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How do you step it up?

Post by Metina on Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:23 am

Hiya,

I am wondering in what small ways have you stepped up your face painting? As in what small things have made a world of difference?

One thing I did was add metallic white. I had some left over from making splits and just decided to throw it in my kit to use it up. It has an amazing sheen and can replace white in many instances. It is now a permanent fixture.

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Re: How do you step it up?

Post by michellesfantasyfaces on Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:55 am

most of the times just little techniques...to improve lines, drops and such...makes a huge difference!...and superstar silver is the colour for me!...just a very shiny easy to remove beautiful silver!
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Re: How do you step it up?

Post by CreateFaces on Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:35 am

Learning to layer colors like gold and silver over matte colors has made a huge difference to bring designs to life.

Improving my line work has been huge too.

Improving my blending and learning how to add small embelishments has been great as well.
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Re: How do you step it up?

Post by BarbieSmith on Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:50 am

Taking my favorites *parts* of others designs, and combining several of these into my own new design - and then redesigning from there to make it my own. (ie: one pic has a beautiful butterfly antennae, the other has wonderful dots on the wings, another one has a beautiful overall shape, the other has the most gorgeous colors, etc. - put them all together and then go from there!). It forces me to try designs that are not second nature to me, to learn new techniques, and to learn to "design" and create new designs on my own (I am not creative by nature!).

And, absolutely, reading this board- it motivates me to try to excel in every aspect of this endeavor Smile
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Re: How do you step it up?

Post by Sam on Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:56 am

I'd have to say making myself practice at least a little something everyday, even if it's linework when I have time for nothing else. It's made a big difference. (But I still don't like practicing tongue)
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Re: How do you step it up?

Post by wmeventservices on Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:16 pm

Vowing to take a break from looking at the work of other painters through their websites. The only place I see other people's work is right here. It has forced me to make things my own way and not rely on copying designs that have already been done!
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Post by wmeventservices on Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:17 pm

That was suppose to be a (.) not a (!). Sorry.
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Re: How do you step it up?

Post by Psalmbook on Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:12 pm

There are several things that have stepped up my face painting & business.

This forum has been a big thing in improving me as an artist as well as helping me get a game plan for my business. It's kept me challenged.

Another biggie is I started spraying my sponge instead of my paints & this has improved the quality of my base work & made blending even the trickiest paints a breeze.

Getting good brushes & learning to use them. I've gotten a variety of brush types & sizes & practiced using them. Practice, practice practice!

Having a very organized kit. Since I'm more organized I don't waste valuable time looking for misplaced things like paint brushes, etc. This gives me more time to focus on painting a better design.
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Re: How do you step it up?

Post by Tilly - Formerly Punky on Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:53 pm

I have (finally) adopted the One sponge per client method since joining this forum and wow! I love it! the colors come out so much brighter, the water stays cleaner, and it's so nice not having to riffle through a whole bunch of sponges looking for the one that has the color already on it that I need.

Also, I am soooooo proud of myself, I am finally putting together a website! It's still under construction, but it's nearly done! It probably won't be anything stellar like some of the ones I've seen on here, but it's a start, and considering how technologically illiterate I am, I am viewing this as a major accomplishment!

I have also finally adopted the mindset that I should not feel really rushed when painting, my work comes out better, and when I take time to talk with the kid, it makes it a more memorable expirience for all, and people tend to come back to me. If need be, I raise my prices $1 to accomodate for extra time. Lines no longer freak me out, I simply announce to people the expected wait time, and then they can wait on ME if they want it, I will still paint as many faces as I can in that time, a few who walk away won't make a difference. This new perpective has made painting fun again!

I also practice at least 3-4 times a week with my paints, be it actual designs individual techniques. It keeps me fresh and ready for gigs when the come so I"m not painting "cold."


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Re: How do you step it up?

Post by squiggle on Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:03 pm

I agree with Punky about slowing things down a bit and taking my time to make my painting my best effort and make it fun again!

I've set up a face painting station in my office and leave my kit out all the time now so that I have no excuse not to paint every day. And now, instead of bribing my daughter to paint her, we have a deal... if she doesn't get up for school the first time I call her, I get to paint her later in the day! Same goes for my son Wink Between the two of them, I get to paint nearly every day now without complaints LOL!

I've also really condensed my kit. I now take only exactly what I will need instead of bringing everything with me "just in case". Makes it much easier and faster to get ready for a gig, set up, and clean up afterwards. There are a few paint colors I would like to get just to see how they look, but for the most part my kit is complete.

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Re: How do you step it up?

Post by Guest on Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:14 pm

For me it was learning how to use a #6 round from Olivier Zegers... that changed my painting completely.

Also marketing with postcards for me is a huge success in my market.

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Re: How do you step it up?

Post by ChangingFaceDesigns on Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:37 pm

Practice Practice Practice.......is key for me. I am trying to be more creative with color choices and color combos for a more daring and bold look to my designs. I am also trying to really get familiar with my brushes (style/size)as far as what each one is capable of doing, so I when I am looking to achieve a certain effect I can be faster at choosing what I need, which will help with my speed.

I echo Psalm's comment about having an organized kit. I can honestly say since having purchased my Fatmax the old addage comes to mind ..... A place for everything and everything in it's place. It is an invaluable time saver not to have to be in search of items all the time.

I also co-sign Shannon's comment regarding the postcards as a marketing tactic, it has been a positive return on investment for me as well.

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Re: How do you step it up?

Post by Psalmbook on Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:10 pm

Also, cleaning my kit & restocking it(baby wipes, black towel, replenish an empty paint, etc)when I get home from a gig. This has made leaving for a gig so much easier. I'm all set up & ready to go I'm not forgetting anything. I just grab my kit, water bucket & chair & I'm out the door. I used to get flustered before a job as I ran around trying to get stuff done.
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Re: How do you step it up?

Post by LoneWolf on Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:24 pm

Use products that cover in one stroke. Use a brush belt, so I don't have to look for a specific brush. Taking my time when painting - and thinking "it don't take longer to paint a line that follow the colour, than just a fast line (that isn't precise)".
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