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Re: Latest Starblend Designs

Post by Kammy on Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:49 pm

Denise Cold wrote:You don't need gray, just mix a little white in with your black on a smoothie like I did in the Starblend Repair and Blending video.
If it's all the same to you, I'll be avoiding that video until it's sensible for me to buy more kit. It'll only make me want More Stuff. Laughing
I had been practicing for about 4 months before I did the fair and I did have a basic kit already but I had to buy a bunch of stuff to get ready for it. It was still nothing compared to what I have now. Embarassed I think Lisa Joy Young is smart to advise people to stay basic, especially starting out because there are some gigs (like a little girl birthday) where I literally only use about 4 cakes and some glitter.
I know you're right. I know. But the stuff is so prettttttyyyyy, Denise!!
I think doing the volunteer work is great, especially when you are starting out but it's just hard to break out of that reputation later with that group of people but I think it's a great way to hone your craft. You'll find out what designs you like, what your painting style is and whether you like to stand or sit, etc. It will be great. You'll have to tell us how it goes.
I had a big think about that, and about how not to fall into the traps I've heard so many lament on FPF. I've done a couple of things:

Firstly, on the centre of my display board, I've phrased my "who I am" bit as "Facepainting Services provided by Gillybean". It somehow sounded more "professional" - and even if I'm not right now, it means that it's suggesting I'm providing a service, not just a volunteer gig, somehow.

Secondly, there's another part on the board that says "All proceeds and tips today will be donated to Roma Chooses Life." I hope this will point out that this IS a service that is worth paying for, that it's not free, but that I am consciously choosing to donate to RCL the money I EARN whilst painting. For one day only.

I actually soul-searched about this a little. I have a great deal of respect for face painting as an art and a profession, and I don't wish accidentally to devalue it by making people think it's a low-worth bit of fun.

If you have any more ideas on how I can make sure I pass on the idea that face painting is a valuable service, I'd be grateful to hear them. As I keep pointing out....I'm totally clueless. But at least I know it! Laughing

Sorry for the essay! Shocked
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Re: Latest Starblend Designs

Post by Denise Cold on Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:48 pm

Kammy, Sounds like you've got it under control! Yay!

Bee...I don't use black for batman. I still use my Wolfe Black (mixed with TAG Pearl Black) for that. I think Linda did though and it looked pretty good.

I do use the black for eyes CONSTANTLY though. I like it for beards (as an under color), wolves, shading for pirate scarf, skulls...it's basically my substitute for Paradise Black. Haven't tried it to shade a butterfly though...maybe I should.
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Post by Bee Happy Design on Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:19 pm

So do you find that it doesn't have as solid of coverage either? I mean so much that the Wolfe black looks best? I just worried about the strong Wolfe (or DFX which I have right now) black would stain a bit. I've had problems with it around eyes - admittedly I've gotten it too drippy. Maybe it's helped by your mixing it with TAG pearl black... I was also thinking of trying TAG regular black for Batman...
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Post by Denise Cold on Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:25 pm

I make a circle around the eyes for Batman. Here's the photo:



I do have a Batman that covers the eyes but I use white Starblends for that:

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Post by tigernette on Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:28 pm

Denise- Love the Batman(s) (Batmen?) LOL Anyway, did you use paint for the orange fading to yellow moon or Starblends? Thanks!

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Post by Denise Cold on Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:24 pm

The quicker solid Batman has Starblend background (you can paint right over it so there is not waiting to dry) and the other is using the Brilliant Bling from SF (transferred to a square container of course.)
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Post by tigernette on Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:44 am

@Denise-So the child with the cool fauxhawk's Batman is Starblends black? Wow...looks great. How did you get the points so crisp, assuming you were using a smoothie to apply? That would be great for the humidity here in Alabama, Any hints for putting Starblends on darker skin? I like using the white for my Hello Kitty mask, but it seems that darker skin is sometimes oilier and it blotches (nothing rascist meant here...just my experience).

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Post by Face Painting by Jessica on Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:30 am

Do the Starblends wipe off easier than paint? Like if the kid started itching their face? I just grabbed the 3 for $22 deal at Sillyfarm and I'm super excited!!! I got 3 smoothie blenders too so I can see the difference between them and the lollipops (since the fpf shop is apparently out of lillipops Sad)
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Post by Denise Cold on Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:05 pm

No, the background on that is the Starblends...the black is paint...sorry about the confusion, tigernette.

Jessica, I usually let kids itch if they like before I do the line work. They really can't ruin it and if they do, I go back over it. After the line work is different. Smile

I did an experiment last night. I was checking different ways of applying and put some white and red on my face. I literally completely WET MY FACE with the sprayer and it didn't budge. Some of the top powdery layer came off but the base stayed put. It's the line work that sweats and smudges. Now before it bonds with their own oils, it will contact off so I would probably not use it at a wedding but I think it's much sturdier than paint.
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Re: Latest Starblend Designs

Post by Kammy on Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:15 pm

Face Painting by Jessica wrote:Do the Starblends wipe off easier than paint? Like if the kid started itching their face? I just grabbed the 3 for $22 deal at Sillyfarm and I'm super excited!!! I got 3 smoothie blenders too so I can see the difference between them and the lollipops (since the fpf shop is apparently out of lillipops Sad)
Nooooo! Now I feel like ordering.

Denise told me I can't.

Denise is mean.

Kammy x
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Post by Bee Happy Design on Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:22 pm

Have you tried the starblend as a base and then paint the same color over to punch it up a bit? I did that on Saturday and I didn't really look to see if it helped the paint stay or not but wondered if any of you had experience with that. I thought maybe it would also help act as a more comfortable base and the paint wouldn't have as much of a wet feeling which is what bothers most kids that are bothered by it...
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Re: Latest Starblend Designs

Post by Kammy on Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:49 pm

Bee Happy Faces wrote:Have you tried the starblend as a base and then paint the same color over to punch it up a bit? I did that on Saturday and I didn't really look to see if it helped the paint stay or not but wondered if any of you had experience with that. I thought maybe it would also help act as a more comfortable base and the paint wouldn't have as much of a wet feeling which is what bothers most kids that are bothered by it...
That's funny, because I was asking her exactly the opposite question the other day - i.e. whether putting Starblends OVER paint would mean a very smooth, even base to add line work to.

I'm interested to see any comparisons anyone feels like doing.... What a Face
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Re: Latest Starblend Designs

Post by PaintedFaces on Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:28 pm

For my very first body paint, the Kryolan red I was using was NOT coming up opaque. It was translucent and blotchy Sad I went over it with Starblend red. It came out amazingly well, but I only had those wee smoothie blenders and it took forever!!! Thank goodness for assistants.

But I think the question was whether you could go the other way round, which I haven't tried as a base. I'd imagine the answer is yes, but the powder would soak up quite a bit of paint. I know my lines don't go nearly as far over a starblend base.
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Post by Bee Happy Design on Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:44 pm

I see - do you think the Starblend would help to "set" the paint as well making it a little longer lasting?
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Post by martha on Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:54 pm

From what I have read (think it was Shannon's post), you don't need to try to "set" water based makeup. Cream based makeup does require setting.
I did see a video using Ben Nye on top of face paints to increase the vibrancy. Does it last longer...would think that would depend on how much they sweat.
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Post by Bee Happy Design on Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:19 pm

True - I guess I remember seeing that, too. Yes the Lumieres are great for vibrancy and add a bit of shimmer. The Starblends I've noticed give more a matte look. Maybe at least it will be good to use on top of my colors that show skin through and too much brush strokes
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Post by PaintedFaces on Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:47 pm

You don't *need* to set water based paints, but I've found that when I do (never for ppf for kids, it's not worth the extra time), the paintings will last better.

In Samoa I had arm designs on, I set them with powder and kryolan spray and went swimming and they faded a bit but stayed on! Just don't towel off! Very Happy
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Re: Latest Starblend Designs

Post by Denise Cold on Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:54 pm

Loving Picmonkey.com. Made some Starblend step-by-steps today. I think I'll make a few more from one's I've done in the past.





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Re: Latest Starblend Designs

Post by barbb919 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:06 pm

love the sugar skull denise and all of the rest
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Re: Latest Starblend Designs

Post by l!zzie on Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:55 am

I want to adopt that cute funny tiger!
Everytime I see it, I can't stop giggling! Too funny!
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Post by Denise Cold on Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:12 pm

So happy with this little piglet. Smile

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Re: Latest Starblend Designs

Post by Blastin on Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:08 pm

Wow...your work really is amazing Denise! All your faces look so good!
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Re: Latest Starblend Designs

Post by Jody Rife on Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:31 am

Denise, that is Hilarious! Love that little piggie. Smile
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Post by michellesfantasyfaces on Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:17 am

thats a cute one!
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