I get lots of comments and compliments on my setup at each job. I thought it would be nice to show you in a little more detail how I made my “box of rainbows” and what I bring with me when I paint at your event.
I was inspired to create my painting kit after seeing other painters doing the same. Not only did it seem that there was a place for everything and everything in its place in these magical cases, they make setup and cleanup take less than 5 minutes. About a week of measuring, taping, and gluing (mostly when the kids were in bed – or it wouldn’t have taken even that long) and I had my own self-contained portable painting station!
With everything in place, I have been using my case all summer and it’s been my best investment to date. As I said above, it saves me time. I do believe it’s also saving me money as now I have to be very judicious on what I buy for supplies – if it doesn’t fit in the case, is it really worth it? I don’t want to have to carry everything around with me on top of this box! Not only that but I am finding I can actually get by with much less paint than what I currently have, so as some of these items get used up I am freeing more space to make what I do use work the best for me!
What all this generally means for you is: I can paint more faces in a shorter amount of time. I am working with fewer novelties and making the best use of my main colors. I spend less time searching for things to use. A place for everything and everything in it’s place. I wish that my computer desk were the same. The most time-saving feature is that I take less than 5 minutes to set up and take down.
The [free] Ten-Cent Tour
Because of the interest my unique painting kit generates, I thought I would show you what all I do carry in here. When I started face painting (for money) I used screw together bead jars and I probably had 12-15 colors on a little tray with 2 brushes, a plastic cup, a towel and a small mirror. Suffice it to say – face painting has grown tremendously since then – not only for me personally but as an industry.
I am often asked where I buy my paints. I go through several suppliers. Paintertainment.com, Sillyfarm.com, and JestPaint.com are my preferred vendors for all things face paint. These stores only stock professional quality paints and supplies that are skin safe. I do use several brands of paint in my kit: Paradise, FAB, TAG, Wolfe, Global, Cameleon, and Ruby Red are most common for me. If you are curious you can search for any of these brands for a list of ingredients. I also love Ben Nye and Mehron powders, Ybody cosmetic glitter, and Diips water-resistant paints (for outlining designs in REALLY hot weather).
The Main Tray
I still like to carry my solid colors. I have this handy jewelry tray to hold these colors. And then my black and white (do NOT leave home without them!!) are in their own larger containers in back. I use these on pretty much every face. The one-stroke cakes are those little rectangle boxes on the right and they are a newer novelty to the face painting world. They make instant blends of color right in the brush or sponge and this style of painting really gives a “wow-factor” as people watch the rainbows of color appear in one swipe of the brush. I like to use the rainbow the most, of course, as well as the white-pink-red for roses, the greens for snakes, dragons and leaves, the red to yellow for flames and the one that has purple – pink – white – teal (on the bottom row, second from the right) ; that one is called “Unicorn” and it’s a go-to for girls and women’s eye designs. It looks good on any skin!
In the lid (yes – it’s magnetic as I lined it with metal!) I stuck my base blenders for creating beautiful butterflies, sunsets, rainbow kitties and tigers, fairies… you get the idea. Then below those are my powder palettes. The silver box is the Ben Nye Lumieres which are highly pigmented eyeshadows – and they SHIMMER! They are gorgeous. The black boxes are Mehron InTense Pro powders and they are super bright, matte, and great for hot and humid days, or bouncy castles, when the paints would otherwise roll off. The large white circle is a Starblend – another type of stage makeup from Mehron. I like to use this as a base for most of my designs that require white like skulls, cat muzzles, unicorns, and the like. It’s a bit more comfortable for long term wear (especially for boys) than the paint can be and it doesn’t smudge as much. The pink polka-dotted container has some stencils that I will use to add a really special texture effect quickly without having to hand-paint each detail. These are NOT cheating! I am simply using my resources. 😉
Under The Hood
My main tray lifts up to reveal… another layer! I found these bins at the Dollar Tree and they are just the right size to fit in my case and I can sit my main tray right on top! The labels in the photo are pretty self-explanatory. These are rather like my face painting equivalent of a “junk drawer” in that I have a bit of everything in them. But it’s a “controlled chaos” since everything has it’s spot!
Here is how my whole setup looks for larger events. Birthday parties are similar minus the table and banner. Now, I turned this banner for the photo but generally I would stand on the other side of the table so the banner faces outward but, you can get an idea. I do like to stand to paint so I have a tall chair which is pretty comfy and it can support a full-sized adult (including myself). I will often ask for a table to be provided if possible however I can bring one with me if you request that be done. For smaller events and birthday or private parties, I’ll leave the banner at home and just have a sheet of designs next to my case for choices.
As you can see – there is a bit of thought, planning, and monetary cost, not to mention some sweat equity, that goes into a professional face painting setup. It is all part of the fun for me, but it’s also part of creating an appealing atmosphere for your guests in order to provide them with quality entertainment.