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Post by Mehndi Masala on Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:46 pm

Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome and the sharing and giving nature of this community! Very Happy I have learned SO MUCH my head wobbles! So I am using Snazaroo paints for all of these. Here is my first from 2 weeks ago:
First face...I now understand how important brushes are...I felt like I was using a housepainters brush.... Sad

My second face was saturday after going out and getting some decent brushes:

My face yesterday-Green Cheetah Face by Marvelous Masks Chicago Face Painting


And two I did today on a willing victim ...er ....friend who let me play.




So I now know that the same one stroke roses I do on little wooden boxes take a bit more finangling when done in facepaint!! I know I need better line control and I'm not sure my brush loading skills are all that. These seemed to take forever! I also know I need to time myself and bought a timer today and will be hopefully practicing some simple designs for my kids portfolio. If all goes well, I may be able to offer services in about a year. Maybe less...we will have to see. I would welcome any pointers/hints/critiques!! What can I do better? Is this a decent skill progression?? Thanks again!!!!!!!
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Post by ipainthappyfaces on Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:27 pm

Wow I am blown away! You do as well as some "professionals" I have seen, but I am new too, so take what I say for what its worth. I see that you are a certified Henna artist. Is there some overlap, I mean do you think that helps you in face painting? I would think so. You go girl!
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Post by Mehndi Masala on Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:10 pm

Thank you ipaint! Being new does not mean you can't have an opinion and thank you for being so kind with yours! I am unsure if there is overlap but there may very well be. The two I did today were out of my head and when I do henna, almost all of my patterns are more instinct than planning ahead. There is a loose idea and then it's freeform. I would imagine that facepainting can follow those same lines...that what starts out as an error could be the thing that makes the design stand out and you work it into the pattern or just to 'go with it' wherever the mood takes you. It really feels like I have a whole bunch of ideas and just need more people to try them out on. Also have to find the best 'position' for my subject and me to be at our happiest as far as the painting goes. I am not tiny and neither was my subject today and she felt her legs were falling asleep as we faced eachother on the couch. Trying to figure out if my henna rig will be 'dual purpose' is next on my list.
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Post by Ruth on Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:59 pm

Wow Mendhi ur work is amazing!!! If that's now can't wait to see ur work in the future Wink
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Post by Psalmbook on Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:49 am

Kim, Your 1st are wonderful! Having the henna background is serving you well. You have the ideas down & now it's just the little things in technique, brush loading, etc. If you get a little dfx/wolfe/tag(any of these face paints will do) in black & white, it'll help with your line control. Snaz is great for bases, but harder to get the right consistency for lines.
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Post by Mehndi Masala on Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:02 am

Well I may have had an error in thought and made a bad/impulsive descision with paints. I have paid for and ordered mehron FX (?) liquid FP, in red, white and black to help with the one stroke roses and brush loading and wonder if I may have jumped the gun on that one. I'm sure they will not go to waste, but perhaps I should have learned a bit more. STILL trying to figure out how to get my hands on some cheaper cakes to make my own rainbow/split cakes. I'm now only employed as a henna artist and bridal season is over so money is tight. You are so right about Snaz being a bit tough to load for fine line, I thought it was my lack of skill...which still contributes to be sure....but maybe I do need to get out the calculator and see what I can do about a split cake and and paint expansion.


On a side note, I looked here (mind you there is SOOO much to look at) and I haven't seen much in the way of 'what's in your wallet' err.....'Kit' (joke...like the vikings in the commercial? Get it? Yeah...lame...nevermind Smile ). Is there a thread where people show off thier set up? I seem to have an organizational issue but of course right now my 'studio' for FP is in my living room. I would love to see how you pros organize yourselves for the onslaught of eager faces!!
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Post by Psalmbook on Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:55 pm

Look up fatmax... It's a rolling tool kit many of us use to stash our paints, sponges, brushes, water, the kitchen sink, a few small lost children.....

The mehron liquid is ok. Not really my favorite, but I've used it in a pinch when a color is scarce. It is good for practicing your linework. Just do like you do w/ henna. Sit down to tv & practice thick to thin lines, teardrops, henna patterns, etc.
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Post by Mehndi Masala on Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:34 am

OMG Linda! I wannafatmaxandIwantitnow! LOL Those are amazing and I've already showed it to my husband/Santa but I see HOW MUCH paint everyone has and I have 10 paintbrushes , 9 sponges and 12 snazaroo cakes and some periphials (mirror, timer, etc). BUT if this obsession keeps on as it is, (and I think it will) then I will fill it soon enough!! Thanks for the hint!!

Now...next step in my masterplan....win the lottery to purchase split cakes......

lol!
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Post by fluttersby on Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:55 am

All I've got to say is, wow. Mehndi, your painting is beautiful. I can tell you've got some background with brushwork. I don't have many pictures of anything that I"ve done. I have a terrible time painting on myself, so mostly I practice the cheek art on my arm, leg, etc. I always forget to take pics at gigs and have no one to practice on. I am going to try to post a few pictures as I am fairly new and these are some of my firsts as well.

This was for a Toy Story birthday party.

Here I actually got my 17 year old son to let me paint him.

This was a fellow employee at Halloween that was dressed as a Native American. She let me paint this feather. The details are not very clear in this picture.






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Post by fluttersby on Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:00 am

I forgot to add the Thomas the Tank Engine I did for the first birthday party I painted at. Here it is, of course on my arm. It did not turn out quite as well on the wiggly birthday boy, but he loved it so much he not only got it on his arm, but on his cheek, and not only on his birthday, but also for the Halloween party I painted for. I guess that made it a hit. Now he says he loves me but he would not even come near me before I started painting. That is why I love doing this.

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Post by risarjm on Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:49 am



It wasn't on a real face... but this was one of my first faces!!! lol I feel accomplished now that I look back at that!
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Post by Frenchie the Face Painter on Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:26 pm

How do I see your pictures in the gallery?
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Post by Lauri Strandell on Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:16 pm



Rainbow cake and Diamond FX White for my very first face in August 2010


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Post by DragonFly on Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:08 pm

You know what's sad?
All of these pictures are better than what I'm currently doing. I know, I know, its a matter of practice. Smile

I still enjoyed the thread every much.
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Post by Magical Mehendi on Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:48 am

this is the first thing I painted (on my leg) when I got my first paints at the end of September.

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Post by maggie on Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:58 am

1st pictures using palmers face paint.


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Post by Psalmbook on Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:04 pm

Not bad for Palmers!

Wonderful henna inspired design!
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Post by CATZ on Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:14 pm

I thought I'd posted on this thread before, but I guess not...

...so here's my first when I used the 'self serve' facepainting booth at the Vancouver Children's Festival in May '09. After that I was hooked and bought some Snazaroo online. The leopard is my first painting with the pro paints. I've actually used the leopard face in some of my advertising.




I painted this last night and the orange tiger was at a bodypaint class I took in August '10.

It was just over a year ago I had my first paid gig, and I feel I've learned a lot in that time. Thanks to all of you that have contributed to my education. I really appreciate all your willingness to share. I started belly painting in March and now have done a couple bodies and loving the extra creativity that entails.


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Post by Mehndi Masala on Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:50 pm

The open mouthed tiger is awsome!
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Post by maggie on Thu Dec 30, 2010 10:10 am

Thanks Linda! Can you believe I booked my 1st gig from this??? LOL

I have to look for my 1st pictures using snazaroo for the first time. I wanted practice and painted the kids at my friend's daughter's b-day party.

Kim, I also want a fatmax, and a chair, and a table, etc, etc, etc Smile Oh! I also want friends to jam with.


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Post by PaintAndGlitter on Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:45 pm

Do I have some scary stuff to share with ya...lol
I married a clown. I was later informed I should also learn to face paint and twist balloons... Sure, why not...lol
He got ma a snaz pallet and these were all attempts I made the first night at a friends house..Her poor kids.....

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Post by maggie on Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:19 am

Paintandglitter, Wow! your work has really evolved Smile How long did it take you to get to where you are? your work is gorgeous!
Your 1st picture resembles my 2nd picture, It is funny how I also went for the vines and purple flowers LOL
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Post by PaintAndGlitter on Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:30 am

Thanks, and that is funny, great minds must think alike lol...i been painting for about 3 years now...
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Post by maggie on Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:02 am

Yup! lol!
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Post by Psalmbook on Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:39 pm

I just found some more 1st pics:
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