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Post by AllieDawn on Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:24 pm

This Saturday I am doing an event called "The Art of Birth Red Tent Event" in Fort Worth. It's only from 11-4. They will have other artists there doing Henna, belly casting, and photography as well as artwork and speakers. I will be doing belly painting.
I have a couple questions....Normally I charge $55 for a belly painting. But this will need to be a fast-paced booth style event, so what would be a fair price for doing a quick but cute painting? I was thinking $20 at first but now I'm thinking even $10-$15 like a full face design would be. I would do something that would take just about as long, not the ENTIRE belly because I want to move the line, not take up alot of time doing only one person. They may want to get a quick painting then go to the photographer or something...
Also, any ideas for quick and easy (but cute) bellies?? I'm thinking: easy cherry blossom tree coming up the one side, an easy sunset siloughette, a pink/blue ribbon across the belly, butterflies. That's all I've got!! Any other ideas? TIA Smile
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Post by IamGinaW on Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:35 pm

I think something simple with a base color under the whole thing would be good. The base color would hide stretch marks, lina nigra, etc. Maybe flowers around the edge and the baby name in the middle? I like the cherry blossom idea and the ribbon idea like it's a gift. Sunset silhouettes are easy. How about a sibling's hand prints or tiny foot prints? A favorite sport ball? a beach ball? One big flower?

I think it should be $15-20 just because you are filling a lot more space than a face, even if it is a quick simple design.
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Post by Psalmbook on Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:33 pm

I would skip the base & keep the belly natural.
Ideas could be abstract swirls of color, flowers, butterflies, trees, bees, camouflage, basketball, watermelon, superman symbol, teddy bear on the moon, stars, word art, etc. Try to think up designs that take 10 minutes. Artycakes will help speed things up. Also, consider up-selling w/ glued on gems or adding some glitter tattoos to the design.
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Post by Kristal on Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:43 pm

Re: bases - maybe take that on a case by case basis? Momma's with stretch marks will want a base - maybe divvy up your design choices? Base with less intricate linework (like the silhouette idea) for stretchmarked bellies, no bases and more detailed linework for smooth bellies?
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Post by WickedBA on Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:36 pm

I would stick with like $20. The belly is a much bigger surface than a face.
I like the background aslo, even if it is one color. Yes it takes a lil longer but not that long and I think it just makes the whole thing look a lot cleaner and more finished.
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Post by Psalmbook on Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:28 pm

Oh, and.... GET PICTURES & photo release forms! You could have a nice "Quick bellies" portfolio! cheers
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Post by AllieDawn on Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:10 pm

Thanks SOO much for you input!!
A couple of you mentioned the backgrounds...I was actually thinking the cost would just cover like a side/lower corner type design. I wasn't thinking about covering the whole belly. For instance, the cherry tree would just come up one side and around to the top. The beach silouhette would just be one little island and single palm on the side. The butterflies going up the side. something like that.
So you think maybe I should have two different price points? one for full coverage and one for a side/corner design? I only wasn't thinking full belly because I would want the line to move faster and ultimately make more $$!
I really appreciate the extra ideas!!
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Post by AllieDawn on Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:11 pm

Psalmbook wrote:Oh, and.... GET PICTURES & photo release forms! You could have a nice "Quick bellies" portfolio! cheers
DEFINATELY!! Thanks for the reminder...
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Post by barefootbutterfly on Sun May 01, 2011 3:02 am

you may want to stick to painting the center area as you want them to walk around with the design & some may be a little shy if their belly isn't really obviously ' fully' painted.. i dunno, maybe im wrong but it seems like the more space the paint takes up, the more comfortable my clients are walking around with it "out there" lol Smile
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Post by Taradoodles on Tue May 24, 2011 10:34 am

I would do $15 for half, $20 for whole and just ask when they start- boy or girl, what do you like and just wing it from there!! You can have 3 questions ready that would help you get over the ledge to get a design they will like/love. Or just push the ones you want to do. I like baby animals myself, or a banner with the babys name and little things- trains, flowers, butterflies, frogs, etc

Ive never painted a belly but Im starting to formulate what I would do.
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Post by Guest on Tue May 24, 2011 11:53 pm

If you use large sponges putting a quick base on would be very fast. Get a car wash sponge and cut into large fist sized chunks... and a couple of fast swipes would put on a decent base. That's what I use for body painting.

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Post by Sunrise on Fri Jun 03, 2011 5:37 pm

AllieDawn, how did the event go? Do you have any pics? Would love to see your results!
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