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Book Review: Fantasy Makeup by Becstar Anthony

I received my copy of Becstar Anthony’s book, Fantasy Makeup, in the mail yesterday.

Rebecca “Becstar” Anthony is a YouTube star in face painting circles.  I have not actually watched any of her YouTube tutorials (I choose not to watch ANY tutorials) but have seen her work in Illusion Magazine (she was the cover artist of issue #11) and other images floating around the internet.  She also teaches workshops around her home country of Australia.

And, of course, I checked her website and Facebook too!  She does beautiful work.

She has just released her first self-published book and is selling it through her website. As I am a book person – I love to look at print photos, the smooth glossy paper, the smell… er, ahem… I decided to order a copy for myself.

The price was on the high side considering the size and content:  AUS $29.99 + $5 worldwide shipping = $34.99 which converted to almost $40 CAD for me.  The book contains 13 designs on 32 pages (including covers) on glossy paper with cardboard covers, coil-bound.  Compare that to the Nick & Brian’s (Wolfe) Faces of Fantasy book which has 15 designs on 32 pages, all on cardstock, coil-bound which sells for $15.00 CAD… that is a HUGE difference.  Granted Becs’ book has written instructions and some technique information at the front but if looking at number of designs vs cost it is about the most expensive book out there for face painting designs.

I know that self-publishing is a hugely expensive endeavour – most people don’t have the capital to invest in a print run big enough to keep the cost in the $15 range (usually 10,000 copies) so I know the price is higher to cover her costs.

My first observation is about the cover image (shown above) of the blue and white sugar skull which is what she has called a “bonus feature” which is the last design shown in the book.  She refers to it as “bonus theatrical makeup look”.  As a professional theatre make-up artist I have to take issue with calling this design, which is absolutely spectacular by the way, theatrical.  This design would never read on stage… the details are too fine, too subtle and the impact of the bling would be completely lost in the distance from the actor to the audience.  The products she used and described in her step-by-step are professional grade theatrical brands which I can only assume is why she has called this a “theatrical make-up look” as it has been done WITH theatrical cosmetics.

Each of the 13 designs are shown in five step-by-step photos with very brief written instructions under the first four photos.  The brands and colours of the products used are noted at the top and Becs has also included a photo of the specific paints used, which in all but two designs, include split cakes.  This is helpful for painters, I think, so that we can choose a similar colour if we don’t have the one listed.

In looking at the designs included in this book I would classify it as an intermediate level.  This is due to the complexity of Becs’ line work and details.  While most of the designs are relatively simple in that they are not extensive full-faces (in fact there are only two full-face designs out of the thirteen in the  book) the designs she has provided on have a lot going on.

Most of the line work demonstrated is very skilled, and beginner face painters would require a lot of practise to be able to emulate the exquisite detail Becs has shown.  While there are written instructions they are not specific about which brush was used in her examples or what type of brush technique was used – this information is important to beginners.  Intermediate level painters will be able to assess what is required by looking at the results.

Personally, I found the selection of designs rather repetitive.  There are: two butterflies, two brow designs, a one-side eye design which is butterfly-ish in shape and style,  two forehead/eye designs, two asymmetrical butterfly-ish eye designs – all well done but very similar in general shape and style – and also a one-stroke dragon (shown on an arm and then on a back in the final photo), a full-face tiger and the full-face sugar skull.

While the designs are similar, very similar, Becs does use a variety of colours and different brush strokes within them.  All are beautiful and extremely well done… I just would have liked more variety in the choice of designs, particularly for the cost of the book.  All the designs are on females, and in looking at them, there are three that I would call unisex – bat brow, dragon and tiger.

The designs provided in this book are beautiful, and with some practise of the detailed brush work, most face painters should be able to use them on the job with great results.  With the techniques mastered most should be doable in under five minutes.  If you are a raw beginner it will take some time to get to this skill level.  But as an inspirational tool this book will deliver as it does make you want to try to get the same results yourself.

The title is Fantasy Makeup but it doesn’t really demonstrate that in my opinion, except for the cover design. Something like “Glamour-Eyes” would have been more descriptive of the content which is 75% eye designs.

If you are a fan of Becstar you probably will love this book.  I like the book, but, for my money I would have preferred a wider selection of designs or ideas and a little more content, but nonetheless, it is a nice addition to my library.


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Business Tips for Face Painters, Body Artists and Make-Up Artists #1 – The Business Plan

In 2012 I will be posting excerpts from my e-book The Business of Face Painting once a month.  Of course, if you would like to get all the information included in my book right now you can find out how here.

The Business of Face Painting was published in September of 2009 and I am working on the final stages of the companion book The Art of Face Painting which we hope to have out sometime this year.

Since this is a start of a new year I thought it would be appropriate to discuss The Business Plan.  I just updated mine again and it is a great tool for focussing on the coming year’s goals.  I update my plan every three to five years and review it annually – if there have been big changes over the current year I will update, if things are ticking along as anticipated I just review.

The following is an excerpt from Chapter Three of  The Business of Face Painting.

THE BUSINESS PLAN

If you are starting a business, no matter how small-scale, you need to have a plan.  Obviously, planning to start a business is a plan but formalizing it into a document is a very important step and the process will cause you to think about all the aspects and risks of starting your own business.

Writing a business plan sounds daunting to many people but it is not.  The process of writing it and pulling all the information together can really help you to gain an understanding of your business and what is needed to make it the success that it is meant to be.  Being a professional face painter is really no different, from a business point of view, than being a plumber.

There are many tools available to assist you with drafting your first business plan: on the internet, from your bank or financial service advisor, from your local small business association or Chamber of Commerce.  I have provided a template at the end of this chapter which is the one that I used for my business plan and this was loosely based on one in a booklet from the bank I was dealing with at the time.  Once you take the time and effort to do it the first time all you have to do is periodically review and update it to reflect your current business operations and goals.

The business plan is just that – a plan.  It is not written in stone, in fact, it is meant to be updated and changed regularly to keep up with your business and your changing goals.  In many cases businesses write-up a business plan in order to use it to support loan applications and other requests for funding. But, I think that it is a tool that anyone starting a business should take the time to use.

A full business plan covers all areas of a business’ operation – industry analysis, opportunities for work, competition, description of your business, services, target markets, staff, equipment, contingency planning, risk assessment, business goals, marketing plan, sales forecasts, operations, inventory control and management set-up.

Many people start face painting without a real intention of it becoming a fully fledged business, then gradually they start to get paid for doing it, and then realize that they are in business without actually planning to be.  Once you are in business there are lots of things that you need to be aware of and by following the template for a business plan you will cover all the areas that someone starting or assessing their current business needs to consider.

There are different styles of business plans so if you don’t like the template I have included look around to find one that suits you… some are shorter, some are longer… it is all a matter of how much depth you want to get into.

I will go through the template point by point and provide some suggestions as to what sort of information fits with the headings.

–  Description of Industry:   Describe the services available like face painting, body painting, glitter tattoos, etc. the demand locally for the services, where you can sell the services, potential for growth, etc.  Then describe the competition in your area – do some research to find out exactly what there is in your area.  This information is for your eyes only so please be honest and accurate.  Economic factors are things like  recessions or booms – how much money do the locals have to spend?  If you are in a factory town and the plant shuts down then your economy will be slow as people won’t have extra money for face painting.  Social factors are things like religious prohibitions against face painting or lots of demand for henna tattoos for cultural reasons.  Technology and environmental factors are things like new equipment like airbrushes and environmental might be allergens or disposal of solvents.

– Description of Business Venture:  Well, what IS your business?  Describe your business in a short paragraph or in point form.  Define your target market (this is covered in detail in Chapter Four.)  Explain your competitive advantage – why will people hire you over the competition. Describe you location and set-up, staff, equipment and supplies, and  a history of the business or your experience in it.

– Business Goals:  Where do you want to be after one year?  Two years?  Five years?  This can be a simple statement or a detailed breakdown year by year.  You can be as detailed as you want – I like detail as it is easier to breakdown into parts and projects that can be completed or scrapped depending on the market.

– Marketing Plan:  How do you plan to sell your service?  List every method you can think of and how you will do it.  That is everything from giving out business cards to buying advertising to direct mail to networking with soccer moms.  Distribution is how are you delivering the services and where, how far will you travel to do so?  Your pricing, promotional plans, any guarantee or warranties (these are mostly those of products,  our services don’t lend themselves to guarantees of any sort other than showing up and doing the work.)  How do you plan to track customers and results of marketing?  Methods of payment – how do you intend to collect your deposits and fees, terms for corporate customers, etc.  The marketing plan will be covered in a lot more depth in Chapter Four.

– Sales Forecast:  This is where you get to make assumptions and predictions.  State the assumptions that you are basing your forecasts on like “The first assumption is that more work will be offered as more work is completed from recommendations, word of mouth, repeat customers, etc.”  The current version of my business plan only has four assumptions.  You can forecast your bookings month-by-month for the current year – confirmed bookings and anticipated bookings from repeat customers, etc.  And   then forecast for the future based on your assumptions.

– Operations:  This is how you supply your business with the material need to conduct business. Where will you get your supplies, terms with vendors, alternative sources for emergencies, and how you will control your inventory of products and equipment?  Where do you store your equipment?

– Management and Structure:   How is your business set-up – are you a registered company or a sole proprietorship?  What is your legal and tax status?  Who are your key personnel?

– Risk Assessment:  What is your competitors’ reaction to your business? Are you friendly and refer work to each other or are they undercutting you?  This is just a statement of fact you don’t have to solve the problems here. List “What ifs…” for external and internal factors.  What if… you spill paint on a customer’s white rug?  What if… your wrist develops carpel tunnel syndrome? Explain how you plan to deal with the risks – insurance, taking care to avoid situations that could cause injury, etc.

– Environmental Statement: Explain how you are meeting environmental regulations, recycle containers, etc.  State any training taken like WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.)

– Action Plan:  The steps to be taken to meet the goals of the Marketing Plan and how the results will be measured – usually would be increased bookings, increased income, etc.

– The Financial Plan is simply statements and numbers.  Attach your financial statements and accounting information if you want to. Forecast your income for the coming year, two years and/or five years.  Remember that this is just a plan and you can change it depending on what actually happens.  Try to assess realistically where you want to be and what you can expect to achieve.

Don’t panic!  It sounds like a lot of areas to cover but once you start to make your notes you will realize that a lot of the information will apply to different areas of the business plan.  I am not saying that it is a quick and easy exercise, but, by taking the time and doing a bit of research to fill in the information in the template you will be giving yourself a fantastic aid to develop a successful business.

It is not a project that you will complete all at once so do not be discouraged if it takes you a few weeks or even months to actually draft the entire document.  But be assured that once you have completed it you will have a firm grasp of the business you are in and be able to go back to it annually to see if you are on track and to make adjustments.  Not to scare you but my current business plan is twenty pages long without the attachments – but all I do now is review it and update where necessary and do a major update every five years.

I updated my five-year plan for the third time a couple of years back and it was really interesting to read over my goals and plans from five and ten years previous… I was a bit surprised with how things had altered and progressed as reading over what I put down on paper for my business goals has changed so much.  It really is an excellent way to keep track of your goals and how they change with time.  Growth will cause changes to your plans, as well as changing interests that you have.

Another benefit to creating and keeping an up-to-date business plan is that it can help you to prove your business intent if you are ever audited.  My accountant highly recommended that I do one when I was first starting out in the make-up industry for this reason.

© Shannon Fennell, 2009

with material from “Designs and Templates Volume 1” © November 2007

and “Designs and Templates Volume 2” © March 2008


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And the Christmas Parties are starting

Seems like Christmas parties are getting earlier every year.  I’m pretty sure it is because of the venues around town being booked up so people just book when they are available, which is November.  I’m booked for quite a few but still have a couple of open dates between now and Christmas Day.

I’ve got my first company party this Friday.  I’m not expecting any Christmas requests…

I have a sheet of Christmas/seasonal designs that I add to my boards/book at this time of year in addition to my usual display photos.  I use my Christmas themed Design Idea Sheet (you can purchase this laminated and use it too!)

I have extra copies on hand for jobs where I have a crew working so we can all refer to it when the kids are stumped for ideas… not sure why this happens and my display has about 140 images to look at and choose from… but there ya go.  Kids are weird.

The snow started yesterday.  Cleared my driveway and walk twice already… I’ve been attempting to get someone booked to clear it for us as I just can’t manage it.  Being outside with mom in the house for that long is a problem as I can’t hear her call, AND… I suffer.  Last night, after clearing it with a push shovel, I woke up with horrible cramps in my upper thighs from kicking the shovel up to knock the snow off.

Tonight I finally got a guy booked and prepaid for four clearings.  We call him when we want it done.  I will see how that works.

In honour of the upcoming season I thought I would share a design of mine.  First time I painted this was on Cat Finlayson-Wilkins at the UK Face & Body Painting Convention in 2007.  I re-did it as a step-by-step in 2009 with a bunch of others for a magazine, but sent the others without submitting this.

It is a cute design… I like it.  Similar to the very popular Rudolph design, but in Moose form (more common in my part of the country than flying reindeer.)  It works well with the nostrils being the moose’s nostrils, and the whole nose being his head.

And I am particularly impressed by how I incorporated my eyebrow as his ruffled fur and the wrinkles under my eye as fur texture…  damn I’m good.  🙂


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My Gore Factory

So I mentioned yesterday I discovered something cool for making sfx (that is the abbreviation for special effects make-up if you didn’t already know…)

I was starting to get all my stuff together to start making wounds and things and was looking at the box of tissues thinking that there had to be something easier to use… tearing up the tissue is a mess and it always wants to shred in strips…

My studio is my basement, which also contains the laundry room, and I was wandering back and forth and glanced into the trash bin where I toss the dryer lint and dryer sheets… and I had an epiphany!!  USED DRYER SHEETS!!

There were several sitting on top so I scooped them up and starting to pull on them… they shredded easily, but not too easily, they shredded in any direction I pulled them in, I could regulate the size… excellent.

So onto the next step… will they soak up latex?  YES!  and BONUS… they dried in the position I dropped them in, not flat, and did not need powdering as the fibre soaked up all the latex and it didn’t stay tacky.

I used coloured liquid latex – red and blue – as I had it on hand.  It is going to speed up my zombie and corpse work over the weekend big time.  No need to colour, just glue them on and add blood!

I also used oatmeal and rice cereal to make scabs.  I really like using the coloured latex… makes this all so easy!

Scabs!

I still have to finish up all the pieces… removing them from the lids they are drying on, powdering those that need it, maybe a little more flesh coloured PAX on the wound edges…

I’m actually quite thrilled with how they are turning out… and it is just about time to head back down to get it all organized for tomorrow… have to get the table clear so I can work…

You may have noticed that I stockpile lids from plastic containers… they are REALLY handy to use for palettes, etc.  And if I get them covered is crap I just throw them away.  Philly containers are a great size for using too for powder and other things, the lids are airtight so you can keep alcohol or adhesives in them when working.

Here’s a shot of the “studio” with this year’s photo backdrop hanging up… got the bloody sheet of fabric at the dollar store for $1.50… it was long and narrow so I cut it in half and pinned it to a white table-cloth.

I sent out email confirmations to all my appointments for the weekend and they have all responded… my directions gave my address and the additional note of “and there is a large mummy in the bay window.”  Do you think they’ll find me?


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Reruns

As I’ve been busy with lots of things this month I really haven’t posted much Halloween themed material.  So… since I’m still busy, I’m going to regurgitate some previously posted material here for easy reference.

First – Easy Latex Effects.  In this post I show how to create burns which is also how to create zombie skin, and all sorts of other skin effects.

Bran flake scabs, applied with eyelash adhesive.

Second – Step-By-Step Zombie with face paint, no special effects.

They can drive!!!

Third – Zombies in my Basement… crazy girls. And professional photos of the same session.  These are Zombies WITH special effects.

Fourth … I like this photo… Built the costume and the face is gauze bandages applied with liquid latex… to black out the teeth dump all four colours of food colouring into a glass and gargle and swish, spit.

Are you my mummy?

I have been working in my basement making pieces to use on zombies and corpses this weekend… discovered some great stuff to use by accident… I will post tomorrow with photos of my latest discovery!  And I discovered that coloured latex stains my fingers…


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Okay people, time for another contest!

With Halloween and Christmas both fast approaching I think the prize for this contest will be my Design Idea Sheets for Halloween, Christmas and Boy Designs.  Three 8.5″ x 11″ laminated sheets each containing sixteen photos of designs I have painted and use on my own displays – that is a total of 48 designs!  The sheets can be used just for inspiration or you can use them for display as is if you choose.

Total Value is $22.50 CAD plus shipping anywhere in the world.

Deadline will be Friday, October 7th at 6 p.m. Mountain Time – that’s two weeks to enter.  And I will make the draw shortly after that using a random generator. That way you should have them in plenty of time to use the Halloween sheet for your Halloween themed events.

Now… what am I going to make you do to enter to win these? Hmmm…

I think this time these will be the entry requirements:

1.  Post a comment on THIS blog post telling me why you would like this prize.  It has to be on this particular post to count. That is one entry.

2. If you haven’t already subscribed to this blog (and you really should you know!) do so.  Only new subscribers will be included. That will be one entry.

3. If haven’t already LIKED me on Facebook, then go and do that, and then come back to this post and tell me you LIKED me on Facebook (I will verify it for the drawing.)  It is easy – I even put a button on the right to take you right there! That will be one entry.

You can enter just one way, or all three ways, or two ways or…  Maximum number of entries from one person would be three – if you aren’t already a subscriber to my blog and don’t like me, yet.

Here are samples of designs from the Christmas sheet (the photos on the sheets are not watermarked but my copyright notice is on the sheet at the bottom):

I have other design sheets with other themes available too. You can check them out here.  I probably will use them too for prizes in another contest… amongst other things.

So… get entering!!  There are only two weeks left!!!


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Ethics, truth in advertising, misrepresentation, fraud, theft

I never thought about it much, when I was enjoying myself creating costumes, applying make-up for fun based on movie characters or favourite monsters and later learning formal skills at make-up school and turning it into a profession; never thought that ethics was something that would NEED to be thought about.

But… apparently it does.  And… apparently there are a lot of people out there who it has never occurred to.  Ever.

When you are advertising your services as a make-up artist/face painter/any services that have a visual end product you should be showing examples of YOUR OWN WORK not some photos you stole from sites on the internet.

Sure, Google Images will show you millions of photos but they are NOT there for your use without permission of the owners.  Anything posted to the internet is covered by the same copyright laws as print materials.  If you use a photo without the permission of the owner of the photo then you are a thief.

And if you are using those photos in your marketing – like displaying on your website, in a Facebook album, etc. – then you are misrepresenting your work, misleading the public as to your skills, stealing from the original artist/photographer, and, the real biggie – breaking the law.

Truth in advertising doesn’t just apply to Campbell’s Soup or Nike.

In face painting circles artists know each other and recognize the work of other people … and we share information.  When someone spots a website or Facebook page loaded with the work of their friends and artists they know they can get quite protective.  Word spreads as they let their circle of friends know and the owners of the photos that are being used are informed and then can take legal steps.

The general procedure to deal with the theft of images is for the owner of the image to notify the individual using it to cease and desist, giving them a time frame to remove the image (like 24 hours.)  Sometimes, in some situations, they may also bill the person using the image for doing so.  Photographers are known to do that as that is their method of earning a living.

In most of the cases the offending parties will remove the photos… and in some cases, amazingly, whole galleries disappear.

Many use the excuse, and yes, it is an excuse, that some friend, relative, web designer did it without their knowledge.  Right… and we are to believe they never checked what was included on their own website and perhaps, just perhaps, thought maybe they should use their OWN photos?  And any web designer worth anything should KNOW about copyrights!

In some instances though the thief ignores the request to remove the photos they are illegally using.  The next step for the owners of the images is to inform the ISP (internet service provider) of copyright infringement.  And you know what?  They will shut down the website or Facebook page… copyright infringement is SERIOUS.  And they are obligated to take action.

You know those FBI notices at the beginning of recorded movies? Pretty much the same thing.

It never occurred to me when I was getting started to use other people’s work.  Sure I would copy designs… I painted them on someone and took photos… that’s pretty much how all face painters start.  But using someone else’s actual photos … never even thought about it.  I wanted to show what I could do, not someone else.

Blogs often link to photos in editorializing… using images they find to illustrate their writings.  This is often covered by “editorial use” which is generally accepted… it’s like a book reviewer quoting a book or using images from a published work.  But, taking an image from a blog is also a copyright infringement of the actual owner of the work.  Just because it is in a blog doesn’t mean it is free use.

Most artists are pretty protective of their work… think about it.  This is what we are trying to earn a living with.  When someone takes one of our photos and posts it on their page, people looking at their page are given the impression that is what they will be getting when they hire that artist.  That is fraud.  Making people think they are getting one thing, when they are getting another.

This issue is why I watermark my work… some people say it detracts from the photos, but, it stops the sticky fingered types from bothering as they generally don’t want to take the time to try to remove the watermarks.  Doesn’t necessarily stop them.  I had one photo, of me actually, of a painting I had done at a convention, that I had on my website, watermarked, and someone took that photo from my website.  Then they took the time to try to remove the watermark in Photoshop (you could see where it had been!) and then had the nerve to claim that it was their work when challenged… sorry, no, that is my face in that photo, under that blurry attempt to remove my watermark.  Busted.

If you don’t have photos, take some.  Get some models, or paint yourself, take photos and use those.  Use drawings to start with.  That’s what I did.  Once I got a nice selection of photos I replaced the drawings on my display with photos of my own work.  Everyone has a camera, or camera in their phone.  If you don’t… get one.  If you are supposedly face painting professionally then a camera is required equipment.

No excuse is acceptable for stealing the work of others and attempting to use it for your own benefit.  Ignorance is no excuse in the eyes of the law, nor in the eyes of angry artists.


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I am now on Facebook

I know, I know… I was extremely vocal about NOT wanting to join Facebook.  I really was not interested in yet another site to monitor and update.  I am on multiple forums, have this blog, a website and other things that I work on daily already …. BUT… I was nagged into it by Anne. LOL

And I have been  noticing that many painters are no longer posting photos and other interesting things on the chats and forums but rather putting them on their Facebook pages.  Chats are getting full of comments about “saw that on your FB” or people saying they’ve put up photos on FB rather than on the chats or even on their webpages.  As I wasn’t on FB I couldn’t see anything unless the settings were wide open and public.  It was getting frustrating.

So, after spending two weeks staying with Anne in the UK, and the constant nagging, I finally set-up a business page on FB.  I’m still resisting setting up a personal one (for now as I should not put myself in another corner by saying never!)

I’ve added a link to my FB page on the right… check it out.  I’m still learning what I can do with it and figuring out how FB works so bear with me.  I still haven’t figured out how to “like” others… I hit the button but FB takes me to a sign in screen???


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I’m getting the hang of this computer

It is taking time, but I am getting this new computer figured out.  I didn’t think there was a photo editor but I discovered one so I was able to edit the photos I took of my display.

This is my Fast Faces display board which I had up when I was painting at the local Cineplex Odeon a couple of weeks back.  I put it together a few years ago when I had a couple major clients ask if I could speed up the painting to handle very high volume events (I blogged about it here.)

I made it myself using one of those science project foam core display boards you can buy at Staples and other office supply stores.  I hunted all over town for fabric that velcro would stick to – I went EVERYWHERE… finally found it at [gasp] the evil empire (aka Wal-Mart).   I think I was being followed as I kept whipping out my velcro to “test” various fabrics!

I also bought some complimentary fabric to use on the board – it was multicoloured butterflies with glitter!!  I used strips of this fabric to trim signs that I then laminated to put on the board.

I then cut the fabric to cover the board, notched the corners and cut out the excess to allow for flat fold overs and adhered it with a spray on adhesive, then sealed the edges with turquoise duct tape.  I reinforced the edges and folds in back with the duct tape too.

I sorted through all my photos to get a selection of ones that I know could paint in under four minutes and then ended up painting myself 17 times on a Sunday afternoon to get more fast designs to use in this display.

The information on this display is placed at the top for the parents and older kids to read, the photos are on the bottom so all the kids can see them.  From the top left going clockwise my signs are as follows: General Disclaimer, event specific Time and Sponsor sign, Title sign with website address, my “Time it Takes” and “Your Decision to Wait” sign, advertising my various other services and contact information,  on the green paper my Age Disclaimer, and finally my Care and Safety flyer with removal instructions, etc. on it.

There are 79 photos on this board… not as many as  on my regular display but more than enough, don’t you think?

Here are photos of the back:

I use acrylic locker mirrors I bought at the dollar store and stagger at different levels so the kids can see themselves without straining.  I post another copy of the time/sponsor sign by the mirrors.

On the back I have mounted some of my press clippings – the parents usually read them while waiting in line.  On the side panel I have one of my body painting postcards, my Advanced Face Certificate and a poster advertising my book for sale.

It is light weight and fairly stable – I use my business card holder and the small acrylic stand to stabilize it a bit in these photos.  It was balancing on two bistro tables and one table wasn’t level.

I use it often now with the high volume events – it is easy to carry and set-up.


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Are you a Dr. Who fan?

As an Advanced member of FACE, The Face Painting Association, I have to submit photos with my renewal application every year.  I have to send in NEW photos of my work that show the three test faces that the original certification requires.  Those three faces are White base, Tiger, and a Three-colour blend.

They don’t have to be original designs and don’t have to be fancy or WOW, just show the appropriate standard of technique and ability.

But I haven’t been taking too many photos of my work over the past six months, at least not many that fit the requirements.  So I emailed Naomi to see if she could spare me an hour.

Last night she came over and I got the photos I needed and they’ve been sent off.

So… I got a giggle out of my three-colour blend.  As the Space Shuttle Discovery landed for the last time yesterday I decided to commemorate  the occasion in my painting… and then added in a Dr. Who reference… only fans will actually “get it”…. I call this design:  Hey, Who Turned Out the Lights?

If you “get it”… let me know!  Please… I just need to know that I’m not a total dweeb!  LOL  (cheater link if you don’t get it…)

The tiger and white face are very basic…

Just a basic working tiger… It really doesn’t look like Naomi though which is weird.

And what I call an “Alien Mime”

The purpose of the white base design is to show technique and ability to apply and even, opaque base  – white shows flaws so is the best way to show this.  I was sort of thinking about doing a geisha or Queen Amidala type design… ended up with this mime look.  Pretty minimalist but I think it should serve the purpose.