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Tuesday Tips @ Ten: Organizing Design Menus

I have tried many different design menu options for display and organization. I’ve had huge magnetic menus with each design a magnet…I’ve had sign frames and stands with printed menus, and I’ve had menus as simple as a piece of laminated paper. In the end I keep going back to that easy-to-print and store, standard, letter sized piece of paper! This week I share with you how I organize and store my menus, and then a really fun way to use them if you watch to the end! Apologies for the technical difficulties I had this morning…so today’s tip was NOT posted at 10. But, here ya go!!

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Tuesday Tips @ Ten: Smaller Brush Tubs

Tune in every Tuesday at 10:00 am central time for a tip from Gretchen Fleener of Paintertainment.com! Our tips are geared mainly towards face painters, though may be applicable to other forms of artistic entertainment as well! This week’s tip is on the subject of brush tubs! Gretchen shows you what she uses for a more compact brush tub, and a little trick to add back those scrubby ridges in the bottom of the tub to get your bristles clean!

Here are a few links!

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4 Speedy Snails

Today I was practicing some balloon twisting, and working on coming up with a few variations of a snail! The little orange one is just a single 160 balloon with a yellow scrap. The pink & yellow one uses two 260’s and one pink 160, while the bigger one with the chrome shell uses three 260’s and a white round!

It’s super useful to have multiple ways to make different things, not only for the ability to adjust your speed at an event, but to account for any variations in the supplies you may have packed!

It got me thinking of course of how we do this same thing with face painting. I can do a quick cheek art version of something, a more detailed half-face, or a full face, for many of my designs! So I thought I’d put together a little video of the amount of variety you can achieve JUST within the CHEEK ART category alone! Here I start with s super fast snail that is made up of one pounce of a dauber and three teardrops! I then go on to add a little more detail, stepping it up with google eyes, and finally with more shading and festival glitter! The variations are endless, but I hope you enjoy this little sampling of speedy snails!

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2022 Year in Review

Happy new year!! I always love to look back on the previous year on new year’s day.

It’s SO hard to pick just one photo from each month, especially those summer months! But here are just a few highlights…

Window painting – My little covid pivot has really paid off this year, as I took on 4 brand new clients and got repeat work from my existing clients. Dunkin’ is definitely my biggest window client, and their locations grew from 4 to 6 stores this year, which now gives me about 24 painting jobs every year just from them! This year I did interior paint jobs, exterior, and vinyl!

The Glitter Glamper – The Glamper had a huge year!!! In May was our first year participating in the MN State Fair’s “Kickoff to Summer” over Memorial Day weekend. We were slammed for 5 days, and I believe this was the Glamper trailer’s foot in the door to landing our new fair location, as shortly after I was offered a huge, new space to park the trailer in August at the MN State Fair! In between the two, the Glamper set up camp at Interlachen Country Club (our 2nd year with the Glamper there) for the 4th of July, and we also set up at the Carver County Fair for 5 days in early August. This was the year I really got to see my Photoshopped renderings of this Glitter Glamper concept turn to reality!

Private Sessions – I love painting for private sessions! I don’t do a lot of them but when I do they are SO much fun. This year I got to paint Rachel’s belly for the 2nd time, this time with a super cute “Up” theme! I also had the opportunity to paint Diane to complete her jester costume for Halloween!

County Fair – This year’s Carver County fair was like no other! I was able to bring in the Glamper and set it up right outside the building where my face painting booth has always been, and bringing in some of my amazing team of artists to help, I was able to juggle two booths at once! I had SO much fun having friends with me (normally I work alone here), and my boys got a chance to run the cash registers too!

MY AMAZING TEAM! – In looking back at my year’s worth of hundreds of photos, my favorites are always those of the amazing artists and family members without who’s help I would most certainly NOT be able to pull ANY of this off! Thank you all for doing such amazing work in sometimes very challenging scenarios, but always with smiles on your faces! You all make my job SO much fun and I am SO INCREDIBLY thankful for each and every one of you! Here’s to many more adventures in 2023!

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Tuesday Tips @ 10: Balloon Apron Organization

Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Tips at Ten! Today’s tip is for balloon twisters, and I’m going to show you a cool little trick I recently came up with to help me know which balloons are in which little pocket on my apron! I’m always swapping out what’s in those pockets based on the event and theme, so I can never remember what is where. This trip keeps me from having to dig in all the pockets to find what I need!

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Step by Step Juggling Snowman!

The snowfall here in Minnesota the past couple of days has been MAGICAL! My favorite kind…the thick, fluffy kind that falls slowly like a snow globe and sticks to the branches, making everything look like a fairy land! Here are just a few pics I took in my yard:

Today felt like just the perfect photo backdrop for me to paint a little snowball juggling snowman idea that I drew in my sketchbook during my paint jam earlier this month!

Here’s a little time lapse tutorial!

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