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Tips for Belly Painting at an event?

Post by Gretchen on Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:43 pm

I have done several belly paintings in my own home, but next month is the first time I've been asked to do belly paintings for a large event...a "community baby shower." I am suuuuuuper excited and have put together a good menu full of designs that I think are quick enough to do in 10 minutes or less so I can get in as many moms as possible. I've also purchased an XL zero gravity chair for the moms, and a mechanic's bench on wheels for me to sit on. I also took advantage of another VistaPrint deal and got a cute Belly painting banner. They are paying me by the hour to be there so I don't have to deal with any cash. I was just curious if anyone else has done bellies in high volume like this before, and if so, do you have any tips or tricks that helped you? I know it's going to be a totally different experience than the past when I've spent an hour on one belly in my living room! ;-) I'm curious if moms will be self conscious in a public event too. But of course I'll hand out flyers and business cards too in hopes of getting more private belly painting gigs. Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Post by beevee on Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:36 am

What a fantastic idea! I've never done a belly that was under an hour but some of the most effective ones I have seen have been simple. I wish I had some clever advise for you but by the sounds youll be great! I am looking forward to seeing the photos! Very Happy
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UPDATE: Belly Painting at the "Community Baby Shower!"

Post by Gretchen on Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:19 pm

Hey everyone, thought I'd post an update since today was my belly painting gig! It went really well...the whole event got pretty slow in the last couple hours so I didn't do as many as I could have. But, here are a few that I did! These all took between 5 and 15 minutes.











The client was so thoughtful to set me up in a room right next to a sink, and to put up privacy screens for the moms! (screens were great for hanging my banner!) They also gave me a table that I put a tablecloth on, which worked great as a place for the moms to sign up for a time slot and flip through my book of design ideas. Here are a few pics of the setup...







In the same room with me they had a "sympathy belly" for the dads to try on to see what it feels like to be pregnant, and another woman doing prenatal massage. It was a really fun event and all free to the moms! I so hope I get to do it again next year...this was their first year but they are already talking about doing it again!
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Post by rthling on Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:44 pm

That sounds like an awesome gig! You rocked it! Congrats!
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Re: Tips for Belly Painting at an event?

Post by PrairiePainter on Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:02 pm

Thanks for sharing! What a success!
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Re: Tips for Belly Painting at an event?

Post by artyfacesbyluz on Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:43 am

Really nice, thank you for sharing.
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Re: Tips for Belly Painting at an event?

Post by artyfacesbyluz on Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:55 pm

I want to share my first collective baby shower and give a BIG thanks to Gretchen, I read your full blog and it really helped me. I even reproduce one of  your designs when a mom asked for a stark I was so happy to have your pic in my inspiration folder, special thanks for the "welcome to the world" and the "cracked egg" artists.
I did 17 bellies in 4 hours I couldn't believe I had a line for belly painting!! What I learned:
1: sketch the design while the mom is standing, specially big bellies.
2: worked better for me when mom is sitting in a regular chair and I sit in a stool in front the belly  that way you don't have to knee, bent or turn around, make sure your stool is the right size and comfortable.
3: Having stencils ready to help drawing the hardest designs will speed up the process, I made bows, wings, dolphins etc, that helps to place the design in the right place.
4: Clip art is fabulous for belly designs.
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Re: Tips for Belly Painting at an event?

Post by michellesfantasyfaces on Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:20 pm

those look great, ladies!
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Re: Tips for Belly Painting at an event?

Post by Creabella on Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:38 pm

what a fantastic idea, such an event! Glad to hear it went well!
Pictures look great too!

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Re: Tips for Belly Painting at an event?

Post by thouartbeautiful on Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:55 am

Wow! I'm so inspired I might have to go get a beach ball to practice Smile
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Re: Tips for Belly Painting at an event?

Post by Creabella on Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:49 pm

thouartbeautiful wrote:Wow! I'm so inspired I might have to go get a beach ball to practice Smile
Very Happy lol! 
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Re: Tips for Belly Painting at an event?

Post by Kal on Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:20 am



There is a foot coming out of this watermelon  Shocked 

So inspiring! I can't wait to try belly painting. Thank You for sharing!
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Re: Tips for Belly Painting at an event?

Post by Lollipop_Painting on Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:23 pm

These came out beautiful, I cannot wait to get my first!

Thank you for sharing!  Surprised 
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Re: Tips for Belly Painting at an event?

Post by itty12 on Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:55 am

Wow! Thank you all for posting your pics and tips!
I am going to paint my Grand-Daughter's Belly this week! Baby due Oct. 7th, I hope we see a foot like the watermelon pic! How awesome was that!
I love the idea of a Community Shower! Have to check out my area. Thanks I love you
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Re: Tips for Belly Painting at an event?

Post by soperfect paint on Sat Sep 05, 2015 5:28 am

It looks just awesome.I like the concept and idea.Just wonderful.

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