Wanted to share with you all the blog post that Silly Farm's CEO Heather Green wrote about The Face Painting Shop
Last year I had the pleasure of touring England teaching classes courtesy of the amazing Illusion Magazine. I got a chance to meet so many talented artists and many of them had the same complaint. That it was hard get Silly Farm products in the UK.
I kindly explained that if any of the lovely Essex ladies could introduce me to David Beckham and figure out a way to get him to marry me then I would gladly move Silly Farm to England, being that David and I are both married. It seemed easier to find someone with the same love and passion as I to help us expand our product reach to the UK. As faith would have it, I met the second best thing out of Essex (after David of course), Miss Nathalie Farmer.
I am entering a decade as the owner of Silly Farm, but it still feels like my baby. I read every email, I cry when I ruin someone’s order, and the thought of trusting someone across the globe to present my products with the same passion and enthusiasm seemed impossible.
Then I met a glitter-iffic, customer service junkie, business woman ready to make it happen. Nathalie is the owner and operator of TheFacePaintingShop.com and she is your UK source for Silly Farm supplies. Nathalie approached me with a vision of providing service with a smile, service with support, and servicing those that want quality supplies. I have watched Nathalie grow her business through her personal touch and concern for her customers. Nathalie makes it a point to work directly with Silly Farm to find out about new products, investigate best shipping options to be able to keep costs low, and never forgets to say thank you. Even though its hard for me to understand every third word she says with her fancy Essex accent, I found that her passion is infectious.
I hesitated expanding Silly Farm because I feared losing the personal touch and involvement I try to give to all my customers. However, I feel confident that Nathalie will take care of painters in her region. Entrepreneurship is scary and the paint industry is not as easy as some may think. There is a lot of inventory and investment involved in starting a business, but Nathalie took the plunge. Her dedication and commitment to our industry is why I am so excited for this partnership. Please take a moment to visit my beautiful friend Nathalie, drop her a line and let her know which products you want, love, or want to see in her shop.
Thank you for supporting Silly Farm and helping us expand across the globe. Happy Painting!
Paintopia Face and Body Painting Festival
Following on from the huge success of Paintopia 2012, the Face and Body painting Festival will be returning to Dunston Hall near Norwich, Norfolk for a Sci-Fi and Superhero Extravaganza between May 9th and 12th 2013 and FACE on the Road are delighted to be coming along!
2012 saw Painters attend from Holland, Italy, Poland and France as well as the UK and following feedback the event has been extended from 2 days to 3 for 2013.
The Festival comprises of demonstrations, workshops, jams and competitions with a fantastic party and awards ceremony on the Saturday night tailored around the theme. The event opens to the general public on the Festival Sunday to allow them to see up close how amazing face and body art can be.
Competitions, jams and workshops are held in the Painters Marquee in the beautiful Dunston Hall grounds and 2013 will see the arrival of a Trade Marquee for retailers.
Competitions across the weekend consist of:
The event prides itself on showcasing the UK's home grown talent but welcomes to Instructors from further afield and the Paintopia team are delighted to have Pashur running workshops in 2013!
Registration forms and booking information are available on the Paintopia website www.paintopia.co.uk
Email enquiries or requests to be added to the mailing list should be addressed
What Made Me Get Into Face Painting
I am Jaz Kainth and I am 19 years old. I have been face painting for about 1 year and 5 months. I have always enjoyed being creative and experimenting new designs and my friends and family noticed that I had a “talent”, so they call it! I remember my mom buying me a VERY small face painting palette and an easy step by step guide. My sister and I had a lot of fun messing around with it. I’ve always had my face painted when I was little, it was amazing. When it came to the end of my school years at High School, I was wondering what I wanted to learn next. My mom suggested I should get into face painting and that is exactly what I did!
I quickly found a course, I went on it and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I have not stopped face painting since. I have done so many events now and I cannot name one I haven’t enjoyed.
I am also a Henna Artist. My relatives have always loved the designs I have done using henna on weddings/parties etc. My family said I should definitely do it professionally, so I did! Now I do face painting and henna and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have improved with both skills incredibly over months!
The only advice I had given to me about face paints were, “Snazaroo is a great brand, you can buy them from this website and they are quite cheap”. So, this is how it started. I bought about 20 different colours of Snazaroo, and I never stopped practicing. The lady, who taught me, had a little stand in Bluewater at the time, she saw my henna work and she was absolutely fascinated and asked me to join her crew. I had a blast working there and I decided I really wanted to try face painting there with everyone else. I threw myself into the deep end, but I had a lot of compliments and I just wanted to improve.
I went on to decide that I wanted to try other brands; surely there were other ones apart from Snazaroo. I spent hours on Google, looking up retailers and seeing all their products. I bought a few of each and I was just so impressed. I realized different paints made a huge difference to the way I was able to paint. I purchased DFX black and white, which I still use to date. I love how black the black is and how white the white is. They allow me to have perfect lines. I started to look up face painting tutorials and product reviews and seeing other painter’s kits and I knew I had to try all these products.
I have recently got myself a brand new set of face paints, which are Superstars and my God do I love them! Many of you may have seen my new palettes of Superstars and the swatches I did. I realized that it would be great to do swatches for everyone as I remember when I started to face paint, I did not have anything to look at for reference, I had to take a risk and invest. For any of you who are interested in getting Superstar, I highly recommend it. The bright vibrant colours are unbeatable. I also love Cameleon paints now, the colours are very deep and I love the coverage. Kryolan is also another great brand, as the interferenz colours look absolutely beautiful on little girls.
It has taken me a while to build up my kit, but I don’t think I will ever stop building it. It does sometimes feel like its addictive and you have so much, but having a wide range of choice and a lot of kit, does make you look a lot more professional. Having comments about my kit at a party or event, about my kit is wonderful, they love it.
Although I use Superstar, TAG, Cameleon, Diamond FX, Wolfe and Kryolan, I do still like some Snazaroo colours and I definitely believe it is a great product to start out with. Even when you practice, it’s best to use the cheaper paints than the most expensive. I now also believe, if you can paint with Snazaroo, you can paint with anything!
I have tried Grimas and I just could not get along with it! I never bought it again! But these Superstars allow me to blend nicely and the colours are to die for!
One Strokes/Split cakes are absolutely fabulous. When you are feeling comfortable to move onto a new skill, this is great. One strokes save a lot of time.
How do I advertise myself?
I got myself a website set up, I got myself business cards, leaflets and a facebook page. All these things have helped me get more bookings. Another great way is word of mouth. If your client’s love your work and you are professional, reliable and friendly, they will definitely recommend you and use you again.
I have always looked around to see if anyone is looking for a face painter and put myself forward or suggest someone who is available instead. Sometimes it can seem like a lot of effort trying to advertise but when you get results… It certainly puts a smile on your face!
How do I motivate myself?
Well, as I have already mentioned previously, I have always enjoyed being creative and doodling designs or looking at bold colourful pictures which catch my eye. If I see something I like, I save it or get a good look of it, take pictures and I will get my paints out and design something of my own with a few ideas taken from each picture.
The sky is the limit!
The more I practice, the better I get. I have no younger siblings or children to model for me, so I use my arms. I sometimes even paint myself. I always take pictures of my work, because when I do something again, I like to see the difference, I can see how much I have improved myself and it motivates me to keep improving or building up more skills.
There are many ways to motivate yourself!
Where I am now!
So, I went from loving to be face painted to learning to face paint and then painting others. The little smile on children’s faces absolutely makes me happy! I gave them a reason to smile! I also went from face painting to teaching others to face paint. That surely felt amazing too. I definitely love teaching others to do it as they come in without knowing much about it to leaving full of ideas!
I have added on other skills to my business such as balloon modelling and glitter tattoos. This also grabs my client’s attention and they book in for more than just face painting. Funny thing is, I am scared of balloons but having kids and parents appreciate my work? That is definitely worth putting my fear away!
I have been on a few more courses, Nick Wolfe and Heather Green. Purely for the fact to be inspired and because I love their work and this motivated me to push myself to painting to new extremes! I have practiced and practiced one stroke designs and this is what made it easier for me to use one stroke. A friend of mine helped me from the beginning and Heather definitely put more confidence in me, now I love it!
I am now even moving on to try body painting and what fun that is going to be! I absolutely can’t wait. I love this world of body art, there definitely is no limit!
If you wish to see more of my work, feel free to visit my facebook page or website! If you have any questions about products, feel free to ask as I would definitely love to help! I have tried out MANY products!
One of our favrioute sites at the moment is Pinterest!
There is a wealth of insperation on the site that is perfect for face and body painters
You can follow our pins by clicking > pinterest.com/facepaintshop/
Happy Pinning :-)
Welcome to our brand new blog
Our blog will be written by us and also face and body painters from around the world, giving you 1st hand product info, tips, and tricks and this will also be a place for artists to share there work with you all.
If you would like to write a blog post for us about a product, brush, book, have any tips for fellow painters that are out there, please get in touch : firstname.lastname@example.org we would love to hear from you.
Untill next time..........