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Post by Denise Cold on Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:01 pm

I figured it had to be a paint with a good workable window. That's probably my biggest problem with TAG is the almost instant drying time but it makes it good for fairs and birthdays and for the layered stuff like butterflies because you can do line work over it pretty quickly.

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Post by HazyDaze on Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:32 pm

Thank you very much for your essay, Denise. It was so helpful and eye-opening for me. Split cakes look so fun and easy, and I've been trying and trying to get good at 1-stroke designs so I can take advantage of the numerous color combo possibilities.

However, I do love to draw in real life, and line work is my thing, meaning more often than not I find myself depending on it to really complete a face. I don't feel like this is a bad thing, though, and the way you explained various artists' methods so simply makes me realize that perhaps it's okay to play my strengths rather than beat myself up over not being able to make a perfect 1-stroke rose -- 'cause I can make a rockin' rose with a blob of red and some black 'n white line work. Very Happy
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Post by Denise Cold on Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:15 pm

Exactly Hazy! Thank you for getting it. I really do envy Nick Wolfe sometimes with his back back kit (especially when I'm trying to get my Fat Max up the stairs) but boy do I love messing with paint combos and coming up with one-stroke designs. You are right, everyone has different strengths and we can all learn from each other.

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Post by facetheart on Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:02 pm

yes me as well I lov emy tag blends i would definitely go with that.
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Post by rthling on Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:52 pm

Wow, Denise! You spelled it out perfectly! I was so frustrated with trying to make designs work where the color was just random blobs, then the linework made it what IT was. I am a category two girl.

Embrace the category two, Diane.

This must be why I love Marcela and Lisa Joy Young so much.

Thanks for the essay!
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Post by vegas mom on Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:45 pm

I just rec'd my new order from the forum shops and purchased some TAG splits and I LOVE them.. ( the wolfe ones weren't in yet) I was able to use a dauber with the splits and then use one of the colors for accent. Love Love Love them for speed. Thanks for all the imput on paints and Thanks Forum shops for the great selection. \m/ you rock!!!!
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Post by vegas mom on Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:57 pm



This is from the dauber thread.. Not my design. and thanks to who did this..
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Re: Ready for a new kit

Post by Psalmbook on Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:55 pm

Denise, Great Essay!

I've envied the "back pack" face painters also, but just love the fun of changing things up & being creative & fun on the job. I love all my colors & use them often. LOL!
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Post by cattsy on Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:44 pm

I started witha couple of paradise palettes, and just slowly bought the colors in bigger sizes as I used them up. I recently invested in a bunch of TAG 2 color splits and rainbow cakes and LOVE LOVE them...

Denise, loved your post, kept looking for the "like" button. I'm in the "linework" category I think, but at the same time I'm going more and more towards the one stroke stuff and loving the rainbow cakes. I think I'm addicted to the one strokes >.>

I defenitely love the tag pearls though, but I do have a DFX neon/metallix pallette as well... speaking of which I need to replace some neon colors...

I love the square containers that tag comes in, totally worth the slightly higher price per gram to have more paint in a square pot for me.

But, back to the original question. Don't buy a "kit" buy the colours that you like and use, try out a couple different brands. Every time I put in an order I try something new Smile
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Post by Kammy on Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:29 am

Just read this after you mentioned it on FB - thank you so much, it's very enlightening.

I think I'm mostly in the latter category, though a bit of a hybrid. I do love very blendable glycerin-based paints for sponged bases, but I'm not classically artistic so would have problems doing what, say, the Wolfe brothers do with their linework. I like my growing one-stroke collection, but am trying to get the most out of them by not just using them for sponged bases and flowers/butterflies....I'm taking pairs of colours from them for shading, etc. too. In general, I think I'm just learning what works for me, which is only natural as I'm so new!

In terms of brands, I use mostly Superstar and Snazaroo for bases, and then a combination of DFX, Wolfe, Cameleon and Paradise for line/one-stroke work. I like the way my kit's going. Smile I dooooo want some TAG and Starblends to try out, though....ahem.

Thanks for sharing your insight.

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Post by Face Painting by Jessica on Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:05 am

I'm in the second category, however I am able to compact everything I need into the same sort of aluminum case. Rainbow cakes make my work look so impressive (which is what gets me bookings).

I've just ordered 3 more Starblends though and I'm going to be finding a way to add them to my kit without having it explode. I'm very particular about the way the inside of my case looks like when I first open it.
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Post by Denise Cold on Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:16 pm

Starblends are helping me expand my category and go more into sponge and line. But I still feel like line work is my chance to mess up. Seriously, it's bad. Smile I'm great at designs I've done over and over like tigers but trying to outline girl designs or "draw" a design are always stinky. I'm finally coming to peace with my unicorn a year and a half later. Smile
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Post by Kammy on Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:48 pm

Denise Cold wrote:Starblends are helping me expand my category and go more into sponge and line. But I still feel like line work is my chance to mess up. Seriously, it's bad. Smile I'm great at designs I've done over and over like tigers but trying to outline girl designs or "draw" a design are always stinky. I'm finally coming to peace with my unicorn a year and a half later. Smile
That's my problem too - I can't actually draw. I'm really, REALLY bad at it. So I have to really practice my line work every day to try to make it reasonable...but I do feel that it's gently improving over time, which is at least comforting. If I get a line annoyingly wrong whilst painting a face, though, my hand shakes....which makes me more anxious, which makes my hands shake more. I seriously have to get over that.

I'm scared of unicorns, and have thus never even tried to do one. I might try Fee's one from the One Stroke FB group though, as a starter.

As for Starblends: you keep mentioning them, and psychologically waving them under my nose saying "I've gotttt Starrrrblends.....aren't they pretttttyyyyy?"....but you've told me not to buy them for agggges.

As I've said before, you're just plain mean. Laughing

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Post by Face Painting by Jessica on Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:19 pm

You might have to be my friend to see the album, but these are some of my drawings, I loved to draw, and now I've turned to paint. It's funny how I'm in the second category...

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.412768430631.368241.700440631&type=3
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Post by Face Painting by Jessica on Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:21 pm

And this was Chalk Pastels Smile Love him <3 He was as big as a door lol took me 3 weeks.

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Post by Kammy on Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:24 pm

I can't see your drawings, Jessica (yes, must be friends-only), but your chalk pastel work is just beautiful. Smile I'm so jealous of people who can draw!
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Post by Face Painting by Jessica on Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:29 pm



The last one is chalk pastel again, it was inspired by a friend's mother who passed after a nasty battle with cancer. It wasn't quite as big as the horse, but but they had it framed and it's hanging in their living room now. So sad...
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Post by Kammy on Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:34 pm

Wow! My first thought was that you'd accidentally included a photo in with your artwork - that last one is so beautifully realistic, whilst still having the softness you'd associate with pastels. I can't imagine how much that piece must have meant to the family you gave it to. Smile

I have an artist friend in Canada who painted a portrait of my son and I, based on a photo of me holding him in the moments after his birth. It's so precious to me.

You have a lot of talent. I, on the other hand, make every drawing look like I dipped a drunken, drugged spider into ink and let it roam across the page. Not a good look, trust me. Quite frankly, face painting is the first time I felt I could do anything even approaching acceptable with a paint brush!

Of course, "acceptable" is a relative term, too. Laughing

Thanks for sharing your artwork, Jessica. Smile
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Post by Face Painting by Jessica on Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:38 pm

Thanks Kammy, I find you're too hard on yourself. I was pretty hack at face painting when I first started. Paint wasn't my medium, so I was trying to "draw" with the brush. It didn't turn out so well.

This forum will help you grow tremendously, you'll be fine!
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Post by Kammy on Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:06 pm

Thanks for the encouragement, Jessica - I appreciate it. Smile I know I can be hard on myself, but being honest I DO already see an improvement in both my technique and my confidence, compared to when I started a few weeks ago. My self-deprecation is a bad habit, perhaps my inherent Britishness coming through...

Apart from the whole "oops, life-threateningly ill, collapsed, hospital" episode, I've kept my self-promise to paint every day. Between my stubborn persistence and the huge resource of this forum, I think I'll get there. Smile
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Post by Tineke on Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:38 pm

Hmmm I don't know which category I would fit in.... I just do what I do, with any brand that comes to my attention.... Have been using splits for a long time, but I just started putting them together to save room in my kit...
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Re: Ready for a new kit

Post by Denise Cold on Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:18 pm

Oh, oh. It might be time for another "share your crappy photos from when you first started face painting" thread. Maybe I can find the old one. Will definitely make you feel better Kammy. Smile
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