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How to Paint a Sweater Texture

Just in time for your ugly Christmas sweater paintings, I’ve put together a super quick video to show you how to create a cable knit sweater texture! It looks super detailed, but really it’s just a matter of finding the right sized tools to make the size knit you want, and then repeating a pattern of short strokes and “stamps” with a petal brush. Enjoy!!

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Christmas Body Paint 2020

For the past few years I’ve been doing a Christmas themed body paint on my oldest son for my business holiday cards! Yesterday I had the chance to paint Sam again for this year’s cards! He is always such a willing and awesome model! Here is a little collage of the past years…

This year I did a little time lapse video of the painting which you can find on my YouTube channel or on our learn page of tutorials!

Here’s a collage of the progress as well:

I have to say it felt really good to get my paints out again. I haven’t been doing much face painting since Covid, but have kept very busy lately on my newest project, which I’ll share with you here very soon!! In the meantime, enjoy the time lapse and start thinking about Christmas, winter and the holidays!! We are currently taking submissions for winter/holiday themed designs for the next issue of Wet Paint Magazine, so be sure to get those in asap for a chance to see your work in print!

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Easy, On-the-Job Minion Tutorials

Are you a purple minion or yellow? Well, either way you’re in luck! I’ve just finished two really simple, on-the-job minion designs, both yellow and purple! You can leave them as-is, or you can get creative and add some 3D google eyes! Check out the videos below, or you can hop on over to our YouTube channel to watch these and more!

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Masquerade Masks!

I’ve had a couple requests in the past to paint groups of women before heading out for a masquerade themed bachelorette party.  Unfortunately none of them have panned out so I haven’t had the opportunity yet!  But, today I was inspired while browsing through a Google image search of Venetian masquerade masks and had to give it a try on myself…

This was really my first attempt at a mask, and boy am I ever blind when painting myself without my glasses on!  (And afterwards looking at photos, I’m always kicking myself for not putting on any makeup, pretty earrings, or something nicer looking than a sweatshirt, but oh well! It’s just practice!) I always have to literally paint in super slow motion when painting myself like this, so this one took about a half hour.  But, it turned out pretty cool in the end.  I had a lot of fun with my interferenz gold paint, metallic silver, and adding sparkly details with my Liquid Bling and also adhering some acrylic rhinestones with eyelash adhesive!

Once I get some more time to edit my other photos, maybe I’ll share the step by step process of this one too, if not here than on my free e-newsletter!

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Baby Bump Painting: Minnesota Twins!

Boy am I lucky to have yet another adorable pregnant woman in my family!  My cousin and his wife, who are expecting TWINS were in town visiting this week, so of course I had to paint her!!  I’m honored that I was able to get a slice of their time, as I know how precious it is when visiting family out of state!

Being that the Minnesota Twins are my cousin’s favorite team, AND they are expecting twins, it was only natural that we’d do a Twins baseball design!

Progress shots
First I have the mom-to-be stand while I sketch the design with a white makeup pencil
Then mom gets to sit and get comfy while I paint!

Adding the blue outlines really made it sharp!
Finishing touches!

I had a few different options for Twins designs to choose from, and I’m glad she picked this one!  It looked simple but was fun to really add some dimension and detailing with the stitching, and the giant baseball really played well on her belly shape!

I got some cute shots with the dad-to-be, who also took the photos of me painting above (thank you!!)…I’ll probably post some of his own photos later too as he had a better camera!  😉  All in all I think it turned out pretty cute and I had a blast!! 
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Rainbow Butterfly How-To

Tonight I finally had a chance to try out a few of the fun new products that were recently added to Paintertainment’s online shop!  I took photos along the way so that I could share a little rainbow butterfly how-to for you!

1) Wet the brush and/or paint. Swipe the Snazaroo butterfly fan brush across the Paradise Rainbow Cake to load it with a rainbow of colors! (You’ll swipe in the other direction, loading the other side of the brush, when you do the butterfly’s right wing in step 3)

2) Lay the butterfly fan brush against the skin, making sure that all colors make contact.

3) Swipe to the right as you lift the brush up for the left wing! Repeat using the other side of the brush for the right wing.

4) Outline the wings in black.  I used the Kryolan #5 round brush and black Aquacolor paint.

5) Paint a body and add antennae and outlines.  I used more of the Kryolan Aquacolor paint for the body, and a black bottle of Paradise Detailz for the outlines and antennae.

6) Add the finishing touches in white! I used the Snazaroo dotting wand for the white dots on the edges of the wings, and a white bottle of Paradise Detailz for the fine highlights and details.

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New Paradise & Mehron Products Now Available!

I’m pleased to announce another round of great new products just added to Paintertainment.com!

Glitter Spray 
– Glitter spray is a water based gel with glitter suspended throughout. It may be sprayed on the skin, hair or clothing. Use alone or to add sparkling accents!

Pro Pencils
– These silky smooth, ultra creamy pencils glide on with ease and come with a sturdy composite casing to protect the tip. Use them to draw designs or outline shapes to indicate placement of makeup…a must have for clowns and baby bump artists! Hint: for better point, put pencil in the freezer for a few minutes before sharpening!

Rainbow Cakes
This 6-color rainbow cake is made up of Mehron’s world famous Paradise Makeup AQ paint. The large surface of the rectangular cake has equal amounts of each color. They can be applied with a dampened sponge or brush, and remove easily with soap and water. The container measures about 3 1/8″ x 2 1/4″

Detailz
This liquid color concentrate is specifically designed for detail work. Each bottle comes with its own special applicator that provides the artist with the ability to add those fine details to intricate designs, outlines, fine lines, round accent spots and dots of various sizes.

I can’t WAIT to try out all of these cool products, and as soon as I do I’ll be sure to post pictures!

Happy painting! 

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Full Faces Freak me out!

 I hesitate to even post these just because full faces still totally creep me out!!  That’s probably a bad trait for a face painter, eh? 😉 Well, I thought I’d try my hand at some full face animals on myself.  So here they are:

Leopard – This was my first try at using a “rake brush,” and a neat animal print stencil I just bought online.  Never thought I’d use a stencil but they are pretty slick for things like prints!
My tiger face, before I had the rake brush which makes such great fur…

Trying out another new stencil of reptile skin! The interferenz paints were pretty cool for this.  If I did it again I’d do a darker base and then do the stencil’ed pattern in lighter green. I used to have an iguana named Gonzo.  There’s your trivia for the day.

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Two of My Favorite Summer “Gigs!”

Now that things are barely settling down a bit, I thought I’d post some photos from a couple of my favorite annual gigs that were last week!

 My mom and I have been doing this outdoor concert together for the past few years at the Village at Mendota Heights. So far we’ve always lucked out with great weather!  There’s a cute grassy “square” outside where all the families gather to listen to children’s entertainment.  This year there was even a petting zoo!

a few happy customers!

My mom painting

 Then the next day I painted at another one of my favorite events to work at…the fall kickoff party at Virtuosos Music Academy in Plymouth! The past few years they’ve been including some of the other neighboring businesses and the event grows every year.  It is free and open to the public with wonderful live music by the students, karate demonstrations from the nearby karate school, and this year they even had free Starbucks, and some professional stylists from The Style Room styling and spraying kids’ hair fun colors!

some musicians performing from the music school

I had just a few minutes to paint my own arm when I started! I love doing the music related designs at this event.

My little portable face painting setup.  It all folds up and fits in the back of my VW Beetle!

A little father son arm painting!

There was a rush of “eye swirls” after everyone saw this one! I love how it matched her earrings!

It was a busy end to a busy summer, and I still have more events to paint at this September.  Business is booming and I’ve been having a lot of fun!  Before we know it I’ll be posting photos of Christmas gigs with Santa…gotta enjoy these summer days as long as we can!