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How to Paint Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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!

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Holiday Elements: Paint Realistic Pine Branches!

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!

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Holiday Elements: Learn 4 Snowflakes in 90 seconds!

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!

Watch the video below, or check it out with others on my YouTube channel!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy painting!

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Holiday Elements: Paint a perfect Candycane in under 2 Minutes!

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!

Here you go, and happy painting!!
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Christmas Face Paint Design Collection!

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!

A design with some Christmas BLING! (Learn about adding our Bling Bar offerings to your holiday parties here!)

My 2017 Christmas Card art…my son Sam!
2018 Christmas Card art!
2019 Christmas Card Art! Sam is now a series, haha!

…I painted Hermie the Elf on each of my boys, the years they had no front teeth, haha!

This was done using a BAM Christmas stencil, you can find in the shop, here!

Here are a few Christmas themed designs that I did when I had challenged myself to post a painting every day for a year, that corresponded to that particular “national day” of whatever!

Below are a few “sketches” of ideas I have done on my practice sheets! (You can find these “PainterTemplates” on my site, here)

I’m certain I have more designs out there and will definitely do more, so be sure to check back for additions! Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy painting!!

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Private Session: Father Frost & Mother Frost

I had the pleasure of painting “Father Frost” and “Mother Frost” on their way to a Halloween costume party last night!

Working on Mother Frost

For “Mother Frost” I used a mix of the regular Aquacolor paints (white & blues), and interferenz paints.  I used a little snowflake stencil which was pretty slick, and had fun adding details with a bottle of Mehron white Detailz paint and some Amerikan Body Art Liquid Bling in silver. She brought her own sparkly blue eyelashes which were very cool, and also put on some pretty blue & aqua eyeshadow and lips!

 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!”



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Merry Christmas from Paintertainment!

We had yet another wonderful December of face painting at Christmas events!

 This was my 3rd year and my mom’s 1st year painting at the Village at Mendota Heights‘ “Mendota Lights” Christmas event!  Above is a photo of the carolers that roam the mall during the event.

 This was also my 3rd and my mom’s 2nd years painting at Axel’s restaurant on a golf course in Woodbury with Santa Carlucci! (My mom and Santa, above!) Doesn’t he have an amazing outfit?!

 Santa Carlucci can even bring his sleigh and real reindeer along.  Here is a family having their photo taken in the sleigh.

Santa sure has a way of drawing in the kids!

I also really enjoyed doing another private event inside a skyway above the Holidazzle Parade downtown, with both Santa AND Mrs. Claus!
I am very fortunate to be Santa’s face painter of choice when he is visiting Minnesota from the North Pole!  Thanks Santa, for another fun Christmas season!
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Christmas Gigs with Santa


It’s that time of year again…when Santa is making his rounds in the Twin Cities and calls on me to paint at events with him! I am very fortunate to have been able to be Santa’s “official” face painter since last year, and always enjoy painting Christmas designs. This weekend I painted at events in Mendota Heights and Woodbury, while Santa got to hear wish lists from the kids!

Above is a photo of me with Santa from this weekend! With 7 weeks until baby #2 is due, my belly rivals Santa’s this year!

Here’s wishing you all a very merry Christmas!