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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ta-dah…

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Cosmetic glitters from Facade

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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!

Traditional Christmas Fairy Body Paint

Dec 2011

I’m lucky enough to get quite a few models and photographers contacting me hoping to work together, and do sometimes arrange a shoot with some of them. Emily I’d painted as a bronze statue for the Paintopia promo shots, and she was keen to get painted again.

Alex Burlingham was still in school and planned to do photography at Higher Education, but the portfolio she sent me was already really interesting.

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We arranged to meet up at her house where she had an actual studio set-up, impressive for a school pupil. Once Emily was in big pants and the bra inserts I prfer to glue on (they are huge and cover the whole breast so no naughty bits show), I’d found a traditionally-decorated Christmas Bauble I liked as inspiration,

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and to carry on from the glitter-blowing Frost Fae shoot, had got some fake ‘snow’ that you added water to. It puffed up, looked fairly realistic, and was dry to the touch.

This was my favourite Grimas dark red/ burgundy over gold Mehron/ Graftobian powder and matching mix.

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A fun afternoon, thanks ladies! And good luck in your career Alex.

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BRAVE Leonie let us shoot this on a day of sleet in Mid-Dec 2011, in a Norwich graveyard!

She contacted me as she knew I was in Norwich, and she was going to be up visiting friends. We’d met when she was being painted beside me at several body art events, by other artists.

Al Pulford, a local who specialises in photographing gigs, had been in contact with me before and this was a great chance to collaborate.

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I decided there are ‘rules’ to my seasonal fae shots; the twiggy gem sprays I made for the first Frost Fae shoot have to be included in some form with every model. So, this time I curled the wires and beads around some twigs from a hedge that still had a few shrivelled rowan etc berries on them and put them into Leonie’s hair.

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She also wore another pair of the large bikni inserts as breats overs, and I cut the side strings off a pair of bikini knikers which I glued onto her.

I worked mainly with Grimas paints, and added some subtle lacy snowflake effects with some home-made stencils.

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I then hand painted some twiggy black lines and glitter tattoo-d over the top of them.

We did the inital shoot in Al’s house, where I’d painted, and as we finished, looking out at the snow, he said….”There’s a great graveyard just down the road’. And Leonie was keen!

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I’d bought my big felted Star Wars (I got it where they shot Tattooine in Tunisia) claok with me, so swathed in that and her boots, brave Leonie trotted down the road in the sleet with us.

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I’m glad she did – what a trooper! It was actually snowing so much we did most of these photos under large sheltering trees, with me dashing up with cloak bewteen shots. Thanks guys!

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Frost Fairy Body paint Winter Fae

Nov 2011

This was another shoot with photographer Al Hone, who stepped in last-minute to help me out over the summer when I had a postal comp I needed bodypaint photos for.

Mel is a friend of his who was coming up to Norwich to do another shoot with him, and fancied being painted too. Al could get his work’s photo studio so we were sorted!

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I had an idea of continuing the vaguely Elemental series (started last slow season – i.e. last winter – with several glitter tattoo shoots – Leafy/Earth. Bubbly, Fire…) which morphed into an ‘Elemental Fae’ theme. I had a new pair of extra-long fairy ears I wanted to use, and got lost in Flikr/ google images of frost, snow etc for hours. Not that I could paint half of those patterns – you’d need a fractal mind!

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The day before the shoot, amusing my toddler Finley for an hour in Norwich, I spotted a bead shop. A handful of crystal & plastic beads later, I had an idea of what to do for her headdress as I’m so rubbish with hair. After Fin went to bed I spent the evening wiring and coiling wires to crystal drops, and created some heat-bonded fibre fabrics too……

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On Sat we all met at Al’s office studio, and I glued Mel into the breast shields I had chopped into sort of icy-crystal patterns. I mainly used Diamond FX metallic blue/ pink/ purple as a base, with Grimas White. I did her front as she was sat on my tall chair, then her legs and back.

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She had a dizzy spell so chilled (literally) on the floor for a bit which meant I switched to mainly decorating her front & upper body for the time we had left when we got going again.

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She then sat so I could attach all the bits into a high bun on her head…am so chuffed with the way the accessories came out in the photos – don’t the fibre fabrics I made look weird and icy?

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After the paint I added some freehand glitter tattoo glue, waited for it to dry and added the glitter.

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We then had a bit of fun getting Mel to blow around assorted colours of glitter….

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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!