Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 14

OK, so i got slammed with work today and i am too pooped to dabble in facepaint at 9:45pm. So I posted a pic of balloons I made yesterday and a pic of me made up for my neighbor's halloween party. I think my hubby got a scary fast-forward. :)
kim baker

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day 13

No gigs today.....just relaxin', sledding and practicing.......
kim baker

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 12

I just did another video tutorial for i had fun with this one. It still needs work but I think the kids will like the design. I used DFX mini splits: marine and sunshine and the rest is DFX as well. I tried for the first time some advice given in a class from Brian Wolfe I think it is. The advice was to take an image and trace it 3x with tracing paper and then go for it. I have to say that not only is it fun, it works. It did not yield perfect results but a result that was waaaaay better then when I looked at a pic and then painted it. Try it!
Oh, and I was asked by the birthday boy today to twist him a balloon cheesburger. LOL! Sorry to say I was not up for the challenge but the boys liked what I twisted for them. :)
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! We had another round of snowball fights again today. Got my hubby in the face. I was proud.
kim baker

Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 11

Oops! I forgot to post yesterday. Guess I was too busy shoveling, building snow forts and having snowball fights (we got about a foot of snow). I had a grand 'ole time yesterday- I think I was about age 5 all day. I mostly twisted balloons yesterday, so I will post a pic of a balloon and the other pic is a FP I did for a step by step that I am about to send to she will post it soon on youtube (if i can get off my tush and send it in). I used the tropical rainbow cake and DFX. The balloon was done from a Balloon Magic tutorial- my daughter wanted this "hamster" for her second grade teacher who thought hw was a rabbit, It as fun to make but took a whiiiiiiiiile.

kim baker

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day 10

It's snowing like mad here in NJ, 3-5 inches. Then we are supposed to get freezing rain this afternoon and then i think 8-10 inches tonight. I can't believe the kids had school today. It cracks me up, normally when it snows, everyone has a tizzy and runs to the grocery store just in case the snow gets so high they cannot open their door I guess. When I lived in Boston, it snowed all the time and everything went on pretty much as normal. I guess the principal is thinking like a true Bostonian this am and crackin' the whip. :)
I did this face paint recently on my son. I copied it from a picture I took while in a class with Lucie Brouillard. She is brilliant- she won 1st in face or body painting in Seeboden in 2010- i forget which. Anyway, I love this design of Lucie's and my son went wild after I painted it. I used Paradise and Kryolan neon orange.
The other 2 pictures:one is from this morning and is my backyard and the other is from 2 weeks ago, I thought I would put it in the blog in honor of this gorgeous snowy day.
kim baker

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 9

OK, this time I was messing around with a technique I learned from Lucie Brouillard- she sponges her color on and then adds dots and line work. I like how she tear drops over her green in white (which takes on the green color) before lining in black. I need some more practice but it was very fast and felt very free flow which I liked. I usually do flowers and leaves with flat brushes or a chisel, so this was fun. The paint I used was all Paradise.
I am what some would call a tackle tart. I have tried sooooo many products which is great at learning what works best. My craziness comes when I feel that I need to bring it all to parties- because you never know when you might need that one color. :)
I am learning to downsize and splurged on 2 cases of 30 colors for Paradise and DFX. I always thought the color sizes would be too small for my liking, but I am finding otherwise.
Happy Tuesday!
kim baker

Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 8

I learned this design from Brian Wolfe last November at Fabbulas convention in Philly (he did the same design on me). I love this design because it is so easy and fast!! The Wolfe Bros. are incredible artists- take a class from them whenever you get the chance. They are so down to earth, funny and eager to show you everything they know. There is no ego. I have not yet painted this at a party but I think the little girls will love it.
(I used all DFX paint and Mark's glitter gel which is fantastic- no clogs!)

Kim Baker

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Day 7

When I first started painting, I bought a practice pad to paint on and soon after I discovered that my legs are waaaaaaay more fun to paint on and easier to clean! So here is me doodling yesterday morning while still in my bathrobe. I have gone to bed many a night all "tatted" up. My hubby said it might be a turn on if it wasn't for elmo and sponge bob interspersed with the cool stuff. :)
Roses are so much fun to paint. I used the Paradise Prisma cake which has red, pink, white, lt green, dk green.
kim baker

oh! PS. I had the most out of control meatballs and gravy by a friend of mine last night. She is from South Philly and is Italian. I will post the recipe when i get it- I am telling you, it is out of control!!!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Day 6

My gig for this morning cancelled since the poor little guy is throwing up. So instead, I am going to paint and twist balloons while the kids play Wii. Yahoo! I did this one yesterday on my neighbor who is my babysitter. It was soooo fast. I used the new Paradise Prisma cake. I really love these cakes because they are long so when you swipe your brush, you don't end up with ANY wet paint dripping to the edge such as Arty Cakes (which I also like, but hate the size). I am hoping Paradise tries some new color combos soon.
Enjoy you weekend everyone!
kim baker

Friday, January 21, 2011

Day 5

My daughter had a playdate yesterday, so of course I was thrilled to paint a face that did not include bribery. I used DFX metallic yellow and pink and really loved the colors. I learned my tiger face from Mark Reid's DVD, "On Your Mark, Get Set, Paint!". I think it is my favorite FP DVD. When I first started painting, it brought me to another level. I highly recommend it.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 4

What's missing on this kitty cat? OK, I did this face paint the other night when i was a tad over tired but happily painting. I based yellow and edged with a dfx split cake. I kep staring at it thinking it needed a little something else. First thing upon waking the next am, I woke up thinking...."the nose!". Pretty scary that I must have been thinking face painting in my dreams. I wonder if my brain practices at night. I definitely know I balloon twist in my sleep, so I assume I must face paint as well. :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 3

For xmas this year I asked for a Ed Hardy rip off calendar. It is awesome! I saw it at a hair salon and drooled over it so much that the sweet salon owner offered to keep the ripped off pages and save them for me. Of course, I declined, i didn't want to seem crazy or anything. :)

So I chose a design that the older girls might like for Valentine's Day which is around the corner. I wish painting on myself was easier! I need to bribe my kids now to be painted...


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 2

Ok, so it is rainy and 30 degrees here and icy as all get out. I am snuggled on the couch with my coffee and trying to do anything BUT work (I work from home). I did a party this weekend for a christening. It was at a schmancy country club and had about 80 people there- it pretty much looked like a wedding. I normally do not paint children less than 2 for 2 reasons: they cry and squirm and the potential for allergic reactions is supposedly higher. Grandma insisted despite my hesitation and warning. Well let me tell you, this little cherub, probably 6 months old, sat on Grandma's lap and did NOT budge! She just stared at me with these big blue eyes while I painted a simple floral mask. I was floored at her stillness. Grandma went to whisk her away, so tickled and I said- hold up! I grabbed the mirror and that wee little one grabbed the mirror so tight and pulled it right in to her nose and smiled.


That is why I do this job.

It does not feel like a job 95% of the time.

I did not take a pic but here is another floral mask on my daughter.

kim baker

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 1

Hi everyone, I have been face painting for a little over 3 years and LOVE face painting (as well as balloon twisting). I am so busy with my job + 2 kids + face painting/balloon gigs that I do not get much time to practice. I thought this might push me to practice......I got the idea from the 365 days of Balloons blogger, whom I think is awesome! I look forward to seeing his posts each day and I hope you will look forward to mine as well. Enjoy!
I painted my kids 2 years ago as dalmations. I used mehron powders.