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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 ......
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!
We are SO excited to announce that Ronnie Mean is heading from L.A to the UK to teach three amazing workshops here at The Face Painting Shop
Ronnie will be teaching three workshops: skulls and monsters, Amimals and Butterflies and Creative masks, all of these workshops will be held at The Face Painting Shop, from 10am - 4pm, each class is £100.00 including lunch and refreshments all day.
Spaces are limited on these workshops so please book in advance.
We are super proud our our sponsered artist Maria Malone Guerbba, her work has blown up around the world this week, appering in our UK national news papers, magazines and tv news websites around the world, including sky news!
Maria has also been booked to appear on This Morning next week, with Phil and Holly!
Check out the articals that have been written by reporters around the world
The new and improved rainbow cakes from Sillyfarm have now arrived in the UK. These amazing rainbow face painting cakes now come in a stackable rectangle container, making it the perfect pot for a face painters kit.
Check out our huge range of rainbow cakes that we stock here : http://www.thefacepaintingshop.com/Face%20And%20Body%20Paint/SillyFarm/Silly%20Farm%20Rainbow%20Cakes
We were extremly lucky to be invited to this years Face And Body Art Internation Convention in South Florida, we took the long 9 hour flight direct to Miami, where we were met by a lovely local face painter that had come to collect us.
We arrived at the convention hotel - which was amazing, checked into our rooms then headed straight to the convention check in desk, every thing had been planned to perfection, we was given our goody bag, t shirt and convention passes and just chatted with our friends from Silly Farm, DAY 2 see the madness of the convention really kick into action, with so many classes to choose from it was a face and body painters dream location. The worlds best were there to teach there skills, Margi Kanter, Nick Wolfe, Wiser, Hather Green, Jay Bautista, Marl Reid, Ronnie Mena were just a few of the instructors there. The classes ranged from body painting , face painting, henna, marketing, special fxs, to glitter tatoos. There really was some thing for everyone.
The jams went on into the early hours of the mornings, and the competions were of an amazing standard! Every small detail of this convention had been thought out to perfection, we had an amazing time, with amazing people at an amazing venue.
Thank you to everyone that made us feel welcome, you really made our trip.
Take a look at the convention video we have put together :-)
See you soon FABAIC!!