Paintopia 2012 Patronus Pixie for Bodypaint Comp

 May 2012

My fab buddy Jennie had never been to any of the big face/ body paint conferences, as they are usually from Norfolk (she has 2 daughters and a day job), and cost lots. She arranged a ‘jam’, a day where local (ish) painters come and try stuff, play with paints etc, and that whet her appetite. So, she decided to create Paintopia, (partially helped by her friend Kerry), a body art festival in Norfolk!

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The aim was to raise the profile of good face & body art and let us all have some fun too. Even though it was its first year, she attracted entrants from all over Europe and even further as well as UK!

This first year Jennie chose a magical theme, loosely based on Harry potter, partially because we were hosted at the historic Dunston Hall.

Unlike many events, painters were able to set up on their own tables in the wedding marquee, and leave their kit there the whole weekend.

Many retailers were set up in a room in the hotel, and official photographers were in another. The first day, Saturday, we were creating mystical creatures in the main body paint event. Hotel staff were really helpful and intrigued (highly unusual compared to many events I have been to) bt did warn us that a famous football team and a lavish wedding were sharing the hotel, and could we be cautious.

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I had designed a Patronus Pixie on the amazing Stephanie, in my favourite teal and blue shades.

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I added prosthetic horns, and tried to draw Harry Potter casting the spell beside the lake on her leg, so his stag Patronus rose up her front, surrounded by wispy Dementors.

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Voldemort on the back I was not happy with, but I finished in time and managed to fix the giant fibre-optic-and-fused fibre headpiece I had made to her wig.

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A few wedding guests noticed what was going on and asked to come in; by the afternoon we had most of the wedding in watching us work. 

Laurence painted wizard old by juliet I loved this – Juliet Eve aged out lovely Laurence by decades, changing him into an ancient wizard.

Whilst queuing to be judged, and photographed, th footballers (Aston Villa!) spotted the models and started papping them!

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The wedding couple also sent their official photographer to ask if the models would pose, so the whole crew grinned behind the happy couple with me trying to remind them all NOT to hug the bride!

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 Helen won for her unusual brown and cream flowery creation, lovely. We came 2nd ! Woohoo!!!!!

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The party that night was beautifully set up to look all magical and potter-esque, with the Isnap guys offering green-screen shots of us in various famous locations from the films. I’m afraid that like many I was knackered and still needed to clean kit and set up hings for the next day, so I went back to bed fairly soon after eating. I had to abandon poor Laurence (whi was wearing my leafy home-made tiara) to the female hordes:)

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Paradise Face & Body Jam Feb 2012

This is the biggest jam for face & body artists, held in Paradise Wildlife Park and hosted by Facade.

Lots of competitions, demos, and just painters ‘jamming'(painting and playing with ideas and kit). I’d been asked to do a quick demo/ body paint, but the model I had booked cancelled on the morning.

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Luckily Jules abandoned her face paint shop stall and offered to model wrapped in a tablecloth so I could have access to her shoulders!

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I had a bunch of fake roses and glued a Body FX foam latex breast cover (rose shaped) onto her shoulder for interest.

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Then I used mainly my fave matt Grimas’s as base paint.

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And my freehand glitter tattoo work using the bottles, tips and glues I sell on top. Glitters from Facade.

Isn’t she a stunner? Great event! Jules went out like that that night and had an excellent time:)

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Gilgamesh Body Painted Snake Voldemort Dancers Jan 2012

 For the second time I had the interesting booking at Gilgamesh, decorating dancers for the annual party/ show hosted by some online internet gambling sites.

As usual Gilgamesh is a stunning venue in London’s Camden Locks, several floors of luxurious carved extravagant exotica. This year the theme was a sort of evolution for the show, starting with special effects MUA Sammm‘s slimed clay man bursting out of a bubble/ egg latex thing and culminating in my snake dancers.

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My brief, again an interesting one, was for ‘sexy snake dancers with Voldemort heads’. Hmm! Samm had created some latex facial bits and we wrapped their long hair in tape to make it look strange too.

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All sorts of chaos was going on around us and some of the props looked… interesting…:) His expression cracks me up!

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I used mainly Grimas and Diamond FX body paints, with home-made and machine-made-shop-bought flexible stencils.

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There were real live snakes dancing with angels too.

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There was a hiccup when the show had to be moved from the main stage to downstairs, to a more public stage. This meant dozens of topless acts got sent back up to get on some sort of pasties (nipple covers) as the police/ public passing by could now see in. Luckily Sammm had some spare bits of scaly latex we glued (using the glitter  tattoo glue I sell) on to our ladies.

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I even had to paint big more obvious pants onto them as G-strings were deemed too skimpy! First time I’ve had to paint knickers on – I usually work on models already IN big pants.

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Hallowe’en Spider Web Vamp Neck Glitter Tattoo Step by Step

Oct 2011

I just got the photos from this so am adding it a little late!

Victoria Lesley the amazing photographer I have worked with several times wanted to be a model for a change (she does work as one sometimes). So,  Di Smith offered to take the shots and we met at my father-in-laws to try out the new glue application bottles I had sourced.

I used to use empty bling bottle etc but they tended to suddenly ‘pop’ and coat the model in their entire contents, so I had been looking doe something like I saw nurses using when I was in hospital.

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This is what I came up with – squeezable oval bottles with tips that lock on and twist off! I sell them in my shop.

Anyway as it was just before Halloween we went for a spooky feel.

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added tiny dots in a webby pattern, then used silver Mehron or  powder to highlight some when it was dry. A dark mix of cosmetic glitters from Facade for the rest of the webs and brush it off.

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Another layer of glue for spiders etc, glitter and voila. 

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A waterproof, smudgeproof sparkling necklace that would last an evening of dancing perfectly.

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Thanks ladies!

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Halloween Mummy face paint & Evil Doll body painting

2011

Remi & Josh have  kindly had me over to bodypaint them before their Halloween party for the last 2 years.

This year Josh went for a Fallen Angel look – I made wings on his back using freehand body glitter tattoos, and glued a range of types and sizes of feathers (peacock with no eyes, black-gold cockerel feathers, maribu fluff etc). I then made his face look a little hollowed out, added some quick tribal tattoos and sprayed him all over with a misting of metallics.

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Remi had a rather snazzy ‘mummy’ suit, a stretchy ribbed looking bandage affair.

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So I created a rotted flesh/ aged bandage look for his face  using my usual face/ body paints.

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This year Josh’s partner Michelle also joined in the fun. She had a cute ‘Doll’ outfit, sort of Bride of Chucky or Death Dolly or something (possible manga or gaming??).  She wanted a stitched together look so I played with my favourite Grimas burgundy to make a slashed mouth and chest with crude stitches surrounded by sore-looking skin/ bruises. 

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She had some black contact lenses that I finished off with majorly OTT /cried-in mascara dripping down her cheeks.Their guests all make a real effort, from these photos they have kindly sent me.

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Looks like a great welcome & a fab event!

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And not a bad DIY look by the zombies Remi mummy is glaring at here:) 

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Gore & horror face painting, Hallowe’en PrimEvil Norfolk 2011

I actually 1st ‘met’ face paint when I was the Education Officer at Banham Zoo, running science lessons and giving public feeding talks. They used good paints (Grimas) but the designs and hygiene were not great and I improved loads as soon as I started researching face paint myself. Banham Zoo is 1 of 3 East Anglian attractions owned by the same group, and after having worked in their safari park too, I always meant to visit their original site, NorfolksDinosaur Adventure Park.

That was 8 years ago; we finally drove up when my mum was visiting at the end of September, and it was a really good day.

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You could tell which of their life-size models were older (or cheaper maybe) as some of the anatomy just looked…. – wrong. I’m not an expert – yes I worked in London’s Natural History Museum for years when I first graduated, but the Dino Gallery wasn’t my fave area in it – but some were great.

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Plus there was the petting zoo  (Finley got to cuddle a guinea pig, etc, he’s mainly used only to farm animals at home-check out the ‘vicious wee killer Monty Python beastie’ lurking behind him!)and all the adventure play stuff. Typically where we spent longest was on a big trampoline!

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Anyway long story short, I saw they were holding a horror event in the evenings over Halloween, so I emailed asking who did their actor’s makeup. And was asked to go and run a face-paint stall there instead. It sounded interesting, both for getting to paint things not usually on offer at my main hirer, Bewilderwood, but also to see what goes on at a Haunted House type event which they called ‘PrimEvil, Norfolks biggest Halloween Experience’.

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It was a bit of a rush each evening, finishing painting at Bewilderwood, packing all my gear into my car, fighting rush-hour traffic, lugging my kit back out of the car and through the queue into the Dino Park’s entrance restaurant and setting up again.

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I was beside some guys called Isnap Events doing green-screen on-demand photos which was a fantastic idea. People posed against the screen and then in this case could see how the looked in each of 4 spooky backgrounds (like this) and were then able to buy a print if they wished. I also tried and got addicted to chilli popcorn from Bintree Farm – which wasn’t hot enough to burn but tasted warm even when it was cold. Yum.

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It was slightly off-putting painting with a large T-Rex looming over me (and 1 of the ladies who covered the Sat night when I was bodypainting elsewhere said she kept getting his claws in her hair) but it made the on-my-chair photos interesting:)And I did put MrT to good use!

As far as I can work out, people bought tickets first of all to just the ‘free’ things – whatever was going on in the big new indoor kids play area and a long walk through the woods with actors etc leaping out at you. And animal handling sessions with bugs, snakes etc. There was also a wee fireworks show towards 9pm I think it was each night.

My faves were the seriously freaky stilt walkers, the guy with the roughest scariest growly voice, who appeared in a variety of costumes including a striped cirque de freke style thing and as giant bugs. Just simple words – like “LIKE” and “PRETTY” being screamed out by him at randomn people were enough to halt several groups at the entrance and put a few off for a while:)They also had a giant Monty Python style ‘death’ look with huge crabby hands. What I loved was that customers would run into  the cafe with me, or the low ceilinged entrance area between the cafe and the shop/ ticket office, and think they were ‘safe’. But then the stilt walkers would bend almost double and get in to chase them! Brilliant. Again thats 6ft7 richard making the young lady appear a bit smaller than she actually was…

Then you could also buy extra tickets into the ‘special’ areas – there was an Insanitarium and a Circus of Horrors, also staffed with more actors, which advised no under 12’s go in. From what I heard – and the state of a few severely rattled adults/ teens who came back to the cafe to calm down or sit out the rest- it could be pretty scary. 2 Code Yellows and a Code Brown were also rumoured. But some kids were fine…I’m afraid I chickened out as I am really not great with scary stuff. I adored Stephen king, James Herbet etc books as a teen but since I had Finley I don’t seem to be able to cope with even slightly spooky films!

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So I painted customers and staff instead. This is my new fave gore idea – razor slashed faces. This 1 is a Bloody Valentine (heart) eye but I was doing a great line in razor-slashed butterflies too. I LOVE Grimas burgundy for this, is perfect for bruising and old blood as well as nice flowers and butterflies. I don’t have SFX kit (as said not good with scary and hate faffing around/ lugging yet more kit in) so I just use my regular paints. Got to say I reckon it’s just as good as SFX gore in some cases and probably a lot faster.

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It’s an odd gig – as an ex- teacher (or anything else!) I never expected to be having conversations with parents like this:

Me: “…and how would you like your child to have died?”

Parent: “Ummm!?”

Me: “Road Accident, Zombie, Natural-death-leading-to-Skeletal-remains, Werewolf Attack….?”

Child: “Zombie, Zombie!”

Me: “OK, rotted, clawed, eaten or slashed?”

etc:)

Happy Halloween, all!

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PS Like my new hoodie? Its by Armkandi

Book a Halloween face paint or Body paint!

Costume with a difference! 2011

I’m already booked the entire  pre-Halloween week (from Fro 21st-Sun 30th) during the DAY but some evenings are still available. And – GASP – I have no bookings at all on the actual Mon 31st as I post this!

So get in there! cat@cats-creations or 07740 766 719 and you can bare as much or as little to be decorated as you like…

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Remember, if it is a glitter tattoo or tattoo ink design I could do on you, that lasts perfectly through sleeps, showers and under clothes for several days, so could be done several days BEFORE your event if you want to maximise the ‘wear’ out of your body art.

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So, some examples of past spooky season costume body paints I have done to give you some ideas…

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Avatar, superman, heroes, animals, skull and scary faces…. can be pretty too don’t forget!

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I was contacted in April 2011 by Dave.

He had his work’s fancy dress party lunch at a historic hall in Norwich, and wanted to go as a Na’vi in bodypaint. He’d won the year before and had to keep up the effort!

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After some advice from me on what & how to make his costume bits, we arranged for me to meet at his house and paint him the morning of his party. Michelle of Purple Photography popped round as we finished to get some shots, then Dave’s mate turned up to drive him to the venue.

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It seems he got a standing ovation form all the Lotus staff as he arrived (slightly late, sorry about that!) AND won the fancy dress competition:)AND went pub crawling after – it wasn’t warm!

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PS Dave got hooked on being painted; he is now a regular model for myself & Jennie and volunteers the entire Paintopia weekend too!

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Birthday Girl Club Glitter Tattoos

I was contacted by Rowena, to go to her house and decorate herself and her friends with waterproof glitter tattoo designs, before they went out clubbing in Norwich to celebrate her birthday. She knew what colours and styles she wanted, so I did this swirling pink, silver and black pattern on her leg, opposite arm, chest and back.

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The next girl I took inspiration from her animal print dress…

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Then I copied a dress’s flower motif onto another lady.

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And the final designs =- the most unusual I have done yet, I think, and something I will develop – the girl spotted a face I had done and wanted a tatt like that on her hand and leg. Very cyborg/ Charles Rennie Mac, I think… possibly even Lady Gaga?

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I then added to their own face makeup with some Glitzer/ Liquid bling, and swarovsky crystals.

And off they went!

A good night, it seems:)

 

UK Face & Body Painting Convention Glitter Tattoo Demo

8-10 Oct 2010

I was lucky enough to be asked to be an instructor at the UK Face & Body Painting Convention. I haven’t been able to go to it since I won it in 2007, as I was either abroad or (literally) having a baby, so that was a fab extra reason to make sure I made it this year! Plus they had a bunch of international painters I admire but had never seen paint (Lone Wolfe, Kurt & April, Sean Avram etc) coming, and I’d get to see my painty mates.

Seans’ amazing self paint for the gala dinner, with Kurt’s self-paint at the jam the night before below.

Myself, Suzanne Mykolajenko (Little Book of Facepainting Fairies), Lone Wolf, April Powell.

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I taught my 1st class Friday after lunch, on painting nature. Whilst trying not to spend too much time on things like flowers or animals as other classes with other painters covered them, but I got in my popular leafy face and Twilight design at any rate.

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I wasn’t going to enter the freehand glitter body tattoo comp that night, as I’d just won the Welsh Fest glitter body comp from the same sponsor, and didn’t think it would be fair if I was lucky enough to place in this one. But I did get pushed to join in, and ended up doing a wee doodle on Stacey for part of the time as the others worked.

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Some amazing designs created, people are starting to catch onto this! Mine turned out pretty, just over her chest… even tho it started off as jewellery, morphed into an infected zombie bite then lightning then a tree….we decided it was a Pagan Priestess look:) Sadly the next day it turns out Stacey was sensitive to that glue, as she had a faint red tracing of the design, which didn’t itch. She is the 1st person I have heard of/ met that this happened with, so I’m hoping its the last too! It is professional skin glue (Pro Adhesive) I use, but as she says, she got painted daily so was scrubbed raw a lot and knows she has sensitive skin…pity as I had planned a proper glitter body on her this year, she’s a fab model!

Saturday morning I was much less nervous and really enjoyed the class I gave on painting at big events (like the Rugby 7s and all the HK events I did for YAF). This included quick bodies, sports designs, custom stencils and how to make them, and what I call ‘conveyor belt painting’ for decorating 100’s of people in a short period. I think I only painted 2 faces in the 90 mins, it was all talk and Q&A and them playing with my stencils and hot pen stencil cutter. But I already had a couple of emails thanking me for that one, so yay!

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Then it was on to what I’m really into at the mo; glitter body tattoos. What would usually take me 2 hours to complete took over 4, as everybody stopping to watch asked what I was doing, how and what with, so lots of explaining and posing for photos. Katie my model was fab, if a bit surprised by the crowds we had.

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She chose blue as her colours, I added gold for contrast (and beads to fit the Mardi Gras theme of the gala dinner that night) and we tucked my gorgeous rooster tail boa into her knickers as a costume.

 

LOTS of interest in this, as said, and an interesting thing coming up next year from it…TBC 😉