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New Time Lapse Paintings: “Art is in my Bones!” and a realistic eye

Whew! Since the boys have gone back to school I’ve been busy busy busy catching up! I just sent out my FREE monthly e-newsletter last week. If you didn’t get your copy, please contact me…I have had a few emails bounce back lately.  Our Halloween shop is also now open, and our brand new glitter tattoo shop is growing!!  Check out all the new products available now!

I’ve also been getting in a little time to paint! Last week I hosted a belly paint jam, and you can see the work of myself and the other artists here.  But, here’s what I painted to enter in Illusion’s mask competition this month, wish me luck:

Inspired by the 10 years of piano lessons I took as a kid!

Last night I had another hand painting idea pop into my head as I was lying in bed, so I thought I’d give that one a try.

Art is in my bones!

Here’s a time lapse video of me painting this one! I like to call it, “Art is in my bones!”

I’m also gearing up for my hands-on workshop teaching “Realistic Eyes” in Belgium next month!! In preparation I put together another time lapse video of me painting an eye.  Click here to learn more about this workshop!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy painting!!

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September Belly Painting Jam!

This week I hosted my first ever belly painting jam and it was a blast!!  In the end, 6 bellies were painted by 5 artists. One of the artists is also pregnant so she got to be a model, and then we had a couple more artists who just came to hang out, visit and watch!

Photos of the jam in action!

Artists came prepared with pot luck contributions and a design to paint! I also had an assortment of body painting magazines out for inspiration, with belly painting sections marked of course. Here are a few mini paintings that I did on the backs of my practice heads before the jam:

The back of your practice head is perfect for practicing bellies!

I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to find enough moms interested, but the numbers worked out just right.  The only catch for the moms to get a free belly painting was that they had to allow the artists to choose the design they want to paint (unless the artist lets them help pick), and then they signed model release forms allowing the artists to use photos of their work for promotional purposes.

The first painting I did was on my beautiful friend Andrea! She has 3 boys and is expecting a GIRL!

 The fox design was inspired by an illustration I found online.  For the background I laid down a base of pearl blue paint. I then brushed on a layer of the new Pixie Paints (“Blue Monday”) with a rake brush to give it a cool, chunky shimmer!  This is the first time I’ve used the pixie paints but they really worked great.  I then used a lollipop blender loaded with a white Mehron INtense Pro powder (lightening) and my BAM 1035 stencil to give the background some soft texture…

It was SO much fun to watch all the artists at work in my house!!  We had artists who have never painted bellies and those who have, but the beauty was that they all got to paint what they wanted, without the pressure of it being a paying client.  Belly paintings are expensive, they take a lot of time to create, and time to design beforehand.  They commemorate an unforgettable and life changing time in a woman’s life, and photos go into baby books forever, so there is always pressure to make them amazing! 

All the bellies painted at the jam!

Of course we had amazing artists already, but some pretty amazing things happen when you remove all the stress factors! 🙂
I was so super lucky to be able to paint two bellies!!  This one was on my beautiful balloon twisting and face painting friend, Jelly! This design was inspired by some Google image searches of moms and babies.

Here is a great example to illustrate why I always start by having the model stand up while I sketch the design outlines, THEN I have her sit down…

…If you start painting while mom is sitting down, your design will turn into an egg shape when she stands up. As you can see above, the design looks squished while I’m starting it in the top photo, but then rounds back out when she stands up. 

Babies’ arms are chubby, so while I was painting I thought, “I need to add some more to that little arm!” Of course that was one moment I forgot about the squish factor…and when she stood up baby grew biceps! Oops! 😉 Sometimes the hard part is trusting your squished looking outlines while painting, and sticking to them! 😉

We were even fortunate enough to have a REAL photographer attend as well!! So, I may just be updating this post in the near future with some way better photos, ha!

If you’re interested in having YOUR belly painted, check out my belly page HERE! I also do belly henna as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy painting!!


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So many new products!

Well, I haven’t posted in a little while as I’ve just been crazy busy getting my boys back to school and catching up on the pile of work I’ve been saving for when the boys get back to school! 😉 But among the craziness I’ve been adding a lot to the shop!

We are now offering glitter tattoos and supplies! Check out this entire new section, where you’ll find tattoo stencils, an expanded assortment of glitter, adhesive, brushes, tweezers, alcohol wipes, mica powder, & glitter storage solutions!

We’ve expanded our assortment of glitter colors!

oh so many tattoo stencils…this is just one! 😉

We have tweezers in pointed and this slanted style to help you grab those tiny loose pieces of stencil film!
More new options for storing your loose glitters

Empty lip gloss containers you can refill with body glue!

Body glue too of course! (order now before it dips below freezing here in MN!)
Mica powder for those pesky anti-glitter clients! 😉

Brushes ideal for freehand glitter tattoos, sturdy enough to stand up to body glue and alcohol!

Eyeshadow crease brushes are fluffy enough to pick up lots of glitter when using stencils! We have two sizes!

Long handled kabuki brush for brushing away loose glitter
Alcohol wipes, perfect for cleaning the skin before applying tattoos!

And have you seen the new Pixie Paint by Amerikan Body Art?  AH-mazing. I finally had a chance to try some out the other night on a couple belly paintings, and I’m in love.  Some new products you think are really cool, but you’ll maybe use them on 1 or 2 designs and it’ll end up just another thing taking up space in your kit.  This stuff…well, let’s just say I’m going to have to hold myself back from putting it on EVERYTHING.  It glides on beautifully with a fan rake brush, and it’s just so fun to watch the trail of bright, chunky glitters appear, staying right where you put them! Want even more glitz and opacity? Simply poof, dab, or spray on more cosmetic glitter while the aloe gel is still wet!

1 oz jars of Pixie Paint, available in 6 colors for $6.99 each!

Last night I hosted a belly painting jam which was a BLAST! So stay tuned for photos from that! Until then, thanks so much for stopping by and happy painting!  🙂