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Post by fluttersby on Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:47 pm

I love it , Laurie. You think like I do. I am at the point right now where I would just rather spend the money on paints and things I absolutely need, although I do love the Fatmax setups. I see the need for it in the future, but not now. If I get ahold of even fifty dollars, I am in the forum shop buying paint!
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Post by Guest on Wed Dec 08, 2010 6:17 pm

risa and i work out of ours

it does take getting used to a new set up;)

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Post by Beans on Wed Apr 20, 2011 3:05 am

I am so ready for a FAT MAX! Bring it on!! I can just picture it very similar to my current table setup. I always keep walking room around my chair (I'm a little old school - like to move around the client, helps too being a lefty).

I'm a little concerned however, at the amount of paint some of you carry around. Just how many shades does one need? I have 2 laptops with allocated spots and a few loose pots. I mix any other shades required by myself (perhaps that is how i learnt?)
I plan to line the lowest section to use as a bin? I'm always trying to find a quick dumping area for my wipes and papertowel, snack rubbish... the idea of removing the liner at the end for one trip to the waste is quite ideal for me. I assume the lower section is the right width/height to slide the laptops in?
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Post by ponygirl on Mon Apr 25, 2011 2:47 am

One caution on the Fatmax that I haven't seen mentioned.
The Fatmax REALLY jars things around, when you drag it in and out of the vehicle, up and down stairs or even a threshold. Much more than my old wire cart. In the last month I've opened it to three disasters inside - I went and did the Velcro in the laptop cases, but it really needs a sheet of foam in there. My *brand new* Sillyfarm laptop now no longer closes, so I had cakes broken and spilled. A glitter didn't get closed firmly (I had transferred my glitter and powders to a flat pack with pry-off lids) and once my removal oil top snapped off and there is still 'liquid wrench' in there that I haven't been able to get cleaned.

IOW, if you are used to packing things flat, your setups might not survive a change in orientation. I'm just going to have to go back to the drawing board. The Mehron case with the foam insert is fine. Those greasier paints stay firmly in their tubs. My Snaz and my DFX, in the shallower dishes, won't stay put and I go MENTAL when crumbles of a really intense color like navy blue, get in my yellows and pinks. I'm going to find containers to pack them flat. Same with my powders.

I was so disappointed, I don't paint a lot by any means - and spent my spring break painting for tips in our hotel - hoping to get oriented and such. Got to my first job this weekend and I nearly cried - paint and glitter EVERYWHERE, and I couldn't set up in time to have everything in its muscle-memory place. Luckily, expectations for face painting around here are so low, I could do it with my eyes closed and they'd still be happy. LoL.


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Post by DeannaB on Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:28 pm

ponygirl wrote:
IOW, if you are used to packing things flat, your setups might not survive a change in orientation.

My current set-up involves a few plastic bins and a mega-sized rolling military duffel bag (that likes to tip over a lot.)
I found that using a stretch headband wrapped around my 'bead box' and laptop case will keep them closed. And I use a folded towel inside the laptop case to keep my split cakes from moving around.

But I am happy to announce that I am jumping on the FatMax bandwagon and ditching the giant camo bag and my folding camp table. I LOVE the idea of a quick and easy setup especially using the foam board as the table top. I'll be working on my new kit tonight. LOL I'll have to take before and after photos with how long it takes me to set everything up. It should be a drastic difference.
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Post by DeannaB on Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:50 pm

ChangingFaceDesigns wrote:Terntam,

Most of us started out exactly where you are right now, and it has taken us time to build up our "Dream Kits" if you will. I think many would admit that even now having done this for some time we are still working on our dream kit.

You will go thru the trial and error process sorting out what works and what doesn't, what your don't need and what you just can't live without.

As your skillset improves you will find yourself gravitating more to certain products.

What you have to start is fine and will increase over time.

Too True!!! I can't believe how many 'set-ups' and 'kit' changes I've made since I first started painting. I started face painting at small Renaissance festivals and tried to keep everything all - natural - so in 2004 my set-up was a wooden microwave cart with a board across the top and a market umbrella attached to the front. Moving it from one place to the next was a nightmare. That and I had too much stuff with me. I've been trying to scale down and find my perfect kit since. [img][/img]
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Post by Lady Jayde on Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:17 pm

Lauri Strandell wrote:This is what I use, $6 pencil holder with a flat bottom, less than $10 for the shower caddy, about one dollar for the pink cups and lotsa money for the paint and brushes!


It really holds a lot of stuff.

I can totally appreciate the compact nature of your kit Lauri, but I'd have to wonder how much time it takes to spread out and unlid all of that stuff? I know that in some of the places that I've painted, pots of paint would've grown legs and walked off if I had it laid out like that.

I didn't get Fat Max, but I did get the Plano box that Suzy has. It's taller than the Max and I can work well with it standing up or sitting down. As far as jostling things around...I haven't let go of my l of magnets, so I just put some covered metal sheets in the bottoms of the drawers/compartments that house my paints and viola! My paint stays in one spot! I love that I just open the top lid and I have about 18 colors waiting for me, ready to use. I drop a hatch and 3 drawers full of goodies are waiting to be used to embellish. I'll take pictures tonight to show.

It is funny how we all keep evolving... I think the change just keeps things real for most of us, lol!
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Post by ponygirl on Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:06 pm

I read the magnet thread with GREAT interest. Everybody has their pet peeves - and for me, I really like my stuff to stay still while I'm rubbing on it. I've got Velcro for some of my paints, but they still rock back and forth (Princess and the Pea, anyone??) Lady Jayde, do yours stay pretty much put?

I went and found the cheapo watercolors at Party City. I thought they would be a bit bigger...there are some I think new, larger compartment trays at Joann Fabrics when I went today. May have been bigger than the watercolor containers, I'd have to go back to be sure (but five hours of errand running in 88 degree weather with no A/C did me in).

As for banding and strapping...and putting things in between...I'm spoiled. The Snz pro kit is really cheap plastic, but darn that plastic cover stayed put! I tried all sorts of stuff - velcro, large rubber bands - can't get that Sillyfarm laptop to stay closed properly. And I have to really fly between jobs - I know I'll put the foam in backwards, LoL, and have a crying jag. I had enough trouble figuring out where to stash the Snaz plastic cover during jobs. Would always get heart failure thinking my hostess had chucked it.

Love the brainstorming!!
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Post by Lady Jayde on Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:38 am

My paint doesn't move much at all actually. It did when I put the "magnetized" cakes right on the metal and I wasn't having that! So I covered the metal sheet with a stretchy fabric (kind of like the material they use for those fabric book covers?) and it provides enough friction that the cakes don't spin...plus I have my paints in such close proximity that they can't move much without risking melding molecular structures... Razz
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Post by ponygirl on Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:16 am

OK great! Was anxiously awaiting your reply, my Lady. Hopped out of bed before the kiddos, ran to hardware store for magnets, found they slipped all over the flashing I have...considered painting with rough paint, and shimming the sides of paint containers with non-slip rubber stuff.

Fabric sounds mucho easier.

Back to finding a way to make a non-lethal unicorn horn. See attached pic of my latest little devil - her name is Easter Lily but since she trampled my 125lb 12 year old son yesterday, maybe Dance with the Devil would be more appropriate. Must find mini-horse-whisperer!!

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Post by ponygirl on Tue May 03, 2011 8:55 pm

Okay, here it is!! Months and insane amounts of time and money later!!!
Phatima, and magnet madness!!
AND! I am a Brush-Lush.
I cut flashing and epoxied it in the trays of the revolving brush holder.
I put magnets between the two lap top cases to hold them together- I was entirely defeated by the task of finding smaller trays - wasted a morning fighting a plastic case with a Dremel tool LoL.
I used the watercolor containers from Party City, $.59 a piece. The foam came from something shipped to us...I'm embarrassed to tell you how PERFECTLY it fits. Even the little trays stick up the tiniest bit above it - easy to grab out when I want to hand hold the paints.
I HATE mixing colors on the job, and can't stand reaching all over creation, so I made most of my watercolor trays into splits. I used to have both sides of each laptop covered with round containers, and plus some stacked on top of one another - disasters daily.
I don't do much sponge work, I prefer the Maxine's Mops and my big filberts, so those sponges will probably go.
I epoxied magnets to all of my ArtyCakes, and epoxied a sheet of flashing to the top of the red laptop case. FunFun! I tried it with the brushes there, but this way the Artycakes are prominent and as they are the quickest method, I am happy to have them there to pique interest. I'll have to find a new container for my shimmer powder. Those lids are a bear.
Water container is tucked into the middle tier. Can't be spilled. Will have to hunt down a bucket with a handle for that. LOVE the black container - wish I could find a taller one. SO glad to ditch the light green stained one.
I will probably probably print a sign to put in my acrylic sign-and-name-card holder. One with prices, another with just company info for the private parties. I had several things printed from Vistaprint, some corrugated signs, and small and large banners. I'll work something out that way for the side.
The brush holder slips right into the base. By no means is it a perfect thing - the tubes don't go far down, so the brushes lean crazily. Solution is somewhere in my head.
Starting to get requests for bigger events - YIKES!!


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