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Photo of the week...

Posted on August 23, 2016 at 8:10 PM

Growing a Business

Posted on August 14, 2016 at 9:05 PM

Some may say Face Painting is the dream job... I can't really argue, I get to go and share my love of art with so may people. I get to be a part of the most wonderful events. I have even been called the highlight of their week. I just love it when you see children who you have painted in the past who are so excited (if not a little shy) to see the face painter. 

What many people don't see is all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. I am fortunate that most of my work outside of the house happens during the weekends, which means I can be flexible with work during the week to still be able to be there with them when they need me.

We are a small local, family run business. Seven years ago I just started painting my own children for fun, we were soon being invited to paint a parties and events and before I knew it I was running my own business. Running a business definitely comes with its own challenges, especially while juggling small children, growing our family and running a household. My husband also works 2 other jobs as well as helping out with the painting and balloon twisting on the weekends. To say life if busy is an under statement.

Running a face painting business involves a lot more than just painting faces and taking a few bookings. I spend a lot of time practicing and working on new designs. I am forever studying, finding out about new techniques and researching new products, to make sure we are always offering a top quality service for what ever type of event we are involved with. I am always on the lookout on ways to keep the business growing. 

There is a lot of time keeping you all up to date on our website and Facebook page. There is an amazing online community of face and body artists that are continually sharing and inspiring each other. I really do try to share as much as I can with you all and answer as many questions as I can.

Not only do I paint, I also teach. There is a lot of time put into putting together classes or online tutorials. (I am currently working on classes for FABACONZ - the New Zealand Convention which will be happening in Auckland next month - I hope to see you there!) And Yes! I am still working on a book (when I find time between everything else!)

Then there is all the boring paperwork involved in running any business (I won't bother boring you with details) It takes up far more time that I would like.. but it is essential to keep things running smoothly.

There are many roles one has to take on when running their own business, and I have really enjoyed embracing each new skill. Not only am I a face painter, I am a manager, marketer, writer, accountant, web designer, photographer, and a teacher, all on top of being a Mum. 

What we may lack in size we definitely make up for in Passion. We have grown this business from a baby and are very proud of where we are at today. We sill strive to offer a professional service, while maintaining that personal touch. We are grateful to everyone who has supported us over the years and we value our customers because we know they are the reason we are still here today. 

Photo of The Week

Posted on August 14, 2016 at 9:00 PM

We have managed to get up another video on our facebook page..I you haven't seen it yet be sure to check it out on our facebook page" target="_blank">here!

It was a fun experiment painting on my own face and filming at the same time, but I ended up quite happy with the final design with the water coloured effect.

Getting a Great Photo

Posted on July 6, 2016 at 6:40 PM

Getting a Great Photograph


Each face painting is a work of art.. the only downside is that the artwork is only temporary. At the end of the day the colours will be fading and it will come time to wash it all away.
This is why it is equally as important to be able to take a great photograph of your designs to make them last forever. The photograph become a piece of artwork in itself.

Now you don’t necessarily need a fancy camera to take a great shot (Although it wouldn’t hurt).
There are a few key tips to remember to be able to get the magic shot.

Framing your shot. When taking a photo, especially of a face painting, you want to make sure that is the main thing you see when you look at the picture.. fill the screen with the face, get up nice and close to show off all those details. Crop the picture across the hairline or just above the face, and just below the chin or just above the shoulders. Think about where the design sits on the face and try to keep that balanced in the picture.

Also be aware of your

Background. Keep it as plain as possible.. I like to stand infant of a white wall or have a black cloth hanging behind them (having an assistant to hold the cloth up can be very useful). I will use a plain black banner (with just my brand name in the corner) set up behind the model at events for quick and easy photos.

Lighting. Lighting is so very important in taking photos. Where possible, plan your shoots for the daytime to make the most of the natural light. I set my photos up in front of a large window, but away from direct sunlight. Avoid bright directional light that will create hard shadows, and also make it hard for the model to see. If you are unable to avoid direct light I like to use a white diffuser/reflector.
If Natural lighting isn’t available, I try to take photos in as much light as possible (white light over warm lighting to show colours off more accurately). I still try to avoid direct light on the subject to eliminate harsh shadows. When using the flash on my camera I will try and create a diffuser (a piece of paper held in front of the camera, on an angle towards the ceiling) to bounce the light around the room.


When taking photos I like to take multiple shots just to make sure I get the right one. Try shots at different angles, looking up/down/left and right, especially on designs with lots of areas of detail. Try different expressions to suit the design. I also like to take both portrait and landscape shots because you never know when else you may need to use the image. These photos are very important for branding and marketing!


Also remember to think about the models hair and clothing (if possible), to make sure that is will not be taking the attention away from the design (unless that is what you are going for, of course).


If you want to get more technical, I like to shoot photos with a DSLR camera. This gives me more control over the settings on my camera. I tend to stick to shooting in shutter priority mode which enables me to control the shutter speed. I like a fast shutter speed, especially when working with children, and I will set it as high as I can without my photos ending up too dark (A little dark is ok as this can be edited after).
Getting the right focus is also important. I always make sure I have the eyes in focus (or the closest eye to the camera when the face is tilted). You also want to make sure the design is also in focus.


Once you think you have a few good shots to work with it is a good idea to do a bit of post editing to really make your photo shine. I try not to adjust the design too much, I will alter the brightness and contrast, while making sure it still looks natural. I will also often touch up the background, either darkening the black (Burn tool in photo-shop) or brightening my whites (Dodge tool in photoshop), or blaring my backgrounds to remove noise. 
Don't forget to add your own watermark too. This vital for branding your work, and deters people from stealing your photos and claiming them as their own.

Now you have an amazing photo.. don’t be afraid to show it off.. share it on social media or your website to show your potential clients just what you can do!

Photo of the week!

Posted on July 6, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Forever learning.

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 10:10 PM

When I post something on Facebook, I usually like to make sure it is a piece of work I am happy with. I will spend extra time, than what I would usually at events, making sure it is just right.. sometimes I will even go back and touch it up after taking the photos, and re shoot the design until I get that perfect image.

Now not all my work turns out the way I intend it too.. sometimes designs I have sketched on paper just don't translate well on the face.. sometimes my model gives up before I have a chance to tweak the design.

Recently, I attempted to paint a bear. We were inspired by a loveable bear on a favourite movie..(can you guess who?) When working with small children (especially ones that are my own), I do only have a limited time.. I get one shot to get it right. 

I knew there was something not quite right about it but couldn't put my finger on it right away. I spent some time studying the image figuring out how to make it look less like a monkey and more like a bear. In this particular design I needed to pull the cheeks down, making the overall shape more square. The ears needed to be (a lot) smaller, and there were some changes that needed to be made around the top of the muzzle/nose area. All subtle changes that completely changed the overall design. I am still waiting for an opportunity to re-paint it on a face but for now I have my photoshopped version to work from. 

By taking a good look at the design, I feel that I am ready to paint the design the next time it is asked for, and will remember the key shapes to making the that bear look like a bear.

Even though the designs we paint aren't always perfect we learn so much more from them. Sometimes you just have to give it a go and fail to figure out how to make it work the next time. As artists we will never stop learning. We may seem fussy and a bit pedantic, but if with we think we are perfect, we take away the opportunity to grow.

Photo of the week!

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 9:55 PM

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Posted on June 7, 2016 at 10:10 PM


Before I can create any piece of art I need to be inspired. As an artist, finding that inspiration can be one of the biggest challenges. Sometimes we can be overflowing with ideas, other times we can feel like we have nothing. 
We can have all the skills in the world, we can have all the right equipment, but without inspiration we will struggle to create something we are happy with.

How do I find inspiration? Well… believe it or not, inspiration is everywhere! Sometimes we can get so caught up in life we look straight past it. Sometimes we need to just slow down and take a good look at the beauty that surrounds us.

You could be outdoors, looking at the colours of the sky.. the flowers in the garden or the animals walking by. 
You could be indoors looking at beautiful patterns, posters, prints and clothing.

I recently became fascinated with the beautiful patterned images often found in colouring books, below is a picture I love on a shopping bag. I tried out a few different styles, and then started adding patterns to other designs.


One of the biggest places to find inspiration is right here on the world wide web. 
Facebook and pinterest are great places to collect ideas. I spend a lot of time looking at animals, pretty patterns and colours, artwork on other mediums, bunches of flowers. Think outside of the box to create something out of this world.

I love looking through face and body paintings by amazing artists… often its the little details that capture my attention, from placement and layouts of designs, to colours and styles. 
When I first started painting faces I would look at these designs and copy them to figure out how they were painted. I would then repaint adding my own style.
Copying designs of other artists can be a great way to learn, but to grow as an artist you need to be adding your own little touches and style.

I still use many of these standard designs every day, although over the years they definitely evolved.
My tigers (as example) are a mixture of many other styles, as well as inspired by the shapes on real tigers. I also have a little stripe in my tigers that came about when a child wriggled at just the right time.

Sometimes you will notice one small detail that will inspire a whole range of designs, shifting the placement of the nose to create a whole range of" target="_blank">nose-i-mals.

The more I paint, more ideas just flow. The original design may not be perfect but there is always something to take from it and develop into something better. 

Of course there are still times where the ideas seem to stop.. sometimes we just burn out and need to take a break. And even though we may not be painting, always keep your mind open, searching for new ideas, until you are ready to paint again.

“When it rains look for rainbows. When its dark look for stars”

Photo of The Week

Posted on June 7, 2016 at 10:00 PM

Belly Painting Progression

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Another unique and exciting way to celebrate your pregnancy is by painting a series of belly painting documenting the progresion.

There are many fun ways to transform the belly, it could be a tiny little seed growing into a beautiful tree, a little egg hatching and growing into a lovely bird or an even more realistic approach of a baby growing inside. 

Painting the belly at different stages as it grows creates a stunning collection of images, and it beautifully shows the changes of the pregnant belly.