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Alright folks, update your contact lists with our new phone number:


The pay-as-you-go plan was turning out to be too expensive for us so we signed up for an honest to goodness smartphone.

Now I can check email when I’m upstairs!  (Don’t act like that isn’t a big deal – because it is.  I promise you.)

Leave a Comment August 19, 2010

Interview: Mark Reid

Jealous?  I thought you might be.  After our $20 class with Mark Reid back in May, I got to corner him (via Cell Phone) and ask him some burning questions:

Me: Who inspires you the most, right now?

Mark: My Students!  Every single one of them.

Me: What is your single favorite color to use?

Mark: Pink or Dark Pink (Paradise)

Me: Which color (beside white and black!) do you find yourself re-purchasing most often?

Mark: Wild orchid (Paradise)

Me: What are you practicing or doodling the most, lately?

Mark: I doodle when I teach and then I try to make them into something beautiful!  Otherwise, not much doodling.

Me: What design are you happy to paint over and over again?

Mark: Tigers and Butterflies.  I’m happy with either of those.

Me: Are you spending most of your time Face Painting or Body Painting, lately?

Mark: Let me put it this way: Face Painting is my Career.  Body Painting is my hobby.

Me: Where does most of your inspiration come from?

Mark: For the body painting, inspiration usually comes about a week before the shoot.  Like if I see a billboard while I’m driving.  I try to imagine the different shapes of the body in the design “Hey, That looks like a butt!” or “That could be the arm extending into the breast!”.

Me: What should we order for you on a Starbucks run?

Mark: White Chocolate Mocha w/a double shot of espresso

Thanks for your time, Mark.  Keep on rockin’!

Leave a Comment August 18, 2010

Friday Haiku – “done”

why paint twenty dots

when painting ten dots would work?

“done” is relative.

Leave a Comment August 13, 2010

9 Conversation Starters for Shy Face Painters

Let’s talk about what to talk about when you get the kids in the chair.

We need some chair chatter so we don’t look like absorbed artists (double unintentional alliteration).

Here are 9 Conversation Starters for when you don’t really know what to talk about:

1. “Sooooo… what’s it like in high school?” (to a 6 year old)
2. “Hi!  What’s your name?”   ” …George.“  “Oh, George?  Hey!  That was my name when I was a little boy too!”  (Female painter)
3. “Do you have any brothers or sisters at home?  Are they older or younger?”  (If Older)  “Do they still smell funny?”  (If Younger)  “Do you still have to babysit?”  (If middle kid)  “Awesome!  Do you like being in the middle?”
4.  “Do you have any pets at home?  Do you take good care of them?”  What color etc…
5. (while painting a tiger) “You know, my tiger at home goes ‘ROOOAR!’   What does your tiger say?”
6. “Who is your favorite princess?”
7. “Are you married yet??  Is he your husband??”  (point to daddy)
8.  “Do you have a girlfriend yet?”  “No!!!! “  “Oh.. so you’re married already???  Boy, you look a little young.”
9.  (while painting a puppy) “My puppy at home says “mooooo”.  Does your puppy say that?”

And to that end, I dislike blog posts w/o pictures so here is a recent one:

Maryland Face Painters and Kids Entertainers

Do you have a special funny phrase you whip out when you are face painting?  Let me know in the comments :)

Leave a Comment August 11, 2010

Friday Face Painting Haiku: jam

jam until morning
tired eyes and painted arms
i’ll sleep when i’m dead

Leave a Comment June 25, 2010

Casey at the Bat…

I play softball once a week during the Spring and Summer seasons and every year I get a wake up call on the night of the first game.

All that running and throwing and running and swinging… after the first inning, I am done!  I’m spent.  My legs just give up on me.

My problem?  Oh… I forgot to warm up.

Hey, Michelle, this is a Face Painting Blog… get back on topic!

Ok, ok – I just needed a little sympathy for my aching torso/limbs/entire body.

Getting back to Face Painting, this is an important lesson to remember.  The birthday kid/CEO’s kid/ VIP’s kid is almost always first in my chair.  And I used to get so nervous… where was my warm up face?!

So now I keep some of my almost empty pots of black and white and a rainbow cake aside from my kit and I paint my face right before I head out for gigs.  A few swirls and curls and my warm up is done!

Oh, but in case I’m feeling a little shakey, I paint a few extra spiders, webs, wiggly cracks and squiggles on my legs too.  Good thing I always wear long pants…

Leave a Comment June 17, 2010

Product Review: Wolfe Brothers Cheat Book Volume 2 – Horror

Wolfe Brothers Face Art & FX Step by Step Cheat Book Volume 2: HORROR

15 Designs with 5 Step by Step photos each, no words except the titles.  Spiral bound, glossy card stock, typical Wolfe Brothers Face Painting booklet size.

$15 at Silly Farm etc.


- Clear Photos
- Varied Designs
- Varied levels of skill among the designs
- No words so fairly international


- Horror – I could only use maybe 5 of these designs at a birthday party/corporate event: Beast, Gothic, Death a.k.a a skull, The Monster, Old Lady- but only if I simplified them majorly.  The rest are scary scary scary.
- Product names and colors not listed


I’m kinda bleh on the whole Horror scene right now.  I have to say that I don’t recommend this one unless you want complicated horror pieces.  It wasn’t worth my $15.00.

1 Comment June 14, 2010

FP Haiku: Indulge Her

She has her heart set
on being a dinosaur…
Indulge her.  Say yes.

2 Comments June 11, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things…

  • Teardrops
  • Swirls
  • Diddly dots
  • Graffiti splatters & drips
  • Liquid Bling “ooze”

I would, and have, put all of these elements together in designs.  I just like thinking about them as individual lovely things as well.

The end.

Leave a Comment June 7, 2010


FABAIC was sweet

my card holder overflows

why weren’t you there?

(say it with me: fah-BAY-ic)

1 Comment June 4, 2010

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