Nothing like getting an Experienced Artist for your Events. It really makes a difference. Even now, even me, having been a Party Artist since the previous Century (lol - that was less than 20 years ago ~ It's only 2013 now), but well, that's the Caricature-Way of saying that I've had a Lot of experience working at Parties. A Lot of Experience with all kinds of parties. And all kinds of Art.
Birthday Parties. All Ages. Newborn through Eighty. Rites of Passage. Bar/Bat Mitzvot. Communions. Office Parties. Bar-b-ques. Pool Parties. Beach Parties. Engagement Parties. Showers. Weddings. Retirement Parties. Christmas Parties. Proms. Graduations. Schools. Camps. Surprise Parties. Cocktail Parties. Dinner Parties. Dances. Block Parties. Costume Parties. Singles Parties. After-Proms. Housewarming Parties. Sweet 16's. Boat Parties. Indoor Parties. Outdoor Parties. Reunions. Mardi-Gras Parties. Halloween Parties, Day of the Dead Parties. July 4th Parties. Purim Parties. St Patrick's Day Parties. Super-Bowl Parties. Store Openings. Show Openings. Valentine's Day Parties, Mothers' Day Parties, Fathers' Day Parties........
Caricatures. Face-Painting. Balloons. Fashion Sketches. And Before that, I did Portraits and En-Plein-Aire Paintings, Pastels, Oil, Alla-Prima. Taught Crafts. Also taught Oil Painting and Controlled Painting. Sumi-e Painting, Color Theory........ Yet it's still better if I have Experiences with a new Activity before offering it Professionally.
Glitter Tattoos. I've been practicing on friends for a few years already. And I've really Upped my Practice onto myself recently. I have all the Supplies and I'll be taking them out to Parties now. But I'm still offering it at a Discounted Rate. Just in case I hadn't thought of something yet.
Some of the things I've learned recently are:
Do not rely on the stencils that are sold for Glitter Tattoos. The stencils are usually small dinky things that need freehand embellishments, anyway, so I might as well paint my own shapes. The stencils feel tedious. Not to say that painting with glue is graceful. But at least I end up in a relaxed buzz as I glue, dab, glue, dab, glue, dab..... But when I was using those Stencils, I just felt tense. Not a good vibe for a Party:
It's much easier to create a Tattoo on a person (or body-part) that's sitting in front of you than to handle that type of painting in a mirror. Here, for example, is a photo of a swirl design that I made with glue in a mirror. Even though the decollete-area is a lovely place for a Glitter Tattoo, it came out so much more gracefully when I was able to see my ankle directly in front of me (as decorated in the previous post):
Do not make Large Closed Areas full of Glitter. Looks and feels Great ~ talk about skin-tight clothing! But I didn't feel comfortable about having such a large area of skin covered. Didn't seem right.
Be clean with my lines, carefully leaving spaces between the shapes. I liked this tattoo, but it would have been better if I left more spaces:
Even though I've only used Professional Glitter created and sold explicitly for Glitter Tattoos, some brands are better than others. I didn't like the ones that are not shiny:
Now I'm ready to start Glitter Tattoos at Parties. They look so glamourous. I have the right supplies, the right attitude, the right history, and some real experience with both making and wearing the Glitter Tattoos.
You can click on some pictures in this blog to see them larger.
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