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3 happy bellies + a great source for them!

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Post by barefootbutterfly on Mon May 16, 2011 2:15 am

I've read some posts here stating that people wish they had more opportunities to paint pregnant bellies so I thought I would post this here Smile I was invited to take part of the local business promotion area at an event called Lil Rascals swap meet.. a large swap meet for everything baby & child related that we have in our community 2-3 times per year. A great opportunity to paint in public in front of tons of moms & moms to be!

I really wanted to participate but wasn't sure where to find models... I have a facebook page for my work (If you don't have a pro page.. go make one asap!,lol) & so I posted on my wall that I needed models...

To my delight, was lucky enough to have a wonderful woman contact me from our local Community Services' Better Beginnings program. This is wonderful resource for free models! I encourage everyone who wants models for Belly painting to get in touch with local groups like these! A lot of these women would never be able to afford to have a belly paint & photoshoot done so the experience is very appreciated. They absolutly LOVE IT & I get free models! I specify that it will be in a public place just to be sure they are all ok with it & then ask them to walk around the swap meet after the paint & pictures, to hand out my business cards to anyone who takes an interest. I take alot of pictures and edit them and then email them to the moms to be so they can print them out & save them in a baby book or frame them. If you really want to get busy doing this, its super important to take the best pictures you can so that you can showcase your work to other prospective clients.. I take at least 60 photos from all angles & then get around 5 good ones from that to edit. (soften, crop etc) When I do a paint for a paying client, I take as many as 150 pics.

The most recent swap meet was this weekend & these are the 3 bellies I painted I love you 2 were models from the Better Beginings program & one was a previous fan of my facebook page Smile I pretty much preplanned these paintings & knew each one would take me around 30- 40 minutes to paint so I booked the ladies at one & a half hour intervals so we had time for pics Smile I find that glitter looks a bit like dust in pictures so i take all my pics before glitter, then I mist the belly with water after pics & poof on generous amounts of glitter for the "walk about" I also spray the design with hairspray so they can put their shirt down over it outside on the way home if its raining Smile This might allow for them to get 2 days out of the paint to! Very Happy


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Post by barefootbutterfly on Mon May 16, 2011 2:21 am

BTW.. if you look close, the butterfly model has a belly button peircing.. I worked it in to be the body of the butterfly Smile
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Post by michellesfantasyfaces on Mon May 16, 2011 2:45 am

wow! great job! very beautiul!
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Post by Daizy on Mon May 16, 2011 2:58 am

That is such a great idea!
Your paintings are beautiful! I love your style so much!!
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Post by Bjoetiekje on Mon May 16, 2011 7:32 am

Wow really beautiful! Very Happy
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Post by Psalmbook on Mon May 16, 2011 7:57 am

Great Info & Wowza! Those bellies rock!
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Post by dany+69 on Mon May 16, 2011 1:30 pm

Beautiful!!!
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Post by helena on Mon May 16, 2011 3:46 pm

Gorgeous! Smile
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Post by helena on Mon May 16, 2011 3:56 pm

Wow- just had a look at your website - you're SO talented and those reborn baby dolls are incredibly life-like... so sweet!
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Post by nancy! on Mon May 16, 2011 5:15 pm

These bellies are beautiful. I had to zoom infor the piercing. You incorporated it perfectly.
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Post by facesbybelle on Mon May 16, 2011 5:30 pm

Beautiful, I just love them all!
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Post by Jody Rife on Mon May 16, 2011 7:47 pm

As always, beautiful! Love your work so much. cheers I get to paint a belly Monday. The baby is due on the 4th of July! So red white and blue theme will be in order. Smile
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Post by anramire2 on Mon May 16, 2011 9:00 pm

breath taking!
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Post by MelindaT0813 on Mon May 16, 2011 10:14 pm

wow.... you go girl.
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Post by barefootbutterfly on Tue May 17, 2011 2:06 am

thanks everyone! painting pregnant bellies is so much fun Smile Love it!!

Jody, can't wait to see pics of the red white & blue belly! I am a big fan of Americana artwork.. My boyfriend was born in Chicago.. I live in Canada, so I don't get to paint much in the way of red, white & blue.

Helena.. the reborns are so fun to make to! I haven't actually worked on one in almsot a year,lol... I miss it & have the bug to make another one soon,lol...I wish there were 50 hours in the day!
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