I was a little caught off guard as I was all fancied up in a cocktail dress and not in artist/art teacher mode but the moment she mentioned painting, I snapped right back and didn't hesitate to reply with an affirmative YES. What happened was this wife of a friend of my husband's had asked another friend of my husband's if she could face paint (this person was at the wedding) and this friend referred her right to me. I was completely flattered.
As it turns out, I have professional face painting sets that I use with the Art club at school for the Harvest festival every October and also almost four years under my belt of overseeing the whole student operation. Usually I am not the one who does the painting because it's so much fun for the students to do and they also get service hours for it but occasionally I fill in for breaks. Still, I thought I was a little rusty despite my willingness to say that I am a face painter. *shrug* Luckily, I am not as rusty as I thought and on Saturday I set up a very workable face painting station at a circus-themed for some preschoolers.
I went to school and got the storage box with all of the face paints and then added things to the mix that I expected I would need like small paintbrushes (for details), a circular paint palette for mixing the paints, a divided bucket of water for cleaning brushes, a roll of my favorite paper towels by Viva, and my iPad with a pre-loaded album of face-painting ideas. (I did a lot of full faces because I knew I would have that luxury and they are so much more fun.) I also brought along wet wipes to clean faces when there were mess ups or changing of minds for do-overs and a plastic grocery bag for my trash.
I set up my little station and painted almost a dozen faces total (mostly full faces) and got rave reviews much to my surprise and delight. I started with the birthday boy and even did some adult faces! These shots were all from my instagram feed - username is dreampraycreate if you care to connect that way!
|This enterprising young gal was actually the balloon twister! She did such a great job and this party was her first ever. I think she might have been 10 or 11. So inspiring to cross paths with a young artist like this.|