Face Paint Forum
Register today to be part of the BEST face painting community on the planet. You just aren't cool if you aren't a member!

Planning for a big town event, could use advice

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Planning for a big town event, could use advice

Post by Akamar on Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:51 am

I think my boss gets grand ideas, sometimes, but isn't always aware of the implications or difficulties in carrying them out. We're a chain hardware store, and our store manager asked a handful of us more creative staffers to volunteer to participate in an event called Alley Fest. It's sort of like a local Trades Days event.. but.. a lot more fuss is made. The Chamber of Commerce rep I spoke to stated that on one day of the event our booth might expect to see 1000 kids. There will be between 5 - 7 of us on both days of the event. (The traffic for the first day is uncertain, they've never been open on a Friday for this event before).

The problem lies in that.. I don't think anyone actually PLANNING the event has thought on make-up (or, how difficult it is to actually GET make up in our town. I think they were hoping to wander into our local craft stores and just find.. stuff). While it's true that Michaels carries Snazaroo, I'm pondering just how MUCH we need. 18ml snazaroo cakes from naughty word Blick seem to be the safest bet.. but how many?


On a personal note, I'm contemplating getting some One Stroke cakes for my own use.. but I don't have a huge amount to spend... what would those more experienced recommend as a round decent... set? I might be able to talk myself into getting about 4 cakes. :/

Akamar

Number of posts : 3
Registration date : 2014-04-25

Back to top Go down

Re: Planning for a big town event, could use advice

Post by Akamar on Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:57 am

Oh, it might help to add, that the general application at the events seems to be small cheek designs... but I'd lke to have the option to do a full face here or there as time permitted.

Akamar

Number of posts : 3
Registration date : 2014-04-25

Back to top Go down

Re: Planning for a big town event, could use advice

Post by Forest-Fairy on Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:53 am

Reposted from intro thread:

Ahh yes, events planners who don't really have a plan. I know them well. Also the old "Hey you know how to paint! Here paint a bunch of kids for us!"
That's actually how i got into face painting and what my 12 year old self and all the 'well planned' adults around me didn't know was that face painting isn't just something anyone can do - it is an intimate practice and application. Don't kid yourself, this is a makeup application and as such you have to be aware that the products you use have to be approved for use on skin, and you need to be as clean as possible about the application to be safe.

With that said I'll give you the basic low down.

First of all make sure that the event agrees to cover all liability should anyone have a reaction to the paint or get poked in the eye with a brush - have it in writing! Now depending on the date of the event you are preparing for will dictate what kind of face paints you can get. Also you might want to ask the 'planners' that since they aren't hiring some one who already has a kit, what their budget is for having you buy the necessary supplies. You might be a volunteer but don't be the one volunteering your money as well as your time and skill.

There are MANY different brands of face paint out there, each with it's own merits. Many of them you will not find locally and will have to order in in most cases.

If you don't have time to order in some paints your best bet would be a Micheal's Craft store, as they usually carry the Snazaroo brand. It's a good place to start for a beginner, not too expensive and they have some good starter kits for a reasonable enough price. Another brand you might find at this store is 'Tulip Body Art'. Again good starter kits with them.

Some times are specialty makeup stores you can find these brands (in order of most expensive to least expensive)
Ben Nye Body Paints
Aqua Color / Kryloan
Mehron / Paradise

But if you lack specialty shops of this kind it might be harder to find. These brands are also more expensive and some in high quantities.  Each has it's own merits, though it's good to remember to try to stick to the same brand at first as some brands don't mix well with others due to different bases. For starters try to stick to just one brand.

If you have time to shop online this opens up a HUGE list a brands you can get.
Wolfe
Diamond FX
Grimas
Tag
Cameleon
FAB
as well as all the others mentioned earlier.

Each has it's own merits and each painter prefers something different.

While there are all kinds of great website to shop at my top picks are SillyFarm.com and FacePaintForumShop.com

Picking your paint is really all up to you and what you are looking for. If it's your first time I would best start out with something that comes as a set of colors in a kit rather then buying each color on it's own. You'll get a better deal this way.

Now one might think all you need is some paints, a jar of water and some brushes and you are off to the races, but there are many more essential things you need before you can start.

BARE BONES BASICS:
Paints
Brushes
Mirror
Water Container
Wet Wipes
Hand Sanitizer
Iso
Table and Chairs

Brushes - You need a new set of brushes for face painting. Something with shorter handles usually then long canvas painting brushes and synthetic bristles work better with face paints. DO NOT use brushes you have used with other paints such as acrylic, oils etc. There is risk of cross contamination with non cosmetic paints, so you want a set you will use JUST for face painting. Just like you would with beauty makeup brushes. Have a good variety of flats and rounds - flats up to 3/4 and rounds as small as 3 to 0. But if you are savvy with a brush most of your work will be done with rounds in the 6 to 4 range. Yes the area might be small but using only tiny brushes will slow you down.

Mirror - Obvious reason is obvious. Try to get something bigger then a pocket mirror.

Water Container - Choose something clean that works for you. Ideally something that doesn't have a narrow base and was never used to hold food (no yogurt containers or peanut jars of course).

Extra Water & Bucket - You will need to change your water as it gets dirty, so bring extra water in a jug or something. Also it's nifty to have a place to dump your spent water without getting up so a bucket is nice.

Wet Wipes or equivalent - You will need something to clean up faces with left over food on them or the like.

Hand Sanitizer - You'll want to use a drop of this rather regular between faces to keep your hands clean and germ cross contamination down.

Isopropyl Alcohol - you'll want to have a small spray bottle of this on your table. You can use it to sanitize your equipment after use on lips or mouth, on sponges after use, if you drop something you can sanitize it etc. It has many uses and different face painters use it differently and more religiously then others. I tend to follow what i learned in makeup school as closely as I can when face painting.

Table and Chairs - In your case the event should provide these. Remember to work with flat seats, a decent sized table. Avoid picnic tables etc. Some painters sit while painting, others stand and have the child seated in a stool. It's all up to personal preference.


HELPFUL EXTRAS:
Extra Water & Bucket
Sponges
Water Atomizer
Hair clips
Selections
Wash Cloth / Towel
Table Cloth
Meds

Extra Water & Bucket - You will of course need to change your water as it gets dirty, so rather then sprinting to the nearest tap bring extra water in a jug or something to refill on the spot. Also it's nifty to have a place to dump your spent water without getting up so a bucket is nice.

Sponges - these are for doing base coats of paint. Some one wants to be a tiger? Sponge + Orange Paint + Face = faster application. There are MANY different kinds, and you can get them at craft stores too. About the shape of hockey pucks, you cut them in half and you have a good sponge for an application.

Water Atomizer - this is great to use with sponges so you can control how much water you want on your sponge. Pretty much essential to working with sponges.

Hair Clips - Great for holding back hair out of the way while you are painting. Another thing to spray iso with when done!

Selections - It's good to have a few selections for the public to choose from to help get idea's. Basic clip art shapes and ideas, or a written list of selections you can do clearly displayed. For your first time don't get too over ambitious, pick 10 - 15 things for boys and girls you feel you can do. If you also want to do requests you can branch out from your selections sheet, though sticking to your sheet will help you go faster and paint more faces.

Wash Cloth / Towel - Good to put your equipment on so you don't dirty and table or table cloth.

Table Cloth - Great for hiding dirty looking tables to make your set up look more clean, also good for hiding your stuff under your table.

Headache Meds/Pain Killers - Good to have if your job is being around screaming kids for hours at a time. Also good for sore backs, cramps, or being kicked by small children.


FUN EXTRAS:
Glitter
Gems
Stickers

Glitter - Adds a special extra and can 'fix' or disguise bad work ^.^. IMPORTANT NOTE: Like all things applied to the skin glitter also has to be skin safe and made for use on skin. DO NOT use craft glitter, as it's sharp, can get in the eyes and cause scaring, contains metals, is not hypoallergenic etc. So only use glitter made specifically for use on skin that is cosmetic grade.

Gems - Adds some extra bling to your designs. Use a latex free skin glue to apply them, such as laytex free eyelash glue. (latex free because 8 in 100 people have a latex allergy)

Stickers - Great to give to kids who don't want to be painter so they don't feel left out. Also great to hand out around closing time so you can pack up.

MORE THAT JUST A CASUAL FACE PAINTER EXTRAS:
Camera
Stencils
Rainbow Cakes
Gem Clusters
Split Cakes
Signs / Display Boards
Business Cards
Day Planner
Website
Insurance
Squeeze Bottle Glitter
Mini Fan
Costume
Credit Card Reader
and more!

I'm no going to get into all these, but as you can see a painters kit can go on and on. At any given time I have about $1000 worth of material on my table not including signs, the table itself and chairs etc. There are MANY different things you can buy to make your kit extra awesome.

For your first time and as a volunteer I would stick to the basics and add a few of the helpful and fun extras you think would work best for your up coming event.

and finally PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!! Watch videos, read forums, study designs and don't be shy to ask questions! Good luck!

------------



To answer some specific questions

If snazaroo is all you can get on short notice get one kit per face painter (you could push it and have two people sharing one but that gets crowded).
The 'Bare Basics' i mentioned is PER painter, same for the extras (though tables vary).

One snazaroo kit should get each painter through the day. If you do the math a proficient face painter can paint 10-12 faces per hour (with a stead line). So for 5-7 painters that 50-84 faces per hour. But that's painters who are well versed with the material and have practice, not volunteers with artistic background. Trust me when I say a moving canvas is harder to paint. So You're numbers would probably be lower then that. Also while you might think that cheek art goes faster, in most cases outside basic shapes it really doesn't any faster. Smaller designs = smaller strokes and more time needed for fine details. Where as full face designs you can go faster with larger broader strokes and have more forgiveness with mistakes.

Again you don't want to be passing around large cakes between painters "Who has the red!?" it's best for each to have their own small kit, or for 2 painters to share.

These would work, and get you through the day for being the best at the least expense.

Of course if you want something bigger for yourself, and smaller kits for the others that's an option too. But every painter should have those base basics I listed.

As for one stroke cakes if I had to choose 4 they would be
1. Tag True Rainbow
2. Tag Rose
3. Tag Leaf

Rainbow Cake Base Blenders if i have to choose 4
1. Diamond FX Neon Rainbow
2. Tag Peal Dream
3. Tag Tiger
4. Silly Farm Tropical Paradise
4. Silly Farm Punk Rock

Hope this helped!!
avatar
Forest-Fairy

Number of posts : 1672
Age : 30
Location : BC. Canada
Registration date : 2014-03-13

http://vancouverfacepainting.ca

Back to top Go down

Re: Planning for a big town event, could use advice

Post by rthling on Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:10 am

Dang, girl! You are on a roll!
Good post!
avatar
rthling

Number of posts : 1829
Age : 45
Location : Millington, TN
Registration date : 2010-10-05

http://www.fancyfacesbydiane.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Planning for a big town event, could use advice

Post by pattyofurniture on Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:24 am

very informative!  What a Face 
avatar
pattyofurniture

Number of posts : 266
Age : 34
Location : UT
Registration date : 2013-11-15

Back to top Go down

Re: Planning for a big town event, could use advice

Post by fesspenter on Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:49 am

Dear Akamar:
What city are you near?
If you go into your Profile, above, and post your general location, you will make it easier for a face painter in your area to invite you to Jams, or just take them out for coffee and ask to see their kit.

Happy Painting!
avatar
fesspenter

Number of posts : 3331
Age : 57
Location : Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Registration date : 2011-04-29

http://www.wix.com/lisaleyes/facepaintbylisaleyes

Back to top Go down

Re: Planning for a big town event, could use advice

Post by CarrieHooper on Fri May 09, 2014 12:35 pm

Thank you for that post Forest-Fairy!
I recently decided I want to try to get into face painting after having a blast volunteering at a 5K race. I work at a primary school and our gym teacher found out about my new interest so now I am in charge of painting around 450 faces at our field day at the end of the month. The budget for supplies is pretty small, around $50-$60ish so I have been scrambling to find what I need.

I am still a little worried that we will run out of paints.

Do you think 5 of the Snazaroo Rainbow Face Paint Palettes (8 Colors) would be enough?
avatar
CarrieHooper

Number of posts : 3
Location : Asheville NC
Registration date : 2014-05-09

http://www.fancifulmind.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Planning for a big town event, could use advice

Post by JJJJJ on Fri May 09, 2014 3:43 pm

Yo, Forest Fairy! Why don't you just publish the definitive face painting novel (a la Tolstoy) and hit the NYTimes bestseller list already??!!!  Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy 
Really, your posts are so great and informative. I will become your personal hand masseuse because your fingers must be so worn out from typing!

JJJJJ

Number of posts : 1053
Registration date : 2011-08-26

Back to top Go down

Re: Planning for a big town event, could use advice

Post by Forest-Fairy on Fri May 09, 2014 4:08 pm

lol thanks everyone ^.^

I'm just a very detail oriented person. In my circle they call me the human encyclopedia. :PThough i probably need to proof read more lol.

CarrieHooper
I would just go with the snazaroo pallets if your budget isn't much. If it's just you I highly doubt you will need more then 1 honestly, you'd be surprised how far cake face paints can go, because they are like water colors. I would how ever get an extra white and black, because those are the first colors you will run out of.
If you are still worried then get 2 pallets, or if you like the idea of someone else getting the bill. Very Happy

JJJJJ
lol, not sure I'm not great of a writer, but thank you ^.^
Believe it or not, typing doesn't wear me out, writing is what does that now lol.
avatar
Forest-Fairy

Number of posts : 1672
Age : 30
Location : BC. Canada
Registration date : 2014-03-13

http://vancouverfacepainting.ca

Back to top Go down

Re: Planning for a big town event, could use advice

Post by fesspenter on Fri May 09, 2014 4:12 pm

Dear CarrieHooper:
Welcome to the Forum!
Most experienced face painters can paint about 15 faces per hour. I was clocked at 27 faces per hour two years ago...I had an experienced Line Manager who found out what each child wanted BEFORE they got into my chair, helped the previous child out of my chair, placed the current child in the chair, walked the previous child to the mirror and glittered them.

A brand new painter may be slower, and can start off with about 6-10 faces per hour.

How many helpers do you have? You can only paint so many faces per hour. One person painting 15 children per hour will get 450 children painted in 30 hours. even if you could paint one child every 60 seconds, it would take you 7.5 hours.

The amount of Snazaroo kits depends upon how many helpers, and the duration of the event.

avatar
fesspenter

Number of posts : 3331
Age : 57
Location : Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Registration date : 2011-04-29

http://www.wix.com/lisaleyes/facepaintbylisaleyes

Back to top Go down

Re: Planning for a big town event, could use advice

Post by JJJJJ on Fri May 09, 2014 7:57 pm

Actually, Forest-Fairy, I understand! As soon as I got good at typing, my handwriting (which had always been very legible and easy to produce) went south and still falling. It's because my fingers want the pen to form the words as quickly as the keyboard can, and so the handwriting itself gets caught in the middle of the battle. And my hands actually hurt when I am writing out a notecard to a friend. Someday, I vow to stop typing and reclaim my writing. But for now, tappity tap tap ...

JJJJJ

Number of posts : 1053
Registration date : 2011-08-26

Back to top Go down

Re: Planning for a big town event, could use advice

Post by CarrieHooper on Sat May 10, 2014 8:54 am

Thanks for the responses! It's good to know that the paints don't run out as fast. Some of the pallets I looked at advertised only painting 30-50 faces so that was starting to make me nurvous.
I forgot to mention in my post that I was planning on asking 4 other volunteers. Though after reading the posts I am thinking I might need more. The activities rotate every 15 minutes and classes adverage 20 students. So 7 or 8 volunteers seems like a safer bet. How easy is it to share a pallet between volunteers? I know it's not ideal but is it doable?
My mother has already volunteered to buy me my own basic 8 color parodies pallet as her donation to the event so what I buy with the PTO money would just be for the other volunteers.
I was thinking that we would keep to a small selection on simple designs. The face painting will be free.

This forum has been so helpful already. I spent the afternoon reading through posts. I like to be prepared so this can go as smoothly as it can despite the lack of experience in those involved in my event.
avatar
CarrieHooper

Number of posts : 3
Location : Asheville NC
Registration date : 2014-05-09

http://www.fancifulmind.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Planning for a big town event, could use advice

Post by Forest-Fairy on Wed May 14, 2014 4:35 pm

CarrieHooper wrote: How easy is it to share a pallet between volunteers? I know it's not ideal but is it doable?
It's doable, but especially with the pallets that are all together, you don't want to share between more then 2 people to a pallet, or else it will REALLY slow things down. Same for individual color cakes. You don't want to be all "where's the red? Pass the blue." too much while painting. Inexperienced people will tend to 'horde' the paints in front of them simply by loading their brush and putting the cake down. Even with larger cakes, you don't want to have to pass them around all the time.

So yeah it's doable, but if you don't want to waste time, I say no more then 2 people per pallet, and make sure everyone has their own black and white.

CarrieHooper wrote:I was thinking that we would keep to a small selection on simple designs.  The face painting will be free.
Yeah just keep it simple, have like 6 - 10 selections written out on a poster. That way there is no pressure to copy a design and everyone has their own style/version of that design.
Ideas:
Princess, Butterfly, Snow Queen, Flowers, Lady Bug, Spider & Web, Monster, Cat/Tiger/ Leopard

Just have them printed out on a page with a header that says 'today's selections' or something. You'd be surprised how fast this will make things go.
avatar
Forest-Fairy

Number of posts : 1672
Age : 30
Location : BC. Canada
Registration date : 2014-03-13

http://vancouverfacepainting.ca

Back to top Go down

Re: Planning for a big town event, could use advice

Post by CarrieHooper on Wed May 14, 2014 7:49 pm

Thanks so much for the suggestions! I love you  I like the idea of having the selections written out so the kids don't have any preconceptions of how it 'should' look.

Even though we are getting Snazaroo kits for the volunteers I ordered a 8 basic color Paradise pallet for myself and it arrived last night! I can't wait to try it. I think I am going to talk the kids down the street into letting me paint them.  Very Happy 
avatar
CarrieHooper

Number of posts : 3
Location : Asheville NC
Registration date : 2014-05-09

http://www.fancifulmind.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Planning for a big town event, could use advice

Post by Forest-Fairy on Wed May 14, 2014 7:57 pm

awesome!

Written selections are nice to work with for sure for certain gigs.

The mehron is nice too, I would take all the lids off now and put them away some where. they just get in the way otherwise. Yeah bust them in! The colors usually look darker when they are 'fresh'. Do some practice on your arm or on the neighbor kids to break em it and get a feel for em Smile
avatar
Forest-Fairy

Number of posts : 1672
Age : 30
Location : BC. Canada
Registration date : 2014-03-13

http://vancouverfacepainting.ca

Back to top Go down

Re: Planning for a big town event, could use advice

Post by Kris5115 on Thu May 15, 2014 12:09 pm

In order to keep prices down for my church's face painting kit, which is often shared by 3 or 4 volunteers, I have made splits of the black and white. This way 2 whites and 2 blacks and end up with 4 black/white combos. The kit also has 4 rainbow or multi-color cakes and 2 or 3 snaz palates for individual colors. That way up to 4 volunteers can each have 1 rainbow cake and 1 black/white combo and may have to share 1 snaz palate if they want the individual colors.
avatar
Kris5115

Number of posts : 741
Location : Twin Cities, MN
Registration date : 2012-04-10

Back to top Go down

Re: Planning for a big town event, could use advice

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum