Facebook has taken over the world, and I mostly post photos and updates on my Facebook Page, which is...
Face Painting by Jennifer Van Dyke
But it has come to my attention that not everyone in the world is on Facebook. (Gasp!) And who can blame them? It really is a great big black whole that can devour hours of your day without you even realizing it. Fortunately, or unfortunately, I'm not on any other social media website, but I still struggle with the best way to have a digital presence. I probably need an official website (and I'm working on that), but, in the mean time, I will try to do better with my blog.
Anyway, Halloween is just three weeks away, and I've been having fun painting! (Which is a nice way to cover the needs of my addition, which is buying new face paint. It works out nicely that way.) So.... here are some of the cute faces I've painted since the last time I posted.
This Sugar Skull is not my design. I kind of followed the design of a picture I found online, but I don't know who the original artist is.
This Easter Bunny is my own design. For small children, I really try to do designs that do not involve the mouth. That way they can eat and drink without messing up the paint.
In a Frozen-obsessed year, I had to do some icy designs.
Very simple flower crown. Plus eye lashes.
My design for a company that makes bicycle components. I used clip art for the inspiration.
As I was cleaning up at the end of a very long event, this little straggler came and asked for a rainbow pig design. How could I say no to that? I'd never done a rainbow pig design! So this is what I quickly painted, and she was thrilled. I think it turned out cute.
This skeleton wanted to have a Hulk face. Never assume you know what the child will want.
The adorable Bat Girl!
By the way, this was a HERO party, and this little guy wins the prize for the BEST hero costume EVER. What better hero could there be?
It is actually very difficult for me to do thin swirly lines on myself. I must practice more.
Trying to be scary - but not too scary.
The tricky thing about Halloween is wanting to try scary faces, but not wanting to get into the really creepy designs. So I either try to make things sort of comic-book-ish, or I try to lighten it up, like putting a party mask on a zombie.
Another thing that I always consider is taking the make off. Most of my paint comes off very easily with just a baby wipe. But little boys especially aren't all that comfortable with anyone touching their eyelids in the first place (while little girls seems to have plenty of experience imitating their mothers' styles of eye shadow application and have no problem with it), let alone rubbing off black face paint, so I try to avoid the eye area as much as possible. I want the children - and their mothers - to be just as happy at the end of the party as they were at the beginning. -- Eh-hem, though I must confess that I am always a bit gratified when a mom reports that her child did not want the face paint taken off at night. And I am even more gratified when moms send me photos of what the face paint looks like three days later (impressively good, in some cases) before they finally have to insist on washing it off, much to the child's dismay.
I have such a fun job! I just love it!