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Post by Goolie on Tue May 04, 2010 12:17 pm

I seem to have trouble with my "set-up". By the time I have done a couple of faces I have brushes and papertowels and dirty water cups all over the place. I was using a large pitcher of clean water to fill my cups with but had no way to empty the cups once the water got nasty. So I had all these dirty water cups all over the place. How do you guys keep a nice supply of fresh water etc.? I am really trying to get faster at this but I think my lack of organization is really bogging me down. Do you clean all of your brushes between each face? I also have trouble with placing my paints, etc. on my work area for easy access. They start out in one place and end up in another, lol. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Post by Guest on Tue May 04, 2010 12:29 pm

Have a garbage container under your table and put your trash there DO NOT set it on the table!

Have a bucket for used sponges and dirty water, dump your dirty water in the bucket and replace with clean from your jug when it turns to "coffee water." You can have this under the table too if it works, or on the table if it is easier.

Use a container for your rinse water that is not a bunch of cups... unless you set them inside a larger container. You could get a water tub (art suppy or craft store) or simply set three cups of water inside a plastic container and then change the water as you go.

ALWAYS put your brushes back in the same spot - whether you wash them between faces or are using one brush per colour.

Use palettes for your colours not individual pots... organize them with the colours you use most closest to you (black, white, pink, red...) and within easy reach. If you don't have or plan to purchase palettes, use a tray with a rim to set your cakes in and if you pick them up to paint, PUT THEM BACK when you are done.

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Post by Goolie on Tue May 04, 2010 12:48 pm

Okay, so I need to get a bucket and a trash can. How do you haul all your stuff around? I have large tote bags that I put everything in but it gets to be a lot to carry. Do you have any tricks for washing your hands between faces?
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Post by Perry Noia on Tue May 04, 2010 1:39 pm

I carry my stuff in a FatMax rolling toolbox (made by Stanley) and I believe several other people use one as well, but if you can find any rolling box with an extending handle that is the right size for all your stuff, that's great. They are sturdy, have hard, divided sections and you don't have to carry everything since it's all on wheels.

When I occasionally need to clean my hands, I use the baby wipes that I always have handy.
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Post by Psalmbook on Tue May 04, 2010 2:38 pm

I use one of those cheap canvas lunch sacks & hang it off my chair for trash, used wipes, etc. It's lightweight & compacts easily & can be wiped out w/ Clorox wipes after a gig. I clean my hands by spraying them from my spritzer & have a hand towel(black) to wipe them off or I'll use a baby wipe. I also have a bucket w/ a lid, under my table to dump old nasty water. An gallon ice cream bucket is great for this. Remember, everything has it's place. This will keep you from wasting time searching for the missing brush, etc. I also use a black towel under everything. I used to use a multi-colored tablecloth, but my ADD made everything blend together. I'd be staring right at a paint a really not see it.
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Post by starponysmama on Tue May 04, 2010 3:06 pm

First of all I LIVE for baby wipes.

And I totally agree with Shannon - half your battle is won if you use the whole idea of - if you take it out put it back! I have not yet mastered this skill and often just take a few minutes in between children to straighten.

I also use a trash can. But I have a small one that is table top. I recycle my sponges - I take them home and bleach and wash them so I bring along my mesh laundry bag that zips. Then, all I have to do when I get home is soak them in bleach water and then wash.
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Post by Magic on Tue May 04, 2010 3:45 pm

I use the tub Metina has in the store with 3 compartments -1for clean water and 1 each for light/dark brushes. I tie a plastic garbage bag to my chair for garbage and 1 for sponges - I can always sort it out later if I mix it up. I use a lap top case w 2 sets of paints and put my special ones on top of those to grab. I travel in 1 shoulder bag when I paint so I can move around easy - it has 4 big side pockets.
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Post by Winger1200 on Tue May 04, 2010 4:34 pm

Keep your paints & brushes all in the same place for quick use. You don't have to bring everything you have. This is all I need for parties & restaurant gigs and neatly fits into the tote bag from Metina's store Very Happy
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Post by Magic on Tue May 04, 2010 8:45 pm

I really wantone of those ice cube things - where did you get it?
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Post by Psalmbook on Tue May 04, 2010 9:26 pm

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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by Tilly - Formerly Punky on Fri May 07, 2010 3:32 pm

I have this storage drawer thing that I got at Big Lots during the back to school time. It has done WONDERS for organizing my workspace at gigs. plus, it keeps little hand out of my stuff, especially my glitters. It's relatively small, and compact, and very easy to trasport. And the best part?? It only cost me $3!! Here are some different shots of it.



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Post by Magic on Fri May 07, 2010 3:36 pm

Thanks Linda!
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Post by Freckles on Fri May 07, 2010 3:59 pm

" really wantone of those ice cube things - where did you get it?"

I got mine at Walmart for under $5
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Post by Psalmbook on Fri May 07, 2010 8:25 pm

I couldn't find them in any stores... I think they were a quick fad. I finally gave in & ordered one from amazon.
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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by contrachapado on Wed May 12, 2010 10:46 am

I use hand sanitizer between kids, but also keep wipes handy. I also use a FatMax, and it works great. I can keep everything in one place, it's protected and doesn't get messed up, and portable. cheers I started following someone else's advice and now wet my paints with either a small spray bottle or drops from a little travel-size bottle. Works tons better than having a tippy cup on my table. I keep brushes in a standing ice tube tray.

Punky--I like the toothbrush holder idea.
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Post by Winger1200 on Wed May 12, 2010 1:22 pm

Magic wrote:I really wantone of those ice cube things - where did you get it?
It is an Ice Tube Tray, I got both of mine at Walmart and 'tis the season to get them now ; )

Best brush organizer goin! I have my brushes arranged according to size when I go to gigs and put the brushes back in the color on the front of my tray for easy retrival as my brushes are color dedicated for no 'coffee water'. One tray I have to repaint the colors on front (using acrylics) & one has the colors on the front row.

I leave the brushes in the tray that fits down into a box cut to size one inch above the tallest brush to protect them for easy setup/take down. The paints slip into a super thin scrapbook paper holder (walmart $5.), sponges into a decorative box and the tiny stamps, poofers, etc go into a box, my wipes, water & spray bottles go into the tip jar or available space on the side of the tote and I'm ready to go ; )

Hope this helps,
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Post by grinmpt on Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:50 pm

I got my ice cube tubes at WalMart too. Picked up 2 for less than $10-. Tried it for the first time this weekend & loved it!

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Post by JBax on Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:53 pm

I still haven't seen them in my town at the WalMart... but I like my home-made one anyway.
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Post by Tilly - Formerly Punky on Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:14 pm

contrachapado wrote:Punky--I like the toothbrush holder idea.

Thanks! Those were dollar store investments as well! (I LOVE that store! LOL) Very Happy
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Post by Guest on Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:27 pm

velcro, velcro velcro!!

I velcro just about everything to either my lap top, or a cuting board from the dollar store. and, try to put everything back in it's place once you use it.

i admit that i'm a messy painter! but, velcro really helps me stay organized!

i also use the fat max...and, two laptops placed on the open lid makes a table

this is from risa's site

http://www.colorfulfaceart.phanfare.com/2240259#imageID=33766592

ttfn,

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Post by Psalmbook on Sat Jun 12, 2010 5:52 pm

Rebecca,
I love my fatmax.
FABAIC had someone that velcroed their artycakes to the underside of a dollar frisbee. Two fit in the center & the rest went around in a circle.
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Post by Lady Jayde on Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:04 pm

I'm a magnet fan myself. I have my paints affixed with little neodymium magnets that allow them to be 'attached' to the inside of my foldover case without falling out. I use magnets to keep my glitter bottles fixed onto of the spinning mini-lazy suzan I use. I'm a clean as you go person because I don't like messiness and I take a few extra minutes to make sure that when I pack up I do so neatly.
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Post by Campbell's Creations on Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:20 pm

Wonderful ideas! I can't wait to use them Smile
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Post by Rosenberg-Cox on Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:46 pm

Does anyone know where to get a laptop face paint case without a logo or brand name on it?
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Re: How to I get more organized?

Post by Psalmbook on Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:52 pm

I use a scrapbooking paper holder from walmart & love it. Everything is velcroed in. It's the clear one in the picture.
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