BATMAN CHEEK ART – TIMELAPSE
I’m often asked for “just something quick on their cheek”. I know this can often strike dread into the minds of face painters, because those designs can be incredibly intricate and the most difficult to achieve. So I thought I’d share with you, how I paint a quick batman on the cheek. It small, quick, easy and the kids love it!
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TFP 3/4 Short Angled Brush
TFPS 5/8 Short Angled Brush
Global Hobart One Stroke
Global Iceland One Stroke
DFX Black & White
Painted by Jane Harding of @daisyjanesfacepainting find me on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube
A WEEKEND IN THE LIFE OF A FACE PAINTER
It’s an after-school kids’ party at a restaurant that has a soft play area, the place is closed to the public and the mums sit at the bar drinking wine, the children are excited and queue up for their numbers, I get to the promised 20 expecting an extra 2 or 3 but today it’s ok, no surprise additions. The 2 hours pass quickly, Spiderman, Batman and unicorns get painted fast and sweated off even faster. I’m not offered a drink but never mind. I paint all the kids, close my converted bass guitar case and leave on the dot.
is a wedding Reception at a fancy hotel. I arrive during that weird lull between the food and the disco, I look for the bride and can’t see her but find a bridesmaid who screeches in excitement and leads me to an incredibly dark corner to set up. Little girls in cream dresses circle my table. Its too dark to see and I ask for a light, someone appears and turns an overhead spot in my direction, it does nothing but cast a sharp shadow on peoples’ faces. I find my headtorch and pull it on. I look like an idiot but at least I can see. I paint all the kids and do some glitter and with fifteen minutes to go start to think about packing up, I’m tired and everyone’s now drunk. Then a guy in a grey waistcoat appears, weaving his way towards me, tie around his head, pint in hand, mates in tow. I wait for it. One of the men puts his hand in his pocket and pulls out his wallet, he sways and nearly falls backwards, everyone laughs. He lurches forward waving money in my face “I’ll pay you 30 quid to paint a penis on this guy’s forehead.” As usual I decline his kind offer. Long ago I accepted out of embarrassment and inexperience and when I’d finished the blokes fell about in hysterics then told me they didn’t have any cash.
Kids birthday parties. Straightforward. A few kids sneeze in my face, some of it goes in my mouth. Hosts are nice, ask if I’d like a coffee or tea, offer food and cake. A good day’s work done.
Saturday night is a house call to paint a masquerade mask – I always get nervous doing these, I’m not overly confident with intricate line work especially when it has to be symmetrical and the person is depending on you for a great end result. So I do what I always do, get stuck in and hope for the best. Thankfully she likes it and I even get a tip. Phew.
My regular lunchtime restaurant job, I love Sundays, it’s a great gig and I’ve been doing it about 3 years. I do 12.30-2.30pm and on special occasions like Mother’s Day and Easter Sunday I do double shifts. Sometimes it’s non-stop with the same children asking to be painted between courses, other days I may paint one unicorn in 2 hours but I get free coffee and the ocean views are beautiful all year round. Today I paint my regular customers and some new ones too. During quiet moments I practise roses on my arm, I paint rose after rose, they all look the same and I don’t like any of them.
3-4pm. A rare bump paint. I hardly do any of these, don’t know why, it’s just not really taken off here. I work on the floor, knees folded under and get pins and needles after about 2 minutes. The only other position is to paint with my legs open wide. I choose pins and needles.
How to build a website and why you absolutely need one!
As far as I am concerned you can’t be in any kind of business and not have a website, it is so important! Not only does it mean that all of the information about you and your business is in one place for your clients to see easily, you can also be found via google search, and it makes your business more trustworthy.
A lot of clients will want to see your website, not just a facebook or instagram page, especially if you are applying for a photoshoot, agency or corporate job etc, some people will not even reply to you if you do not provide them with a website address. I tried to refer my friend for a job I couldn’t take who had told me she was available, but when the client asked me for her website, I could only give her a facebook and instagram page, and she wouldn’t even take her phone number from me. Think about it the other way around. If you were looking for suppliers for your event, or if you were looking at shoes from an independent seller for example, would you be happy going through a social media page or would you rather look at their website? I personally will not buy something or hire a service from anyone if they do not have a website.
It’s also really important you make your website really easy to negotiate, and that all the information your client needs is easily available to them, you want to make it easy for them to get in touch with you and book! Yes, there is a cost to having a website, and it will require some work to keep it up to date with images of your best work, any promotions you might be running and even your own blog if that’s something you want to attach to your website! Like a lot of things, you can choose how much you want to spend on your website, and how many benefits you want to get from it, and Wix do actually offer a free hosting option with their own advertising banners, so if you are worried about the cost, you can do this to see how you get on before committing yourself to a contract.
In the video I’m going to show you how to build and edit your website using Wix, just because that is what I use and what I have access to, but there are various other website hosts for you to choose from if Wix isn’t for you.
Before we start
Just a quick one before we start, it is REALLY important that all your files and photos are well organised so you can easily find them to upload to your website. If you don’t have space on your laptop (because photo’s can take up a lot of space!), get yourself an external hard drive to store all your photo’s on. I only keep very up to date images I frequently use on my laptop, partly because it’s only dinky (it fits in my handbag!) and doesn’t have a lot of hard drive space, and I keep lower quality images and older portfolio bits on my external hard drive, as well as a backup folder with all my current, up to date work.
Please find here the link to the website created in the video
And Please find here my two websites if you would like to have a snoop!
P.S Sorry I say ERM a lot!
One more thing I forgot to mention!
FONTS!! The writing on your website needs to be legible! If you really can’t live without swirly writing, use it for headings, but the main text should be a more traditional font.
This week’s tutorial is based on the blue and bronze of Ravenclaw. I’m using my new Ooh stencil for the first time and I am so impressed. I’m not a big stencil user usually but I will definitely incorporate this one into more designs.
Face Painting and Prosecco Nights
Bit bored with kids’ parties? Enjoy helping people? Like some extra income? You could try throwing a ‘Face Paint and Prosecco’ evening for adults. A while ago I noticed the trend for night time cocktail and craft parties and crochet and chat nights, they seemed popular, a chance for people to get out the house, socialise and learn a new skill. If you’d like to have a go hosting your own face painting social this is what I learned;
1. You will probably get lots of initial interest with people tagging their friends, of course this doesn’t mean they will come, but something different is always exciting.
2. Consider partnering up with another business - I co-hosted with the venue owner who provided French canapes, I got the venue ‘free’ by trading for a few hours facepainting for her holiday club and we both marketed by advertising on our respective business sites.
3. Keep numbers small so that it’s a fun, relaxed evening with lots of hands-on help. We think of face painting as second nature but most people are pretty nervous even picking up a brush for the first time. Give lots of reassurance, praise and chance to practise. Take a wide selection of brushes and paints.
4. Use the best paints – no cheap stuff or lower quality, let them see how rainbow cakes and one-strokes work, give them a chance to use a double dipped flora brush, show them the delights of aurora in a glitter gun and give them time to practise on each other.
5. Don’t be afraid to charge a good amount. It was £50 a ticket for the Paint and Prosecco night which included 90 minutes of tutoring and hands-on painting, question and answers throughout re kit, paint etc, bottomless drinks and delicious canapes. Pretty amazing value in my opinion.
6. Remember to take lots of photos for your future marketing!
Face painting gives us so many opportunities. I love sharing my passion for art and face painting and there are so many things you can do - family afternoon workshops where adults and children learn alongside each other, school workshops (especially popular at the end of the summer term), one to one teaching, gore and sfx (see previous blogs for details). It’s a way of allowing people to create, relax and have fun and you can earn good money too.
Hello everyone! Today I am tackling that question that I see asked nearly every single day (ok not quite, but a lot!) about INSURANCE! I sent out the following email to various companies in the hope that they might be able to help.
I was wondering if you would be able to put together an email or a chart for me detailing PLI insurance cover for face painting, Special Effects, Makeup, and hair styling, separately and together, with details of cost at each tier of coverage, and any limitations to the environment at which you will cover someone, plus information about insurance cover for tools and equipment used on the job. Can you please also let me know your policy on UV face painting and wether this is covered under Face painting insurance or wether you would need to be insured for special effects, what your policy on repotting face paints is, and what information you need from people to insure them, if you have a minimum amount of experience or if you require a specific qualification?
The only companies that replied were Hencilla Canworth and Blackfriars, so I have focussed this blog post on Hencilla Canworth, Blackfriars and Salon Gold (who I didn’t email because they have such a simple online process). If you are a member of FACE then I believe you will be with Rees Astley as per their regulations so I haven’t talked about Rees Astley here. I did email them to see if they would take insurance from non-members of FACE but they didn’t reply.
Hencilla Canworth, BECTU
Before I began this process, I was with Hencilla Canworth via BECTU. I was insured to do ‘Any activity related to the members employment within broadcasting, entertainment, cinema, theatre and live events’ for £38 a year which gave me £10m cover as long as I was a member of Bectu, which costs £11.25 a month. This was what was recommended to us when I was training, so I went with them and never thought twice. However when I sent them the above email I was HORRIFIED to discover that I had potentially not been covered for a lot of the work I have undertaken in the last 2 and a half years. This is the email I received from them
Good morning Mazz
The best option for your self it to join an organization called BECTU and take out their Public Liability (costs approx. £38) which will cover you for all of your work relating to theatre and entertainment industry and then we can provide a top up to this cover which will then cover you for any personal work you do away for these industries such as weddings etc.
Now, that’s completely my fault for not being pro-active about this beforehand, and I am VERY lucky that no-one has ever needed to make a claim against me. I actually decided to undertake the research into insurance because I don’t actually do very much film and tv work, so I wasn’t sure if being a member of BECTU was really worth it for me, but I have actually now left BECTU and therefore Hencilla Canworth in favour of another insurer.
Blackfriars were very easy to deal with. They even sent me a link to their policy on UV Face paint which I know has been a bit of an issue for people recently! I have included a link to their policy for all of you to see, as well as their reply to my email below.
Thank you for your email, we will cover all of the mentioned items under the one policy for the same cost regardless of how many of them you actually want to insure the premium will be £67.93 for £5M Public Liability and Treatment Liability for 1 person. The hairstyling will not cover any cutting, perming, dying etc purely for styling only.
The insurers do not require you to have any qualifications but would expect you to have whatever your Governing Body say you should have.
This was the first email I had back, so this definitely put things into perspective for me when I thought about how much I was paying for my insurance with BECTU! However, not being able to cut hair was an issue for me, and after a little more digging I discovered that they do not offer kit insurance at all. I also didn’t find their application form the easiest, but they were really easy to deal with over the phone and email.
I went through the Salon Gold form a few times to see if adding various services would change the policy price. The price didn’t change regardless of how many services I added (including the ability to cut hair!), it really came down to the level of cover I wanted and any add ons like kit insurance etc. For the sake of comparison for this post, I did not include any kit cover and kept the liability level to £5m (the same as Blackfriars), which came to £73.44, however if you only want £3m cover it was £60.
I didn't have to prove that I was qualified, however they do state that you are required to show your certificates in the event of a claim, and that by purchasing insurance, you are declaring that you are suitably qualified.
I found the website very helpful (I won’t even deal with a company if their website isn’t easy to use, I am going to do a blog post about websites in the near future) and if you hover your mouse over any section it tells you what is or isn’t included within that. They have a list of documents towards the end of the process detailing what services are included in the trades you have selected which is really helpful! Although not specifically listed on their makeup artist documents, they do cover SFX makeup too, (I phoned to double check), which is great, particularly for those of you who like to get involved at halloween.
Things you may need to check or think about when you are sorting your insurance
Period of insurance
Be careful on this one! A lot of insurance companies work April to April, so if you sign up in March, you will pay a full years fee, and it will expire in April when you have to pay another full years fee.
Level of Cover
With BECTU I automatically had £10m cover, however when I started looking at other companies, this really pushed the price up. The highest level of minimum cover I have ever been asked to make sure I have for public events is £5m, so that’s what I went for. It largely depends on the events you do, and obviously, the higher the level of cover you want the higher the insurance fee will be. Some companies offer cover from £1m, some start at £5m, so think about the types of events you want to do, and if you have any application forms hanging around, check how much cover they want you to have.
On the Salon Gold website when I hovered over the Public and products liability I discovered that I would be covered up to 14 days abroad except US and Canada. Before this, I didn’t even consider that working abroad could have the potential to invalidate my insurance! So if you are thinking about working abroad just double check what your insurance says about this, you may need to pay a little extra. After a quick chat with Blackfriars, when I asked this question they said it also depended on what happens with Brexit. I guess a lot of companies are going to be in the same position, so if you are planning on working abroad just get in touch with your insurer and double check where you are covered and how long for, and don’t forget to get travel insurance!
This is entirely up to you. We spend a lot of money on our kits, and if you have a craft-n-go, that’s not an insignificant amount of money to lose if something were to happen to it! Until now I didn’t have kit cover. I really wondered wether I wanted to pay the extra money when I was already paying quite a bit, but I now have a few big ticket items, not only for my face painting kit but for my hair and makeup kit too. For the sake of an extra £40 I now know I’m covered. I did actually have an incident about a year and a half ago, and I still didn’t get kit cover! I had been doing my makeup in the car on the way to London (my mum was driving don’t worry!) I use the same brushes on myself as when I’m on the job in one big brush belt, and I have a particular palette with all my essential eyeshadows etc magnetised to it. We left the car at Richmond Car Park and I left the makeup I had brought in a little tote bag apparently on view. Idiot. We got back to the car to see the hazard lights going off and the passenger window smashed in and my tote bag gone. I was absolutely devastated and in a total panic because I was supposed to be doing hair and makeup at a wedding fayre in a couple of days time. All of my brushes were in that bag, as well as some pretty key items. We had a quick look around the area in case whoever had take it had realised what was in there and dumped it, but couldn’t find anything. We reported it to the police but didn’t expect to hear back from them. About 10 minutes into our very cold journey home, we had a phone call saying they had recovered it!! I could not believe it! Apparantly they had been chasing someone on a moped earlier in the day and he threw the bag with my bits in it off onto the pavement, and do you know what? Out of the roughly 30 or so eyeshadows on that palette I only lost 2 due to breakage, and I only lost 3 makeup brushes. In case anyone was wondering, they didn’t catch the guy. He took off his helmet, and apparently they have to stop chasing when someone does this because health and safety. Also, my mum was pretty annoyed at me. I cost her a new window. But I don’t think kit insurance would cover that…
Just as a little note, Blackfriars do NOT insure kit and equipment.
Everyone seems to have an opinion on UV at the moment. Blackfriars made a very helpful document about this https://www.blackfriarsgroup.com/face-painting-uv-and-neon-paints/ and I am sure each insurer has their own policy.
So Who did I go with?
We all have different needs with our insurance. I ended up going for Salon Gold because it was the best decision for me and my business. They cover all the services I need insuring under one policy and my kit for less than my yearly BECTU membership, before the insurance on top of that!
I hope this has been useful to you and that I have answered any questions about insurance! If you still have questions, please pop a comment below or get in touch with me.
The Pixie Tribe
MY TOP 5 PRODUCTS – BY JANE HARDING
OK, so this blog is in response to Kate’s challenge she set in her ‘top 5 products’ blog. Yes Kate, you are totally right, I REALLY don’t want to imagine for a moment that my kit is going to go up in flames! :-O But if I had to rescue only 5 products, they would be:
Hmmm… this is much harder than you imagine! Lol OK here we go….
DFX Black & White… yes I know they are officially 2 products, but Kate bundled them into 1 and as I screw them together to store them, I figure they definitely count as 1! If you’re wondering why I prefer DFX to any other white/black on the market, the answer is very simple. When I first started face painting I booked myself on some 1-1 training with a fabulous face painter and was able to try out her DFX. Compared to the Snazaroo I was currently using, I instantly fell in love them, they improved my line work almost immediately and I’ve never looked back. If it ain’t broke and all that!
Rainbow One Stroke… my personal favourites are Leanne’s Neon Rainbow and Leanne’s Island Girl. So I would definitely grab one of those. Yep they both have neon in them, so if you are concerned your insurance might not cover them, then my “non neon” choice would be Leanne’s Rainbow or Sillyfarm True Rainbow.
ALL THE BRUSHES! Yes they definitely count as one item because they are all stored in one case! Ha haaaa…. It’s a pretty tough question to ask which are my “favourite/must have” brushes… but if you twisted my arm I would say, Lowe Cornell Rounds, Paint Pal Little Drop, TFPS Small Flower Brush and TFPS 3/4 Flat.
Onalee Rivera Hero Power Pallet… having watched Onalee’s FABATV class last summer, as soon as this pallet came out I bought one… I think I am on my 3rd replacement already because I literally use it on every job! Superheroes are such a popular design and with this pallet you can pretty much do them all. I absolutely love it.
Now in all honesty if I only had time to grab a few things to save my kit… the fist thing would be my Craft’n’go! Lol But as that qould defeat the object of this little challenge I am over looking that! So, last but not least, the final thing I would save is…. My Sillyfarm Rainbow cakes… Id grab as many as I could because they are just so beautiful, but if I had to choose one or two, I would go for Tango (a great tiger split cake is always handy) or Paisley (really versatile, creates the most beautiful butterflies and teardrop masks).
And that’s it… I could so easily list x20 more things, but I’ll stay true to the challenge and leave it at that! Like Kate, if I could add a 6th, I would go for a stencil… my current favourites are those by OOH! Body Art and TAP Stencils.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my Top 5 Products… what are yours?
HOW TO PAINT A CUTE LOVE HEART DESIGN
Welcome back and HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! I hope you enjoyed this quick and super cute little love heart design, perfect to paint on the arm, cheek or reposition the rainbows to place on the forehead.
My TOP TIP for this design is to practice your one stroke whilst twisting the brush. It can be a little tricky at first, but just keep practicing and you’ll have the control in no time. Got any questions or comments? just drop them below.
Links to all the products used are listed below.
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BLACK DIAMOND FX
WHITE DIAMOND EFFECTS
LEANNES ISLAND GIRL
SILLYFARM VALENTINE SHIMMER
OOH! BODY ART STAR WRAP STENCIL
TFPS 1 INCH SHORT ANGLED
TFPS 3/4 FLAT
ROUND #3 BRUSH
TFPS LINER BRUSH 0
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
THANKS FOR WATCHING ☺
For this design, inspired by my own Hogwarts house, I wanted to focus on the under eye with trailing snakey tendrils. The Face Painting Shop dagger brushes are great for these thin-to-thick lines.
TOP 5 BRUSHES
There are so many makes, sizes and shapes of brushes, it can sometimes be hard to know what to buy, especially when first starting out. Here are my top five favourite brushes:
Jestpaint ‘Bolt’ brushes. These little yellow handled pieces of genius have a particularly bulbous brush so make perfect thin to thick lines. They take some getting used to but once mastered they produce quick and effective tiger stripes or butterfly wings. They come in a variety of sizes. I like the number 3,4 and 5.
Any flora/petal brush is essential in my kit as I add flowers to pretty much every design. The bigger the better, I love a big squooshy flower.
The good old Face Painting Shop pink tip ¾ inch angled brush for one-strokes designs, butterfly wings and fancy flowers. Haven’t come across a better one yet.
Any Lowell-Cornell round but especially number 5 for loading up with creamy white paint and doing perfect dots of different sizes on princess and mermaid crowns. Great for bubbles, pearls and falling flower blossom.
TFPS pink tip script liner brush. I hadn’t really tried script liners until a few years ago because the shape used to scare me – how would I control something that long? But loaded correctly, swiped around in a pool of paint, they add the most delicate wisps to eye designs, are perfect for starbursts and make a stick-thin spider leg too.
What brushes have I missed off the list? What are your favourites? And what designs have you done with them? Please post and comment!