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Post by Kate318 on Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:43 am

Hi everyone! Very Happy I’m Kate from Eastern Pa. I have had a passion for art and creating from the time I was about 13. This is when I made my first art journal. I found art to be a great way to communicate my thoughts and feelings in new ways that both inspired me and relieved stress. I continued to create art through drawing, painting, and sewing for many years. I spent one semester at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in 1993 with hopes of pursing a career in design. (The best time of my life.) However, I had to quit because I really couldn’t support myself and afford school. So I got a 9-5 job and stopped making art when I was about 22. Then I had children and the closest thing to art that I made for about 15 years…hmmm… a few scrapbook pages and some watercolors.

I found a renew interest in art about 6 months when I was asked to paint faces for a fundraising event for my daughter Violet’s Special Olympics team. Weird as it maybe… I experienced that insatiable desire to create that I had know when I was younger. It burns day in and day out like a fire that can’t be stopped. I began to look at everything I saw in a new way. Light, shadow, color, lines, curves… everything become and becomes art.

The Special Olympics had several donations of grease face paint given to them by a party supply store. Although very - very grateful, I was actually reluctant to use it. My daughter has very sensitive skin, psoriasis and eczema. I had used similar makeup on her in the past for Halloween and she had a severe reaction to it. Many of the athletes on her team have similar skin conditions and I knew that if I used it, I would be asking for trouble. So I decided to check the internet and found out about Snazaroo. I had remembered seeing the kit in a local craft store (that same on advertised on tv now). So I went out and purchased it.

I used my daughter Lily (NOT the one with the skin problems) as my muse and model. We spent days coming up with ideas to paint. We took pictures and used them as examples at the fundraiser. The pictures were just as fun as the painting. The day came for the fundraiser. It was amazing, fun, and a great challenge to paint on a moving target! I loved every second of that day even though it was really hot, there was absolutely no shade where I was… and very busy. The faces came out…well… not perfect but better then I thought they would. I’ve been hooked ever since and really want to turn this passion into something more. I want to push my self to new levels and feel this is a great place for inspiration and sharing.

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!
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Post by michellesfantasyfaces on Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:38 pm

welcome!
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Post by kilpatrickkreativedesign on Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:07 pm

Welcome! take it from another newbie, you will get addicted to this site fast!! i was searching, reading, learning on here till 5;30 am this morning and i wasnt even tired lol nice to have you Smile
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Post by nancy! on Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:30 pm

Welcome Kate! Nice story about how you contacted facepainting.
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Re: Love creating art, new, from eastern PA

Post by anramire2 on Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:31 pm

Welcome Kate. You've come to a great place. I'm about an hour from you in Effort. I attend classes in Bethlahem. There is another member from Easton here. That s really close to bethalhem. Look forward to getting to know you. Perhaps we can Jam together oneday!
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Post by Kate318 on Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:07 pm

Thanks everyone for the nice hellos! Angela - sounds awesome! Yeah Easton is only a few miles away. Thanks!
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Post by Mandi from Tazzie on Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:15 pm

Gidday & welcome to this fun loving group from Cradle Mountain Tasmania Australia
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Post by JBax on Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:43 pm

Welcome to the group! Fantastic introduction!
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Post by Psalmbook on Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:27 pm

Hi Kate & welcome to the forum!
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Post by pjhamel on Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:28 pm

Welcome! I love the butterfly on your avatar. If you are that great as a beginner, then you will do well.
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Post by len sherrard on Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:49 pm

Welcome!
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Post by IamGinaW on Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:03 pm

Welcome to the forum!
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Post by tanyamaldo119 on Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:15 pm

Welcome! I am from Eastern, PA too! I'm in Easton. Maybe we can have Jams together. I never got to paint with anyone because everyone lives far from me.
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Post by Kitty's Make-up Studio on Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:57 pm

Angela,
A great story to read, you can feel the passion in between the lines!
Have a great time here.

Kitty
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Re: Love creating art, new, from eastern PA

Post by Kate318 on Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:26 pm

Thanks again everyone for all the nice replies! This is such a cool forum... so many people from so many places. I looked at many of your website and I'm blow away by the talent! Everyone from beginner to pro are so creative. I've learned a lot just reading and looking at everything and can't wait to learn more! Thanks!
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Post by Jody Rife on Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:38 am

Welcome to the forum, Kate. Smile
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Re: Love creating art, new, from eastern PA

Post by maggie on Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:45 pm

Welcome to the forum Kate! What a great story with a great ending, so glad you joined us Smile

Angela, I had no idea you were in PA, how far are we from each other???Going to mapquest now Wink
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Post by anramire2 on Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:25 pm

maggie wrote:Welcome to the forum Kate! What a great story with a great ending, so glad you joined us Smile

Angela, I had no idea you were in PA, how far are we from each other???Going to mapquest now Wink

Yep Im in the Pocono, PA Plz come visit. Very Happy I'm originally from NYC. Still vist my parents and my inlaws who still live there. Depending on where you are CT is about 45 min from parents house.
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Post by maggie on Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:17 pm

Would love to! I heard the Poconos is a great vacation spot too.
Just map quested, I am 1 1/2 hrs from NYC.
Hmmm, would it be possible to convince my husband to go there for vacation instead of NH, very possible? I could meet both of you Smile
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Post by Kate318 on Sun Apr 03, 2011 2:05 pm

Maggie the poconos are fun if you get down this way (and if you like hiking and nature) I would recomend going to Bushkill Falls. It's beautiful there. My husband and I went there for our honey moon.
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Post by maggie on Sun Apr 03, 2011 2:13 pm

Thanks so much Kate! We actually have been going to North Conway, NH for the past couple of years to hike. The kids, my husband and I enjoy it very much.

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