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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!

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Introducing: “Funny Fingers Hand Art!”

I am SUPER excited to announce my latest book, hot off the press!  “Funny Fingers Hand Art” It’s been 3 years since I’ve published a book…about how long it’s been since my first baby boy started getting mobilized!  I think you can guess what’s been keeping me busy since!

I got the idea for this book and 3 weeks later it was going to print.  I love what my drive to complete a project can do when combined with the amazing ability the internet gives me to publish my own books!  (Well, it would have been done in 2 weeks, but I had to paint at the fair right in the middle of it!)

Unlike my previous two books, “Face Painting: A Step-by-Step Guide” and “32 Classic Carnival Designs,” this book is not designed for the total beginner.  This new book assumes that you have the ability to paint and have some artistic skill as a face painter.  It definitely stretches the imagination!  If you’re a professional face painter, are finding yourself “stuck” in the same old cheek art designs, and are looking for some fresh, fun, new ideas to get your creative juices flowing, this is the book for you! 

The book measures about 6″ wide (including the spiral binding) by 8.5″ tall, making it the perfect size: large enough to see each step, but small enough to tuck into your kit of paints and take with you.  It costs a little more to bind a book with the spiral binding, which is why you won’t find that on the other popular selling books currently out there that focus on princess faces, cat faces, etc.  However, being a professional face painter myself and a professional product designer, I know that when you’re painting, your hands are both full and you don’t want to mess with trying to hold a page open.  The spiral binding allows the book to lay flat on the table for reference, or fold completely back if you just want to reference one page.

So what’s the big deal about painting on hands vs the face?  Kids just LOVE them.  A little creative placement on the hand, combined with a child’s imagination, can bring your designs to life! Kids can open and close their fingers to make an animal’s mouth open and close, to make legs walk, or to wiggle the fire coming out of the space ship.  Parents love to see their child’s own hand transform into a puppet…a fun toy that they can enjoy all day and won’t find broken under their bed two days later!

The beginning of the book opens with a couple pages of tools and tips.  Tips include hand-painting-specific things like how to get a smooth, solid line across a knuckle.  The “Design index” spread functions as a visual table of contents for the designs.  This makes it quick and easy for you to find the page you want, and also can double as a design menu board if you use it at your events for the kids to choose from!

There are 18 designs, each one illustrated with full color photography in six steps, along with a large, full-page photo of the finished design.  Most of the designs also include the “Get Creative!” box at the bottom, which includes more ideas to make your design unique and inject your own style!

You can purchase the book today from my website





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Sammy’s Special Requests

My little 3 and a half year old Sammy is really at the age where he’s getting into the face painting.  He prefers to have them on his arms, legs, and hands though, so he can see them.  Usually when Mommy gets home from a gig, I have one last customer demanding a painting when I walk in the door!

Here are a few of the creations that he come up with and asked me to paint in the past few weeks…

 For this one he asked for a “Beetle car.” It had to be blue, like Thomas, of course, and I used some metallic silver for the bumpers and wheels.
He was extremely specific on this one.  It had to be an orange house with a green roof, a blue garage door, and an apple tree with apples.  He has a very creative, vivid imagination like his Mommy, and I love helping him realize his “vision!”

This is Otis, our dog.  Sammy came up with the idea to make his tail on his finger so that it could be “wagged.”

This is Amos, our other dog.  He had to have his green collar, too.
The other day he asked me to paint an Angry Bird on one hand, all loaded up in the sling shot, and a green pig on the other hand.  He then proceeded to bang his fists together while making Angry Bird sounds all night!  Wish I had gotten a photo of that one! (or maybe a movie would have been better!)