Well as usual Spooky Season is very VERY busy with me trying to fill as many bookings as possible.
For once I change my costume and was a Star-Wars dressed (my mum adapted the skirt from a lovely dress I found) Day of the Dead sugar skull. I made the flower headdress myself and created sleeves from fancy socks…
I’d left home early for a private face paint booking in Bath, then by 12 was setting up at the ‘Big Fish Little Fish” Family Rave to offer face paint & body art to the children and parents there.
Last pic of my work is from their website
I’d been asked to do a ‘menu board’ as that is what was usually offered at their events, and loved the FAB Wipeable Boards Sarah sells for this. The light wasn’t fab & I was too busy to take many photos but it was a great and very busy event.
Once finished I packed up and drove to Mambo’s Taunton – getting held up in RTA Traffic on the motorway I dashed my kit through the town to get set up on time. I had to re-do my kiddy-friendly sugar skull face as I’d messed it up in my dash.
Mambos’ had Katie Price (once aka Jordan) DJ’ing in their VIP lounge and a huge Voodoo Party going on – the decorations were fab. The staff had gone all out with costumes and some really got into their look! Even though I was painting outside, it wasn’t actually nippy until about midnight which was great. LOADS of sugar skulls requested, I’m glad to see that culture finally overtaking the vindictive Trick or Treat styles.
I also saw a lot of the usual awful stuff smeared on (cheap paints are pointless – hard to get on, impossible to make look good, often impossible to get off too even if they don’t look bright on!) but some pretty amazing DIY efforts too.
Sunday I had another party but can’t post the pics up of course, shame as there were some fun ones!
Hope you all had a fab time!
I had several late-night club etc and pub paint sessions booked in after my daily gigs and enjoyed them.
Some had me matching their outfits or themes, others wanted the usual/ randomn things.
I also did a VIP lounge in all sorts of ‘dead stars’ ideas which was actually quite difficult in some cases. How many Hollywood etc stars died in ways that it is easy to paint/ SFX onto a live person and be easy to identify? So mostly I zombied them up a bit if bullet wounds etc were not required – hurrah for Zombie skin again!
Another night it was UV again… I HATE the line of stupid dots so many people now ‘expect’ from painters as its what they get at festivals. Why – are they DIY jobs or are the painters at some festivals so unskilled they are really charging for faces THAT badly painted? I tend to refuse on the grounds I can and will do much better…..
Did have a go at my first ever UV sugar skull!
As always, one of the busiest season for all face painters and again I was at Bewilderwood every day.
The weather was a bit variable but I layered up and had my hot water bottle underneath it all so stayed cosy.
I converted a bit of knitting I’d never finished into a hat cover and became the knit-witch (including a crazy shrug I’d knitted and a fab colourful poncho my mum crocheted for me). I’d love to knit-bomb some of the trees there…..
The whole park was decorated beautifully, as usual, and I think we did the evening lantern walk twice – still with the lantern we made my 1st season there several years ago, though its getting battered.
I also trailed my new line-closing idea – a hand glittered UV jacket. Varying success….
We’d wanted to join in with the celebrations for Dr Who’s 50th Anniversary, and people we knew via NORCON were putting on a big event in the Forum for it.
We’d also promote Paintopia & collect for charity.
As I still had all the props and it was so popular, a Weeping Angel was agreed on, but I did want to do something different too.
Ginger kindly offered to be my Weeping Angel this time, and we quickly painted her up and had her on a podium freaking out the crowd.
Her proudest moment was making grown-ups swear with fright when she lunged as they turned away!
We were collecting for Nelson’s Journey charity again too – my Finley loves being a chugger!
Then James Dyble turned up to be a quick David Tenant paint – this was all no-budget last-minute so we hadn’t had time to source the correct trousers, etc.
I did a very simple brown pin-striped suit paint on his front, with a ‘The Rift’ sign and Dr Who logo on his back (yes, sorry, I forgot what the rift crack actually looked like as I’d lost my printout!).
Someone showing off a Tardis let us use that and Michelle got some amazing photos. Apologies to the few untagged ones – someone following
me on my now-deleted Face book page tagged me in them and I don’t have their name any more!