Hey everyone! We’re just two weeks away from Christmas eve!! I don’t know about you but I’m swimming in Christmas events and loving painting all the fun holiday themed designs!! I’ve been getting such a great response for my quick Christmas painting videos, I thought I’d put together a video of one of my favorite Christmas cheek designs…Rudolph!
I like to have fun with this one…with the nose you can do red paint with red glitter. In the video I use red Liquid Bling! You can also use a red gemstone! Sometimes when I’m not totally slammed with a huge line, I will even use a google eye attached with Pros-Aide, which makes it extra fun. Now if you live in the Midwest like I do, where it’s -2 degrees as I type this, be sure to protect your Pros-Aide! If it freezes, it does NOT come back to life and becomes useless! I keep my Pros-Aide bottles in my purse this time of year so they always come with me!
You can watch the video here, or check it out with the others on my YouTube channel, here! Thanks for stopping by, and happy holiday painting!
Pine tree branches are a great element to learn for your holiday themed designs! I use them often and they are not as hard as they look. (This step by step can also be found in my HUGE full-color book, “Realism for Face & Body Artists!”) Here is a video where I demonstrate how to create these branches in just 1 minute, ending with a few inspirational designs that utilize them! Watch it below or click HERE to go to our YouTube channel! Thanks for stopping by, and happy painting!
Since yesterday’s candycane video was such a hit, I thought I’d do another one today on snowflakes!
Sometimes you can’t find your snowflake stencil, and sometimes they get caught on things and bend or break…but don’t fear! Snowflakes can be really quick to paint with the right tools and techniques. I could paint snowflakes for hours and come up with dozens of different ones, but here is a video with just 4 quick renditions. I paint snowflakes a lot for holiday parties, but they really have become more popular year-round with the release of Frozen, and now Frozen II! I’m just showing you some really simple elements here, but you can really punch these up with some outlines, color variations, painting them in clusters, adding swirls & teardrops, festival glitter, you name it! Have fun with them and make them your own!
It’s December and Christmas gigs are in full swing!
To help you all out with your holiday parties this year, I thought I would put together a quick little video of my candycane design! This candycane can stand alone as cheek or arm art, but you can also embellish it however you wish, with swirls, teardrops, stars, dots, stencil patterns, pine branches, ribbons, gems, festival glitter, you name it…and turn it into a full face design!
It’s that time of year again when our schedules fill up with Christmas events!! So, I thought this would be a fitting time to put together another holiday themed roundup of design ideas! I’m pretty sure I’ve painted more designs for Christmas than any other holiday over the years, so I have a LOT of them, but here are some favorites! Scroll down for examples of full face designs, eye designs, cheek art, arm paintings, and more! I hope you find some fun inspiration here, pick up some supplies in our Christmas shop, and have a wonderful holiday painting season!
Here’s a fun leprechaun feet design! Ever worried that by adding more you’ll get too busy or go too overboard? Here’s a tip: take photos of your designs as you go along. That way if you think you’ve gone a tad overboard, you can “rewind” back to a previous state! It’s like a real life undo button! I took a photo above, and then below you can see how I went crazy with the bling!!
This smiley shamrock design above would be a great place to stick on some 3-dimensional googly eyes! I like to use the new Pros-Aide II which still sticks just as good as the original, but is easier to remove when it’s time to wash off. The original is great for glitter tattoos, but you don’t necessarily want this stuff to stick for weeks on your forehead, haha! Here I’ve used Global’s “Leanne’s Lollipop” for my rainbow, and then added some more “Rainbow Pride” Festival Glitter sprinkling down underneath!
Below is a more unique take on the pot-o-gold design, with an angle of the rainbow that you don’t normally see. This one enables you to put more focus on the pot of gold itself. Try blinging out the gold with some gemstones or gold liquid bling!
Here’s a little step by step with a list of tools I used!
I always love cheek art, because it’s so versatile. You can put it on little hands and arms for kids who are nervous about getting painted on their face, yet you can turn it into a forehead or eye design by expanding it with stencil pattern backgrounds, chunky glitter and more! Here are a few little illustrations to start from that you can make big or small!
Here are a few larger designs I did myself just for fun….
This one I did for a St Patrick’s day contest/challenge online!
A St. Patrick’s themed dragon!
This one I painted for “National Cereal Day!” Look back into my blog history throughout the year 2017 and you can see every one of my daily posts, corresponding to that day’s “national day of whatever!”
I hope you all have a super fun St. Patrick’s Day! Happy painting!
What were you most thankful for this Thanksgiving? I know there are 13 children in Minnesota who were thankful just to have a family this Thanksgiving!
A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of being a part of the Hennepin County Adoption Days event, which I’ve painted at with my mom for several years. During this year’s event 13 kids were adopted into 9 families. According to their website, Hennepin County has finalized 1,761 adoptions from 2000 to 2009.
What a privilege to be able to take part in such a big day for so many families as they finalize their adoptions! This event is always held right before Thanksgiving, and serves as a timely reminder of what is really important in life.
“There’s no place like home”… this was the quote worn by one family who were all coordinated in custom made Wizard of Oz clothing for this year’s adoption days! I had a lot of fun painting these ruby slippers, yellow brick road, and emerald city on the kids’ grandmother!
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!
For “Father Frost” I first covered his face and head in a base coat of Interferenz Silver mixed with a little bit of Aquacolor white, which gave him that frosty, pale look with some shimmer. Then I used more interferenz blues around his eyes to add some drama with the frosty cracks and icicles around his eyes. Aquacolor white made a nice snowflake on his cheek, but I added some blue around it to make it really pop! The blue sparkly dots done with Amerikan Body Art Liquid Bling really added a lot when the light hit it as well! I also brushed a little interferenz blue in his beard too which worked well. I’m kicking myself because I forgot to spritz his beard with a little Glitter Spray! But, it all came out looking pretty cool! (pardon the pun!)
I have the joy of painting at Christmas parties each year for “Father Frost” when he plays Santa Carlucci. “Mother Frost” plays a great “Cheryl Claus” at Christmas time and also made their incredible costumes. Turns out they ended up winning first place in the costume contest at the party they attended, which was very cool and well earned as they put so much time and attention to detail into their costumes! Congrats, “Father & Mother Frost!”