Body-painted monkey tree baby-bump pre-natal art

This lady was expecting twins and I was booked as her Baby Shower surprise.


She asked for ideas based on the amazing trees and monkeys she and her husband had seen whilst travelling abroad.

Glitter Tattoo baby Bump PreNatal Art Spring Leaves

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.

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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:(

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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.

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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.

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This I highlighted with gold metallic cosmetic powders before glittering.

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A brush off and ….

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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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Fish Swirl Baby Bump Glittery pre-natal body art

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.

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Contact me if you’d like to book a Baby Bump Art session as a Baby Shower present!

Step by step Flowery Painted Baby Bump/ Pre natal Art

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.

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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.

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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.

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These are my fave pics from the 100’s Di Smith took. Self explanatory, I hope!

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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:(

Prenatal Baby Bump Glitter Art tattoo stp-by-step

July 2011

Painting ‘baby bumps, aka Prenatal Body Art, has been getting increasingly popular the last few years. It’s often done as a memento of a special time, or to become a part of the decor in the new nursery.

I had done a few over the years, but joined a group of painters who raised money every year for Comic Relief by painting baby bumps. The 1st 3 baby bumps I had been booked to do ALL gave birth before our paint days but after one in Scotland (done on my old mate Emma) I managed to paint my 5th and take some step-by-step snaps too!

I was experimenting with glitter tattoos on baby bumps, and created this one for Sophia.

Step 1; 1st glue layers.

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Step 2: when glue dries, use metallic gold powder for those 1st lines. I prefer Graftobian or Mehron

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Step 3: Add next glue layer, let dry, and add glitter.

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Step 4; More glue, more glitter.

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Step 5: I added some black glitter (on glue!) to make the gold lines ping a bit more.

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It was a REALLY hot day, Sophia was a trooper.

NOTE: This was before I sourced the cosmetic glitter tattoo glue and fine-tipped bottles I now sell on here – much finer lines now possible!