Feb 2018 Once Upon A time Makeup Bodypaint Demo Look

I was able to attend the annual Paradise Wildlife Face Painting Jam, which this year had a ‘Once Upon A time’ theme. Organiser Juliet Eve asked if I’d do a freehand glitter tattoo demo, and I decided the demo could be part of a bodypaint I did there. AND there was a head-piece competition so I thought I’d enter that at the same time.

I always like to push myself to try new things, and immediately thought; story books – writing on skin! I hated graphics (the lettering side) when I was at college and have rarely seen well-executed wording on faces so tried to work out how to do that. I didn’t have the time or skills as yet (I really need to do a hairdressing course!) so was also trying to think what I could put on my models’ hair to go with the theme. Then I suddenly thought  – a paper wig!

The last #paperwig I made was in 2014 for the Paintopia Professor’s Apprentice Competition in which Nicky Gardener & I placed 2nd. That theme was Vintage Children’s books – not dissimilar – and we chose Treasure Island. I’d designed a wig made from paper quilling strips, which on the day it turned out we had to slice open, as our model was sick and she was replaced by the much larger James. Who rocked it and completed our awesome team!

Anyway, I decided this time vintage paper would look best, and bought some post-war story books from a charity shop. Lots of slicing later I had a sort of Rapunzel wig.  I made lots of paper flowers to adorn it, a bit like the Tangled Princess look.

I’m now designing and making stencils (and can do custom stencils too) which Jennie planned to launch as #CutByCat at the Jam as part of her Paintopia Face & Body Painting Supplies shop. So, I made a bunch of custom stencils of fairytale phrases and also cut them out of glitter card to form part of the wig, and a crown on Izabella.

Izabella was free to be my model, and kindly said she’d meet us there Monday morning. My mum agreed to wrangle my 2 boys at the Paradise Wildlife Park (a zoo that hosts the event) so we drove down through snowy gales the night before to meet up with Paintopia Jenn in nearby hotel. I did try to start assembling my wig  before bed, but luckily realised I actually had to have it bare so I could firmly attach it to Iz’s hair before I assembled all the other bits! Euan refused to let Jennie leave our room, so with that and loud music from other rooms it was a loooong night…

The snow had stopped but we collected a very chilly Iz from the station before arriving at the bright but freezing marquee that always contains the Jam. After greeting lots of familiar faces, I set up and started getting the paper wig onto Izabela. It was shallower than my previous attempt (I’d built up the bouffant bit of the ships figurehead wig with plastic bags which I guess we just ripped out to fit James’ head). Luckily, all the paper flowers I had made to decorate the Rapunzel paper plait filled in the forhead space perfectly.

Arranging and attaching all the glittery words took a lot longer than I expected, plus I was chatting and answering questions, so by the time the judging for the headpiece competition started I’d only managed a hint of colour over the white base on Izabella. We were really happy to place 2nd and win some fantastic brushes from the Bodycraft Festival team, thanks so much!

Suzanna Forrister-Beer had the most amazing prosthetic Special FX horns on her husband and came first, just beautiful. Also lovely was the kids entertainment, my youngest was boogying on down…

I continued adding mainly Cameleon Bodypaint from the Paintopia shop, layering lettering and stencils and blending with Kryolan powders. I stuck to white, blues and black as I wanted an almost monochrome book-like feel to it.

Last of all I added some quick hand painted swirls, then some freehand glitter tattoos using the waterbased Mouldlife Aquafix in the bottles with fine tips I sell. Finishing touches were flat backed pearls and tiny accent flowers.

These 4 photos by www.apheadshotphotgraphy.co.uk 

And finally the image in my head of Izabella peerg throught the ‘O’ on Once Upon A time was out in reality.

 

Huge thanks to all involved, the organisers and everyone who came to talk to me or shop with Paintopia. I had a great time chatting (not much as I was full of cold) and my family loved the zoo and entertainment as usual!

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June 2014 Norfolk Show Facepaint & Wedding Sailing Boat Gift Art

Annoyingly I’d had no bookings as far in advance as I usually do for this event, so had arranged to fly up to the family wedding in Edinburgh a day early (to show Finley the sights) and would miss the last day of the show.

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I trialled the new trolley/ seat/ stepladder…. very handy for trekking from the parking fields to the show stand (even gave a ‘lift’ to 2 new painters I met) but its too small/ short to use as a chair for me to work with.

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Of course, then a nice last minute booking for Hoseasons Holidays came in so I could only work the first day! It was a great stand and I think they liked having paint on it – I made it into their national brochure!

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Finley helped me make dozens of “P&F Line” (aka P&O line) multicoloured paper boats in asstd sizes, to fill with sweets as part of their desert display. I also decorated a model yacht with pen & ink and gold leaf as a centre-piece/ gift, with the date & their initials.

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Stunning photos here http://www.elementalweddings.co.uk/blog/penny-fraser-the-caves-edinburgh/ not that anyone managed to get Finley in his lovely kilt :/

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And congrats to cousin Penny and her lovely new hubby Fraser, fab wedding!

 

May 2014 Paintopia Part 3 – Freehand Glitter Tattoo Competition, Professor & Apprentice Bodypaint Comp

The sparkling Facade-sponsored Freehand Glitter  Tattoo competition was fun too.

Video of horse freehand glitter tattoo here 

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I went for a sort of equestrian necklace feel, a bit vintage and slightly steampunk, (Steampunk Stallion, I think we called it) so I got to use both the horse-head and the hat I’d made for previous paints again! Louise Neal looked fab, thanks so much for modelling.

My favourite was the Professors & Apprentice Bodypaint, where an ‘experienced’ Prof like me is teamed up with a newbie (in my case, Nicky Gardener) to produce a body on a “Classic British Children’s Story’ theme. After a short facebook discusiion, Nic designed the body.

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I spent ages making a paper wig, which she added a fab book-page-covered ship to. (We then had to slice into the wig to fit it to James’ head!)

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We had a ball, asking our last-minute model James (we had booked and planned to paint a girl) to turn every 20 minutes or so and each continuing painting what the other person had started.  All whilst madly singing “everything is awesome!”

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The last minute panic to tit-tape the many ‘blackbeard’  plaits she’d made onto his shorts was insane, thanks to Michelle for dispensing the tape!

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After another buzzing catwalk show (with public watching too as Sunday was the ‘open’ day) our Treasure Island came 2nd! James really worked the paint, as always.

Video of James as Treasure Island here

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We were just possibly a bit excited!

As many have said its like the best family gathering ever! It just keeps getting bigger and better!

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Well done Jennie & crew xxx

December fish lampshade and Christmas Fairy Face Painter

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Lots of crafts this month – including this quick but cute one for my nephews seaside bedroom.

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Just a plain ball paper lampshade and lots of fish/ sequins… including a gurnard for his mum’s sailing club. 

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And this is myself and the lovely Jennie at one of our favourite Seasonal face -painty bookings… Christmas butterflies were all the rage!

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