|Posted by Christy Lewis on October 20, 2013 at 10:40 PM||comments (5)|
It is hard to believe that it has been 4 years since I first picked up a paint brush. Looking back on how much we have learnt and far we have come is quite incredible... needless to say my original menu boards that I have been using all this time were a little outdated.
I have finally created a brand new menu board, all ready to use for summer. Now we had to keep a lot of the old favourites but we have some new exciting designs too. We took it for a spin a few weeks ago and the Rainbow Cheetah was by far the favourite!
We have a range of designs, from the 3 minute ($3.00) fast designs, 5 minute ($5.00) designs and our deluxe 8 minute ($8.00) designs, so there is something to please everyone!
We are looking forward to getting to use our new menu at the many school and public events we have coming up in the next couple of months (Keep an eye out for more details!)... which face painting would you choose?
|Posted by Christy Lewis on September 24, 2013 at 1:10 AM||comments (1)|
This year I had only one big goal for myself. It was the same goal I have had for the last few years, and finally this weekend I can finally tick it off my list.... I completed my first ever body painting!
This weekend was the New Zealand Body Art Awards. With over 50 entrants in 7 different categories this event was absolutely spectacular.
The theme this year was The Circus, which meant for some really fun and creative pieces and performances, from wind up monkeys to lizards playing drums... the creativity was outstanding. Pieces were created by body painting, hand made costuming or prosthetic pieces and masks. The details in many of the pieces must have taken hours upon hours but the end result was well worth it.
Being in amongst the action was an experience in itself. So much creativity in one room. There wasn't a lot of time for looking around at others but every now and then I would catch a glimpse of somebody transforming into something magical. At 8am in the morning, a whole bunch of regular people walked into a basement and 8 hours later emerged as something you would only ever see in your dreams. An explosion of colours, creatures, the bizarre and the beautiful, the Circus had definitely arrived!
The show itself was equally amazing with the perfect blend of edge of your seat circus performances and the creations from the day really shining the stage. The organisers of the NZ Body Art Awards showcase put on a fantastic show year after year, and the talent of the artists just gets better and better.
This year I finally built up the courage to enter my first body painting competition. I was competing the Hand Painted Professional category, starting straight off against the professionals was a little daunting I have to say. So many things I had never had to think about, like how I was going to cover so much skin and all the details in only just over 7 hours, (thank goodness my model was little). How a whole body paint would work on stage as well as up close, finding the balance between the little details (which I love) and something that will stand out from the back of the auditorium.
Finding a concept and making that design flow right around the entire body. I spent many hours sketching out designs and ideas on paper, as well as practicing on my husband and children. The night before the competition I was still refining the small details, as an artist I am not sure a work could ever be complete.
When the time came to paint I just put my head down and went for it. Pretty soon the creativity starts flowing and the design really starts coming together. The time flew by so fast. By lunch time things were looking on track but those next few hours just disappeared. Right up to the last few seconds I was adding finishing touches. I really wished I had just another 30 minutes to really tidy it up, although I am sure no matter how much time I had I would always want more.
Finally seeing my design on stage, all those little details didn't matter any more. It was amazing seeing my vision of a lion tamer and the lion all come together on the day. My model was Amazing! She really brought the design and concept to life. She had tamed that lion within but the wild within was soo strong it was overcoming her.
I have to say a huge thank you to my assistant for keeping me calm on the day and all the little things I couldn't have done without you.
Thank you to my model for putting up with 8 hours not being able to move and not complaining once, and for bringing my design to life, you are amazing!
And to my family to traveling up in the car with us all for 8 hours to be there and support us on the night! Love you all!
Now it is over I am already thinking about my next body painting. The next NZ Body Art awards are in 2015 and I already have a few ideas, and I am sure I will find some other opportunities to paint before then.... just watch this space!
|Posted by Christy Lewis on August 29, 2013 at 8:05 PM||comments (0)|
Here are a few tips to make your next birthday party a huge success!
- Leave a balloon on the gate! This age old tradition is a great way of getting children excited before they even enter the door. Your guests will have no trouble finding the party and the entertainer isn't likely to get lost.
- Have the face painter come a little early so they have time to paint the birthday child before the rest of the guests arrive. This allows time to make sure the birthday child gets an extra special painting. They are then free to greet all their guests and enjoy their special day!
- It is often a really nice idea to have a wee craft of activity happening nearby while the face painting is going on so the children are able to pop away to have their face painting with out missing out on anything. It is also a really nice way for young children to 'warm up' to the party and it gives the parents a few extra moment of peace.
- Having a theme can be a lot of fun. Kids really love running around the jungle or garden as their favourite jungle animal or fairy. It is also helpful for those kids that just can't decide what they want painted.
-Have a large Mirror nearby for the children to admire their faces. A face painter will always bring their own mirror to reveal their face as soon as they are done, but children will love going back over and over again to check them selves out. This can keep them occupied for ages!
- Take photos! Make sure you get a photo of each child before they run off and roll in mud or smother their face in cake. Take a group photo too! This makes an awesome shot and kids will love looking back over the years to see who they had at their party.
- Have Fun! Laugh Lots! Worry about the mess later!
|Posted by Christy Lewis on August 29, 2013 at 7:20 PM||comments (1)|
Did you know, each month we put up a new Step By Step Design on our Learn Page.
Let us know what you would like to see next!
Check out Septembers Design - The Deer.
|Posted by Christy Lewis on July 30, 2013 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
That means you will get a professional digital image of each child with their face painted and a few snapshots of the party.
*Birthday Parties must have a maximum of 8 faces per hour and no more than 2 hours total or 16 faces.
*Photos will be emailed to the party host within 2 weeks of the Birthday Party.
Please mention this special offer when making your booking.
|Posted by Christy Lewis on July 21, 2013 at 5:35 PM||comments (0)|
We are very excited to have our very first class available on FABAtv this month!
While we were over at FABAIC we managed to squeeze in some time to film a couple of face painting classes on for FABA (Face and Body Art) tv.
An online channel dedicated to face and body art. There are so many wonderful classes by the top artists in the world, to be amongst them is a hige honour.
Our first class is all about Cute Animal Masks. We all know how much kids love animals, and in this class I teach all sorts of techniques for creating quick and simple animal masks that will last all day. We have come up with 4 great designs that we hope you will love as much as we do.
Subscribe to FABAtv to watch our class, and you will also have access to all the other fantastic classes.
For any body interested in Face and Body Art, FABA tv is well worth the investment, the edcuation and inspiration you will get is unbeatable, right from your very own home any time you feel like!
|Posted by Christy Lewis on July 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
In the second week of the school holidays we will be busy painting faces down at Coastlands Shopping Town in Paraparaumu!
Free Face Painting from 11:30am - 1:30pm, Tuesday to Friday!
(Better be there early or you may miss out)
Also on at Coastlands at the same time is a Monsters University Fancy Dress Competition. Come along to a Monster University movie at Downtown Cinemas in Coastlands dressed as your favourite Monster University character. The Best Dressed could win a Family Movie Pass!
See You there!
|Posted by Christy Lewis on July 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM||comments (1)|
We finally managed to get another video tutorial done! Being winter over here (and oh so cold!) I figured it was only fitting to paint an Icy design, and I love my princess's!
I hope you enjoy it!
|Posted by Christy Lewis on June 13, 2013 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
This class was a lot of fun!
We managed to paint 5 fast farm animal faces, a pig, a chicken, a goat, a donkey and a cow that got away.
I hadn't painted many farm animals before but I will be definitely adding them to my board soon! The are super cute and simple, and kids just love them!
|Posted by Christy Lewis on June 9, 2013 at 8:25 PM||comments (0)|
This is the first of the three classes I taught while over at The Face and Body Art International Convention.
I love painting animals, and the bold colourings and unique markings make jungle animals very popular.
Thank you so much to our wonderful models for bringing these designs to life!
Here is a wee peak at the class... keep an eye on our blog for more on our other classes at FABAIC!