As before, Illusion Magazine had asked if I would do 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. This was my 2nd attempt to give them a choice of designs.
I am now selling the new glitter tattoo glue 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 another pregnant friend who was very, so we met there to decorate the mum-to-be.
This time I started the glue design with a flat brush, for a different look. I use old brushes that I can throw away, as no matter which removers I try the glue seems to soak right up inside the brush bristles and never completely clean out of it afterwards:(
Anyway this was to be a spring baby, so a design of a gold heart emerging from new leaves on a bed of old autumnal leaves came to my mind.
After I had glued and glittered the leaves, I went back to add more glue but this time used the bottles and tip I sell to add fine twiggy details.
This I highlighted with gold metallic cosmetic powders before glittering.
A brush off and ….
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.
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.
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.
This was bought by the Bewilderwood staff as a present for one of their own going on maternity leave in 2011.
The mum, Eloise, had liked a swirly bubbly fish feeding ball idea (where fish get excited about a food source and swirl into balls, or are herded in together by feeding dolphins etc).
So that is what we did! Blue metallic face paint base with freehand glitter tattoo work using the bottles and cosmetic adhesives I sell here.
Cosmetic glitters from Facade
It’s all cosmetic and completely safe for the baby, and as long as mum is comfortable is a nice relaxing celebration which gives some lovely memories of a special time. The paint washes off with soap and the glitter may come off then or can last a few days if you want it, before rubbing gently away with baby oil.
Contact me if you’d like to book a Baby Bump Art session as a Baby Shower present!
I am now selling the small squeezable oval bottles with different width and length needle tips which screw onto them and lock tight.
As said before I’ve been looking for them since I saw nurses squirt liquids out of them, and had to buy them in bulk to get what I wanted.
The small oval bottles I use as my working bottle, transported or stored with a tip lid on them. When ready to work, I twist off the lid and add a needle top. I prefer the shorted ones but some like the long ones, if they are used to henna art.
I am stocking the slightly wider pink tips in the 2 lengths, and the slightly finer purple tips. There is not much difference in application but you must try not to scratch the skin with the tip – like with gutta in silk painting, you almost let the glue fall out onto the skin from above and move the tip swiftly above the surface.
I keep a 2nd bottle full of isopropyl alcohol (I get my alcohol from eBay etc) to flush through the tip now and then to stop the glue drying in the needle. If the glue does dry in the needle, put the needle tip onto the alcohol bottle, resting tip down, and it sort of turned the glue into a clear jelly which you can squirt out or hook out with a needle.
I include beading wire pins with your purchases as although normal pins and needles can clear out the locking bit of the tip, you need something extra fine to fit down the actual needle sometimes.
I am selling Mouldlife Aquafix glue, which is a water based cosmetic adhesive made for the film industry in the UK. I prefer it to Graftobian Pro Adhesive and all the others I have tried as it can be wiped away with water before it dries, but is completely waterproof and firm when dried (so don’t let it dry onto clothes etc where you don’t want it). You can also brush it on for larger areas but be warned the brushes never seem to get fully back to pre-glued state no matter what cleaners you use!
I now use it for all my glitter tattoo work as well as prosthetics, gluing on breast covers, etc. And its much cheaper than most other cosmetic adhesives as well as coming in larger bottles! Like all of them you must not let it freeze though.
I sell the bottles empty and full, singly or grouped in kits.
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Summer 2011, I was booked as a baby shower gift to paint Leigh’s bump.
Parking in that area of Norwich was horrible and I spent ages finding a non-restricted space, nipping in as a service van vacated a spot.
Inside, Leigh and her friend Di, who booked me, were waiting to finalise designs. She decided on a flowery belly, with her baby boy’s name, Caleb, on it. But we had to keep it all under wraps until he made his appearance (late:)) as she had kept the name secret.
Di Smith took some amazing photos of the whole thing and all I’m going to say is I mainly used home-assembled Diamond FX 1- stroke cakes and some Grimas/ Paradise paints for the whole thing.
These are my fave pics from the 100’s Di Smith took. Self explanatory, I hope!
Brilliant booking and lovely ladies but I got back to the car to find I’d totally missed a traffic parking sign and had a car ticket fine that wiped out my fee:(