Filed under: Maryland Events
Some of our Maryland & D.C. clients have let us know that they were not aware of the awesomeness that is airbrush face painting and tattoos. Let us go ahead and rectify that situation right here.
Here is the biggest drawback that traditional face painters face – traditional cake face paint is water activated. This means a damp sponge or brush must be swiped across the surface of the makeup to get the makeup onto the brush or sponge. Then the dampened, makeup-laden brush or sponge is applied to the skin and the face paint dries in a few minutes.
But! After the face paint on the guests’ faces has dried, it is still water activated makeup. So if the dry face paint design gets re-wet through rain, sweating, swimming, water balloon fights, runny eyes or noses, or pie eating contests, well then that face paint is going to run for the hills (and sometimes it’ll run straight onto the only clean outfit that kid has had on all week!).
This isn’t usually a problem for indoor events or winter activities but, come on! Most Spring & Summer parties and picnics have some kind of shvitzing, spritzing or swimming involved.
Behold the mighty Airbrush! A tool too cool for school. (Or a too cool for school tool…)
Airbrush face painters and temporary tattoo artists used to have only two options – water-based airbrush face paint makeup (essentially liquid cake makeup) or alcohol-based airbrush tattoo ink/makeup.
The water-based option is wonderful because we can use it on the face and still be super fast about face painting. But! It still has the old familiar drawbacks of regular face paint : re-activating with water and therefore running and smearing at the first hint of moisture.
Alcohol-based airbrush temporary tattoo ink’s special formulation is wonderful for longer lasting BODY tattoos but it is irritating to the sensitive skin of the face – and who wants to deal with removal of a stubborn green snake tattoo on a five year old’s face before school picture day? Not this mom. To remove the alcohol-based airbrush temporary tattoo inks from the body you really have to go with rubbing alcohol or baby oil, but boy does it hang on through all those trips to the pool.
Welcome our New Water-Resistant Airbrush Face Painting Makeup.
This stuff is amaaaaazing. It has the longevity of the alcohol based tattoo inks but just like water-based airbrush face painting makeup, it is gentler on the skin and requires only soap and water on a washcloth to remove. It takes the gentle natured outlook on life from the water-based airbrush face paints and combines it with the rugged tenacity of the alcohol based airbrush tattoo inks. It contains the same cosmetic magic ingredient that water-proof mascara does.
So what does this mean for our customers who are used to our amazing traditional face painters? Well, it means that we have a sweet new option to offer them for summer time Company Picnics, Pool Parties, B’nai Mitzvah, School Dances and other events where perspiration or environmental precipitation might be involved.
And our airbrushed designs are super fast – our artists can blaze through 40-50 kids per artist per hour with the simpler airbrush face painting designs a.k.a. “Cheek Art” or “Tattoos”. And they can still do the cool “Full Face” airbrush face painting style at 20-30 kids per hour as well! With traditional sponge and brush face painting, at 30-50 kids per hour, those guests would be lucky to get a pink teardrop and spritz of glitter. We have encountered SOOOO much less grumbling from guests in line when the service is fast and the line moves quickly.
Now is the time to book your date and ask if Airbrush Face Painting and Tattoos is the perfect fit for your event.
March 4, 2013
I think the only thing missing from this Fancy Nancy Party (scroll down once you click this outside link) is some Fancy Face Painting!
July 22, 2010
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…
June 17, 2010
I’m pretty sure this jam was even bigger than our “Bling” Jam back in March.
We had tons of willing models and almost every single painter got to get their brushes dirty (or they got my brushes dirty- we share here in MD).
Lots of sharing and some new faces too.
Check out the pictures below! There are TWO pages of pictures there.
Scroll down and click the green Triangle when you have seen all 20 pictures on this page.
May 24, 2010
We had a huge thunder storm the evening of the April Face Painting Jam in Columbia, MD. I know that dampened the number of jammers and it kept the model supply low too.
We had fun anyway :)
Here are some pics:
Joes gets Baltimore'd by me (Heff)
Do Not Feed the Orioles
I started sketching this half face on Jenny...
... but it didn't turn out so hot. Lesson Learned!
Wendy used the Orioles Split cake we made (and gave away!)
Wendy paints me (Heff)
Heff and Wendy
I painted some non-sports related butterfly arms.
First time jammers!
The April Columbia Jam minutes before the massive downpour outside
I used the Orioles Split cake to paint the "Talking T'Rex" on Jenny's Leg. Tongue courtesy of Jenny!
Stencil Power ! Thanks to Wendy for cutting the "O's" stencil (we gave it away too!).
Everyone won something in the Left Right Left game, including Raven’s Glitter, Orioles Glitter, The “O’s” stencil donated by Wendy, the split cake we made and demoed that night and a brush that Jenny donated.
Michele, our newest jammer, brought up something that no one had ever asked before: “Who pays for the stuff you guys give away?”
Me: “…Jenny and I do.”
Michele: “Umm… why?”
Me: “You know… I’m not sure.”
I guess we give stuff away, and we pay for it ourselves, because it helps illustrate that we aren’t jamming for ulterior motives. We want people to come out and new jams are sometimes slow to get off the ground.
Oh yeah! And Marcela sent us FABAIC Bling (Free glitter and sticky jewels) for everyone. Thank you, Marcella! We’ll have extras for next month too.
April 29, 2010
I’ll be setting up my Face Painting booth Saturday, April 24 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM in Columbia, MD for our local “Flea Market/Community Yard Sale.”
See you there!
Saturday, April 24 from 9am-3pm at The Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring Columbia MD 21044
April 23, 2010
I would love to invite you all to an April 25, 2010 Face Painting Jam in Columbia, MD from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM in the Fuddruckers at 6486 Dobbin Center Way, Columbia MD.
Call me or email me if you need directions.
Sports Theme: Wendy will make a simple logo stencil and I’ll make a rainbow cake to go with it for our door prizes that night. Stay until the end or you’ll miss it!
Bring your kits and your business cards – there are lots of fun folks to meet.
See you then!!
P.S. We are going to do a year end raffle as well so every time you come to the jam your name gets put into a hat. We’ll let you know the Kick Booty prize soon.
April 19, 2010
We Came – We Jammed – We Conquered
So, Sunday was… how should I put this…
Awesome to the max. Here are some pictures of all the fun you missed:
Jody is a patient teacher and glitter tat vendor…
Everyone gave her their rapt attention… well almost everyone ^
Irene brought her bebe – so smooshy!
Jody and Jenny show off the “Kharma Jar.”
Here is almost everyone who stayed to make their own “Liquid Bling”. If you do this please please please use plastic table covers and tape those suckers down! It saved us a ton of apologizing to the management at Fuddruckers.
Poor Brad. Don’t try to squeeze super hard when you get a clog- straight pins are your friends! Lesson learned, kiddo.
Karen is seen here “Blingifying” me.
And Irene makes the same funny face while I go for a Bling-er-fly on her.
Ivonne showed us a fast one-stroke half butterfly. See?? We painted! At a Face Painting Jam. How original!
And then my crazy girls inducted me into their “Wild Face Painters” group. I think they were just trying to make me cry. Silly ladies. I love ‘em.
Alright- now don’t let another month slip by without coming to jam with us in Columbia. Fourth Sunday of the month (except May – I’ll be in Florida for FABAIC!!!!!) I was wrong – the fourth Sunday of May is the 23. I’ll be gone on the 30th.
March 29, 2010
I would love to invite you all to a March 28, 2010 Face Painting Jam in Columbia, MD at 5:00 PM in the Fuddruckers at 6486 Dobbin Center Way, Columbia MD. Call me or email me if you need directions.
Jenny and I have been planning and plotting up some fun ideas for this jam.
Everyone is going to learn how to make their own Liquid Bling from scratch and you get to make a bottle’s worth and take it home! Jenny will have the bottles with the metal tips for sale. Bring a few bucks in cash if you want to buy an empty bottle that night. Otherwise you are bringing home a baggie full of glitter gel!
AND Jody Rodgers from Signature Glitter will be there as our Vendor. Jody will be demoing Glitter Tattoos and everyone gets a FREE lesson on how to apply them. Her glitter tattoo kits rock – I bought hers first and I am soooo happy I did. Along with her Glitter Tat kits and her Glitter Tat stencils, Jody will also bring Bulk Glitter. Weee!! Who doesn’t love glitter?
Get there by 5:30 because we are going to get started early.
Someone is also going to win a Free bottle of Bling in our Left Right Circle game. So stick around!
Bring your kits and your business cards – there are lots of fun folks to meet : )
We will be in the back at 5:00 PM and we can stay until closing (or until they kick us out!).
See you then!!
March 23, 2010
Last night, I test drove my Snaz Walk Around Palette that I had hacked into submission (“hacked” as in ikea hacking or hacking with gum ).
And I just want to say it is AWESOME!
I’ll post pictures and a tutorial later.
Much thanks to D.J. Ehlert and his restaurant program that got me thinking outside the box.
March 19, 2010