoo. This product is going to be great for those clients and customers who are really wanting to be 'inked' but are worried about the pain and commitment of actually going under the needle, and being a tattoo apprentice myself I have already had a few people who have seen my video and pictures ask if they can have some of their tattoo ideas painted on first to see if they can get used to it before they put themselves through the pain of having it done. I think as the range grows, if they can introduce more colours of ink, it will also be great for bridal designs and such because it certainly wont be smudging or going anywhere on the big day, and also it is a great alternative to henna!
I have included a few pictures of some of the work I have done so far with the ink, and also you can see my video demonstration of the product on my youtube channel www.youtube.com/UnbandedTV
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Nicky’s Adventures at the UK Face Painting Convention
About a month ago my friend Debz was getting all excited about attending the convention for the second time, I on the other hand was planning a Facebook and social media blackout to avoid seeing the fun everyone would be having without me. As it happens I managed to get a 4 night, last minute ticket so last Tuesday I was frantically doing last minute packing having had my hair coloured with suitable mermaid colours and nails to match. I was off to Debz first thing on Wednesday morning and we were driving up together on Thursday morning but first Debz had agreed to one little side mission, to collect Dutch from the airport. No real hardship as she is a bit of a freaky fan.
Wednesday, high noon, Heathrow Airport – Two women, one with blue, green, turquoise hair and the other with Purple, green, blue and pink at the airport with a sign with Dutch Bihary’s name on it. Also waiting are about 3 families and about 20 official looking people with blue suits, sensible shoes and neckerchiefs… Did we really need the sign?
Thursday – DAY 1 Nice gentle start to the convention, at least that is what I thought, I was so very wrong. Firstly Debz’s GPS took us through the middle of central London, a nice whistle stop tour for Dutch but added at least an hour to the journey time. Anyway we arrived in plenty of time and spent the day doing Dutch’s pre convention class. I was painted blue and learnt a lot of tips and techniques, some of which are going to take a while to assimilate and practice. Matteo and Olga were also doing classes and it was lovely to meet Olga for the first time (even more lovely and beautiful in the flesh before you all ask). Another couple of trouble makers on the prowl were Anita Lyn and Peta ** who had flown across the planet to attend. We had said hello at the Urban Art meet hosted by the UK Body Painting League the previous Saturday and I was delighted to see them again.
There was a little party and the first of the face painting competitions, my head was pounding so I decided to sit out but loved seeing the bright, beautiful creations that came out of the room. Later the evening was spend in the room chatting and laughing to the early hours as we were both just much too excited to sleep.
Friday the convention started in earnest and there was a steady flow of gorgeous colourful people streaming into the hotel and convention area. I kept meeting people who I have known for ages on Facebook but have never met before and finally putting a face to the profile and art. I felt totally overwhelmed by it all. I watched a couple of demonstration paints and volunteered my face for a Matteo workshop, where it was transformed into a massive spider! The retailer room was just a treasure trove of yummy painty gorgeousness, with every brand, colour, brush, glitter, gore, stencil, magazine and book you could imagine.
Friday night was competition night. As my ticket was so last minute I had not considered the competitions but decided to wing it. Hopefully this tale of woe will serve as a fair warning to anyone else in this situation…
Delegate Face Painting Competition 1 – Story Book Characters
I had not painted at all that day but went into the room, convinced the gorgeous Anita Lyn (all the way from New Zealand) to model for me and about 5 minutes before the start decided on an idea – Tinga Tales. The time started and I got going…
loaded a silly farm split cake for the African sky – CHECK. Picked up a Global one-stroke and laid down the background for the elephant – CHECK Chuck in a tree and some silhouette branches – YUP …So far so good 4. Now….load brown (yes brown) on a brush and swipe it across Anita’s face to make the ground – NOOOOOOOOOOO! Seriously? What did I do that for? I would never do that on a job! It looked like I had given this gorgeous lady a big nasty BEARD! PANIC!!!!!!!!!!! 5. It’s OK, It’s OK, I can break up the beard with some tufts of grass, that will do it – Erm no, now she had a beard with green bits - $(^*)$!!!! 6. OK OK – load brush (the wrong one now) and add some petals to the grass – WORSE STILL At this point you are thinking “Why on Earth did you not just pick up the wet wipe magic eraser?” good question and one that I will ask myself for years to come I fear. 7. So now we have 2 minutes remaining, enough for me to add some basic lines, a few highlights and some eyelashes for the elephant. That was possibly the fastest 20 minutes I have ever experienced and without doubt the worst face I have ever ever painted. I could only spend the rest of the weekend apologizing to Anita for beardgate.
^^^^^^ Anita's beard! ^^^^
Delegate Face Painting Competition 2. – Lost city of Atlantis
Despite the disaster of the previous competition the lovely Mona Turnbull still agreed to model for me (brave lady). This time I painted in my own style with my own quirky story and was so pleased with the result. So were the judges as I got a special mention for this one. Glitter Tattoo Competition – Oceana I was really looking forward to this one because as soon as I saw the theme an idea popped into my head and I also love decorating people with glitter. Debz agreed to be my lovely model (she was perfect). We had about an hour and a half for this one and I was racing like a mad woman and was pretty much done early on so expanded the design with some swirls which I actually think just finished it all off. I was really happy to have placed 1st and won a voucher from Paul Façade to spend on more glitter!
We then returned to the other demo room which had been taken over as an impromptu jam room.
Saturday – At this point the weekend gets a bit fuzzy. I know there were loads of workshops and demos going on and I spent too much time and money in the relailer’s treasure trove. We knew that the big party was coming up in the evening so I also made sure to have a bit of a rest. I suppose my only real disappointment of the weekend was the lack of a dedicated jam room. I really wanted to take some time to practice what I was learning and paint someone.
Saturday Night This was a brilliant party, for me the most inspired thing was the little water pistols on the tables. Although perhaps not go great for the people that had painted their faces. There was a lot of dancing, chatting, singing, laughing and selfies. The winners of all the competitions were announced which I am sure is on the webpage of the convention or the Facebook page but the one I know for sure was that my mate Debz won the postal competition for the experienced face painter category with her amazing Kraken.
Sunday – Another day of workshops and demos. I was planning on attending one in the afternoon but had arranged a model for the live body painting competition so hung around so that I was there when she arrived. I was really looking forward to this as I was bitten with the body painting bug in February this year when I attended a UKBPL meeting and painted my first one. Since then I had done a couple of body paints at Paintopia, one as a freestyle paint with Debz and another as part of the Professor/Apprentice competition where I was lucky enough to be able to learn from the wonderful Cat Finlayson. This one was only my sixth so I entered the experienced category (rather than the elite lol) and Debz agreed to be my assistant (this was also her 6th Bodypaint). At first the room felt a bit tense but someone managed to find some music which really lightened the mood and I think the whole room relaxed and started really enjoying it. There was singing, dancing and some fun rivalry with our painty neighbours Karen Harvey and Claire Jeffrey.
I was delighted with our completed piece, as it was better than I imagined and tells the story of a battle between Impundulu, the lightening bird, and Nyami Nyami the Zambizi River God, in which neither wins but when the bird leaves with the storm, Nyami Nyami returns to his river form and shows his anger and frustration by swelling the water around the raging rapids. Congratulation to Tina Smith and her assistant Anna Bookfield (who was body painting for the first time) who won in this category.
The elite category was won by the lovely Jenny van der Steen.
I dragged my exhausted body up to bed only to find out that Debz had lost a bag with goods and her car keys in it. We searched the whole room before Debz went down to check the painting room and the lobby but nothing.
Monday – Come the morning Debz checked again if the bag had been handed in but it was still MIA so she arranged for her spare keys to get to us and went off to Matteo’s post-convention class. As I was not booked onto any I slept in a bit later and then went shopping. After buying a particularly nice perfume, I put it in my bag. While digging around in the bottom I felt something unfamiliar, yes… it was Debz’s keys! I would just like to say at this point that I do not put keys in this part of my bag, I use the zip at the front, so we think that Debz must have dropped them in there at some point for safe keeping. Anyway, the bag was picked up by housekeeping and fed to the hotel compactor L
If you have made it this far then well done you!
It was just so refreshing to be around people that get this weird addictive world that I love so much. Nicky x
Here are some of my other snaps from the weekend...
Superstar Matt Blue
Tag Frangipani One Stroke
Global Amazon FunStroke
FacePaintingShop No2 Round Brush
Hot Wing 8005 Leaf Stencil
The base is not a necessary addition but it really brings out the colour of the mask and the contrast of the blue and orange really makes it pop. I start with Superstar Matt Blue across the hairline and blend with Superstar Sky Blue and Superstar White moving down the face and fade it out on the cheeks above the nose.
Using the DreamBlend Filbert I load up from the Tag Frangipani One Stroke using mostly the white and yellow and only a small amount of the orange. I sweep two outer edges to the pumpkin and the two inner segments. The one stroke gives instant 3D to the pumpkin shape but a flat orange can be used also. I then load up a small sponge from the Frangipani One Stroke and using a hot wing stencil I stencil on the autumnal leaves. Again these can be hand painted but for speed and symmetry a stencil does a fab job. Personally I prefer to put the darker colour to the outer edge furthest from the eyes in order to frame the eye area.
Then using the Global Amazon Cake and the Hotwing Stencil I sponge in some green leaves among the Orange, some twisty green vines with a No.2 FPS Brush, and a stalk on the pumpkin. The symmetry doesn’t have to be perfect.
Using Superstar Line Black and FPS No.2 brush I create my line work on the pumpkin, leaves and add some hand drawn bats and a spider spinning a web. The face can be left here as a finished design or highlighted as in the next step…
Highlights really finish a design, and glitter and lipstick also work well as a finishing touch.
I hope you enjoy having a go at this design, and please do comment with your feedback and pictures of your pumplin designs!
Introducing The amazing Nicola White as another of our resident step by step bloggers.
Hi everyone, I'm Nicola. Well, my very first experience of face painting was 10 years ago when I worked in Fuerteventura as a children’s entertainer. We were given a basic Snazaroo kit, a book of fast faces and told to charge 3 Euros per face. I have always been fairly good at art but face painting was another kettle of fish entirely. Noses would get in the way, my hands would shake and my lines would be wobbly. Nevertheless, I instantly fell in love with it. However, with no experience or training at all, at times I felt anxious when children would ask to be weird and wonderful things that weren’t in the book. Yet, as the months went by, I found myself becoming more confident. I would even go to the hotel where I worked and sit and paint on my night off as I loved it so much!
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to work with children. So, when I returned home to the UK, I started working as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant in a primary school and face painting took a back seat for the next six or seven years. I occasionally got to face paint for fundraising days but nothing serious. Then a few years ago, I decided to start it all up again. I set up my business, Faces 4 Fun, in April 2011 and have never looked back. Since then I have worked hard to establish myself as a professional and reliable business and am always looking for ways to improve on this.
I am now so lucky that I can do two jobs that I love! It has also allowed me to combine the two, as I run a face painting club after school with small groups of children. I teach them basic blending and line work and how important hygiene and cleanliness is when face painting. Each week I am amazed and astounded at the fabulous faces they turn out. They clearly thoroughly enjoy it and I have definitely seen some very promising future face painters!
I have never felt so passionate about anything in my life. I can’t imagine my life without face painting in it now. The smiles of the children when they look in the mirror make it such a rewarding experience. I regularly get messages from parents telling me their child wouldn’t let them wash it off at the end of the day. To me, that is the best thing to hear as I know they have truly loved their painting. Hearing that children are happy makes me very happy indeed!
Fewer things make me happier than to get out all my face paints, turn the music up loud and sit and doodle something pretty on myself until my heart's content. With the freedom (and time) to add an swirl here or a flower there, I find it the most relaxing thing in the world. However, rarely are we allowed this luxury when out on a job. I am forever trying to come up with designs that create impact and make children smile but at the same time are quick to reproduce when the line is long and the parents are getting grumpy. So, with this in mind, I decided to create a very simple design that can be completed in a few minutes but can also be embellished if time allows.
I have recently come across the Global range of face paint, which is available and ready to fly off the shelves at The Face Painting Shop, and I have fallen head over heels! They are the most delicious paints and some of the colours are out of this world! They are quickly becoming my favourite one stroke and are the ones I find myself reaching for the most often on jobs. Not to mention, the ones that children point to and ask for!
Now, only a face painter will relate to this but, you know when you try a new paint and you get that rush of excitement at how lovely it is? (Maybe that's just me) Well, this was what I experienced the first time I used the Global dark blue paint. I had had it for a little while and really didn't think much of it by looking at it in the pot, or if indeed I would even ever use it. Nothing rings truer with this paint than you can't judge a book by its cover. It is wonderful and also a great alternative to black. I used it on a Spidey design and it was refreshingly striking. So I decided to create a very simple design with this colour to show you just how beautiful it is!
The products I used to create the design were
Load a sponge with the lime green and sponge across the eyelids and up towards the temples. Then sponge the lime green in the centre of the forehead, bringing it to a point in between the eyebrows. I found this paint gave the best coverage when applied in a stippling motion. Next, after loading the other side of the sponge with baby blue, sponge the colour across the forehead, blending into the green on the edges to create a flawless base. Bring the blue just below the eyes on the cheekbones.
Once you have laid down the base, load the number 6 brush with the dark blue. This paint did require a fair bit of working to get the right consistency but that will come with regular use. The main part of the design is based on teardrops. The technique for teardrops varies and I would recommend that you use the one you are most comfortable with as this will help to keep the design quick and crisp. To create my teardrops, I start at the top (the fattest part of the tear drop) and press my brush down to create the top, lifting off gradually as my brush glides and it tapers off to a point.
Create a series of tear drops at the corners of each eye, starting with the longest tear drop first and beginning the next one underneath it, and so on. Make sure that all of your teardrops head towards the same focal point to give a radiating effect. Paint three teardrops on the forehead on one side of the green paint, bringing them in towards the bridge of the nose. Do the same on the other side trying to get them as symmetrical as possible. I always find that, depending on which hand you use to paint, paint the opposite side of the face first. Then it is easier to mirror with your dominant hand.
At this stage I added a small bit of stencilling, which ideally should have been done before applying the tear drops- but I forgot! So carefully sponge some white using the BAM stencil just in the centre of the forehead, taking care not to cover the teardrops. Or do it after step 1 instead!
Load the petal brush with white, wipe the excess from the tip and load the tip of the brush with the baby blue, followed by the dark blue. This will give a lovely graduated effect to your flower. I find to get the best colour intensity on my flowers, I use a brush to place a very small amount of water on the cake and work the paint to create a paste-like consistency, making sure it's not too watery. I never spray my cake as I find this makes the cake too wet, but there are lots of painters who do this and it works for them.
Place a flower in the centre of the forehead at the base of the teardrops by pressing the brush down from the tip to the base to create each petal. Repeat this by placing a flower near the apples of the cheeks but this time doing a double press next to each other to create a wider petal shape.
To complete the design, finish off by adding a series of dots on the forehead, following the shape of the teardrops, getting smaller as you move towards the bridge of the nose. Add dots in the centre of the flowers and a few clusters underneath the tear drops. Finally, finish by adding a few starbursts and lots of glitter! If time allows, you could paint the lips as I find this really enhances the design. But it is a step I often leave out if I have a queue.
List of Products:
Superstar Med Brown
Superstar Olive Green
Superstar Blood Red
Grimas SL6 brush
Face Painting Shop No.2 Brush
Face Painting Shop No.4 Brush
Kryolan Cream Colour Bruise Wheel
Kryolan Fresh Scratch
Sponge on base with a sponge unevenly loaded with Medium Brown, Mustard, Green and white so that you have a blotchy deathlike pallor. Darken the eye sockets with the black so that it’s darkest underneath the brow and fades out as you go down towards the cheeks. This makes a sunken appearance. Don’t reload the sponge, just use the remnants of the paint to darken around the mouth and lips. I like to paint a guide line for the brow shape and frown at this stage too. Use an S shape high at the outer edges and low towards the nose to make a deep frown.
To add a rotten look I like to use the Kryolan Bruise Wheel, dabbing unevenly with fingertips in random places. I pay particular attention to the temples, sides of the nose, hollows of the cheeks and hairline to make the face look gaunt and hollow. Again I use the dry Black sponge to shade the Cranium and cheek Hollows further.
Next I unevenly load up the Grimas SL6 brush with White, Mustard and Med Brown and press against my lips allowing the brush shape to form the tooth shape. I usually go over some of the teeth randomly with some black to make them look more rotten.
Again I use the drying black sponge to shade out the edges of the teeth. This makes them appear curved as they would naturally be along the jawline.
Next, using a sponge I blacken out my nose creating an open nasal cavity. I load up my The Face Painting Shop No.4 brush with white and lighten the brows, create some severed lip edges and severed skin around the nasal cavity.
Next using The Face Painting Shop’s No.2 brush and some Line Black I apply some uneven linework to bring out the wrinkles, and skin edges. Haphazard lines of varying thickness make the end result more believable.
Highlights can bring out the details further along the wrinkles, brows, teeth, severed lips and nose. I used a No.2 brush which helps it stand out from a distance but a No.0 or No.1 brush would make finer highlights. The design can be left here or it can be embellished further for a more gory impact…
Kryolan Fresh Scratch can be applied around the ripped mouth and nasal cavity to create the 3D raw flesh look. The elasticity of the product allows you to pull ‘fleshy strands’ across the facial features. Dragging the loaded brush handle across the cheeks or brows will create scabby looking scratches and a stipple sponge will create a convincing graze.
To finish the look mess the hair up and practice that Zombie Stare!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and learnt some new techniques about creating depth and dimension. This design can be simplified into a fantastic 3min design that can be used at those busy parties (just stop at step 5) or you can take it further to make a very high end Zombie in 5-10mins. I would really love to see pictures of your Zombies and please share any new techniques you discover that add a special something to your design!
I am as ever open to suggestions for what designs you’d like to see in future so please comment below the blog with your requests.
We are super excited to show you all the total 360 tour of our shop, you can now take a look around the shop from the comfort of your own home, with the added bonus of seeing the paints and colours for real, we had this made to help your shopping experience.
Take a look around and let us know what you think.
For my next Tutorial I have created a skull. Personally I find it easier to get the shape of the skull down first to make sure it's in proportion and equal. So I fill in my shaded areas first using Global Silver and Wolfe Black.
This is what was happening yesterday at The Face Painting Shop
Also used was Cameleon Body Paint Gelatine - a must have product for Halloween.
Gelatine is an easy to use product - Pop the cube into a small bowl or cup and then place into a larger bowl ( like melting choclate) then allow the geltaine to melt - add colour if need by using a small bit of face paint , then mix well. If your gelatine sets before you need to use it, re melt again susing the same steps.
Apply to the face or body by dripping off a small lolly stick, or spread with your fingers to create a burns effect.
Huge thank you to our model Dale from At your service Entertainment
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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