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    Friday, December 17, 2010

    Balloon Modelling Workshops

    During December we have had a blast visiting various WI Groups and introducing them to the fun of Balloon Modelling!  The ladies have all been very game for a laugh and have done very well grasping the basics of balloon twisting to create wands, flowers and the obligatory balloon dog!
     These photos are from Abbots Leigh WI and their president, Val Baker said, "I would be grateful if you could pass our thanks onto Helen Eyre for starting off our Christmas meeting with such hilarity.  It was a great success."

    For information about our balloon modelling workshops, please get in touch.

    Best wishes

    Tuesday, December 14, 2010

    Face Painting pictures from last weekend

    Just a few pictures to show you what we were up to at the weekend!

    Best wishes

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    Face Painting at Weddings

    We received a lovely e-mail today from one of our clients that we'd like to share with you.  It was expressing why she uses our services for her Wedding Planning business - Happy Every After Weddings (

    I write in regards my daughter`s wedding - you provided services for her at the Tewkesbury Park Hotel in April 2007. For myself, as a wedding planner I know the importance of filling the gap when the room is turned round and photos are taken, we therefore booked with you to cover this time. The price was very reasonable and the guests talked about it for months afterwards.The children waiting to have their faces painted were fascinated and also were able to look through an endless number of photos to give them ideas of what they wanted.

    I can truly say that the finished faces were the best I have ever seen.I was amazed at the detail, and that the full face was painted in a really quick time so the children were never bored.Eventually the Bride had her name in sparkly writing and other guests had small sparkly images for the evening.The children enjoyed the rest of the day playing together acting out what they were, it was so much fun for them.

    I have since recommended your company to all my brides.Thank you for such a fantastic service, the lady on the day was truly very gifted and the following are just a few of the many comments from guests which I would be happy for you to use;

    My little boy had his face painted as a pirate - the result was unbelievable. He had his full face painted very quickly but it looked like an artist had done it and taken hours.

    What a fantastic idea! I will use this service for my own wedding next year!

    My 2 girls were at first a little hesitant about having it done but the lady asked my 7 year old what her favourite thing was so she had a lion`s face, then my 5 year old had a fairy face with beautifully blended colours and sparkle and was truly stunning.They looked ready to go on stage at a theatre yet it only took a few minutes. They will never forget it.

    I would never have thought that this was a service that could be provided for a wedding - it was lovely to watch the young - and old - ones have such a great time. No-one wanted her to leave!

    From Lauren,my daughter and the Bride - my mum planned my wedding and when she mentioned this idea I thought it would be good - a little like a stand at a shopping centre. On the day I was totally amazed at the children`s painted faces - I have never seen anything like it before or since. My only regret is that I wish we had booked her to stay all evening too ! I want a party so that I can book them again - a huge thank you xxx

    Best wishes

    Monday, November 15, 2010

    Using Snazaroo Iridescent Powders in Face Painting

    The Snazaroo range of iridescent powders have many uses in Face Painting. They can be applied to the skin to create a smooth shimmering base for full face designs or can be used for spectacular eye shadow creations.

    In hot and humid conditions or when you are dealing with active children the powders are particularly good for creating a bright and comfortable base for the children’s face paint designs that won’t easily sweat off.

    The powders can be applied directly onto the skin with a damp sponge or brush to create a stronger colour or applied with a dry sponge or brush for a more subtle translucent appearance.

    Try using the dry powders to add shimmer and highlights on top of a face painted base before adding the final line work to complete the design.

    To apply damp:
    Cut a Snazaroo high density sponge in half. Dip in water and squeeze out all the excess water so that the sponge is just damp, or spray lightly with a water mister and then using the flat inside edge of the sponge pick up a small amount of powder. Work the powder into the sponge using the lid of the iridescent powder container. When the edge of the sponge is evenly covered apply to the face.

    When applying dry make sure that you tap your applicator on the edge of the pot before applying to remove excess so that you can control the application of the powder.

    Any questions - just ask!


    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    Pictures from a Summer Holiday Workshop

    I've been looking back through some of the images from the Summer and came across these from a Summer Camp where we ran a theatrical makeup workshop for a week. It covered amongst other things - face painting, aging, wounds & special effects. The pictures made me chuckle so I thought I'd share. I particularly love the old ladies in their wigs!

    All the best,

    Monday, November 8, 2010

    Pictures from Lacock Abbey Witches & Wizards Day

    The lovely Len! I think it might have been cold working outside ;o)

    The Count - (
    A little potion!

    It doesn't matter where we go, the pink kittens always find us. ;o)



    Blue Batterfly.

    All the best,


    Friday, November 5, 2010

    Face Painting supplier to the National Trust

    Cats Whiskers Face Painting is now an official supplier to the National Trust. We've face painted at many of their locations across the UK over the past few years but have only recently completed the paperwork to become a regular supplier with an official vendor ID number!

    Most recently we provided face painting and special effects wounds makeup at Lacock Abbey for their Autumn School Holiday activities. They have kindly provided us with a reference that we'd love to share with you.

    “We held a Witches and Wizards Day at Lacock Abbey. The Cats Whiskers team provided face painting and casualty make up. They were fab.

    Really friendly and easy to work with, sitting in an outside marquee at the end of October and staying there all day with total professionalism. Their face paintings were excellent and they had a great manner with the children. The face paintings also did not take that long per child, which was ideal and kept the queue at a manageable length.”

    ~ R Holtom, Assistant Visitor Services Manager, Lacock Abbey

    Sharon and Len had a wonderful time painting everyone at Lacock Abbey and I'm hoping that they may have even had a chance to take a few pictures that I'll be able to share with you next week.

    Have a good weekend.

    Thursday, November 4, 2010

    Congratulations to our wonderful Office Manager!

    Let me introduce you to the fabulous and fantastic Sharon Fielding!
    Sharon has been with the Cats Whiskers team since March 2005 as a face painting artist and joined me in the office in September 2006. Since then she has saved my sanity on any number of occasions and has become our ever efficient Office Manager. If you give us a call, it'll probably be her dulcet tones that will greet you. ;o)
    This year she sailed through her OCR Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration and in the process developed and improved many of our office procedures whilst making us think about and tackle business areas that may have been slightly neglected. It was an interesting and very beneficial exercise for both of us and we thank the Train to Gain team for offering us this opportunity.
    So congratulations to Sharon from all of us at the Cats Whiskers team for your outstanding achievement.
    All the best

    Wednesday, November 3, 2010

    Dear Cancer

    Earlier in the year I went to meet a wonderful lady by the name of Anna Antell. We had been introduced through a friend on Twitter because Anna was looking for a body painter to offer their services for a project entitled "Dear Cancer".

    I spent an amazing day meeting some wonderful women at a lovely farm house in Oxfordshire (it offers B&B too, I'll try and dig out the link!!). They were styled and pampered and ultimately revealed their Cancer scars to be captured on camera.

    These images have now been shown along with other artwork, poetry and sculpture at an amazing exhibition in MalMaison, Oxford.

    Anna has also been featured in the Daily Express and here's the link to the article which gives much more information about her journey to create the wonder that is "Dear Cancer" -

    All of this has been about raising awareness and ultimately money to support those suffering with Cancer and to work towards a cure.

    For more information about Dear Cancer and the links to donate to the cause through Just Giving please check out the Facebook Fan Page

    Have a look through the photo album from the launch and you might be able to spot some of my art work! :o)

    All the best,

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

    UK Face & Body Art Convention 2010


    It's been a while and I appologise for my lack of posting. The Summer months are always are busiest and it gets a little crazy in the office here at Cats Whiskers!

    Now we've almost recovered, I'll do my best to post about the fun we had during teh Summer months and get back to posting regularly about our current adventures.

    This past weekend was the UK Face & Body Art Convention in Birmingham. I went up to paint for the Snazaroo team on the Saturday and had a fantastic time. Back in June I did a body painting shoot for them to create an advertsiting image and this design, painted on the stunningly beautiful Rowena Perry and photographed by Simon Webb at Blueskies photography, was used for the programme and on a sketch book & tin full of goodies given to every delegate at the convention. :o)

    More soon.

    Cats Whiskers Face Painting

    Wednesday, June 9, 2010

    Revised Terms & Conditions of Cats Whiskers services

    Please find below our revised Terms & Conditions which are effective immediately:

    Terms and Conditions for the hiring of Cats Whiskers services:

    1. CONFIRMING BOOKING: Returning the signed green Booking Confirmation Form along with a deposit will confirm your booking date and time. A stamped addressed envelope is enclosed for this purpose.
    The deposit amount for this booking is £xx which is 30% of the booking fee or £25, whichever is the larger value.
    If not received by xx/xx/2010, Cats Whiskers reserve the right to offer this date and time to other enquirers. / This booking is verbally agreed and returning the signed green Booking Confirmation Form will confirm it.

    2. CANCELLATION / RESCHEDULING: If you need to cancel this event please inform the office immediately.
    If you are cancelling the event within 48 hours of the start time you must speak directly with the Duty Manager on 07906 759610.
    Deposits are non-refundable, however at the discretion of Cats Whiskers it may be transferred to a rescheduled date if that date is within three months of the original booking and we have staff available.
    If a booking is cancelled within seven days of the booking date, 60% of the total booking fee will immediately become payable and an invoice will be issued. This increases to the full booking fee if the booking is cancelled within 48 hours of the booking start time.

    3. PAYMENT: The balance of £50 is due in cash or by cheque on arrival at the event. / The balance of £50 is due within 30 days of the event. BACS details will be available on our invoice. All cheques should be made payable to “Helen Eyre”.

    4. OUTSTANDING PAYMENTS: Cats Whiskers will rigorously pursue any late or outstanding payments and use all legal options at our disposal. This may include charging interest on late payments and claiming compensation for debt recovery costs as defined by the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998.

    5. STAFFING: Please note that we cannot promise a specific artist(s). We will select the best artist available that is suitable for your needs and inform you of their name prior to the event. Whilst we will endeavour to paint every child at your event an artist’s average speed allows for between 10 - 12 faces per hour. Please do not ask us to disappoint any children due to lack of artists or time booked.

    In the event that your allocated artist is unwell or incapacitated on the day of your booking, we will endeavour to find a replacement member of staff. However if this is not possible you will be advised as soon as is practicable and your deposit will be refunded in full.

    6. FORCE MAJEURE: Cats Whiskers will not be liable for failure to perform our obligations if such failure is as a result of Acts of God (including fire, flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, extreme weather conditions or other natural disaster), war, invasion, act of foreign enemies, hostilities (regardless of whether war is declared), civil war, rebellion, revolution, insurrection, military or usurped power or confiscation, terrorist activities, nationalisation, government sanction, blockage, embargo, labor dispute, strike, lockout or interruption or failure of electricity or telephone service.

    7. CODE OF PRACTISE / IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The Cats Whiskers Face Painting Code of Practise is attached to the reverse of this document. Please make sure you are familiar with its contents as it forms part of our contractual agreement with you. Also enclosed is an ‘Important Information’ document which will detail safety information and removal instructions for the products that we will be using at your event. Please take the time to read this information.

    8. SUITABILITY OF VENUE / SHELTER & USE OF GAZEBO: Our staff require a safe, well lit and sheltered dry position from which they can operate. By signing the booking confirmation you are agreeing to provide this for them. We reserve the right, at no financial penalty to ourselves, for our staff members to remove themselves from a situation where they feel that they or those enjoying the services that we offer are unsafe.
    At outdoor events where shelter is not already provided we may be able to supply our own branded gazebo. This is a substantial piece of equipment and consequently if only one person is booked we would request that the organisers provide an assistant to help our member of staff put up and take down the Gazebo safely.

    9. LONE WORKING / BREAKS: Staff are entitled to comfort breaks during their working hours. Where staff are working for more than four hours they are entitled to at least a thirty minute rest break. Where two or more staff are booked, staff will manage breaks so that there is an uninterrupted service to your clients.
    Where only one member of staff has been booked we request that they are never left alone with the children and that another adult is always present. During break times for lone workers the event organisers must ensure that the working environment and kit of our staff remains safe and secure.

    10. SMOKING POLICY: The Smokefree (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations apply to all of our staff and consequently we respectfully remind our clients that all venues our staff are working in, including private homes, must remain smoke free for the duration of our work there.

    11. DATA PROTECTION POLICY: Your information will only be used for Cats Whisker’s Face Painting’s administrative purposes. We may send occasional information regarding our services and a bi-annual newsletter. If you do not wish to be sent any information other than that pertaining to a booking, please advise our office staff.

    Wednesday, June 2, 2010

    Mark Reid Face & Body Art Course - Exeter

    Mark Reid ( is coming to the South West!! Sharon and I took his course a few years ago and he is a very talented face and body painting artist and teacher - so if you want to learn from the best, book on quickly!!

    Dates and info:

    • Exeter, Devon - 23rd & 24th June
    - Jenny Marquis 01872 222941

    • Knutsford, Cheshire - 26th & 27th June
    - Chris Bailey 01565 722081

    • Hemel Hempstead, Herts - 28th & 29th June
    - Juliet Eve 01442 400786

    Please get in touch with the local contact in the first instance.

    2-day courses at each venue,
    • First day Face Painting. As well as covering the basic skills improving techniques, Mark will introduce some ideas for new masks, new girl designs and, I’m sure, his classic fanciful, feline faces!
    • Second day Body Painting. Mark will be teaching all the basics: Finding the right model and photographer, composition, how to plan a design and make it work with the body, pasties, g-strings, hair, nails, etc. Students will paint a body along side Mark and when finished, he will cover the posing and photography part of it.
    • Have a look at the inspiring pictures painted by Mark in my album, this will give you an idea of what he will bringing to each class!

    • 2 day course will be £225 and if you only want to book one day, then £125.

    • Places are limited and Mark’s courses fill up fast, so please contact either Juliet, Jenny or Chris a.s.a.p.
    • Then complete the booking form (download from ), and send it with a deposit of £50 per day to secure your place to:
    Fa├žade Academy, 5 Livingstone Walk, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 6AH
    • Any queries, please ring Juliet on 01442 400786
    • If you would like to arrange local accommodation, contact us for ideas.

    Also - if doing the Body Painting day, you will need a model! You are welcome to work on one model between two painters if you wish.

    Thursday, May 27, 2010

    Body Art at Hobbs Fashion Show 19th June

    Cats Whiskers will be creating some of our stunning body painted clothing on two models for the Hobbs Fashion Show in Bristol at the Colston Hall on Saturday 19th June. This is billed as the largest independant Fashion / Dance & Music event in Europe and the show starts at 8:30pm. The event is organised by Doug Hobbs of Hobbs Hairdressing and all profits go to Meningitis UK.

    For more details take a look at ad for tickets contact the Box Office at the Colston Hall: or 0117 922 3686.
    See you there.

    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    Face Painting for Combat Stress at Hagley Hall - 4th July

    Hagley Hall in Worcestershire is celebrating it's 250th anniversary this year and as part of that celebration they are hosting an event for all the family on 4th July.

    The event coincides with two other large celebrations in the global calendar. American Independence Day will be celebrated with a Mustang and Spitfire air display whilst the Men's Finals at Wimbledon will be available for all to watch with your strawberries and cream on big screens!

    The primary purpose of the whole event however, is to raise money for, and focus attention on, the very worthwhile cause of Combat Stress (

    There will be plenty of other activities on hand to keep the whole family entertained - including a team from Cats Whiskers offering face painting!

    This is a ticket only event and tickets are available from Hagley Hall by telephone to the Events Office - (01562) 887290 or via the internet (

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Best wishes


    Wednesday, May 19, 2010

    Banksy artwork stolen

    Ever fancied buying a Banksy original piece of art?

    Well, obviously the price tag was a bit much for these two who chose to smash a gallery window and leg it with two pieces of his work worth £16,000!

    How rude!! ;o)


    Who invented Velcro?

    In a search today to find some Velcro dots for our sign packs, I came across this supplier in Yorkshire. Not only were they the most cost effective solution to my problem - but I was really interested to read about the history of Velcro. Sometimes you get so used to using a product that you forget to ask how it came into existence.

    Anyway, if you fancy a short read to learn some interesting trivia the link to the article about who invented Velcro is here -


    Best wishes

    Monday, May 10, 2010

    Fantastic Balloon Modelling Training

    Len and I joined the talented Graham Lee from Balloon Art Wholesale, at Avonmouth today to play with balloons and put together some new designs to impress our clients.

    We rediscovered a design for a Red Arrow aircraft and developed balloon designs for a Dinosaur, Lion & Tiger - and many more!!

    It was also a fantastic opportunity to catch up with some of our entertainer friends. :o)

    Yours twisted,

    - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

    Wednesday, May 5, 2010

    Face painting humour

    Practising face painted rabbits at our last training night - spot the difference ;o)

    Friday, March 26, 2010

    Get into Biz TV interview with Cats Whiskers Face Painting

    Here is a clip from an interview I took part in with Richard from Get into Biz TV ( at Leigh Court which was organised by Carol from Coaching 4 Results ( The aim was to provide interesting busniess tips to other businesses and to share your busniess story - very tricky in a minute and a half!!

    It was a really interesting event - although I may have to stick to radio from here on in ;o)


    Thursday, March 18, 2010

    FACE Conference - Monster Award

    Last weekend the FACE (Face Painting Association) Conference was held in Dawlish, Devon. The conference starts with the associations AGM and then involves the members in many demos, business seminars and competitions.

    On the Friday evening after dinner we have a quiz and play face painting games and I also got to paint my friend and fellow entertainer, Dave Hickory.
    Dave had spent most of the day creating a stunning Balloon Portcullis.

    I was asked to do a demo on Clown's and Jesters - to keep with the weekends theme of the Medieval.

    I came second in the Monster Competition which was sponsored by Dauphines of Bristol and received an engraved plate, a certificate and a voucher to go shopping! :)
    Thanks for Sam from Charles Fox who was my lovely model!

    On the Saturday evening we had a Medieval Gala with amazing entertainment and everyone in costume. Here I am in my Medieval Gown and I also painted Adrian from Snazaroo as an Evil Jester!

    On Sunday we painted most of the children who came to the hotel for Mothers Day lunch. This young lady challenged me to paint a goth style face that matched her black, white and teal outfit so we settled for a skelebat design which she was really pleased with.

    All in all a fantastic weekend with lots of new ideas shared!


    Please vote in the 'Whats on 4 Little Ones 2010' Awards

    Cats Whiskers Face Painting have been nominated in the Best Children's Party Entertainment category by at least five of our customers for the What's on 4 Little Ones 2010 Awards and we have now progressed to be included in the voting stage.

    So we need your help!! Please take the time to go to , scroll down to the Best Children's Party Entertainment category and place your vote before the deadline, which is 30th April.

    The award programme, which is supported by Prima Baby & Pregnancy magazine, is now in its fourth year and celebrates the best activities across the UK, as nominated and voted for by parents.
    Thanks for nominating us!

    Tuesday, March 9, 2010

    New staff, new qualifications and a birthday!

    It's been a while since I've posted - but that doesn't mean that things haven't been busy! Far from it. February is always a hectic month as it's my birthday month. This year I was 40 - eeek! But we celebrated with a fantastic family skiing holiday in La Tania (

    Sharon did a wonderful job - as always - of keeping everything running smoothly whilst also completing the final section of her NVQ3 in Business Administration. We're now awaiting the verifier to check over her work and award her the qualification!

    We have taken on four new team members and are currently in the process of training them to the Cats Whiskers standard before we launch them into the real face paining world of parties and events. So far their work is absolutely excellent and we are sure they will all be a fantastic addition to our team.

    Bookings are pouring in for the next few months and this year promises to be our busiest yet!

    This week we are looking forward to the Cats Whiskers team training night. We're also awaiting the launch of the next issue of Illusion Magazine ( and at the weekend I will be teaching at the FACE (Face Painting Association) Conference in Dawlish, Devon.

    Busy, busy, busy!! :)


    Friday, February 5, 2010

    What's On 4 Little One's Awards

    Please could you nominate us?

    The What's On 4 Little One's web site are taking nominations for the 2010 awards. We'd love to be considered for the "Best Children's Party Entertainment" category but need five nominations for this.

    As a friend of Cats Whiskers Face painting, we'd really appreciate it if you would take the time to nominate us!

    Go to this link and the process is described in detail. Thank you!!


    Cats Whiskers Face Painting International

    I've been running Cats Whiskers for eight years now and during that time I have met and worked with some lovely and fantastically talented people. Two of these people have taken Cats Whiskers Face Painting to the international market place.

    My original partner in crime was a fabulous lady called Cate Frampton who has subsequently emigrated to Melbourne, Australia and started Cats Whiskers over there ( You can even find a picture of me from years ago in her gallery!!

    Now the amazing talent that is Nina Griffee, who moved to Beijing in August last year, is entertaining at birthday parties in China with her fantastic face painting skills.
    Here she is painting a fairy for one of her clients.

    She's still wearing our orange Cats Whiskers t-shirt when she goes face painting, which must confuse her clients if they check out the website to find it's a company based in Bristol, England.

    We're very much looking forward to seeing and working with Nina again when she rejoins our Bristol and Bath based team for the summer season. Then who knows where her travels will take her and what countries in the world will experience the "Cats Whiskers effect". ;)

    Take care, Helen

    Monday, February 1, 2010

    Body Art Competition

    Imagine my surprise this morning to discover that a picture I'd submitted for the Snazaroo Body Off competition ( ) at the end of 2008 has been posted on the competition page for voting! :)

    The image is of an eagle with the American flag:

    What an excellent start to the week!


    Friday, January 22, 2010

    Do you want to work as a face painter?

    Cats Whiskers Face Painting are now recruiting friendly, reliable and enthusiastic people to join the team to work as face painters and potentially balloon modellers or henna artists.

    Ideally the successful applicant will:
    have confidence working alone and dealing with the public.
    have experience working with children - CRB preferable but not esential.
    drive and have your own car - this is essential!!
    have internet access and check e-mail regularly.
    be flexible about availability - most work is at weekends and during public or school holidays.
    be available one evening a month for regular training once the initial training has been completed.
    have a love of glitter!

    A little artistic inclination would be great but full training will be given.

    Please contact Helen on with your CV and let us know why we should pick you to join the team.


    Thursday, January 21, 2010

    Face Painting & Balloon Modelling fun at UWE

    Below are just a few of our face painting & balloon modelling pictures from the Freshers weekend at UWE. As usual this was a really great booking with lots of laughs. We saw the return of the Aled hat challenge, as well as a request for a wearable duck balloon for the student's beach party later in the week! Sharon demonstrated her skills with some of our new eye designs. These eye designs will be making an appearance on our newly revamped face painting design sheets in 2010.


    Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    Womens Own article for Cancer Research UK & Do Crafts

    This week I'm in Womens Own magazine supporting the Cancer Research UK & Do Crafts campaign to make cards for sale in the Cancer Research UK shops to raise funds for this worthy charity. Here's the article:


    Monday, January 18, 2010

    Silver Body Art


    Here are some pictures from a Silver Lady body painting that I did at the end of 2009.
    The photographer was Rob Skilton & model was Abby.

    Friday, January 8, 2010