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Post by Kammy on Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:34 pm

I was just wondering...what counts as a newbie, on this forum? I realise it's very much a "how long is a piece of string" question, and that it's more about confidence and so on than actual time painting, but it got me thinking.

I've seen a few of the bits and pieces some people in the "New to Face Painting" section have posted, and they're really very beautiful - much, much better than anything I could hope to achieve. So if nobody minds me asking, just out of curiosity....

How long have you been face painting?

I'll start - 7 days.

Is anyone here even more shiny-new-and-clueless than me? Laughing Looking forward to reading your answers.

Kammy x
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Post by amylady222 on Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:54 pm

I have been painting about 1 month or so....I think anyone who consides themselves a newbie--is a newbie. You just kind of know I guess.
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Post by Kammy on Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:58 pm

That's why I said I know it's a question with no real answer, and often more about confidence and so on. I certainly wouldn't question anyone's self-label as a newbie! Very Happy I'm just interested in how long some of you have been face painting.

I love the cheek decoration in your avatar, amylady - I wouldn't have guessed you've only been painting for a month! sunny Did you use a rainbow cake for the colours? They're so pretty.
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Post by Perry Noia on Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:16 pm

I have a lot of "professionals" locally who still like to call me a newbie... I've been a clown for 4 years, a face painter for 3.5 yrs. I would have to agree that it's all about how you feel. Compared to some of the people on this forum, I am definitely "new" ... but then, I've got a bunch of people that seem to be admiring my work, which makes me feel super awesome too.
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Post by Kammy on Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:18 pm

Perry - I've seen some of your work and it's really, really great. You must make the kids so happy at their parties, or at events you work at. I wouldn't have thought of you (personally) as a newbie at all, but I'm glad you're here among us if you consider yourself to be one. sunny
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Post by ParTIA on Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:43 pm

I have been painting over a year and I still think I am a newbie.
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Post by Perry Noia on Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:26 pm

I don't know if I consider myself one or not... in competition against people who are primarily face painters and have been painting for a long time, sure!! Compared to most of the entertainers around here though, I wish some of them would bother taking half of the training that I've done.

Of course, since I consider myself a lifelong learner, there's always more to learn no matter how experienced I become.
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Post by MissHeidi on Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:12 pm

I am certainly a newbie! I have been painting for a number of years but only at 2 events a year. It was at the last such event in May that I decided to put out flyers (didn't even have business cards) and see what happened. I got a gig in July and have really been trying to get things up and going since then.
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Post by shadowdrawing on Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:11 pm

Since May! Less than 5 months.
I tend to do pencil drawings (hence the name shadow drawing) but thought I would take a shot at face painting since my son's PTO group requested it for a family fun picnic. Got hooked!
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Post by MissHeidi on Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:05 pm

By the way, Kammy - I LOVE the butterfly in your avatar... I'm totally impressed, especially for being so new!
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Post by amylady222 on Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:46 pm

MissHeidi wrote:By the way, Kammy - I LOVE the butterfly in your avatar... I'm totally impressed, especially for being so new!

That is what I thought!
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Post by amylady222 on Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:48 pm

Kammy--the ONLY face paint I own at this point is one rainbow Arty Cake and one 1/2 black and 1/2 white arty cake.

Oh and a few weeks ago my mom bought some snaz colors from hobby lobby for me (i don't have any local paint suppliers in my area.) They are tiny amounts, but hey have helped.

BUT I have placed an order (shhh...don't tell my hubby) and then I will have the basic 12 Wolfe pack--I am so excited!
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Post by Kammy on Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:34 am

Ooh, so jealous! Wolfe is fairly hard to get hold of here - possible, but expensive and many of the suppliers don't stock it. I have a tiny palette of 6 Wolfe colours that I love. They're nice and opaque, great for linework, but they don't wash off nearly as easily as the Snazaroo I have. That stuff's great for painting my son - no irritation on application or removal, and he loves the colours. Smile

Thank you so much for the comments on my butterfly mask! It's only the second one I've ever done, but I figured I needed an avatar for this forum, so I bit the bullet and put it there anyway. sunny The colours were done with Snaz and the linework with Wolfe. My linework needs a lottttt of practice but I'll get there.
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Post by a face painting mom on Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:26 am

It is all so relative, really. Something I have noticed, even though I have not been at my business very long (in my second year) there are other painters who are kind of stuck in a bygone time and do not move forward with business practices or design. I think you have to stay fresh, keep learning, keep evolving your work. So, by years, I am still a newbie compaired to some of the painters in my area who have been painting 10 years or more, but in many ways, being new is not a disadvantage, especially if you are the kind of painter who does not grow. So I guess, what I would say is, if you stay a newbie, meaning that you keep growing, keep learning, keep improving your business, and be open to new things, you are really better off in business than if you sit on your skills. I hope I never really think of myself as established!
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Post by rthling on Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:59 am

I have been painting since March 2010, and still consider myself to be a newb. I've subscribed to FABAtv and learned a ton there, but most of my instruction is from YTU. YouTube University.
I would like to think I'm not bad, and in my area, I may be considered pretty good. At least I hear that I am "the best face painter I have ever seen!" which makes me feel great.
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Post by ladysinaz on Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:03 am

i'm about a month in
was shocked to find out local little art store had snaz.. pretty sure i scooped up every color
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Post by Doe on Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:23 am

I've been painting for years - but, about a year ago buckled down to really work it. Bought a membership to FABA TV, upgraded from my 14 color snaz wheel and OLD Kryolan palette and just started practicing like crazy.

I've been accepting clients for 3 months. So - years of experience but 3 months of business - definitely a newbie.
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Post by vegas mom on Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:21 pm

I have been painting my daughter for less than a year, 1 birthday party and anything else has been glitter tattoos( high heat and humidilty have been awful for Las Vegas this year and I really have discouraged moms from face paint and suggested glitter tattoos as an alternative) I feel I am still very new at this, although well read from videos, and couple of books and of course FPFU "FACE PAINT FORUM UNIVERSITY" as well as a couple fb groups that rock \m/... ohhh and practice practice practice flower
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Post by Kammy on Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:08 am

Ooh, what FB groups would you recommend, Vegas Mom? I'd be grateful to join, if I'm welcome. Smile

Wish I could afford a FABA TV subscription, but there's just nooooo way. Oh well. There's lots of good stuff on YouTube and I've already learned lots from here. I love the sense of community. x
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Post by vegas mom on Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:29 am

Kammy, I will try to link them to you today.. Or get you a great thread on here that lists most all youtube videos and blogs for facepainting.. Very Happy
http://www.facepaintforum.com/t11371-face-painting-blogs?highlight=youtube+blogshttp://www.facepaintforum.com/t11285-who-s-your-favorite-youtube-facepainter?highlight=youtube+videos


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Post by Kammy on Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:31 pm

Thank you SO much, Vegas Mom - that's so useful! I love you The links ran together but I separated them:

http://www.facepaintforum.com/t11371-face-painting-blogs?highlight=youtube+blogs

http://www.facepaintforum.com/t11285-who-s-your-favorite-youtube-facepainter?highlight=youtube+videos

It's heartening to see that some of the YouTubers I've already been paying great attention to (Lisa Joy Young, xMimicksx, Becstar Anthony) are listed there, but there's a whole treasure trove of education to be dove into.

You're a star. Smile
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Post by vegas mom on Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:51 pm

Kammy, this is a great resource also Its the onestroke FB group...
https://www.facebook.com/groups/180308965313105/
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Post by Denise Cold on Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:10 pm

For me a newbie is someone in the practicing stage maybe doing a family party or neighbors for fun but they have, at least, decided they want to be a face painter and want to get better. They have that DESIRE that it takes to get better. If they haven't even bought paint and painted every body part then they are a wanna be. Smile Like Lisa Joy Young, I feel like someone should be practicing a little everyday for about 4 months before they start a business. Once you can do about 20 popular designs well THEN you can charge.

I would technically be a newbie in some circles but I've crammed a LOT of training in in a short time. I've been to two conferences, subscribed to FABAtv off and on. I've watched about every Youtube known to man (I even watch the Disney painter ones). I've done two Pashur classes here locally in Salt Lake and now I'm going to Christina Davison in November. But, it's pretty cheap compared to other start-up companies so I don't feel like I've wasted money.

I finally feel good enough to look at photos from events and not die a little inside. I'm actually remembering tiger noses 95% of the time, both sides of my designs are the same pretty much, and I have design boards that I'm happy to work from. I make people happy because I'm over-delivering. Smile

And most importantly, I actually have money in the bank that I can spend on something besides paint...so I'm a professional.
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Post by Perry Noia on Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:30 am

I got my Usborne face painting book the day of my first event... not saying that was a good idea, but I'm a trial by fire kind of person LOL
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Post by Kammy on Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:33 am

Ooh, is that Usborne book any good, Perry? I have the "Friendly Faces" portion (on ebook) of the Wolfe Bros' "Extreme Face Painting" and I love that. I'm also planning on getting Shannon's "Your Face or Mine" and I have the Klutz starter book with the Wolfe palette in it.

Always looking for more inspiration, though I can't spend a lot right now. Smile

And kudos to you. You must have nerves of steel - Scaredy Clown indeed! Laughing
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