Friday Favourites – HOME GROWN TALENT

A couple of weeks ago I did a feature on my favourite artists from around the world.  This week I’m going to bring things closer to home and want to share with you the work of some amazing artists here in the UK.

Our little island is brimming with incredible artistic talent and here’s an insight into just a few of my favourites.

BRIERLEY THORPE  Brierley Thorpe Face and Body Art 

I first became aware of Brierley at the FACE Conference in Hertfordshire in 2011 when she won the FACE Award and the Best Kept Kit award.  I’d not had a chance to speak to her during the conference nor see her working but I quickly became much more familiar with her artistic talent.   To say her designs are instantly recognizable is an understatement!  Her strong and dynamic style stands out immediately and the vibrancy takes your breath away.

Her body painting is equally awe inspiring each one set off brilliantly with exquisite hand-made headpieces; hairpieces and jewels adorning the beautiful models.

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Each design is the result of extensive research and inspiration from a profusion of sources.   Brierley explains here in her blog  how her recent design painted at the 2014 Paradise Jam came about.

You can see more of her resplendent work on her Facebook page here.

Brierley also offers training workshops in her studio in Walthamstow.

KJ (KELLY-JANE ERKIN)  KJ Entertainments

The 2011 FACE Conference also resulted in my first meeting with Kelly-Jane – known fondly to most as KJ.  I’ll never forget setting up my kit beside her for my first attempt at the Face Painter of the Year competition (and my first ever live competition) trembling with nerves.  On striking up a conversation, I was relieved to hear that she was as anxious as me and we both egged each other on to avoid bottling it all together!

KJ and her partner (in love and business) Dan run KJ Entertainments in Cambridgeshire offering everything you could need for a party from KJ’s painting to Dan’s awesome balloon modelling with a little bit of fabulous singing thrown in too!

KJ’s painting designs are quite simply the epitome of prettiness!   Her style is uncomplicated and seemingly effortless.  She has a natural ability for one stroke painting – producing such delicate work with flamboyant brush strokes.

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What I love most about KJ’s work is that she is a fabulous example of an extremely talented “jobbing” face painter – someone who can turn out endless, original, rapid designs with a bit of an edge keeping impatient children and parents happy whilst still turning heads with the results.   I often look to KJ’s photos for inspiration when my creative genes are waning!

WENDY HOLROYD (The Paintertainer)

Another artist with an immediately identifiable style.  Wendy, from St Albans, has been painting since 2007.

Wendy is renowned in our industry for her beautifully delicate, lifelike butterflies.  Many an artist strives to perfect a “Wendy Butterfly” much in the same way that we aspire to emulate  a “Mark Reid tiger”!

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Her talent is magical to watch – effortless brush strokes and often unexpected colour blend choices come together to produce flawless, ethereal designs.

I’m particularly grateful to Wendy for saving me from my design nemesis – Spidey.  It is a pet hate of mine when I see beginner face painters (myself in the early days included) smother entire faces with layer upon layer of red paint followed by heavy black linework – you can see the parents shudder at the thought of removing it all at bedtime!  Wendy’s delicate interpretation of this popular boys’ request inspired me (and many others) to come up with my own version that wows the children; beats the queues and pleases the nervous parents.

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Thanks Wendy!

NAOMI GAYE “NAMS”  (Nam Nam’s Face Painting and Body Art)  

Bizarrely, I’ve just realized that Nams is yet another artist who I first met at what seems to be becoming a rather significant FACE Conference in 2011!!

She has won many awards during her ten year painting career including three times winner of the FACE Association” Face Painter of the Year – I managed to pinch it off her in 2012 but she stole it right back again in 2013!!!  Well deserved I hasten to add!

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Based in Brighton, Nams has been face painting for 10 years and is a fabulous all round face and body artist but is particularly known for her intricate eye designs.   She is always a massive hit at festivals and frequently shares her expertise with fellow painters touring the country offering training workshops.

A huge thank you to all of the above artists and many many more that inspire me every day.  We have so many talented people the length and breadth of the UK.

Please please please non-painty people, if you are looking for a face painter for your event please don’t compromise and pick the cheapest you can find.  There are SO many wonderful, professional artists to choose from who may not be “cheap” but you really do get what you pay for in terms of experience, quality of products; customer service and professionalism.   Fascinating Faces covers Surrey and the surrounding counties but we can always recommend people to you all over the country so please get in touch wherever you may be!  We’re always happy to help you find the best.

Notes 

FACE” The Face Painting Association was formed 20 years ago so that like-minded people could get together to share ideas and professional problems in order to improve standards and raise the profile of face painting.  You can find out more about joining or find a professional face painter local to you by visiting http://www.facepaintingassociation.com/

Credits to all the artists mentioned can be found by clicking on the pink text within the article.

Friday Favourites – BITS and BLOGS!

A little detour from all things painty and glittery this week!

I wanted to share with you a few of my favourite websites and blogs.  There are some real gems out there and I love discovering new and inspiring sites.  I’m just going to focus on four this week …. saving some others for a future Friday Favourite Special!

It goes without saying that I’m very proud of my own site www.fascinatingfaces.co.uk cleverly created by the geniuses at Bright Five in York and winner of a Bronze Award in both the 2012 and 2013 Mumpreneur UK Awards.

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I gave them a very limited budget but a free reign on the design and they nailed it (and a logo) in one go.  Their own website is having a fabulous revamp right now but you can meet the team and read their musings on their blog.  http://brightfive.com/blog

Moving on to less biased favourites …

FABULOUS FAMILIES

Last August, through the wonders of Facebook, and having been totally enraptured by a photo of the cutest bunny missing its owner,  I discovered a heart warming blog called Family Days, Tried and Tested.  Deborah and her family had found this sad lost soul on Baggy Point beach in North Devon and were doing their best to reunite him with his owner.

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Click here for more photos of Bunny’s adventures in Wales.

29,871 shares and a little over 24 hours later and his heart-broken owner was traced to Aylesbury and bunny was very quickly and safely posted home!  It captured my heart (and several thousand others) and I’ve been an avid follower of their posts ever since!

It follows the magical adventures of a Welsh family of 6 children ranging in age from 1 to 20!  They embrace the outdoor life come rain or shine and are always up to something new and exciting.

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Each adventure is punctuated with exquisite photographs that capture the magical innocence of childhood.  Like me; they love to document their life with these images and I find them a constant source of inspiration for ideas to do with my own daughter.   I highly recommend liking their Facebook page as I find it the easiest way to keep up with their news!

Take a peek at some of Deborah’s endearing photos – I’m sure you’ll be hooked in no time too!

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FANTASTIC PHOTOS!

Whilst on the subject of photography, I had to include the fabulous Sarah Aires in this article.

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I am extremely lucky to work with several incredible photographers, all of whom have been or will be featured in my blogs at some point!  It would be a crime to keep their talents to myself and a chosen few!

Sarah is a hugely talented photographer; an inspiring teacher and, actually, just a rather lovely, beautiful person who I’m blessed to now call a friend.  Her personality, love and warmth are evident in her work and you can see the results in her website and blog.  I was totally smitten with her site when it launched.  So memorable and unique; it encapsulates the concept of photography being seen as beautiful, timeless artwork on the walls of your home.  (I love clicking on the tassel and changing the wallpaper! Go on … have a go … you know you want to!! www.sarahairesphotography.co.uk)

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Sarah is an amazing all-round photographer but I particularly adore the way she captures so much love and joyousness in her work with families, at engagement shoots and at weddings.

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COURAGEOUS KIDS

As I said, I’m just looking at a few favourites today and my final fave is the rather marvellous “Smiley Coach” – LISA PARKES!

I first met Lisa at a Fabulous Women Networking evening at the Radisson Edwardian Blu hotel in Guildford.  A perfect example of paths crossing at the right moment – we didn’t actually get an opportunity to connect until saying goodbye at the ticket machine in the car park late that night!  A fleeting chat that led to some welcomed support, opportunities and friendship.

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Lisa is a “life coach”.  A phrase I use hesitantly as I know it sadly turns a lot of people off but please hold back your preconceptions, open your minds and hear me out!  Lisa is the SMILEY COACH!  Her forte is supporting and guiding children of all ages through the quagmire of early life.  I have first hand experience of Lisa’s skills and can honestly say she has a magical bond with children.   Having attended several of her workshops and some 1:1 sesssions, my rather anxious 9 year old daughter refers to Lisa as “the lady who takes my worries away”.  Says it all really, doesn’t it?!

Lisa runs wonderful half day confidence workshops  covering topics that are particularly pertinent to young children – “get your worries out”; “get your angries out”; “friendship know-how” and “back to school preparation”.  Often craft based; restricted to small numbers and fabulous value – they are a wonderful tool to help children cope with the stresses of modern day life.

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For more focused support, Lisa offers 1:1 coaching at her welcoming consulting rooms in Weybridge.   Also, coming very shortly, Lisa is teaming up with Judi Craddock of Peppermint Style to offer a programme of coaching focusing on helping young teens with their body image.

Life can be tough for us adults in this modern world; imagine how tricky it can be for our children to find the right stepping stones to guide them through.  Lisa and her colleagues are there to help parents and children navigate their way!

That’s all for this week!  I hope you love these as much as I do and I’d love to hear your feedback.  Have a great weekend!

 

Friday Favourites ….. VENUES and VIEWS!

I’ve worked in a plethora of venues over the years – from tired, damp church halls and remote corners of wet, muddy, windy fields in the middle of nowhere 542386_4174060235955_1769070261_nto plush function rooms of five-star deluxe hotels and conference suites in top executive corporate offices in the City – they all have their own individual charm!

IMG_2109My trusted kit has been dragged on trains, across car parks and fields; squeezed in and out of lifts and heaved up a myriad of staircases – and my poor back and shoulders have taken the brunt of it!

As the years go by, my back gets weaker and I get wiser; my kit gets gradually smaller and smaller but I know I can still do better!  One day I hope to start a trend in “monochrome facepainting parties” … just think “painty friends” ….  a Grimas cake white, a Wolfe black and white and a bag full of sponges, three brushes, some glitter, a mirror and I’d be all set!!!

Over the last few months I’ve started keeping a photographic diary of my painting locations!  For all the jobs I moan about, I get twice as many that are just idyllic and I find myself in settings that make me very grateful for the business I’m in.

Each photo, as always, tells a story!  So here’s a glimpse of my favourites to date.  As always, in no particular order!

The first was a set up on the edge of the River Thames in the grounds of a beautiful mansion.  The party itself was being held on a riverboat moored up beside the house and the interior of the boat itself even resembled something out of Surrey Life Magazine!    I was set up in the boathouse on the river bank overlooking this wonderful view! 

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It was just me, the booze table and an amazing buffet spread!   The PA who had organised the party had so much planned and the guests were in for a fantastic event.   Unfortunately, half way through the afternoon, the Heavens opened and the pelting rain set in for the rest of the day.  The band rushed all their equipment into the boathouse in a panic and I dragged my set up further and further into a corner!  Before I knew it, the band and I were squashed up together at one end and all the sodden party guests filled the rest of the space!  It turned out to be a rather intimate afternoon!

One of my favourite bookings was a weekly Sunday carvery at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in Guildford, sadly now ended but hoping they’ll have me back one day soon.   Every Sunday I’d rock up at their glamorous foyer and wheel my kit through to their beautiful restaurant.  The staff were so welcoming and I always felt like part of their team.  My view at this job was very decadent –

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– a stunning restaurant, with a very grown up feel but one that welcomes children!  Not bad eh?

A great place to work, however, if I turned 90 degrees to my right the view that presented itself was positively torturous ….

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My mouth watered and my stomach positively growled through every minute of the 2 hour booking each week!  They spoiled me on a couple of occasions and plated up a delicious roast for me to enjoy after I finished!  Yum!   Their restaurant, the Scoff and Banter, still offers a great choice for breakfasts or brunches to three course business lunches, weekend roasts and indulgent afternoon teas.   Definitely worth a visit, even without the face painting!

Jubilee weekend in 2012 brought one of my wettest, windiest but memorable jobs to date!!  I found myself set up in a vast expanse of field, surrounded by acres of more fields, under a flimsy gazebo with no sides and then the rain came down!

I found two little helpers to cart my kit across the soggy grass …

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… but as you can see the field was rather lacking in guests as they were still quaffing champagne and canapés at their street party 500 yards away!

So I twiddled my thumbs for half an hour and admired the view ….

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… eventually everyone started to ramble up the hill to the party area and I got ready with my red, white and blue!    Once again, as is the British weather’s want, the Heavens opened and the rain was lashing into the gazebo horizontally.  Fortunately, I had my wonderful assistant with me (my Mum!) and also some family members who were camping nearby who surrounded me with golf umbrellas and the show went on!!!  As you can imagine the paint didn’t last long once exposed to the elements and there were a few bedraggled Union Jack faces wandering around all afternoon!

My fourth favourite has to be one of my old haunts in my twenties, The Black Swan  in Ockham.  A fabulous pub in a stunning setting – I highly recommend it any time of the year, but especially on a warm summer’s afternoon.

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Take your family for a walk in the beautiful Surrey Hills followed by a lazy, leisurely Sunday lunch in their cosy, welcoming restaurant or partaking in their mouth-watering barbecue in the idyllic beer garden.  I’ve already featured this pub in another blog so you can read more about it here.

And last but by no means least … the totally fabulous Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire!

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We are proud to be the preferred suppliers for this luxurious, glamorous hotel and have been working with them for the last couple of years.   Unlike many other elegant top class hotels in the UK, the Four Seasons welcomes families with young children with open arms.

Bank holiday weekends and special holidays are especially magical as they put on the Kids for All Seasons programme with an activity itinerary that fills a small brochure!  Parties, craft activities, pony riding, bike rides, treasure hunts, movies and of course face painting plus much more!   Rose Cottage, in the grounds of the Hotel, is a haven for small children; staffed by a wonderfully caring team, there are toys and games galore to keep the kids occupied whilst Mum and Dad enjoy a few hours peace indulging in treatments in the hotel’s opulent spa!   As I write, they have just been awarded the Real Critics Guide Award for ‘Real Outstanding Country Retreat’ 2013 and check out this fabulous review on Conde Nast Traveller!  Watch this space for an up-coming article specifically dedicated to this wonderful hotel.  And maybe one day I’ll find a weekend spare to actually book in and indulge with my own daughter!!!

So there you have it …. sure beats commuting to a stuffy office every day!

Where’s the best place you’ve ever worked?

Friday Favourites ….. INSPIRATIONAL ARTISTS

Oh my goodness, where do I start … I am inspired every day by artists from all over the globe … many close to home who I have the pleasure of working with week by week and some further afield – this week I’m going to focus on my favourite international artists.

My top five change regularly depending on what I’m working on and what mood I’m in; but these guys are always at or close to the top, week in week out!

NICK AND BRIAN WOLFE – Orlando, USA I had the great pleasure of meeting Nick a couple of years ago and took part in an awesome training workshop with him.  Sadly, I never got to meet his equally amazing brother, Brian before he lost his battle with cancer last year, but was fortunate to receive messages of advice and support from both of them over the years.

Nick and Brian Wolfe

I adore watching them work; I could watch for hours – their style is unique; the speed with which the designs come together is awe-inspiring and their repertoire endless!

I feel hugely privileged to have been painted by Nick on his last visit to the UK (shouldn’t really have grinned in this shot as it ruins the mouth effect but couldn’t help myself!!)

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NICK WOLFE GALLERY

Check out their tutorial videos on FabaTV – as well as learning loads; you’ll laugh throughout too – the glint in their eyes is never far away!   I am very precise with my style of work and Nick and Brian both inspire and help me to “loosen up” with my painting and go with the flow a bit more.   If body painting is more your thing; then you can’t go far wrong checking out their work – many designs are like “magic eye pictures” the more you look the more you see – designs within designs within designs!

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LYNNE JAMIESON – Werribee, Australia.  Lynne is the magical talent behind Face Magic.  LYNNE 1

I have admired Lynne’s work from my first days of face painting and whilst I’ve not yet had an opportunity to participate in face to face training; I have relished the tutorials she has filmed for FabaTV.  Her application style is highly individual and it is fascinating to watch her effortlessly work her magic in front of your eyes.   Her humble and modest persona makes you warm to her immediately and she has a wonderfully calm and relaxed style of teaching.

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Whilst her manner may be gentle; her artwork is flamboyant and dynamic – each design pops off the face and exudes character and charm.

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JENNY SAUNDERS – Melbourne, Australia.   Another antipodean inspiration; I have been a fan of Jenny’s work for some time; seeing photos appearing on various websites/social media sites over the years but it was an article in Illusion Magazine (Issue 18)  that really raised my interest and admiration.  Her work oozes with personality and character and is so vivid and vibrant.

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Each face instantly identifiable with its rainbow of hues and meticulous line-work and blending.   Her photographs clearly illustrate the joy and excitement in each child’s eyes and, in my mind, totally epitomise the wonder of our craft.

GENEVIEVE HOULE “JINNY” – Quebec, Canada.  An exquisite face and body painting artist whose seamless shading and decorative line work have always been a great influence on my work.    Her style of painting, particularly her blending, is more akin to make up application – beautifully smooth and totally precise.   She has produced a couple of fantastic training DVDs which are somewhat pricey and I’m not sure that they are still available in the UK – but if you can get hold of a copy – they’re fantastic.  

Alternatively, she has produced some wonderful youtube tutorials for beginner painters which can be found on her website  or directly at her youtube channel.  And, of course, you can also find her on FabaTV!

(I wasn’t able to make contact with Jinny before publishing the article to get her approval to share some photos but there are plenty to be seen on her website if you’d like to take a look!)

MARK REID – New Mexico.  How could I finish my top faves without including the inimitable “King of Cats”, Mark Reid.   Another amazeballs artist that I’ve also missed several opportunities to meet over the years!  There are very few tiger faces that I see painted that don’t scream out a hint of Mark in some form or another!  His brush technique and symmetry are exemplary and I understand from friends that he is a fabulous teacher – with, unsurprisingly, a huge emphasis in his workshops on linework, linework, linework!  He even has his own range of brushes and glitter gels!

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Like all of the artists I’ve mentioned today, you can get access to his training through FabaTV and Mark has also produced several books and DVDs which should have pride of place on every face/body painter’s shelf!   In the UK you can purchase these from Illusion Magazine, The Face Painting Shop, Facepaint UK, Dauphines and probably others too!

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So that’s my top five – I’d love to know who inspires you … please feel free to comment below!

(Links to all the artists websites can be accessed by clicking on their names!  I urge you to take a look and be inspired too!)

Friday Favourites ….. BRUSHES!

It’s been a while since I last updated my blog so I’m going to attempt to inspire myself by coming up with my Friday Favourites – hopefully weekly, but we’ll see how it goes!

I plan to venture into other areas of my life as well as the painty, glittery world so it may be anything from brilliant brushes to awesomely inspiring artists to fabulous friends or delicious culinary delights (!)  ….. suggestions welcomed!

Would love to hear your Friday Faves too!  Please feel free to comment below!

Let’s start with brushes – I have copious amounts stored in various places – I can’t restrain myself when I enter an art shop – just have to keep trying more!

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But like many of you out there, I always revert back to my trusted favourites at each gig; especially when painting at speed!

1.  My king of brushes is my humble teeny weeny Grimas S2 – I think my “mild pulmonary heart murmur” would positively screech if I found myself at a job without one!  Introduced to this right at the beginning of my face painting career; I have never been without once since.  I love it for linework; dots and detail – I’ve tried many other fine brushes but always return to this little gem.

2. Flower petals are the design that draws the most oohs and aahs when surrounded by an audience and my reliable Da Vinci Nova Short Round Brush is what floats my boat!  Once again, I have many other options in my cacophony of brushes but this is the one I feel most comfortable with.  It loads quickly; holds plenty of paint and is perfect for double-dipping.  I have a 4 and a 6 but find the latter is the one I reach for more often than not.

3. Whilst I’m not a huge fan of one-stroke painting (mainly because it’s not my forte!), I do love it when I meet a more adventurous model who wants more than “just a few LITTLE flowers around my eye”!  It is then that I reach for my Donna Dewberry 3/4″ One Stroke brush.  I originally bought this from Fantasypaints4U but it appears they no longer stock them.  I’ve done a quick search and found one as part of a set here.

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4.  My “jack of all trades” has always been my Kolinsky No. 6 Sable Brush – beautiful for crisp, angled tiger-stripes; perfect for curls and swirls; lighter use can produce a fabulous thin line and you can even use it for petals.   However, following a recent, enlightening post on Facebook by a highly respected colleague, Brierley Thorpe, I am keenly searching for a synthetic alternative.  She writes “Sable brushes are made from Siberian Weasel, Himalayan or Yellow Weasels and Martens. These animals are not politely asked if they’d mind parting with a little annual snip of their winter tail. Manufacturers obtain the ‘hair’ in the form of whole tails or pelts which are sourced from the fur industry. Its a grim old trade. Buy synthetic brushes please”.   Despite my plethora of brushes, I have still not find a replacement that I can work with, so, painty friends, please comment below with any recommendations.

FROM SMALL ACORNS …

I recently felt the “OCD” need to clear out some of my 24,000 photos on my hard drive and came across a load of images of when I first discovered the magical world of face painting.  So, after some onerous pontificating and as we approach the end of my 6th year in business, I thought I’d be brave and share them with you!

Allow me to take you back to the spring of 2007 – a visit with friends to a local bird sanctuary, Birdworld in Farnham, and my daughter and her best buddy had their first experience of facepainting!

We queued rather tentatively for some time, as is the norm at these places; the children totally mesmerised and hardly uttering a word as they watched the lady at work.

We finally reached the front of the queue and my beautiful, pretty, girly, “pink in every way” daughter asked to be … “a COW”!   All my coercing towards the butterfly and princess photos on display fell on deaf ears and a cow she was going to be!

I gulped, as a lump lodged in my throat, watching the intense concentration on her face as she tried so hard to keep still for the face painter.

And as for the expression on her face when she took her first glance in the mirror?!  My heart totally melted and from that moment on I was set on the idea of recreating that reaction for her again.   The two of them spent the rest of the afternoon admiring each other’s faces with delight!  (If anyone has any idea who the face painter was then I’d love to know – I’ve never managed to track her down since – and I’d love to thank her for being one of my inspirations to start painting!)

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The idea for Fascinating Faces was created just a few months after!  It was a beginning that many professional face painters will relate to – I picked up a cheap set of paints and decided to just “have a go”.  I got hold of the usual beginners books and set to work on both daughter and husband; my very first attempt being a CLOWN.

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That face was to prove rather significant in the months and years to follow!

During the summer I decided to organise two summer parties for all of my daughter’s friends!  Fairies and pirates were the theme and, as a wannabe make-up artist since my teens, I was in my element with brush in one hand and sponge in the other!  (oh … and wings attached of course!)

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By then I was hooked and as they say, the rest is history!

My first “official” party had a circus theme and was held 120 miles away in Somerset by my daughter’s Godmother, Sophie, and good friend of mine since the age of 4.  The nerves kicked in big time and I spent hours surfing the net for clown face ideas, techniques for sponging and brushwork and attempting to buy the best paints I could for the job.  It was way back then that I discovered the virtues of Grimas cake white and I’ve never been without it since!

With shaking hands and my heart pounding I set to work on Sophie and her daughter followed by Daddy, Granny, Granddad and the Godparents!!!  They had all gone to town with their costumes and within no time the house was filled with white faces, red noses and crazy wigs and that was before any of the guests arrived!!!  I was then joined, somewhat surreally, by the lady who is the voice of Bella in the Tweenies and between us we painted our way through 15 more mini clowns and the party was complete …. all except me …. after all the nerves and excitement I ran out of time to paint myself!

At the party two photos were taken of Sophie and Ellie Mae that have remained as a constant in my portfolio ever since!  They were just so smiley and cute and summed up the atmosphere of the party and my initiation into the facepainting industry as a professional!!!

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Five years on I had an opportunity to recreate that magical day and painted Sophie and Ellie once again!

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Clowns have been an underlying (and unrealised) influence since my childhood love of Pierrot and they now represent a very important part of my life – my business – something I’m extremely proud of.

It has given me an opportunity to combine my two passions, art and children within an industry that has allowed me to use my business and creative skills to the max without compromising my most important role in life – being a mum!  It has also introduced me to some incredibly talented people who I am now proud to call my friends.

I’m now going to brave sharing with you some photos that illustrate my journey in the early days and would invite you to check out my current website gallery to see the progress that is possible as a result of an investment in training; hours of practice and the support and guidance of some amazing people in this industry.

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In 2008 I plucked up the courage to enter a competition!  Ended up being put in the “Intermediate” category by mistake after applying as a “Beginner”!  Didn’t get placed but was proud to see my work on display!

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And just a few years later something happened that in 2007 I couldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams ….. the theme was “Heaven and Hell” and the live competition was “Face Painter of the Year”.

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“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”  

C.S Lewis

Happy Halloween

It’s Halloween
by Jack Prelutsky

It’s Halloween! It’s Halloween!
The moon is full and bright
And we shall see what can’t be seen
On any other night.

Skeletons and ghosts and ghouls,
Grinning goblins fighting duels,
Werewolves rising from their tombs,
Witches on their magic brooms.

In masks and gowns
we haunt the street
And knock on doors
for trick or treat.

Tonight we are the king and queen,
For oh tonight it’s Halloween!