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    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,