Friday Favourites – I WANT TO BE …. A FACE PAINTER!

WARNING – THIS BLOG CONTAINS A WEALTH OF INFORMATION TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR FULL POTENTIAL. I MAKE NO APOLOGIES FOR THE LENGTH OF THE ARTICLE!  GRAB A COFFEE, GET COMFY AND READ ON…

 

I am receiving an increasing number of requests to provide training, from those just wanting a few basic skills to paint their own children or to help support PTA events at their schools to others who want to start pursuing a professional career in our crazy colourful business.

I do occasionally offer beginners workshops but right now with a house move on the cards and setting up a second business this year; I’m afraid I’m stretched to the max!

All is not lost however!!! I would like to use this week’s “Friday Favourites” opportunity to share with you some fantastic opportunities for those wishing to take things a little more seriously.

For anyone thinking it’s simply a case of grabbing some bedraggled brushes from your children’s arts and crafts box; buying a cheap and cheerful set of paints from your local craft supplier (or God forbid, your nearest “pound store”) and a “how to face paint” book and slapping a few colours on some eager kids’ faces … the please, please, please reconsider.

Professional face painters spend many, many hours training, practising and sharing ideas with each other.   They invest hundreds of pounds into professional equipment, materials and ongoing training and the “mirror moment” of delight in the child (or adult’s) face when the design is complete is our main reward for our dedication.

The majority in our profession love nothing more that to share our passion and there are endless opportunities throughout the year (and all over the world) to benefit from the generosity of artists far and wide – sharing their skills, ideas and love for the industry through jams, conventions, conferences, festivals etc.  I’ll have to leave my tips on those till another week as that’s a whole other blog in itself so, for now, let me focus on some of the inspirational, generous artists out there offering to help you broaden your skills with their training workshops.

The London School of Face Painting

Set up in 2003 by Bibi Freeman and Caro Childs this was where I personally took my first tentative and very nervous steps into the face painting world!

The principal tutors are world champion facepainter Bibi Freeman and Christine Mavromatis with additional guest tutors as required.

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They offer a huge range of one day workshops allowing you to build your own ongoing personal development programme at your own pace and budget.

Most people starting out find the “Introduction Part 1 and 2” useful, followed by “Starting Professional Facepainting” for some valuable advice in starting out in business and practical tips on painting under pressure!

Click here to find out more about the classes on offer.

NamNams Face and Body Art

If you love painting at festivals; hen nights; night clubs … in fact anything aimed at teenagers and older then Nams is your girl!  Naomi has a wealth of experience in this field; she is a hugely talented artist and a great teacher.

Naomi Gaye is an artist I constantly admire and have featured in previous blogs.

Fortunately for us all, she now tours the country sharing her wonderful talent with a particular focus on adult eye designs.

She has a course coming up next month in West Malling, Kent, being hosted by Pampered Delights and Cosmic Face Painting.

The date is Friday 25th April from 10am – 3pm and the cost is £80 per person.

The class is aimed at face painters with experience painting children who would like to branch out and learn some new techniques to use on adults and teenagers. This class will give you lots of techniques and ideas to widen your repertoire and hopefully enable you to widen your market and get more business!

Please have a look in the festival galleries on her facebook page for plenty of examples of the kind of eye designs she paints.

The class will cover:

– Placement of design on the face
– Use of colour including co-ordination
– Building up designs with layers of detail
– Lots of different techniques that can be mixed and matched to make a range of different designs
– Designs for men as this is where a lot of people struggle
– Information about working at adults events, eg festivals, night clubs

You must bring your own kit to this class and already have at least some face painting experience, not suitable for complete beginners. If you are interested in hosting a class in your area, please do get in touch with Naomi.

For this class please book through Clare at clare@pampereddelights.co.uk

The Face Painting Shop

The Face Painting Shop is the brainchild of the very lovely Nathalie and is quite literally an Aladdin’s Cave for face and body artists!  A long over-due “hands-on” Utopia!  The only shop dedicated to our industry in the UK as far as I’m aware.  Here’s a sneaky peak!

 

Not only do they offer the most incredible array of products in store and online , you can also book up for classes or even drop in for the odd free event! You might want to like their Facebook page to keep tabs on what’s coming up.

Here’s a link to their imminent one day workshops

http://www.thefacepaintingshop.com/Workshops%20Training

Or, if you’re free over the Easter Holidays why not pop along on 11th April for a free demo day for anyone wanting an insight into the wonderful world of airbrushing and a chance to try before you buy.  Nathalie promises lots of tea and cakes and children are welcomed!

Façade Academy of Face and Body Art

Launched 6 years ago by Juliet Eve, an award winning and highly experienced face painter.  She is always willing to share her knowledge and experience and is a great supporter of FACE, The Face Painting Association.

Juliet and invited instructors run weekly scheduled courses from her base in Hemel Hempstead, Herts, UK. These are for beginners to advanced, also body painting, airbrush, Glitterart and temporary tattoos.  She frequently travels around the UK and Europe conducting bespoke and 1-2-1 classes and often hosts visiting instructors from all over the world. Nick Wolfe will be visiting from the States on 5th May 2014.

FACADE Click on this link to view the schedule of classes for the next few months and you can follow all the latest news by visiting her blog here.

Follies Face and Body Art

Based in Kent, Liz Bylett and her team offer a whole host of opportunities for development.

Liz tells us more …  “The introduction day is full on with so much info…. “Improvers” is a great next stepping stone for extending skills new tips and techniques.  Then from there is a specialist one stroke rainbow cakes day- which can be taken as a one off with no prior knowledge but works best with prior skills!  Then we have the amazing 5 day Master class route where you learn all of the skills for face and body art in 5 days!  Plus you get a kit included. And images on the last body paint day too!  Or you can take the body paint as separate 2 day course in itself.

Then we also have henna and glitter tattoos and balloons days to add on to your party businesses.

And finally, new for 2014, is our “Make Up- Intro Day, Bridal Day, plus Avant Garde- my fave!!”

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Full details of all the courses run by Follies can be found by clicking here.

Brierley Thorpe

Another star of our painty world, Brierley invites you to her wonderful garden studio to partake in a variety of colourful, individual classes.

BRIERLEY

Her Spring/Summer schedule includes a range of glorious subjects and her classes are limited to a maximum of 4 attendees.

All classes are held in East London and are priced at £90 per person per day and run from 11am – 4pm.

Friday 23rd May 2014 : One Stroke Florals:

Aimed at painters new to, or struggling with one stroke painting. Learn the essential strokes necessary for petals, leaves and more abstract floral shapes. We will practice the strokes on our arms, build them up into individual flowers and then assemble larger pieces on each other’s arms, chests and faces. We will focus on roses, pansies, fuscias , daffodils and a range of leaves including ivy, holly and autumn leaves, depending upon time. Useful for children’s and adults’ faces and body designs.

Friday 6th June 2014 : Roses:

A whole day devoted to roses?! Having taught one stroke florals, I have found that painters can easily spend a whole day concentrating on roses, so if it is roses you are determined to master in lots of forms, this class is for you!

We will learn one stroke roses, tattoo roses and more realistic, detailed roses, buds and foliage.

Aimed at painters who have a fairly broad experience in various techniques at beginner to intermediate level, but who maybe avoid painting roses. Master the techniques over this day and you’ll be painting roses all the time!

Friday 27th June 2014 : One Stroke Characters:

Learn the essential strokes to create popular animal characters – dragons, snakes, sea horses, scorpions, penguins, plus graffiti writing, fairies and robots, all using clear, crisp strokes which are transferrable to other designs. We will look at all of these if time permits. We will paint our own and each other’s arms.

 Friday 18th July 2014 : Girls faces:

In this class we will look at the essential ingredients for creating beautiful designs for girls : crowns, swirls, dots, stars, starbursts, crescents, one stroke roses and buds,  multi- dipped flowers and leaves, small butterflies, rainbows – layered over stencil work and complemented by gems and glitter. We will look at the golden rules of placement and explore colour combinations, flow and dynamics.  Suitable for painters with some experience who are maybe struggling with placement or certain techniques, or are looking for some inspiration in readiness for the summer.

Friday 29th August 2014 : Women’s Eye designs:

Suitable for painters with some general face painting experience but who are maybe nervous about creating adult eye designs professionally, or are stuck for ideas, or looking for guidance with placement or certain techniques.

We will use one stroke, double (multi) dipping, line work, stencils, feather and gems and combine face paint with eye shadow and makeup. This class is all about creating flattering designs for women which can (mostly) be created very quickly.

Friday 26th September 2014 : Mixed Media:

In this fun class we will experiment with a range of techniques, styles and products to create colourful arm designs for older children / teens and after lunch progress to larger eye designs and upper chest or arm designs for adult bookings of for portfolio work. We will build layered designs using stencils gems and small prosthetic pieces. Be prepared to dive in and surprise yourself !

For further info and full details on what to bring, please email Brierley at furfangfairy@googlemail.com or call 07808 738 436

You can see more of Brierley’s work on her Facebook page.

 

This is just an introduction to some of my favourites – there are many other wonderful artists out there willing to share their skills and experience.  Please feel free to comment below on any recommendations you’d like to add or reviews on the people I’ve mentioned.

 

 

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.

BRIERLEY

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.

KJ

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”!

WENDY

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!

NAMS

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.