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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”

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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.

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Posted on June 1, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Belly Paintings!

Posted on May 29, 2016 at 8:10 PM

When I am not busy painting faces, I often enjoy slowing down and spending time working on a slightly different canvas.... a beautiful pregnant belly.

Prenatal Belly paintings are beautiful unique way to create special memories of your pregnancy. I always find there is something quite amazing the way our bodies are able to transform as they are creating a new life to enter this world. Instead of hiding it away under layers of clothing, embrace it and enjoy it (as much as you can). 

Each belly painting is unique, I love to create something that is special to each person, whether its something to represent the family, or something special to the new baby, the only limits are our imaginations. It is also a really special time to spend with the expectant mother.. and a chance for them to just relax and enjoy the moment.

As the painting is only temporary (although I know many mothers who have refused to wash it off.. leaving it on until it fades away), it is just as important to capture the moment with beautiful photos that will be treasured forever. I have mine printed on a canvas which was hung in the nursery.

Over the years we have painted many beautiful bumps, here are just some of my favourites. If you are expecting a child and want your own unique design don't hesitate to get in touch

Neon Parties!

Posted on May 26, 2016 at 7:25 PM

As the weather cools down and the days get shorter, finding ideas to keep kids busy at Birthday Parties often becomes a little more challenging (I know this well, having two children with Birthdays in the middle of winter!)

Here is an idea for something a little different.. a Neon party! They really are a lot of fun, and don’t require a huge amount of work.

Recently I threw a neon party for my own child, she claims it was the “best party ever!”. Win!

I spend my weekends at other peoples parties so when it comes to parties for my own children I want to keep it as simple as possible. 
I always enjoy spending a few days leading up to the party making decorations with the kids. For this party we made pinwheels on white paper (make sure the paper is bleached for it to really glow!) Some of the paper we sprayed with some neon paint (fabric paints we bought from the warehouse that came in little spray bottles), just to add a bit of extra colour.

My favourite decoration was the neon dots we stuck all over the living room walls! These were label dots just bought from the local dollar shop. 
We also brought a bunch of post it notes which we stuck every where, and even made a few chains out of them. 
And from the ceiling we hung white streamers. There are so many ideas on the internet, we only needed to pick a few.

On the invitations we asked the children to make sure they came dressed in white or neon colours.
Once they arrived they had their face painted! A professional face painter will have all the right paints and know exactly how to make the most effective designs! Check out our party packages for Neon Parties!


We played a few games. Most of the traditional party games work well… playing them under black light seems to put a whole new spin on them. A big hit was the treasure hunt! We hid clues on stick it notes hidden in dark places around the house. We bought a few small black light torches for the children and sent them off hunting.

To be honest, after all the games… I think the kids had more fun just turning up the music and dancing in the darkness. A Disco party!

Other fun activities including creating their own neon splattered t-shirts. Just buy a bunch of white t-shirts and let them go crazy with the neon fabric paints. 
My girls being a little bit older also really enjoyed putting together their own glow stick jewellery, which they all took home after the party. K-mart had a great big box full of different pieces.. glasses… earrings… brackets… as well as plenty of regular glow sticks.


You can also go crazy with food (although the kids were having so much fun, no one took any notice). Super tip: Tonic water glows under black light!


The most important thing of all, none of this is any good without Black lights! For the black lights to work best you need to make sure there is no other light.. either black out all the windows and/or hold the party in the eventing.

In our home we put up two tube lights in the living room. We hired these from our party hire shop and were very reasonably priced. We also have one of our own which can be hired out in conjunction with face painting. Enquire here to find out more!

Neon parties can be as simple or complex as you like! The key things to remember when planning a neon party are the black lights (of course) A few simple decorations. Wearing the right clothing. FACE PAINT. And a few games or activities and Music! The kids will have a blast and so will you!

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Posted on May 24, 2016 at 11:15 PM

Face Paints!

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 8:55 PM

Over the last couple of weeks I had a bit of fun using facebook’s live video feature, and created a few designs for you all to watch. One of the questions that was asked many times what “What type of paints do you use?”.

Well....The answer is actually quite complex.I have put together (as promised) a blog post to share with you my, completely unbiased, thoughts on the different brands of paints.

All of the paints that I use are ‘Professional Face Paints’. These are paints that are specifically designed for painting on the skin, they are more like a make up. There meet strict guidelines, including being approved by the FDA.
Professional face paints are easy to work with, easy to wash off and most importantly are safe to use on the skin. They should not leave a reaction. (However there is a small chance some sensitive skin may react to some brands. If you are ever concerned about a reaction a patch test should be conducted.)

 There are many paints out there that are often labeled ‘face paint’ that should not be used on the skin. I call these the cheap and nasty paints. Often sold for a couple of dollars in craft sections. (You can read more about the importance of good quality paints here.)

Professional face paint may cost a little more, but they are well worth the investment. I purchase my paints online from from trusted face and body paint suppliers.

When I first started painting I used Snazaroo paints. This is one brand that is easily available, and is reasonable priced (that paint goes a long way!). It is a great brand to use if you are just wanting to paint your own children faces.

After a few years of using Snazaroo, I found that I needed to expand my kit. Snazaroo is a great paint for painting ‘base work’, it goes on smooth and blends well.

As my painting progressed I eventually needed to expand my kit, I learnt quickly that different brands were useful for different applications. I needed a paint that wan’t going to blend as well to create nice crisp line work. Waxier brands, such as Wolfe, TAG and DiamondFX are fantastic for this.

I introduced Paradise paints for my base work. The creamy texture of this paint made it simple to apply, comfortable to wear, easy to blend with other colours and easy to wash off. (A paint that washes off well is very important, you want your clients to remember your face painting, but not so well that they can still see the remnants days later.)

In the past few years the number of trusted face paint brands has grown enormously. Each brand carries its own unique array of colours, which is how I chose a lot of my paints.
These days my kit consists of not only TAG, Wolfe, DiamondFX and Paradise, but also Global and FAB. As well as a wee bit of Face Paint Australia, Kryvaline, Kryolan, and Chameleon.

This photo shows the brands and colours that I currently carry in my kit. This changes regulary, I have a large box of new colours to add when necessary.

Split cakes and rainbow cakes are also a very popular type of paint. These are paints that come in rainbow strips of colour. These can be applied with a brush (1 inch wide) or a sponge. Most brands come with their own line of split cake combinations, so the choices are endless. I have a very large collection of split cakes and rainbow cakes.. there are just too many beautiful combinations.

In my kit I also have a few pressed powders which I use either on their own or in combination with my face paint. Mehron Starblends and Ben Nye Lumiere powders are must have's in my kit.

And don't forget all the accessories, glitter, gems, brushes, sponges.. but that is a whole other blog post!


So...I am sure my long winded post has left you more questions then ever, there are just too many great options to narrow them down. And this is just what I use! There are so many great painters, all with unique styles of painting, that will have their own favourite paints. You will never find 2 kits the same!

Don’t be afraid to buy a few smaller pallets and paints to try out the different brands, even buying a small split cake with give you a chance to try out a few different colours of the one brand. I admit that I have quite a few paints that I have purchased that I haven’t loved, or have since found a replacement for. I often use these for practice or to pass on to other people. And dont be afraid to ask, when you see a beautiful colour or splitcake. Most of us face painters just love to share.

I hope that helps answer the question of which face paint to use. As long as you are using a professional quality face paint (regardless of whether this is a hobby or a business) you can't go wrong. Grab some of your favourite colours and have fun trying them all out. You know there is no such thing a too much paint!

Painting With Speed

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 9:40 PM

When working at events or parties where there are lots of excited children all wanting their faces painted, speed is such an important thing! As a face painter it is important to find the balance of working fast whilst still maintaining quality.

Face painting isn't a race, often I hear people bragging about how they can paint 40 faces in a hour. It can be done, I know, I have had to do it on a few occasions. But to be honest, what you can produce in that time isn't exactly going to be fantastic.  Face painting is about the experience, and you want them (as well as yourself) to be proud of what they have painted on their face. 

There are also others that don't want to race at all. They like to take their time to create a masterpiece on each face. This is fantastic when you have heaps of time to fill, but doesn't always work when you have a large line of people.

I am always trying to find the balance, I want to keep the line moving as quickly as possible, yet create create something people are going to remember. For larger events I will simplify my designs a little which means I can get up to 24 faces painted in an hour. (I try not to do this too often as it is exhausting! But it can be done.)

For me, my magic number is 12 faces per hour. This gives me enough time to paint our favourite designs with just the right amount of details. It also gives me time to interact with each child, making sure their moment is extra special. It also give me time to breathe. 

If you are wanting to make a booking for face painting at a Birthday Party or Small event, but are unsure how long you would like to book us for, here is a rough guide of the number of faces we can paint in an hour.

Our Super Talented painters can paint up to 10 'regular' faces in an hour, and up to 16 faboulously fast faces in an hour. In some cases we can paint even more, such as a sports event where the same design is painted again and again.

The time it takes to paint a face is based on the detail on the design, not necessarily by the size of design (for example a small cheek art character often takes longer than a full face due to the ammount of detail involved).

Some of our designs have been painted by us so many times that we can also paint them faster than other designs

that may appear to have the same amount of detail.

We do have 'deluxe designs' which take a little longer and have even more detail, these are especially popular with the 'bigger' kids (grown ups), or are great if you have lots of time to fill. Let us know if you would like to book more time for more detailed designs and we can work out a price and time that works.

The following are just a few examples of the designs we can paint.

Live Facebook Tutorials

Posted on April 26, 2016 at 6:20 PM

The last couple of weeks my children have been home on Holidays, in the search for things to do we came across live videos on Facebook. 

No of course having the kids home I really want to use the opportunity to do a bit of face painting (I always have something new I need to paint!), and what better way to do convince my children to let me paint them than doing it live on camera. (You should see the amount of videos of themselves on my phone.. they just love taking videos of them selves)

With very little planning we decided to just go for it and see how it goes.. well I think it went pretty well, with a few hundred people watching our first video it was very exciting. Every few days we have been coming up with a new design to paint live, and even with a few hiccups (Mr 3, running away in the middle of a face painting, Live!) we have all had a lot of fun. Check out our Facebook page to see all our videos so far, and keep an eye out for the latest live videos. (We have been posting around 11am (NZ Standard Time) most days.. )