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Post by staysilly on Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:38 am

Hi Guys

I have another newbie question for you.

Can anyone please explain how to use the split coloured cakes? How helpful are they? And to cut a long story short, should I buy one?? Razz

Thanks so much and btw you are all truly awesome!



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Post by michellesfantasyfaces on Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:03 am

look for artybrush in youtube...

th esplitcakes are beaytiful and quick!..usually you use a flatbrush to pick up all the colours... you wet the brush, not too wet and then go back and forth in the cake and pick up several or all colours...then it's all practice, practice, practice
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Post by Psalmbook on Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:28 am

You usually use the 1-stroke brush for them. You can also use them with a round mop for colorful circles or drag it along the face for a rainbow effect. Your best way to learn would be youtube videos. Metina sells them in the Forum Shop if you want to try them out.
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Post by staysilly on Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:55 am

I was just wondering if they make butterflies easier? I can see everyones intricate shading on very small areas of colour and I just don't seem to be able to get the delicacy with a sponge.
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Post by Xyppee1 on Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:57 pm

Yeah Staysilly, double loading off split cakes is a real quick solution for those nice color blends for butterflies, angel eyes, and princess faces...etc. I use them all the time. I usually do my butterflies with a small sponge or a one inch onestroke brush. This blends the paint as it goes on perfectly. Just practice practice practice...did I mention practice helps?
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Post by barbb919 on Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:16 pm

I would not go to a gig without my split cake. I use them mostly for butterflies.rainbow. and dragons and snakes....
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Post by IamGinaW on Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:27 pm

I started with a couple of small (one-strokes) and a large metallic/pearl rainbow cake. You can find all kinds of great tutorials on youtube. I found the rainbow for butterflies, the fire/dragon, and the green (leaf/critter) to be most useful. I do like the rose one too, but that's because I like roses.
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Post by Mandi from Tazzie on Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:41 am

Hey Stacey,
I think the split cakes have revolutionized the face painting world. They provide speed to your faces as well as a fabulous aray of colours all at once.

To use with a sponge just wet your sponge & squeeze it out so it's not too wet just damp & stroke it over your split cake eg: a rainbow split, stroke it about 6 or so times so that the paint loads onto your sponge well. Then apply the loaded sponge to the face, you can either drag the sponge or bounce the sponge to get the paint on.

To use with a 3/4 " or 1'' flat brush, wet the brush & stroke it over the split cake on either side of the flat brush around 6 times again then apply the loaded brush to the skin & viola a rainbow.

As the other's have said practice, practice, practice on your arm or leg & I promise you once you get the hang of it you won't turn back. You'll be in love. I have about 12 split cakes in my kit & now even make my own as I use them sooooo much. Hope this helps & if you need a visual go to youtube & type in one stroke face painting. Good luck Very Happy
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Post by artybrushstrokes2 on Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:43 pm

90% of what i paint is using split cakes

check out my web site

www.artybrushstrokes.com

look under gallery

of course i'm partial to the arty brush cakes;)

ttfn

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Post by Michelle Heffner on Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:15 pm

Hey! I loved looking at your photos on Facebook Smile

I can honestly say that the large rainbow cakes are indispensable. These are the size of the sponges (cut in half) and are usually at least 50 grams of paint. I need mine to paint fast butterflies etc. These ones can be used by anyone including beginners.

The smaller square or rectangular cakes are hit and miss for beginner face painters. They can be distracting on gigs when time is of the essence and when you are still fleshing out your style.


What I mean is this -
the small cakes are really fun to work with once you have mastered regular face painting.

By all means play with them, buy them, paint yourself silly at home, but understand that they have a learning curve. Don't try one out for the very first time on a gig. You'll want to spend a lot of practice time with them before breaking them out in public Smile


Take away -
you aren't missing the boat if you don't have an entire set of 15 different mini-split cakes in your kit right now. Concentrate on the basics and then move on up Smile

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Post by sparklingfaces on Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:27 pm

great advise michelle!

I agree 100%
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Post by Psalmbook on Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:42 pm

Michelle Heffner wrote:

Take away -
you aren't missing the boat if you don't have an entire set of 15 different mini-split cakes in your kit right now. Concentrate on the basics and then move on up Smile

~Heff

I still don't have a full set of the rainbow cakes & I do just fine. I have my favorites, critter cake for critters & leaves, roses & some girly cakes for flowers, butterflies & princess crowns & some Christmas ones.
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Post by PaintAndGlitter on Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:05 pm

As you can see form everyone once you start using the split cakes you dont go back..lol
They are great time savers and gives your instant blending, I love all the Prisma cakes. and the DFX euro split and mini cakes, of course I am partial because that is what I sell..lol
Rebeccas cakes are wonder too, I always have the peacock one in my bag.
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Post by PaintAndGlitter on Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:06 pm

STAYSILLY, send me your address and I will send ya a rainbow cake to try out. PaintAndGlitter@Gmail.com
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Post by Michelle Heffner on Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:25 pm

Psalmbook wrote:
Michelle Heffner wrote:

Take away -
you aren't missing the boat if you don't have an entire set of 15 different mini-split cakes in your kit right now. Concentrate on the basics and then move on up Smile

~Heff

I still don't have a full set of the rainbow cakes & I do just fine. I have my favorites, critter cake for critters & leaves, roses & some girly cakes for flowers, butterflies & princess crowns & some Christmas ones.

Me too - even though I sell TAG One Stroke cakes, I don't keep one of each with me on the job. They are inexpensive enough to me that I could, but I choose not to. I don't need a yellow leaf and a white leaf cake with me Very Happy

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Post by PaintAndGlitter on Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:08 am

I agree, I like heff have access to all the split cakes, but I have about 5 or 6 in my case and in honesty I used about 2 or 3 of them per event..but I love them!
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Post by staysilly on Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:46 am

[What I mean is this - the small cakes are really fun to work with once you have mastered regular face painting.]

OK, just making sure I understand, the larger blending cakes are easier for beginners, butterflies, masks, etc. But the mini cakes are for the more intricate designs, roses, flowers, animals etc. and need a lot more work/practice to get them right.

Thank you all so much for your comments, I was a little worried about posting in the beginning, I thought everyone was going to go 'ah, she's crap, ignore her' but you've all been amazing and so enspiring, so thank you!!

Have a very happy new year!!!


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Post by Fabtastic on Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:53 am

Staysilly, while the small cakes can be used for intricate designs, I found them very helpful for a couple of very basic things. Personally I wouldn't want to be without the mini neon rainbow.

I use a butterfly brush (cut it myself from a fan brush) with it to make tiny rainbow butterflies. Very very simple and fast, gives an instant "wow". One loading of the brush usually gives me two or three of them, and I add some swirls for a quick cheek design.

Also, I swipe the end of my sponge (or like Psalmbook suggests, a mop) across the small rainbow cake and make a rainbow "swoosh" with it. Very very fast and effective.

I also just started to use the minis to do big butterflies - I fill in the centre first with a solid colour then sponge the outer part of the wing with the colour blend. I'm still working on this but I like the effect, it gives that intricate shading that is so pretty.

I'm still practicing all the other things with the mini cakes and haven't gotten the hang of how much water to use with the one stroke brush. I used up my DFX mini neon pretty fast. Now I'm trying the TAG ones and I like the size and shape of the containers, it gives me more room to stroke the brush. I also made a few of my own mini cakes in an old Wolfe palette, it's a good way to use up the tiny bits left in the edges of an old cake. I just scraped them out and jammed them together into an empty palette cup.

I love love love the larger blending cakes, they are super easy to use! Good luck!
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Post by PaintAndGlitter on Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:37 am

I agree, my neon rainbow goes fast, but it is a fave of mine as well... I just started carrying the prisma cakes, I really like FLASH and TWIST a lot!
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Post by CottonKandyClown on Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:09 pm

Another agree here for the rainbow mini cake for a simple butterfly using a cut up fan brush. Smile It's great for fast cheek art for small children or babies.
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Post by Michelle Heffner on Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:30 pm

I loved the DFX Neon Rainbow mini split cake - until I used it up completely after one 2 hour gig!

I don't really like the TAG neon rainbow one stroke cake b/c the colors are in a wonky order, but at least there is like 3X as much paint.

Glad you found the answers you were looking for, StaySilly Smile

And seriously, don't think I'm discouraging the little one stroke cakes - I just don't want new painters to go off the deep end with lots of different products at the same time. Concentrate and focus one the basics until they rock and then add in new toys Smile

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Post by staysilly on Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:46 pm

OK, bought a couple of the mini cakes and here are my first faces, please go easy on me people!



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Post by barbb919 on Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:42 pm

great pics and good work I think you got it...
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Post by tigerlily on Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:54 pm

I found this video on youtube and it really helped me because I was always getting to much water in my split cake.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2La5T9cN9U&feature=related

also i just got some tag cakes. being a newbie I have found the bigger pallette much easier to work with (my artycakes get so waterlogged and disappear really quickly)
And I LOVE the colour combos!
as an aside I also love their white more than paradise (doesnt cover colour for me, or Wolfe- turns to soupy glue in the hummidity-i have to have 2 or 3 small pots of wolfe white on the go)

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Post by Terina on Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:24 pm

I just wanted to say that your pictures look great!
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