NorCon Leia/ Avatar Turuk mashup Bodypainting

Aug 2012

Jennie and I have worked many times alongside the NorCon group, who dress up in asstd Sci-fi costumes to raise money for charity. Mark also runs the successful NOR-CON event, which sees fans, collectors and cosplayers come from all over the UK, to Norwich. Writers, actors and props from a range of cult films and series are invited to give talks and signings. He agreed as always to let us advertise Paintopia if we did some artwork people could watch, and collected for the charity they were supporting, Nelson’s Journey. Jennie had attended painting on her own last year (and met my hero Robert Llewellyn who love the artwork in a cheeky fashion) and enjoyed it, and as I’m a sci-fi fan I leapt at the chance. 

Jennie & Vince decided to attempt a Star Trek  Borg queen, but I was feeling a bit different. All the men in my family wanted me to do Star War’s Princess Leia in her slave bikini, but as I pointed out the only paintwork there would be on the bits I covered with underwear which is very hard to paint on.

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So, I went for a combination of one of the more colourful aliens – the fltting Turuk beast ridden in the Avatar films. The gorgeous Penny, who had been a demo model at my Paintopia glitter workshop, offered to come and be the body. I bodged up a quick bikini using a cheap set of underwear and an old cloak!

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We were busy from the start, with lots of questions and Kerry being the PR person for Paintopia. Jennie was learning a lot as Vince had made all the Borg prosthetics, and they needed a lot of gluing on. Steph, my stunning Patronus Pixie, was being their evil queen.

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I did a colourful base with black stripes based on the Turuk patterning, and outlined the stripes in glitter tattoo using the equipment I sell, as well as Facade cosmetic glitters. 

Highlights for me:

– filling a charity collection box by asking for donations whenever people wanted photos of the models

– the amazing Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator, Melo,  from Great Yarmouth. He really IS Johnny Depp in character, even in the staff room!

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– having to ask the giant Predator to move on as he was freaking me out

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– getting a photo with and a quick chat to the lovely Robert Llewellyn. Kryten rules!!!

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– Mark’s very cheeky and funny commentary as he remote controlled his life-size replica Dalek. We’d never been heckled by a robot before!

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Thanks to Mark/ NorCon, Penny, and all the fab photos are David Cook’s (the bad ones are mine!)

4th of July Body Glitter Tattoo Tops at Hustlers Club UK

 July 2012

When I was contacted by this club, I had expected to be decorating the dancers. After a long trip down there, I was ushered into the changing rooms and met the bar staff, many of whom were not used to baring quite so much and were understandably nervous although all gorgeous.

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We did not have much time for each lady, and I had prepared special breast covers for each one that I glued on (safer than bikini tops – can’t be untied or slip off!) before sketching in designs with paint.


The theme, of course, was the Stars & Stripes. Using large flake glitter on top of the cosmetic glue (as it was not near the face) as well as some finer Facade cosmetic glitters, variations on the theme were completed following discussions with each lady about what she did or didn’t want exposed.

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It all looked amazing when I left, and I hope they had a good night. The advantage of  glitter tattoo tops (although I had to ‘glue’ larger areas than I like as it would be harder for the girls to remove with oil afterwards) is that as they worked serving drinks, any spillages would just run off – its all waterproof!

Paintopia 2012 Glitter Tattoo Competition

May 2012

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I ran a short glitter tattoo workshop at Paintopia, introducing the bottles. Tips and glue I sell, using Facade Glitters. That seemed to go well and even those who were having their first go helped create artwork on the lovely practice models.

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I’d asked if I could glitter David, who I was the first to paint months ago when he hired me to turn him into an Avatar Na’vi with body paint. He loved the experience so much that he volunteered for the extremely grueling 3 days of body modelling at Paintopia.

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We were supposed to create a new Harry potter style creature, so he was my Woad Toad warrior, me using the cosmetic glue and glitter tattoo bottles and tips that I sell over a slight paint base.

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His girlfriend and friends came to watch as this was on the public day, and thought he was mad:)

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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!


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!



 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:)




Fire & Water Glitter Tattoo Decorated Leotards

March 2012

I have created several leotards for Symone of Pole Paradise HK in the past, as she needs to have fabric protecting her limbs when she is doing hoop acrobatic shows and wanted unique costumes.

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She contacted me when I was at home in the UK and asked me to do two, one for her and one for her husband for an upcoming show.


I started Jose’s red tribal flame design with the leotard stretched over my trust shop dummy, but found that awkward to move about and hard to paint on.

I use the bottles and applicators I sell here. Videos of me waffling in so you can literally watch the glue dry…

I then managed to find an inflatable shop dummy to do Symone’s watery design blue leotard on, as of course she was in HK, so couldn’t fill out the leotards as I worked.


It usually takes several layers of glue, dried in between, to create a design sticky enough for the glitter to adhere too. Fabric glue does not work well – it dries too stiff- so I stick to my normal prosthetic adhesive which I knew does NOT wash out if you get it inot clothes, no matter how I try!

I also mainly use my cosmetic glitters from Facade, as I know that the dyes in them won’t leak and run.

Luckily this time the leotards ‘took’ the glue well and I was able to complete them within a week.

I delivered them to Symone when I was over to face paint at the Rugby 7’s.


We met up near the (in?)Famous Hong Kong Lady’s Market (it does have an ‘interesting’ range of men’s underwear!) as I’d had a request from my brother in Barbados for a few knock-off items.


I don’t think I’d ever bought any fakes when I was living in HK, and typically, visiting for a short period so rushing round this time, it turned out there had been a huge police crack-down on fakes and there were few to be found! 

The show looks like it went well and as the leotards can be hand-washed (I cool-machine-wash some of my glittered shirts) they can be used many times.

Manga Mermaid Glitter Tattoo Body Art

March 2012

As said I had a free day after working at the Rugby 7’s for HK YAF, and arranged to meet my muse and mate Symone of Pole Paradise Studios. We met at the ferry to Discovery Bay, which, sadly, Al of Shizznitt who does the brilliant time-lapse videos, missed!

DB is called an ‘eco-community’ as there are meant to be no cars – most people use a golf buggy – on the south side of Lantau Island which is easiest to get to by ferry which is usually a high-speed hydrofoil. (There is a long route through the island and past HK Airport etc but I’ve never done it).

In reality there are a lot of buses and vans but it looks fairly idyllic!

 We went to the studio of Rouge Photography, Dee,  a lady who Symone had worked with before. I glittered Symone there: I had a vague idea of an alternative mermaid with frilly gills along her ribs, and had asked her to see if she knew anyone and any place we could maybe get some in-water shots seeing as the artwork would be waterproof. We lucked out with Rouge knowing a ‘secret waterfall pool….’ 

Typically I realised I’d left the big triangular breast cover I had pre-glued in my hotel room, but luckily Symone had an old bra I chopped up and glued on, and by that time Al had caught up with us too.

This is Al’s videos of me  glittering Symone.

For once I use some non-cosmetic grade glitters too, some very chunky grades that were almost like sequins, to give some variation in texture to the design. We added a long manga wig I had, and went for lunch. We did get some strange looks in th quiet Tapas cafe in the business area there!


We were joined by Dee’s mate Gareth, who oddly enough I knew from having seen his films campaigning against the hideous shark-fin trade. See some of the disgraceful displays he has seen and filmed here…

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Anyway, he had an underwater camera set-up which we hoped to use to get some shots of Symone underwater.


We parked the golf cart (again, odd looks from the few people we passed) at the side of a very quiet hill road, climbed over the barrier, and started lugging kit and ourselves carefully down a tiny track. Watching out for snakes and (on my side at any rate) the creepy long-legged big spiders with the dayglo joint blobs I loathed.

Then we portered the kit over the rocks which stretched out into the water. It was a beautiful place, and actually starting to warm a little – Hong Kong is often NOT that toasty in March!

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Symone posed on the rocks and then started easing herself down into the chilly water, attracting a friendly tadpole for a while (the tiny dot on her thigh, above). We gave several hikers who were using the gully as a walk route a very odd surprise… some of them wouldn’t even stop to ask what we were up to!

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Sadly due to light and some technical hitches, we didn’t get any underwater shots – the water was very murky too. But what a different look from my usual HK shoots – I loved it!

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Thanks to all involved.

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Yoga Glitter Tattoo Body Art

March 2012

Either side of the Hong Kong Rugby 7’s booking and all the prep/ tidy up for HK Y.A.F., I had a free day.

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The 1st morning my ‘old’ colleague Pat who I often painted before I left HK (and did my 1st ever solo attempt at a 1/2 body paint on) called round to my hotel.

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A dancer and hockey player, she  has started working as a yoga instructor and fancied a glittery something to show off her moves. The colours & pattern were inspired by the Rock Fitness Yoga  business she is joining.

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Sorry about the iffy photos, it was just me snapping her in the little garden square between high-rises beside the hotel.

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These are all over the city, and people play, read, smoke, eat and practice Tai-chi in them so they were not quite sure what to make of us!

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Glitter Tattoo Bump Art PreNatal Faberge Egg Baroque Body Paint

Illusion Magazine kindly asked if I would submit a step-by-step baby bump for one of their issues, and I decided that rather than the usual paint, I would do it in glitter tattoo.

I am now selling the new bottles with screw-on fine lids and cosmetic glue that I prefer on my shop here, so I used them.

Di Smith of Frozen Photography had a friend who was very pregnant, so we met there to decorate the mum-to-be.

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I wanted to do a gothic/ baroque type of pattern, so to save time had cut my own stencil which I sponged face paint through as a quick start. I then went over the paint in glue, and added many more freehand dots and details in the glue.

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Several coats of glitter later and we had a sparkly intricate work of art that could last several days, until removed with baby oil or gentle rubbing in a bath.

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Cyber punk bodypaint in promo film reel

looks like the Tantrwm guys have included bits f my glittery body art (and Simons bodypaint) in their show real.

Oh yeah:)


Tantrwm Steampunk Body Paint Glitter Tattoo Film

Feb 2012

I had seen a stunning piece of film shot about Simon Smith when he bodypainted a female  Predator warrior on Mel (my Frost Fae last year), shot by Tantrwm Films.

I commented to them that it was one of the only beautifully shot bits of bodyart I had ever seen – sadly far too often we get portrayed as a bit of a laugh or a silly giggle or a bit rude, at best as fast reportage type stuff. But this was stunning and nicely serious, just perfect.

To my delight the film crew asked if I’d like to create a clip too! Yes please! They planned these as a taster to show backers and companies they hoped to interest in doing a longer film about the UK bodyart industry.

So I drove over to Wales (yes its the opposite coast of the UK, but I got to stay with my mum for the weekend and she got to see Finley), in Feb, to meet them.

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A friend of theirs, singer Catryn Southall, had a new album coming out with an ordinary-people-can-be heroes- theme and we’d worked up a vague alt superhero idea. She has an amazing career, check out her site!

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Enroute I’d stopped at Facade glitter, who had some new greys, greens and dark green metalli glitters I was keen to try. Luckily Catryn liked the idea of a steamp-punk-cyborg look, so I set to work.

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Over big pants and custom-cut bra inserts (made to look like an array of cogs and gears) I brushed a base of metallic powders and mixing liquids with some Kryolan Interferenz.

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I then stencilled many areas with a computer-cut large stencil I found on eBay, and some smaller DIY ones I had made.

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Finally, using the cosmetic adhesives and bottles I sell here, I did sort of circuit-board freehand glitter tattoos all over her.

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It was funny as our nicknames were both ‘Cat’, so whenever the film-man asked 1 of us to move we both did!

Tantrwm boys and Catryn

Here is their film – I LOVE it, its magical! OOOOOoooooo! Hope they get to do the whole thing!

my terrible snip of the artwork: