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Going Global in One Stroke
By Nicky Gardner, Moving Canvas
How was I going to react when Natalie from the Face Painting Shop called me and asked if I can keep a secret? Seriously? Me? Well I made a promise that I would and it has been torture, until now! Nat invited me and my fabulously talented friend Debz Mills to come and try out a few new Global one-stroke paints before their official launch. GASP! So we had a brilliant morning playing with the new colour combinations and painting the lovely Hannah as part of her work experience, as you do!
Everyone knows how much I love one-stroke cakes - when I get random requests I look at my one-strokes and think “Right, how I can paint that using a one-stroke cake?”. I have a few favourite brands including Cameleon, TAG, DFX and now Global too. I am not sure when I first tried one of the Global one-stroke paints but I can remember being completely in love with the vibrant colours and how beautifully they blend. I mean, let’s face it, I was going to buy a few to add to my kit anyway but then I discovered that they also don’t seem to stain me.
I know that different brands and colours stain different people, but I seem to have skin that completely absorbs colour. I have stained with every red, green, teal and dark blue that I have ever used before I tried Global, so having really deep and rich colours that don’t linger is a huge bonus for me.
Global one strokes are not as soft as brands like Cameleon or TAG so if you are used to these lovely paints, it can take a while to get used to the water and pressure that you need to get good activation of the paint without turning the one-stroke into a bit of a muddy puddle. The result is worth it though. Global Iceland is my absolute favourite Elsa cake. Considering the millions of winter/snow crowns, eye designs and butterflies that I painted in the past year it has lasted for absolutely ages -I only started using my new one last week.
What started as a handful of one stroke’s in my kit has developed into a bit of a collection of about 15 and is still growing. Some of the colours don’t look very interesting in the container and then you put them onto a brush and taaaadaaaa it makes sense and then I just HAVE to buy one. If you have not tried them yet and live near the Face Painting Shop, you can always pop in as Nat has some lovely samples in the tester room. Otherwise, you can always corner me or my super friend Debz at a local face painting jam as we both have a pretty complete collection of one stroke cakes. Alternatively, keep your eyes peeled for our One-Stroke workshops!
Hopefully the few designs we painted with these lush new one-stroke cakes will give you an idea of the new colour combinations and some of the things you can do with them.
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"I've lost my mojo!" is a cry I have heard face painters all around the world say from time to time. I have never quite understood it...until now, that is.
I have had days where I felt that I wasn't painting up to scratch or feeling substandard when comparing myself to other painters. But I have never experienced the lack of motivation that has hung over me for the past 6 months.
To anyone who knows me, face painting has been a significant and immensely pleasurable part of my life for the past few years. You couldn't prise the brush from my hands at one point. If it was moving, I would paint it! So, how can something you feel so passionately about suddenly become something you can hardly bring yourself to look at?
Life throws wonderful and unexpected obstacles and challenges at us and people, in their uniqueness, deal with things in different ways. There have been times that immersing myself in face painting has proven to be very therapeutic and I know this has been the case for lots of other painters too. However, sometimes the very thing that makes us happy is also the one you can no longer face. At least that is what I thought...
It has become very apparent to me that if you love something as much as I love face painting, then you will never really lose that passion. It is just hiding. Talking about how I felt with other painters was a massive step towards understanding why I was feeling this way. In the North East of England, we have a group on Facebook where we can pass on jobs, share ideas and generally be there to support each other. I like to think of face painters as an 'extended family'. They are the only people who truly understand your excitement when Nat's gorgeous pink parcels of new paints arrive on your doorstep or the horror when a child sticks their finger in your new split cake!
One thing I have learnt is never take the power of social media for granted. It is so wonderful that we have access to so much inspiration at the very click of a button. Sometimes, just seeing one beautiful design can inspire you to pick up a brush and put your own spin on it. Just recently, I was astounded when I came across some of the work of Svetlana Afinogenova. The vibrancy of her delicate designs really made me smile.
This picture is painted by Svetlana Afinogenova
So, I guess what I am saying is, if you too find yourself feeling this way, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I had been so unsure for so long whether or not the passion would return. But I can confidently say, I now feel energised and more motivated than ever to get back out there and paint up a storm! Now, pass me my brush!
IMAGE and ARTIST CREDIT - Svetlana Afinogenova
The Face Painting Shop team is always looking for new ways to make shopping eaiser, here are some more of the Superstar face paint colours charts, these are super useful when shopping for your new paints.
The Face Painting Shop are proud UK distributors of Superstar face paint.
Here is a full chart of all the Superstar colours and numbers, this is a great refrence for all face painters, and will help you when buying
your shiny new paints.
If you see a colour that you like, simply type the number into our box at the top of our website and the colours will apprear for you.
Here is the new body paint by Nathalie Farmer and Anna Lingis painted at the shop last week.
Huge thank you goes to our super model Zoe Newlove from Crown Brush UK
Instagram is proving its worth for many businesses with these amazing statistics
300 million monthly active users, 30 billion photos shared, 70 millions photos uploaded every day! With huge brands like Mercedes, Starbucks and Levis using Instagram its time that your face painting business got started there too.
We are hearing more and more that Facebook posts on business pages are not getting seen, this is because Facebook generates a huge amount of money by making business pages pay so that posts show up in peoples news feeds, this is not the case with Instagram.
Instagram is FREE, just download the app to your smartphone, and away you go.
Sign up for an instagram account and choose a username that clearly represents your business.
*Add a profile photo, a bio and link to your website
*Link your account to Twitter/Facebook and Tumblr
When you start to upload your pictures to your new Instagram dont forget to use hashtags, so if you are uploading a new picture of you painting a face, use the hash tags #facepainter #facepainting and dont forget to use the hash tag for your business.
Build your followers by following them back, and linking your Instagram profile to your website.
Its quick, easy, and free - what are you waiting for?
You can follow our instagram account here > http://instagram.com/thefacepaintingshop/
Hello 2 everybody, My name is Tanya Dubravec. I live in a small country called Croatia which is in quite a crisis, although for the public they release it all nicely packed. It has been more than 12 years since l started face painting and until a year ago I didn’t even try to make a living from what I truly love to do.
In our country there aren’t many artists in this field and the ones who are can be counted on the fingers of one hand, therefore there are no workshops or gatherings and the only store with colours for body paint is the Kryolan store that opened recently. Until 2 years ago I had no idea that there were other brands except Kryolan like Grimas and Superstar... Can you imagine my thrill when I discovered Diamond FX, TAG, Mehron, ect. Can you imagine my joy when I discovered that somewhere in the world is actually one big family which I could only dream of??... I am a mother of three children, and perhaps with that I have an excuse as to why I haven’t devoted myself to research and the realization of my dreams but now that I finally opened my eyes I realized how much I am actually behind. Most of my work, which you can see on my Facebook page, Body Art by Tanya, is sponsored out of my own pocket because of all the circumstances there was no other way than each earned penny saved and invested in materials and in the hope that one day all that hard work and sacrifice would pay off. The only interest in our country in this form of art is face painting for kids. So thank you The Face Painting Shop that you have decided to publish my work because for me this is reward with special meaning and it will certainly help me keep my chin up and move on forward!
Maybe some would not class me as a body paint artist because actually I haven’t any project with entire body covered to publish but the main reason is just that finances at present materials and postage are simply too big bite for our thin budgets. Last year l tried with belly painting but as far as our government drove fancy cars our country’s mentality is just still underdeveloped. In a few months I managed to find only one pregnant woman for belly painting (I was literally asking every pregnant woman l saw on the street)... Luckily for me, my creativity was recognized by non-profit organization RODA which helps parents with new born children and they helped me find a couple of pregnant women for my album with belly painting. Image with Scrat from Ice Age is one of the pictures in that album and we are still working on that album. The time required for making Scrat on cracking ice was around 3h with short breaks and the colours I used were: Diamond FX Black, White, Essential Medium Skin and Yellow; Camelon Robin Egg, SeaBlue, Orange Juice, Fleur de Lise and Coffee Brown, Superstar Line White and Ziva metalic blue; Kryolan Grey and Bad Ass stencil for snowflakes.
Big kisses to you all from Croatia
How amazing is this body paint by Anna Lingis and Zoe Newlove on model Hayley Sams, as part of a project called Mythical Creatures.
This was created with Global Colours face and body paint.