I’ve got the Powder Rosemary Black Not everyone uses or knows what pigment powders are for so I thought I’d do a quick run down of the ones I own. Someone recently asked on the Facebook tips group what they should use for dripping paint tears instead of acrylic(!!). Pigment powders are the answer. I use them on adult faces mostly. They stay put a..
The Joker Step By Step Face and Body Paint A few weeks ago I posted ‘A Beginners Guide to Body Painting’ and talked about painting ‘The Joker’ as a good design for your portfolio, especially if you are just starting out. I then decided that I would also paint The Joker, and do a step by step for you. Before I start I will raise my hands to a couple of things. 1) I h..
We survived Halloween 2018! I didn’t take on quite as much work as I usually do this year, and it was lovely to be able to spend some of the evening with my family, so it was a successful one all round for me! This week I want to talk about magic. Face painting has the potential to bring genuine magic to a child, and yesterday I experienced this in the most amazing way. I’ll ..
Buy from the High street? Think Again! Hey y’all! Halloween time has been and gone already and I hope you have survived, with backs intact and pockets heavier! Is everyone Halloweened-out? I hope not…..This week I thought I’d have a little fun. Whenever I’m out shopping at the high street or supermarket, I’m always drawn to the Hallowe..
Making Your Own Rainbow Cakes Making your own rainbow cakes isn’t as hard as you might think and once you start it’s pretty hard to stop, you can create the colour blends you want and it’s satisfying seeing the amount of cakes you can get from just a few solid colours. It’s a good way to use up any spare paint and if you haven’t got any empty containers just use lids.
Teaching Gore A few weeks ago I wrote about how you can add to your income by running children’s ‘learn to face paint’ workshops. This week I’m talking about teaching gore and sfx because kids ABSOLUTELY LOVE it no matter the time of year. There are several reasons why your workshops will be a success; Children are fascinated by blood and yucky stuff and ar..
Stencils Stencils are lifesavers. You know this. They’re the best way to beat a queue, get a design on a squirmy child AND they look incredibly effective when done right. No, they’re not ‘cheating’, no they’re not ‘the easy way out’ and no, they’re not ‘simple to use’ (who hasn’t overloaded their sponge and dabbed on a watery mess? I know I have.)&..
My Top 5 Tips To Dealing with Difficult CustomersBy Jane HardingHello everyone! Welcome back... who saw my ‘Pennywise’ tutorial on The Face Painting Shop YouTube Channel? Did you like it? I hope you found it helpful. If you haven’t seen it, ‘Go check it out!’ Today, it’s all about those dreaded difficult customers!We’ve all been there, doing our best..
Let’s talk about Instagram, Part One When I first wrote this, it came to about 3 and a half thousand words, and even I couldn’t be bothered with reading it, so I have split it into 2 parts. This ‘part’ is going to talk about getting started with instagram and how to overcome that pesky little algorithm, and part 2 will talk about Instagram business tools and tips.&nb..
Hi everyone! By the time you read this you are probably in the midst of the Halloween madness, knee deep in latex and fake blood! I hope it’s a lucrative period for you all, and look forward to seeing the amazing faces that you have all created!This week I am going to talk hygiene. Everyone has their own ideas about what best practice means for them, and as there is no actual official ru..
Kit Essentials-cake paints This week I thought I would continue my ‘kit essentials’ series and talk about my essential cake paints to take on a face paint job.This is pretty much all the cake paints I’ll take on a general paint job, but if I have a themed event I adjust my kit accordingly. I don’t like to take much more paint than this out with me as I use a lot of rainbo..
One-Stroke Skeletal Unicorn step-by-step Updating my one-stroke unicorn for the spooky season. I picked some unusual colour choices to show up against my black practice board but I actually quite like the colourful undead unicorn(??). The head is Global Fun Stroke Kalahari and the hair is Global Fun Stroke Moscow. ..
Diversifying Your Business: running workshops This week’s blog will talk you through how to earn money through diversifying your business; in particular, teaching children’s face painting workshops. Kids love to be painted but they love painting themselves even more. From the 4 year old who instantly becomes Hulk with a muddy-green, watery face to the quie..
Hello everyone! By now I’m sure you are all in full swing preparing for the Halloween madness to begin. I know that Halloween is a crazy time of year for the girls in the shop too and that they are all working flat out to get orders out to you all! For those of you who don’t know, The Face Painting shop is the brainchild of Nathalie Farmer, and this week, I have interviewed Nathalie about t..
Hello from rainy Belfast! Autumn is here, and for us painters, that means one thing only. HALLOWEEN! I’m going to admit right here, that I don’t especially like Halloween! It is great for business, and it is nice to be able to work on more detailed ‘one off’ faces rather than the usual party scene faces, but scary faces aren’t really my ‘thing’, and I do get a little frustrated by..