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    Monday, November 24, 2008

    Christmas Penguin Cheek Art design step by step

    Last week the Cats Whiskers Face Painting team got together for our monthly training night and we focused on Christmas Cheek Art - as it is the season!

    Here's a step by step for a Christmas Penguin using Snazaroo face paints:

    Step 1: Using white, start with two petal shapes next to each other for the eye area and then extend the body down. Add a white line just above the eyes for the base of the hat and remember the ball on the end!

    Step 2: Using red, fill in the hat area.

    Step 3: Using yellow or orange add the beak. Then create the feet by overlapping three petal shapes.

    Step 4: Using black, outline the white body and add wings.

    Step 5: Using black and a fine brush, outline the details and add eyes.

    Once you have the general idea of creating a penguin you can have some fun with the design, as shown in this design by the talented Nina Faye!

    Best wishes

    Thursday, November 20, 2008

    Women's Enterprise Day - Wednesday 19th November 2008

    Yesterday was Women's Enterprise Day which is part of Enterprise Week 2008. Here's a link if you're interested. :)

    I was invited along to Patchway Community College to speak with a group of female GCSE and A-level students who were taking Business Studies qualifications. There were three other female entrepreneurs and a representative from Business Link on the panel and we spent about an hour and a half discussing our business stories and answering questions from the group.

    It was a really enjoyable afternoon and I hope that the girls who attended learnt a bit about business in the "real world". There was one girl in particular who was very enthusiastic about setting up her own business, which was fantastic to see!


    Wednesday, November 19, 2008

    Our first Christmas Face Painting jobs of the year and a few new designs

    It's Christmas! Well, almost. With only five weeks to go now until the big day, we've dusted off the Christmas face painting designs and cheek art and launched them onto the unsuspecting public. :)

    Len and Nina did our first official Christmas face painting job in Thornbury on Saturday for the switching on of the lights at the shopping centre. They were really busy so didn't take any photos to share (or that's their excuse!) I was face painting at an Autumn Fair and had my first request for Rudolf!! I have to admit that I wasn't quite prepared for it and didn't have the Christmas designs with me, so I did the best I could from memory - it was pretty close, but here's what I was aiming for. Can you believe that I almost forgot to do a red nose!!? Duh!

    The Autumn Fair was really great fun and very busy. I was volunteering for my children's school so I knew a lot of the children there. I'd taken along a few sketches of designs I'd like to try out and a few of the children were happy to let me give them a go. Here are some of the results:

    This is a dolphin princess design I've been working on. The original had some pink in it to lift the colours a bit but this young lady didn't want any pink, which makes a change. LOL!

    Here's a horse face painting design. I quite like this and it could be adapted easily for a full face design of a unicorn.

    This was the dragon mask that we played with at the last training night. The little boy wanted a red dragon and I like the colours that he chose.


    Friday, November 14, 2008

    Face painting and Balloon modelling for Children in Need

    Tonight is the second anniversary of one of my two World Records!! In 2006 I went to the BBC in Birmingham and took part in a 4 hour face painting team world record attempt, which we achieved. :)

    The full title on the award says, 'The record for the most faces painted in four hours was achieved by a team of five independent face painters sponsored by Snazaroo Ltd., who painted a total of 1071 different faces, using a minimum of three colours per face, as part of Children in Need held at BBC Birmingham on 17th November 2006.'

    This year (and last year) we face painted and balloon modelled for one of the call centers in Bristol that was accepting donations from those wonderful people who call in to give their money to Children in Need. It's always a good night and the atmosphere is wonderful.

    Here is some of the face paintingand balloon modelling we did:


    Thursday, November 13, 2008

    Join Friends of Cats Whisker Face Painting on FaceBook!!

    Are you a friend of Cats Whiskers Face Painting?? We certainly hope so!!

    If you'd like to show it, come along and join our facebook group:

    Friends of Cats Whiskers Face Painting

    See you there!!

    Thursday, November 6, 2008

    Face Painting Workshops and staff face painting training night

    We had great fun joining the children at the holiday club in Pill for a Face Painting Workshop. The primary aged chilrden were given masks to paint and shown how to apply paint using a sponge and brush. There were a range of step by step designs as well as a sheet of tribal designs from around the world which they could adapt or copy to create their own unique designs. Here are some of the face painting designs they came up with:

    We also had a Cats Whiskers staff face painting training night recently and tried out a few new face painting design ideas. Michelle had a web butterfly mask type design painted on her, Sarah was a tribally vampire and Jo had a dragon mask.

    New blogging application!

    If you're interested in face painting and balloon modelling - or just interested in keeping up to date with the antics of the Cats Whiskers Face Painting team - you can now become a Follower of this blog. On the left hand side of the page there is a Followers section and you can click the link to be added in and be kept up to date with all our news. :)