Some people know that I have been a facepainter for the last 11 years, since 2006. I got started in the small world of facepainting while I was in college, after accepting a job at the Disneyland Resort. It was funny because I originally wanted to be a caricature or portrait artist, but all of the positions were filled. I agreed to take the facepainting position just to get my foot in the door. Turns out I loved it! Now here I am more than 10 years later, doing kids parties almost every weekend throughout the year.
To be honest, I never expected to have a career as a kids facepainter. But when times got tough and I got laid off unexpectedly from my full-time job in 2011, I decided to see if I could make a living off of it.
Over the last 6 years I've stayed afloat with my facepainting jobs. I've also earned a supplemental income from selling my artwork online, at art shows, and at music events. It's a rollercoaster at times, and I have definitely learned a lot. Mostly I've learned about my passion for the arts, because just when I'm about to give up, the universe helps me get motivated to stay in the game.
This year, 2017, is the first year that I have decided to make the transition from my facepainting business, to focusing solely on selling my artwork and art gifts. Going from a service based business to a product based business is a whole new ballgame. I have a lot of work ahead of me, but it's very exciting.
Here are some pics from a birthday party I did a few weeks ago...
Some of the kids like to get paintings on their hands and arms. This was a Disney Princess "Sleeping Beauty" party so she wanted to get Belle on her hand. We also had time for an Ariel Little Mermaid hand painting as well.
It doesn't stop there. Even the Moms, Aunties and Grandmothers want ink... 🎨
I'm looking forward to sharing my transition from being a kids' facepainter to exploring the world of textile design, freelance illustration, and graphic design now in 2017. I feel like it has been a wonderful 10 years of growth. Let's take a look at just a few of the hundreds of fun projects I worked on....
Along with facepainting, on many weekends I participated in art shows, including all-night music events filled with bright lights, dancing and unforgettable performances. I would often set up a booth to showcase my artwork, hauling supplies to my location everyday and camping in nature with minimal amenities. At my booth, I would either bodypaint, sell art prints, live paint on canvas, or all of the above.
I also create custom bleach art leggings with my own original designs
I sell my own products off of my website, like pillows, cell phone cases and bags
I used to take many small jobs, such as painting things for people. I've painted walls, furniture, ceramics, and even wedding shoes.
The projects got larger and larger over the years. I went from painting small things for people, to painting larger things.
This is an electrical box in Highland Park, commissioned by the City of Los Angeles
And a Volkswagon Westfalia painted for a friend
Another person even had me paint a mural on the front of their house!
Being an artist is always full of surprises, I've had many fun journeys along the way. I'm very excited to start my new path, as I leap into the world of pattern designs, home decor, stationery, and clothing. I am also starting a design team with one of my best friends. We'll be designing logos for young creatives and small businesses who are new to starting their journey's as creative business owners.
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If you'd like to see more fun facepainting photos from parties feel free to visit my business page at www.paintonyourface.com
Want to hire me for a painting project? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in a new logo, feel free to email me at email@example.com
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Thanks for reading and I hope you can benefit in learning from my processes and joining me on my journey!