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Post by CottonKandyClown on Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:56 am

Really?! I remember playing around with their banner and it came out to nearly $50, but I was adding pictures to it so that's probably why. I'll have to give it another go now Smile

I do buy their biz cards though Smile
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Post by squiggle on Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:40 am

Finished up a festival today and finally had a chance to take some pics of the new setup.



HOWEVER, this isn't the complete setup... the winds were too strong this weekend to use the upper portion of the banner frames so we hung the large banner at the back of the tent instead of up high over the tent. There is another section of pvc that attaches above the sections you see here, that holds more large pics and the large banner up high over the entrance of the tent. We were setup next to a tree with immense roots, so everything is not straight, either, but you do the best with what you're given LOL

We weighted the bases of the banner frames with concrete and bungied them to the legs of the tent which helped keep it on the ground. The winds were gusting up to 40 mph this weekend so the extra weights really helped!

Our booth was squeezed in... we had a group directly behind us that kept throwing their chicken bones into our side! How rude... we were glad when we arrived this morning and they had packed up during the night and left. On Saturday our line snaked around all the other booths and the guy next to us was really upset that no one could get to his booth. I'm writing a letter to the organizers for next year and letting them know that they need to put us in a corner spot or somewhere where our line won't interfere with our neighboring booths. We were told repeatedly that we were the most popular booth at the festival.... my aching back and feet attest to that! On Saturday I didn't take a sip of water or bite of food for 9 hours straight Shocked But we did clear $1350 for the weekend so I'm pleased Very Happy Everyone loved the large pictures and the clear displays... plus I painted up hubby like a tiger and that really attracted people!














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Post by JJJJJ on Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:03 am

Squiggle - Everything about your set-up and presentation (i.e. the painted husband! Surprised) just says "Pro"! You were bound to succeed! Really really great great set-up! Awesome!

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Post by scgilland on Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:49 am

Squiggle, very impressive!
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Post by Monna (sounds like Donna) on Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:07 pm

FANTASTIC!...don't need to say more!!!!
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Post by squiggle on Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:39 pm

Thanks so much, ya'll! I worked sooo hard on those banner frames, and was so disappointed when we got there and couldn't use the whole display Sad But it all worked out! I even hooked up with an entertainment agency who was very interested in having me work with them on events such as the Razorfest which I could never afford to have a booth in (she told me the booth fee was $4500!!--gulp!).
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Post by Perry Noia on Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:57 pm

CottonKandyClown wrote:Really?! I remember playing around with their banner and it came out to nearly $50, but I was adding pictures to it so that's probably why. I'll have to give it another go now Smile

I do buy their biz cards though Smile

once you have an email for a free or 80% off banner with free uploads, then upload your stuff and get yourself one... I personally always pay the extra for the outdoor material so they are super heavy duty. Don't use their stick on "grommets" though... go to Michael's and get some metal grommets, they aren't hard to put on yourself.
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Post by Melesia Palu on Tue May 01, 2012 5:05 am

squiggle....I just love ur setup! no wonder you were the most popular booth there - all the photos would really bring people in.... oh and the amount of money you made! wow!
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Post by Luvs to paint on Tue May 01, 2012 5:22 pm

Wow! It looks really nice! I like the larger banner holders you made.
Did you paint the Face & Body Art directly onto the tent or is that a separate banner as well?
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Post by Luvs to paint on Tue May 01, 2012 5:46 pm

Dawnie, how do you close yours up an night? are you worried about the dew on your photo displays or do you have them laminated? Do you leave your displays up as is or do you pull them inside your tent? I have yet to leave any photo displays or my fat max overnight at a festival. Just wonder if anyone else does.
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Post by squiggle on Tue May 01, 2012 5:55 pm

I take my fatmax and glitter body art supplies home, but leave everything else. All the banners are fully waterproof (laminate, etc) so I don't have to worry about them if it rains overnight. We fold the tables and stools and my director's chairs and lay them down overnight. Every festival we've done so far has overnight security so I can leave those things but I would never leave my paints and glitters LOL!

Yes, I did paint the "Face and Body Art" directly on the canopy... I had taken the cover off and painted it on my back porch and thought I had it centered, but as you can see I was off a bit! I have that on all 4 sides.
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Post by Luvs to paint on Tue May 01, 2012 6:23 pm

We've always taken our supplies home with us. I need to be more trusting and leave signage as well. when it's windy, we lower the tent as far as possible and re-tie it down.

I had to leave a gig two weekends ago due to wind gusts. It was on the water there at the small craft harbor at Pass Christian and the gusts were so bad we each were holding a tent leg to keep it from launching into space, and all our stuff (chairs, etc.) was flying everywhere. I called it quits and packed up. Luckily it was still early and I could get my vehicle in. It would have been impossible to stay. I don't know how the others managed.
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Post by squiggle on Tue May 01, 2012 6:27 pm

That's why I added concrete to all the bases- it's very windy here all the time! For example, today the wind is gusting to 50mph and that's a pretty common thing. I also made 2 more weights to use at the back of the tent, using 3" pvc cut 36" long, filled with concrete with an eye hook in the concrete on one end to clip a bungy to. With all the weights we have over 100 pounds holding the tent down. That should do on a normal day... however, if there are microbursts with a thunderstorm, I'm not sure anything would hold it down completely...
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Post by zeebee on Tue May 01, 2012 6:36 pm

That's so cool how you painted right on there Squiggle! What did you use? Can you tell me about your tip banner...something about a $5 tip?
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Post by squiggle on Wed May 02, 2012 12:44 am

I just used regular acrylic paint for the canopy top. I've ordered some half-walls for the 2 sides that I'm going to paint on the outside and have the insides be space to hang more pictures.

The tip sign says "For your $5 tip receive a free thank you gift! Must hand tip to artist" We have hair clips, hair extensions, neon peace key chains, etc. that we got for under 30 cents each. When someone gives us a $5 tip, we let them choose from the tip gift box Smile A good way to get better tips and doesn't cost me a lot .
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Post by Daizy on Wed May 02, 2012 4:23 am

Here is my set up. It looks a lot better when it is full of people Wink I still feel like it needs something else....

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Post by Becky521 on Wed May 02, 2012 6:25 am

I think it looks amazing, Daizy! I think you give JUST enough info without overwhelming the crowd. :-)
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Post by Becky521 on Wed May 02, 2012 7:40 am

When I set up my festival tent, I place the legs of the tent in the middle of half cinder blocks that have nylon rope tied around them. Then I tie the rope to the tent legs for added stability. Most of my events that have required me to bring my own canopy are on paved surfaces, not grass, so the stakes that come with the canopy are basically useless!

This is a picture of my setup for my first ever street festival. That handsome man in the green is my hubby/cashier/PR guy. (I'm in the blue rain jacket in the photo) While I paint, he takes the money and talks up my parties! He also kept track of exactly WHICH designs I did that day on his iPad using the Square software so that I would know which ones were the most popular. ;-) I have a taller table now and would do several things to increase the "WOW" factor of my setup after seeing all the awesome things you guys do! You all inspire me! I hope the cinder blocks help all of you windy area folks though!



This is a closeup of me painting in the shot above.



And this is me with my one of my biggest fans! Her birthday party was the first one I ever painted at (other then my own kids) and she and her family follow me to many of my local public gigs. :-) Her mom even brought her and her brother to my house and paid me to paint them on Halloween for their trick or treating costumes!







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Post by Luvs to paint on Wed May 02, 2012 9:25 am

Nice Becky.. good idea about the cinder blocks. I wonder if they can be spray painted?
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Post by vegas mom on Wed May 02, 2012 9:31 am

You can prime the blocks first, they are very porous. Then paint. Home depot/ lowes can direct you to the proper paint Love these set ups.
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Post by Stacia on Wed May 02, 2012 12:42 pm

Awww becky, I love hearing about your biggest fan! I have a VERY similar story Very Happy. My first party was for a little girl who's mom tracked me down on the Forum to get in contact with me as I hadn't started advertising and didn't even think I was ready to start painting for money. I found out that the birthday girls mom was a photographer and offered to barter my services for hers and recently cashed in on her end of the deal to get photos for my website. They also follow me around to public events *LOL*.
I'm so jealous of all of you who have hubby's that are team players and help you out...my husband is rather shy and refuses to even be in my tent chilling out for fear he will have to interact with the public. The only time he'll help me out is when I need to close my line...he'll stand in the end and tell people I'm closing and he is the end of the line, but that's because he wants nothing more than to go home lol!! Luckily I do have a little sister (not really so "Little", she's 24) who I'm training to be my 2nd painter/assistant.

Anywho, here's a pic of my setup for an international market I did last weekend, but I'm only halfway there for what I have in mind for my "festival" tent...I have grand plans for banner stands and Polly deco mesh and lighting and all of that good stuff Wink.

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Post by Stacia on Wed May 02, 2012 12:45 pm

Argh! Why is only half of the pic showing up?!
Well if you wanna see the whole pic it's on my FB page at https://www.facebook.com/BoiseFacePainting
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Post by Perry Noia on Wed May 02, 2012 12:57 pm

just right click and select "view image" then you can see it all... looks nice Very Happy
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Post by Luvs to paint on Wed May 02, 2012 1:00 pm

cheers
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Post by a face painting mom on Wed May 02, 2012 3:58 pm

Cool set ups! Uhg...festival season is exciting and scary at the same time!
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