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    Tuesday, October 28, 2008

    Halloween face painting step by steps

    It's getting close to Halloween and it's time to dust off those face paints and give your children a scary face paint for trick or treating!!

    A face painting friend, Cindy Trusty (, has just done a series of step by step face painting designs for her local newspaper in Minneapolis, USA which I thought might be useful for anyone looking for design ideas!

    It's called Last minute artful Halloween tricks and shows step by steps of a cat face paint design, a pirate face paint design, a vampire face paint design and a butterfly face paint design.

    If you don't want something that completely covers the face, how about a pumpkin princess as modelled by Izzy?


    Monday, October 27, 2008

    UK Face and Body Painting Convention

    The UK Face and Body Painting Convention was held in Telford this year and had over 100 delegates attending. The vendors room was well stocked and we came home with some new products to try out!

    I taught several sessions this year. Firstly on Friday I taught a session on Sponge techniques and using those techniques to create different designs on a face, such as scenery or eye designs. Note to self - don't try a completely new design in public when you're trying to teach something! It doesn't work. LOL!
    Friday night was quite relaxed with lots of chatting in the bar. Nina brought Henna with her from an earlier class and Jo did a design on Nina's back.

    On Saturday I did a body painting on the lovely Rowena. This time I turned her into an elf. :)

    Then in the afternoon I taught a class on brush strokes and how to use them to create quick party princesses!
    I did quite a fun evil princess face painting design on a gentleman in the class - but didn't get a picture. :(

    Saturday night is party night at the convention and this year the theme was Hollywood and the Oscars. We all got dressed up in our party gear! Jo looked particularly fabulous!!

    Sharon had a beautiful eye design created for her by Erica:

    On Sunday I taught a class on improving your speed and efficiency whilst still providing that WOW! factor in face painting.
    Then unfortunately it was all over again for another year!!

    Competition updates

    The UK Face and Body Painting convention is now over and we've all just about recovered!!

    These are some of my face painting and body painting entries to the Americana themed competitions. Unfortunately none of them won but I'm proud of them anyway!
    We've also had the results from the Snazaroo Summer Free for All for face & body art. Sharon and I received Honourable Mentions - which was brilliant considering the talent of the people we were up against. To be honest I was just really pleased to make it into the Finalists!

    Tuesday, October 21, 2008

    The Evening Post Article

    The press release about the body painting made it into the Evening Post on Friday whilst we were away at the convention and I've finally got my hands on a copy! LOL!


    Thursday, October 16, 2008

    We're in the Western Daily Press today!

    Last week I did a body painting on a wonderful lady called Jo on behalf of Cancer Research UK. She was body painted with the latest t-shirt design for the "All girls together" campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness.

    Today the article and a picture of the body painting made it into the Western Daily Press. We've both been interviewed today and hopefully there will be a bigger feature in next Wednesday's edition too. :)

    Here's one of the original pictures from the session, taken by Simon from Blue Skies Photography. (


    Face painting - more pictures!

    Where has this week gone!?? It seems to have flown by!!

    Here are a few pictures from the week:

    As you can see we've been busy! The face paint designs are by Jo and Helen from events at the weekend and the painting skulls were part of our group workshop held on Sunday.

    Today is the last day of voting for the Summer Free for All competition - but as it's the UK Face and Body Art Convention tomorrow, I guess that the results won't be announced until next week now! Never mind. I'm REALLY looking forward to the convention - as are Jo, Sharon and Nina from the Cats Whiskers team who will be joining me there!!

    This weekend we also have a team face painting and balloon modelling at the launch of the Chelsea Building Society branch in Bristol. Go along and say 'Hi' if you are in the area.


    Tuesday, October 7, 2008

    Pictures from the weekend

    Last weekend was fun filled with a store launch and several private parties to attend.

    This was a really fun Spider Girl adaptation for a little girl who wanted a little something around the eyes but nothing too girlie!! A great challenge - well met by Sharon.

    Still no news about the final voting for the Summer Free for All, but Sharon, Nina and Helen have been working hard to create new and exciting designs for Face and Body Painting for the UK Face & Body Painting Convention Postal Competitions. The theme is Americana - which has proven to be an interesting challenge for our creativity!!

    We've been doing quite a bit of Body Painting work recently and tomorrow Helen will be Body Painting for a promotional photo shoot on behalf of Cancer Research UK - for the launch of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Photo's will be coming soon...


    Thursday, October 2, 2008


    The Finalists for the Snazaroo Summer Free for All Face & Body Art design competition have been announced! (

    Out of 250 entries, Sharon and Helen from the Cats Whiskers team have had three of their images selected to go forward for the finals!!

    Here are the entries that have made it through to the final 25.

    The first is Sharon's corset design modeled by Rowena and the two pregnant tummies are by Helen and modeled by Len from the Cats Whiskers team and by Becky from Blueskies Photography.

    Fingers crossed for the final round of voting! :)

    As well as having some of our work selected for the Finalists page, we were awarded some Honourable Mentions (or runners up awards!) on the main competition pages. Here are the designs that won Sharon an Honourable Mention:

    These were Helen's Honourable Mentions:

    So, out of the nine entries that Sharon submitted she received four awards and out of the six that Helen entered she received four awards! A great result for the Cats Whiskers team - and the final voting is yet to come!!


    Freshers arrival at UWE

    For the past two weekends, we've enjoyed the company of the Angels at St Matts and Glenside campuses at UWE.

    On 20th & 21st we were part of the welcoming celebrations as new students arrived, registered and found their way around campus. Here are some of the designs!

    Then last weekend we rejoined them all and painted masks for their Freshers Masquerade Ball.

    Great fun!