Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2010

Ah, Halloween, my favorite holiday.

We were so busy this year with so many things that we actually skipped our annual Holiday party and instead made other plans.

I did, however, face paint at my usual Halloween gig, the Bergen County Cabbage Night Festival.  I love this event, and it's great for the kids.

My first model of the day was this adorable girl who wanted something scary and settled on an alien.

She was hanging around as I set up my table, and was the only one around, but once I painted her I was swamped for even longer than my scheduled three hours.

Some more girls who were into the scary faces (my personal favorites) were this zombie, vampire, and witch.

Some weren't into face painting, but were sure into the theme.  A new design for me that was hugely popular this year was my haunted house scene.  I did some on hands, some on faces.

And my first vampire hand painting.  I'm used to turning people into vampires, more than drawing them.  Still, a fair representation, I think.

And of course I had my usual butterflies, tigers, puppies, and this cute cheetah.

Plus, my first ever rocket request, which I then duplicated on this young man's brother.

This next design was a heck of a compromise.  The model wanted a flower, just a simple flower.  Her mom was pushing for a mardi gras mask.  So I suggested a flowered mardi gras mask!

Then there were these three teens who were so cool.  The first one saw the length of my line and chose to keep things moving for me, even though she'd waited for nearly two hours herself.  She requested just a cat nose and whiskers.  The second dubbed herself a comic book geek and requested a superhero mask, which was voted by the three as the "best superhero mask she'd ever gotten" and "sick" (a good thing in teenspeak).  The third wanted nerd glasses, tape and all.

I was so crazy busy painting, that I actually handed them my phone to take photos of each other for me!  I love how they all got into character with their paintings.

While that afternoon I was a Renaissance wench,

later that night, my husband Eric and I went to Forest of Fear, a haunt organized by the same group that does the NY Renaissance Festival across the street from the Faire grounds.  For that, I went as a zombie Alice in Wonderland, and Eric wore this terrific mask we bought him in New Orleans, with a black velvet cloak.

Today, I went trick or treating wtih my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew.  My nephew, for his first Halloween, was Curious George, my brothe-in-law was the Man in the Yellow Hat, and my sister was the bunch of balloons in the sky.  I was a clown.

We do have one more Halloween event - we're going to Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor next Saturday.  I'll let you know how it was!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Crazy Weekend

Wow, it was a busy weekend!

On Saturday afternoon, I face painted for four hours at a Hemophila Rock Benefit in Clark, NJ, while two of my friends did airbrish tattoos, glitter tattoos, and yet more face painting.  We were so swamped and had such long lines, I couldn't get any photos at all.

On Sunday, I got up at 5:30 in the morning to be in Parsippany, NJ for the Heart Walk by 7:30 a.m.  Party City sponsored the face painting there, and I was working from 8 - 11:30 a.m.  Although I had a steady stream of models, I did manage to get in a few photos, like this creepy face, the hippo, and the bumblebee.


Then I went straight to a birthday party in Little Ferry, NJ.  It was a first birthday with a barnyard theme, and the mom did a great job with decorating.  The tables all had red and white checked tablecloths, and the balloons were black and white cow print and red.  Each kid got a straw hat and a cow print vest.  They didn't quite stick to the theme with face painting, young and old alike.  The painting theme for the party was primarily hand art.

As a result, I got to do this puppy and ladybug:

My very first full-body tiger:

Wow, working sideways, I didn't realize quite how big his head was.  And also my first ever whale request.  This one I love!

I think it's adorable, if I do say so myself!

Glen Rock Street Fair

Last weekend, I painted at the Glen Rock street fair.  We were actually allowed to share a booth between this business and our handmade soap (etc.) business, Reef Botanicals.  It really saved us on the cost of the booth.

I let Eric and our friend Kerry deal with the soap (and line managing for me), while I handled the face painting and temporary tattoos.

Holy crow, was I swamped!  From the beginning at 11 a.m. to after the end of the fair at 4 p.m., I painted and tattooed my littl heart out.  Because of that, I only had time for one photo, a dalmation, which by her dad's request, did not include the tongue I usually do on my puppies.

My back was really sore at the end of the day, but boy was it fun!  I love being busy like that.

I did notice an interesting but very smart thing that happened.  Throughout the day, it was all about the face painting and people generally ignored the temporary tattoos.  However, starting about an hour before the fair closed, parents started encouraging their kids to get glitter tattoos because they'd have to "wash the face paint off in three hours anyway."  The tattoos, though, last a few days, potentially up to a week.  Brilliant!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Glitter Tat Party

I was the guest of a 10-year-old and her 15 friends at their sleepover birthday party tonight.  She was dead set on having glitter tattoos at her party, and glitter tattoos I provided.  Like these.


Henna Flowers



Irish Sugar Skull

And some were getting in gear for Halloween, kids after my own heart.

Skull & Crossbones

Candy Corn


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