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    Tuesday, December 22, 2009

    Cats Whiskers Face Painting - Client Comments

    I've just written the quarterly reviews for the Cats Whiskers Face Painting team and had a look at the comments received by our clients in the last quarter of 2009 - both of which made me really happy as all the team are producing amazing work and our clients are really appreciating that!

    Here are a selection of the comments we recevied about our work offering face painting, Henna, temporary tattoos and of course face painting!

    “An excellent service as usual, this is the third time I have used you and will definitely use you again. Sharon is great – we love her and so do the children” ~ Mrs A Alderson

    “All the parents that came to the party were very impressed. Helen was very friendly and helpful. It kept all the children (aged 10months – 6years) entertained for ages. Extremely impressed” ~ Mrs C Waring

    “The service received was first class and the girls were fantastic on the day. All the children were thrilled with the face painting and brilliant balloon modelling, even the parents were tempted myself included!” ~ Mrs A Rawle

    “Everything from initial enquiry via email to arrangements for the day and performance on the day were all carried out to a high standard. Lucy was fantastic, arrived on time, very flexible with the events of the day. All the children thought she was brilliant. The balloon models were brilliant especially the alien and the penguins!” ~ Mrs H Howe

    Have a fantastic Christmas & New Year!
    See you all in 2010.


    Thursday, December 17, 2009

    Henna hands at college

    Here are some of the Henna designs that we did for the College students at their Winter Fair yesterday.

    Firstly, a festive Sharon! :)
    And now to get my false eyelashes out and a ton of glitter so I can get ready for the Cats Whiskers Christmas Party :)

    Wednesday, December 9, 2009

    Step by step Santa / Father Christmas cheek art

    Painting Father Christmas on cheeks is very popular at this time of year! Here's a quick step by step for you using Snazaroo white, red and black face paint.

    Step 1: Using white paint the band of the hat, the end bobble and the hair.
    Step 2: Add the moustache and the beard.
    Step 3: Using red, fill in the hat to connect the band and bobble; then add the nose and mouth detail.
    Step 4: Using a fine brush and black face paint outline and add eyes.

    If you want a step by step of how to draw a more detailed full bodied Father Christmas / Santa follow this link to

    Click on the "step by steps" label to the left of this post for more design ideas - there is a penguin & Rudolf as well.

    I hope you're enjoying the run up to Christmas!!


    Saturday, December 5, 2009

    Face & Body Art International Convention (FABAIC) 2009 Cover Girl!

    In 2008 I travelled over to FABAIC in Florida to teach at the convention (See my blog entry about the trip: and whilst I was there I took part in a spectacular performance organised by Christopher Agostino. The team I worked with painted seven girls for the "Dragon Dance". (Here's a link to the video of the performance of the Dragon Dance:

    Imagine my surprise when in July this year at the World Body Painting Championships in Austria, I bumped into one of the lovely models we'd painted and she mentioned that our photograph with our body painted models had been used for the front cover of the FABAIC 2009 brochure!

    So, although the event happened in May of this year, I have finally tracked down a copy of the brochure and here it is!! Click on it to get a bigger view.

    Unfortunately I don't know the names of all the models, but the painters are from the left Pam Trent, me, Karen Sawyer, Ginny C, Fairy Emily, Susie Pierce and Katie Hunt.

    So, amazingly - I'm a cover girl!! ;)


    Thursday, December 3, 2009

    Body Painting images from the World Body Painting Championships, Seeboden 2009

    The photography awards for the World Body Painting Championships held in Seeboden in July this year have recently been announced ( and several of the photographers have used images of the body paintings that I created there! My thanks to my photogenic and utterly fabulous model - Tina Hörmann.
    Photographer: Adam Jean-JacquesPhotographer: Alfonso
    Photographer: Samo Trebizan
    Photographer: Anthony Thomas
    Photographer: Yan Lavallee


    Rudolf cheek art step by step design for Christmas

    For Rudolf we used Snazaroo Light Brown, White, Bright Red and Black face paints.

    Step 1: Create two joining heart shapes - the top one is brown and the bottom white. Use petal brush strokes on either side of the brown heart shape to create ears.
    Step 2: Using a fine brush and light brown face paint, create the antlers.
    Step 3: Add a red nose at the join between the brown and red heart shapes and add a smaller dot of bright red at the bottom of the white heart shape for a tongue.
    Step 4: Use a fine brush with black face paint to add eye's and the muzzle detail.

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    Face Painting for Children in Need at BBC Bristol & meeting Anthony Head

    Friday 20th November was BBC Children in Need and the Cats Whiskers team supported the event in two different venues. Half of us were entertaining the wonderful volunteers who answer the phones and take the donations and the other half of us were invited to the canteen at BBC Bristol where the regional portion of the BBC Children in Need broadcast was taking place.

    BBC Points West presenter Alex Lovell and actor Anthony Head were this years presenters. Great fun was had by everyone visiting as well as the whole of the Cats Whiskers team. Becky, a HUGE Wallace & Gromit fan, was allowed to hold the real Gromit! In her own wors, it was like her own personal Jim'll Fix It!! The team also had their photo's taken with Pudsey and Anthony Head and I was lucky enough to paint a Pudsey on his cheek and have a little moment on the TV with the presenters. :)

    Here are some pictures from the evening from the BBC website and here are some of ours:


    Monday, November 16, 2009

    Body Painting & Get Technical in Illusion Magazine Issue 10

    The eagerly anticipate issue 10 of Illusion magazine ( has finally arrived on my doorstep!

    In this edition Snazaroo ( have once again chosen one of my body paintings to advertise their wonderful brand of paint, which we at Cats Whiskers use for all our face and body painting work. The editing team have done an amazing job translating my technical page from the random scribbles I send them into a beautifully polished and professional piece of work. My thanks to them!!

    Now to grab a cup of tea and sit back to read the rest of the magazine. :)


    Saturday, November 14, 2009

    Balloon Modelling fun at the Patricia Bunnell lecture

    Last week I went to meet Patricia Bunnell from the US who was in the UK teaching us some of her fantastic Balloon modelling ideas. I learnt a lot from her including some ideas to organise my balloons which have already helped.

    We learnt some fantastic Christmas balloons. Here is a brilliant Father Christmas balloon mask modelled by Dave Hickory (, one of our entertainer friends.

    And my personal favourite was Eeyore :)

    I'm looking forward to the Christmas season so that I can use the new designs!!


    Friday, November 6, 2009

    Our photos from Halloween

    The October Half Term was a busy assortment of work. We worked under marquees in beautiful gardens, did special requests for individuals, entertained at parties for children and adults and did a big promotional event for our local shop - where we were mobbed! LOL!

    But firstly we started off with a training night to refresh our memories of some of the Halloween designs that only get dusted off once a year.

    This was the view from the marquee at Westenbirt Heritage Gardens:

    And here are some of the people we met and painted there:

    Sharon joined the UWE students for their Halloween Party:

    I did some special one off designs for people having parties -
    For a James Bond party:

    A unicorn (before the finishing touches of the costume, fake eyelashes and lipstick)

    and a Vampire:

    Then on Halloween itself, Sharon and I worked in my local NISA store to entertain our friends in Frampton Cotterell:

    Hope to see you soon!