Yesterday the sun was shining on Southwold pier and loads of children and their families came out to enjoy the last day of the half term.
I spent the day in the beach cafe, offering complimentary face painting provided by the pier to the public. The pier has such a fabulous atmosphere and I have never seen a team of staff work so well together and so hard! So to be a part of that, is a real honour! .
I set my paints up and then, like most gigs I attend, I painted my own face and popped outside for a selfie! It was sunny but breezy down at the seafront, hence the windswept look...
I was really happy when the first two children I painted were two sisters that I hadn't seen for ages.
As well as face painting, the pier were providing a Punch and Judy show on the seafront. There were three shows the light the afternoon and each one had a huge amount of viewers.
When the Punch and Judy shows were on, my queue was non existent, so I used that time to paint an octopus on my arm and pop out for a photo of it with the sea behind it!
octopi then became quite popular with the public, which was great, as I discovered they are really fun to paint!
butterflies and florals were also a popular choice....
Another popular design, for both the face and arm, was a mermaid. I painted lots but only managed to take a photo of one.....
I love painting mermaids as its a perfect opportunity to use my shimmer colours!
I had a fab day at the pier and I will be back there at the end of July offering complimentary face painting. Come and see us, rain or shine!!
I had a 'super' time painting at Oscar's super hero party yesterday. It was hero and princess galore and Spiderman and Elsa were the most popular by far! So after churning out quite a few spiderman faces, this little guy, who had waited very patiently, sits in my chair and says
"I'd like a Spiderman, Superman please"
Hooray, the chance to get creative!! I absolutely love it when children have their own ideas about what they would like and challenge me like this. I've never painted a Spiderman/Superman combo so I was excited at the challenge and opportunity to make a design up on the spot!
So here it is, my on the spot Spiderman/Superman design! He was super happy with it and therefore, so was I!
Quick selfie with Spidey before I left!
The death of the legendary, David Bowie left me feeling very sad. So I did what a lot of artists do and used that emotion to create. Of course, for me, this had to be in the form of a Bowie inspired face paint or two!
The first paint I did was inspired by Bowie's roll as Jareth the Goblin King in the 80s movie Labyrinth.
The Labyrinth is one of my favourites, I have seen it so many times and more recently I had the pleasure of introducing it to my 7 year old, who loved it just as much as I did when I was young. If you haven't seen it then you really must!!
Above is a look inspired by probably the most famous Bowie look, the Aladdin Sane album cover. Various versions of this have been all over my news feed as lots of my fellow face painter friends have recreated the look. It's definitely an image that a lot of people are familiar with and can recognise.
I thoroughly enjoyed recreating these looks and felt a little bit better for painting them.
I will leave you with a quote from one of my favourite Bowie llyrics, taken from a song he wrote for the movie, Labyrinth.
Today I painted for the East of England Coop. They were running a healthcare roadshow in Ipswich Town centre. Their pharmacy team were offering advice about blood pressure, flu vaccinations, travel vaccinations and medicines, health eating, weight management, stop smoking services and sexual health.
Their hearing specialists were carrying out free hearing tests and customers also had the opportunity to find out more information about the Coop's optical services. I received some professional advice about cosmetic lenses, which I am planning on wearing for Halloween!!
There was the opportunity to sign up as a member (with a fabulous goody bag if you did) and to enter a competition to win a health spa day for two, worth over £200 , (which of course, I entered)!!
While this was all going on for the adults, I was there to offer complimentary face painting on behalf of the Coop, for the children. Lots of little ones were excited to get their faces done and many of them chose to have a Halloween face in preparation for Saturday's celebrations. As well as the usual butterflies and tigers, I painted lots of zombies, vampires, a Frankenstein's monster, a devil and a spooky Spider-Man!
It was cold wet and windy, but despite the horrible weather, lots of current and new coop members came along to experience what the roadshow had to offer, which was a lot!
I was really busy so I didn't get many photos, I wish I'd taken one of the devil, as it's the first time I'd ever painted one! Below are a couple I did manage to snap, a blue and red spider man and Venom and a pretty bat face....
The next healthcare roadshow run by the Coop is on Tuesday the 3rd November at the Coop store, Saxmundham Road, Aldeburugh. I highly recommend going along to talk to the professional about your health care needs and to enter the spa day competition... You may even get a free apple too!
This weekend I went to Halesworth to paint at Bo and Ruby's birthday party! I first painted Bo and Ruby at the Blyford Queens Head summer fete. It was the first time Bo had had her face painted and she chose to be a pink cat! Ruby chose to have her arm painted with some pretty flowers.
The party was a mix of girls and boys which is always fun as I get to paint a variety of designs. As it was a 3rd birthday party there was a mix of ages from babies up to older siblings of about 5. But the majority were around 2-3 years old. Painting little ones of this age can be very difficult. They will climb my glitter ladder (aka my face paint chair) all excited, then as soon as Its time to speak, they go all shy. They don't like to say their name or what they want to be! This is when my degree in Early Childhood studies comes in handy. I talk to them softly and calmly, we do a practise on their arm, which is usually a rainbow or spider or something simple but effective. This approach relaxes and reassures them, so I can then begin to paint. This however doesn't guarantee they will sit still!
Olivia had her face painted for the first time, oh my she was a cutie! I did a flower on her hand so she knew what the paint felt like on her skin and then I turned her into a fairy princess with a flower crown. She looked beautiful!
So on to the birthday girls, I didn't manage to get a photo of Ruby's arm, but she chose to have butterflies and flowers, in oranges and pinks to match her dress. Bo had recently watched Frozen so she chose a frozen princess crown. The birthday child always gets a little something special, this could be a little gift or in most cases, for little girls, some bling on their design. Bo looked through all the gems I had made and chose a pretty blue one which would watch her frozen face. She sat so still, with her eyes shut the whole time. She chose pink lip stick and gave me the best pout so I could add the glitter!
Bo's Mum later sent me a photo of Bo going to bed with her face paint still on. This has to be my career highlight, I'm so happy that's she didn't want to wash her face paint off!
Another little lady that didn't want her paint off was painted with a frozen design on her face and flowers up her arm. Her mummy compromised and let her keep her arm painting on, which she told me was still on all the following day too! It was a really pretty arm design with a pink and teal theme to match her dress. The colours worked perfectly together so I will definitely use them in the same way another time.
I must show you the cakes!! Two cakes, one for each birthday girl, wow!! Bo's was made lovingly by her mummy and was, of course, a frozen themed one. Ruby's was made by a very talented friend of mine, Becs from 'Becs Cake Creations' it was a Peppa pig themed one with her name on it, her age and some super cute flowers and ladybirds! Both cakes looked amazing and most importantly Ruby and Bo loved them!
I had so much fun at the party. I painted boys girls, young and old. I don't have a photo of any of the adults but I painted a pirate, a princess crown and some flowers on some of the grown ups!
Hopefully it won't be the last time I see or paint Ruby and Bo as I'm yet to paint Ruby's face, even with the bribe of some bling!
Went over to LaLa's house today for a cuppa and of course I took my kit! If Boom Boom is about and up for it then her face gets painted!
Last time I did her face I asked her if I could do something with a Halloween theme next time. So when I asked her what she'd like this time she said "a Halloween butterfly, but pretty please"
We chose the colours together and then I came up with this pretty design.
She seemed pleased with it and even pinched my mirror to keep looking at herself in it!
When I was told what the theme was for Nicole's party I was excited but also a little out of my comfort zone. I, like most of the female population, am familiar with my little ponies, but for me it was all about the 90's version, not the ones that are on television today
So after a lot of googling and searching on Sky TV I found the new version! They have huge eyes, long eyelashes and are wonderfully bright and colourful! Quite excitedly, I started to play about with some designs inspired by each of theindividual ponies. I stuck with some of the aim characters.. Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Flutter Shy and Twilight Sparkle! Each pony has a 'cutie mark' which is a kind of tattoo on their hind quarters. I used these as a base and created the designs below....
I had a fab time at the party. Here are a few of the pony designs that were requested!
I love party's that have a theme, it's exciting to get creative and come up with my own designs for them. If your child has a favourite book, character, TV show or Movie and you would like a party around that theme, then having a face painter at the there is a great way to get all the kids involved too!
If you are interested in booking me for a party or just want to discuss an idea you have in mind then just send me a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call on 07584 221421
On Sunday I painted all day and evening at the vintage street fair in Harleston, an event organised and run by members of the local community that volunteer for 'Harleston's Future.'
It was a fantastic day, full of not only treasure and trinkets, but music, madness, fun and frolics! As a Harleston resident myself I was thrilled to be painting there. It's so good to be a part of the local community and meet your neighbours and other residents of the town at such a unique event.
I painted adults and children, newbies and experienced clients. I was challenged to make a design up on the spot when asked for 'mine craft' one, painted my first ever rose and painted a mummy and her newbie daughter to match!
It was a great day and the evening was fab! Bands played and people gathered in the market place and danced the night away. I for one can't wait for next year to do it all over again!
Bello, (that's Minion for Hello)! We LOVE Minions in our house and with the release of the new film it seemed only right to paint a minion on a bump! The lovely Lauren was the Model for this body painting. I'm really happy with how it turned out and hope you like it too. The pictures below show the stages of the body paint and the finishedl design!