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FREE Balloon Tutorial: “Head Huggers!”

This week I came up with a fun idea for some headband balloons that I have been calling “head huggers!” These are SUPER easy and fast to make, and there are SO many possibilities to mix them up with different characters! I put together a little tutorial, and I can’t wait to see what YOU do to take this idea to the next level! Be sure to share your own creations…we love to see your work!

Since the standard heart shaped cat prints that so many twisters love to use have been hard to come by lately, I thought I’d try something different! The cat heads I used on my kitty head hugger I purchased on Amazon. They come with cardboard ears and a roll of glue dots. So for parties, what I did was cut apart pieces of the glue dot roll so I had short pieces with two dots each, stuck them in place on the ears, and then when I need to attach them at a gig, I can just peel off the backing and stick them on. I think they look pretty cute, and a great alternative to the heart shaped cats!

  • Headbands 1″ Clear – 10 pack
    Headbands 1″ Clear – 10 pack
  • Betallatex 260B Pastel Matte Nozzle-Up – 50ct
    Betallatex 260B Pastel Matte Nozzle-Up – 50ct
  • Betallatex 260B Nozzle-Up Individual Colors, 50ct
    Betallatex 260B Nozzle-Up Individual Colors, 50ct

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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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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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Introducing: Tuesday Tips at Ten!

If you follow me on social media, you’re already way ahead of me here! It just dawned on me that I have failed to include my blog in the locations where I’m now sharing tips every Tuesday! SO, I’m going to take this opportunity to introduce my new “thing” to my blog readers here and get you all caught up!

Basically, every Tuesday at 10:00 am central time, I am going to be sharing some sort of tip with you! It could be face paint related or something for other art forms like balloons, glitter tattoos, etc. It could be a business tip. Some might be mind blowing, some might be “well duh, I already knew that!” But my goal is to share as many tips as I can come up with, and I hope that at least a few of them help you out in some way! I’ll try to keep them roughly 2 minutes long, give or take, but it’ll depend on the tip of course. Quick and helpful is my goal!

I started on Tuesday, November 22nd so there are a few already out there. I’ll post them below! And from here on out, I’ll try to remember to post these here on the blog so you don’t miss any if you are a blog subscriber! You also should be able to find these on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

SO, watch, subscribe, and enjoy! Please do comment if you find any of these useful…it helps me to know if I’m sharing good stuff or not! 😉 And if YOU have a great tip to share, send it our way! I’d love to share your tips too, and of course give YOU credit!

Thanks so much and happy painting!

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Balloon Decor Project

Last week I did some balloon decor for my church, to help celebrate the first week of their kids’ services returning after quarantine! The balloons were designed to go with the graphics created for the coming month’s theme, specifically the words “Faith” and “Focus.” The graphics included colorful images of 3D glasses with halftone dots, so we had some fun with polka dot balloons! I also created a giant pair of 3D glasses using mylar 0’s, 7’s, and colored cellophane. It was super fun! I ordered a pack of 100 pairs of 3D glasses, and had my boys turn them into garlands using my Crop-A-Dile tool. Here are a few photos, and a time lapse video of the project going up!

My boys were great helpers! We built a couple columns in about 2 hours. I realized when I got there that I had accidentally ordered the dark blue balloons in 5″ diameter instead of 11″. Gah! So, I ran out to the nearest party shop to get more dark blue, while Sam stayed behind and kept filling the others to keep us on schedule. Thanks, Sam!

Here is a time lapse video of everything…scroll down for more pics!

Here we are hanging the 3D glasses “garland.” It worked great! We also dangled a few glasses from this across the room. On either side of this we hung red and blue crepe paper, lying against each other and twisted…which actually looked funky through real 3D glasses!

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Get 10% Off during Paintertainment’s GRAND RE-OPENING!

I am very excited to announce Paintertainment’s GRAND RE-OPENING!!! We have expanded our assortment of products so much, that we had to build a second story on the virtual store just to display all of the great new items we have for sale!

Visit our store today to check out not only more new products, but also entire new assortments!  You’ll find an all new clown section, with clown makeup essentials like white clown base makeup, setting powder and remover, Supracolor grease makeup palettes, and even rainbow eyelashes!

Our new balloon section is a great place to start if you’re getting into balloon twisting, with an assortment of balloons and hand pumps.  I plan on expanding the assortment of colors soon as well!  Got a favorite that you use most often?  Let me know, as I’d love to incorporate your feedback!  I am not a professional balloon twister myself, although I plan to learn soon.  So, I am open to any and all suggestions.

Our glitter aisle now has even more “bling,” with the previous addition of acrylic rhinestones and two products to affix them…both spirit gum and eyelash adhesive.

So visit our store today and check out the new “remodeling” and product selection!  And as a special thank you to all of my Blogger and Facebook friends, get 10% off from now until January 17th on all orders when you enter the coupon code REOPEN2011 !!  (No minimum required.  Limit one coupon use per customer.)

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Clowning Around at Como Park

I had a great time on Saturday painting with Rusty the Clown and his daughters, “Dotsy” and “Pumpkin,” at Como Park in St. Paul.  My mom and I have painted with them for this event for several years.  Rusty puts on a great magic show, and his daughters are a blast to watch as they entertain the kids with their balloon animals and bubbly personalities!

Here I am painting a princess crown on Pumpkin’s arm:

You may recognize her from my website, where you see a photo of me painting her ankle some years back! 

They are such a great bunch of people and I really enjoy it when I have the chance to work with Rusty.  I soon hope to add his information to my own website, where I will be able to offer his wonderful entertainment to clients as well!