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Post by lizdexia on Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:39 pm

I see lots of you standing as you paint, but it's not something I can do. I have a bad back and need to be off my feet.
That being said, I tried an arrangement with a tall director's chair and a low chair for the customer but it doesn't always work and for little kids I end up hunching way over, which defeats the purpose of resting my back.
I started doing loooong hours some days and I need to find something comfortable to sit in.
I found one chair I loved which was of course TOTALLy out of my price range--like 360? It's a tattoo artists chair made to allow you to sit backwards on it if you choose, lean forward, and take the pressure off your back.

Any ideas? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?


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Post by Perry Noia on Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:28 pm

I used to sit in a normal chair and have the kids stand in front of me. I still do this at home parties a lot because I don't bother bringing my tall chair for those. For the taller "kids" I sometimes stand up to paint them, but for most kids, they are eye level when I'm sitting and they are standing. Even with the tall chair, I still do a fair amount of leaning into the kids, just part of the job. When I put on my costume, I turn off the pain receptors and push through it until I"m done. Deal with the pain later.
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Post by TheGildedCat on Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:10 pm

Mark Reid uses two stools, one for him, one for the little ones.

I've also seen ergonomic rolling stools that might work with the clients standing in front of you:
http://www.overstock.com/Health-Beauty/Pneumatic-White-Rolling-Saddle-Massage-Stool/5628795/product.html?cid=123620
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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:25 pm

I usually face paint sitting using two chairs of equal height, I have had smaller kids stand though. For jobs when I will be painting all adults I stand and have them sit in my tall director's chair.

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Post by Noella on Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:07 pm

I have a chair with a fold down table (like in a lecture hall) - I have them sit in a chair and lean forward onto my table - I don't lean, they do....
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Post by sweethavenarts on Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:53 pm

I've got a regular (18 inch) chair and a shorter tall chair, 24 inches. I sit in the small chair and the kid sits in the taller one. Most of the time it works well. Most directors chairs are like 32 inches. I got both my chairs at ikea.
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Post by Tash on Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:15 am

I have tried everything I can think of to help my back... I switch i up between standing and painting with a directors chair and two equal sized chairs and sitting and painting.... after three hours BOTH hurt my back for different reasons... that said I"m good on my feet as I worked in hospitality in my previous life Smile
If I had such a bad back I had to be off my feet I would try this -
I have an ergonomic chair... it's one of those ones with no back that you kneel on the padded parts and sit on the top. It forces you to sit straight. If people come to my lace for a body/back paint - I use it so they are most comfortable.... I get them to sit on the knee pad part and lean forwards over the back.
I would use this chair and have the kids stand in front of me.

The chair folds down pretty flat and has wheels on the bottom... it also has different heights to suit your comfort.
Hopefully you know what I'm getting at ... if you need a picture I"ll post one for you.
I don't think they are cheap though.............. I got mine at reverse Garbage for $5 ( yay) though I"m pretty sure they can go for around $100.
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Post by Miss Ronnie on Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:07 am

I use the same chairs for myself and the client... very sturdy and the fabric is firm so that neither one of us "sinks in".... it is similar to this one:

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Post by Noella on Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:30 am

That's very similar to the one I use Miss Ronnie - my table folds across at armrest height so I can lean on it or have them lean on it (towards me). Although I just use "whatever" is supplied by the client for the child to sit in....
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Post by Mug Shots on Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:44 pm

I have major back issues, and am in a wheelchair. I worked my first gig this weekend and had a DEVIL of a time trying to figure out how to get the kids close with out leaning so far over until one of my friends (also a facepainter) walked over and sat the chair in front of me SIDEWAYS, so I could reach their cheek, then tell the kids to turn towards me for the full face. They scoot all the way over closest to me, and it has been a lifesaver! I still lean a little, but nothing like fighting with 2 chairs has been! Hope that helps!
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Post by Miss Ronnie on Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:10 pm

The aluminum chairs use that are similar to the one above are lightweight for transport, too. I only use them if there is no chair situation already set up for me. Miss Ronnie's got a big ol' butt and I'd shutter to think what my view is from "behind".... but I actually like to sit in a hard restaurant chair or whatever chair is provided for at corporate events. I usually just reach out and pull the kid & chair closer to me when necessary. This prevents me from leaning in and probably helps keep my back from hurting. I have noticed that my arms get tired from being held higher when I paint adults, though....
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Post by a face painting mom on Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:56 pm

I need the child to be lower than I am, that is more comfortable for me, maybe it is the bifocals! So I use a chair like Ronnie's then a small folding kid's chair, and I pull them up close, hands in lap, lean forward, chin up. I think I will get a bean bag desk (they are the things that kids can use to write on in their laps-should be on sale soon with school ending) and I may have them put their elbows on in and lean forward, like Noella does. That is what works for me!
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Post by Luvs to paint on Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:17 am

I have to sit also. I sit in a padded metal folding chair, and use one of those padded sacral pillows to make sitting for long periods of time a little easier. The customer sits in a similar chair in front of me. I have them bring the chair close to me or have them sit near the edge so I don't have too far to reach.

I wear "reader" glasses for close up work. I found a pair of tinted readers, decorated them up with lots of bling, and wore them this past weekend. I noticed the kids just STARING at me intently as I painted. I finally realized they could see their reflection in my glasses!
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Post by a face painting mom on Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:37 am

That is funny Lorie! I just saw some drug store readers that have lights on them! I thought that they might be cool, but my prescription changed too much and I won't be able to use them. If all you need is readers, check them out! It is one way to make sure kids keep their eyes closed! I think they were from Foster Grant, saw them at CVS. Cool Beans! Nice for poor lighting!
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Post by Luvs to paint on Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:03 am

I already have a pair of those! I use them to read at night in bed, rather than a night light. I wouldn't want to wear them to paint though, unless I could manage to get the kid to keep their eyes closed the entire time I was painting them. It might be uncomfortable for them with me shining a light directly in their eyes.
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Post by Luvs to paint on Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:05 am

these are all drugstore readers. I had cataract surgery on both eyes several years ago and don't have to wear glasses now except for closeup details or to read. I finally get to wear regular pretty sunglasses!
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Post by MagicalGlitterkatie on Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:41 am

What we (my mom and I) use are just regular black metal folding chairs and some comfy chair cushions, and have the kids sit on a backless stool (hers is pink mine is blue) so the kids won't lean back as far.

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Post by Forest-Fairy on Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:20 pm

MagicalGlitterkatie this thread died like 3 years ago...
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Post by AuntieStacey on Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:26 am

I am very tall and the kids are small, so I sit because I'm kind of scary to them otherwise and also because I can't reach them when they're shy and scrunch down. For longer gigs I bring a tall artist's chair which swivels for the customer, and a normal sized office chair with wheels for me. I put a big pillow in the customer chair so kids can't lean away from me. I can roll them forwards, and swivel them sideways (love that!). I can move the chair up and down but don't because I don't want it so high that I have to help lift the kids into it. For adults I stand up, which is a good change for easing the back. Both chairs were inexpensive second hand finds on Craig's list.
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