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Fun Games for the Kiddos

Not only am I a professional face painter, owner of Dizzy Doodle Face Painting, and a teacher in a Broward County Public School, I am also a Girl Scout leader.  Often times at Girl Scout meetings and camping trips, I find myself in charge of games.

I also love Chick-fil-A.  Weird segway, I know.  But in my love for Chick-fil-A, I have gotten my fair share of kids meal toys. Yes, I eat kids meals. One of the most pertinent toys to me was this one:

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It’s basically a deck of cards with different game ideas.  A lot of these I’ve done in the past either as a kid myself or instructed others how to play.  I wanted to show you a few of my favorites.  These would be great at a birthday party, play date, or any get together with kids.  I bet adults would enjoy some of these as an ice breaker too!

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Amnesia: Clothespins work better than tape at keeping the names on kids.

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Little Riddle: What kid doesn’t love a treasure hunt?!?  Pop for Your Prize: Just be careful the prize won’t hurt the child or get broken after being sat and probably jumped on!

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I’m a messy eater and love playing with my food! I remember one time, I think at my brother’s birthday when I was younger, my mom made us all snake dogs (cut so it kinda curved one way and then the other way).

I hope you guys enjoy these games and that they give you some ideas.  Thanks Chick-fil-A for the awesome toys, keep up the good work!

Pop Art, Popped Gum!

My newest face paint practice

My newest face painting practice

So, my weakness is gum. I LOVE to chew gum.  If I’m feeling stressed – gum. If I’m needing to feel energized – gum.  If I’m bored- gum.  Something about chewing gum like an absolute cow and popping the loudest snapping gum like no one’s watching is my favorite hobby.  No, really, ask anyone who knows me and I really do chew my gum obnoxiously!  I’d feel guilty about it except… I don’t! Is that terrible?

#sorrynotsorry for chewing my gum like a cow. My excuse? <br>Cows are my favorite animal! Really though, they are.

#sorrynotsorry for chewing my gum like a cow.
          My excuse? Cows are my favorite animal!                   Really though, they are.

Well anyway, National Chewing Gum Day was September 30th so I came up with this design to honor the love of my life… gum. 🙂 hehe…  I thought this would be a great play on words. Pop Art, popped gum, get it?  Lichtenstein, thank you for being a great artist.  I know this style of face painting is super cliche; that’s why I wanted to put my own spin on it.  Hope you enjoy it!

This is a quote directly from one of Roy Lichtenstein's paintings. It is really pretty accurate about me too though.

This is a quote directly from one of Roy Lichtenstein’s paintings. It is really pretty accurate about me though.

I like this picture a lot because I think I look pretty, like a girl who, growing up at my church I always looked up to.

I like this picture a lot because I think I look pretty, like a girl who, growing up in my church, I always looked up to.

My go-to stank face

My go-to stank face

Aw, snap!  Peace out, Girl Scout!

Safety First!

Since Hurrican Matthew is coming, I guess I have some time boarded up inside my house to write this blog I’ve been procrastinating on!  Procrastination is my favorite sport…

Whether you decide to book with us or another face painter, please make sure that the artist uses professional grade safe-for-skin face paint and glitters.  Often times people try to save money by DIYing their birthday party or festival, which is their own prerogative and I have no problem with it as long as it is done using safe materials.  However, some uninformed people may use regular acrylic, craft glitter and paint, and/or nonprofessional face paint (such as the tubes you can get in the Halloween costume sections).  Facial skin, especially on a young child is extremely delicate.

There have been cases of rash, burns, and irritants from using nonprofessional face paints.  When acrylic paints dry on the skin, they begin to shrink, tightening the skin beneath, making it itchy and make the painting look cracked.  If you or your child has sensitive skin, I hope that you do not steer clear of face paints completely but instead try a small test patch on the inner arm, wait a little while, and decide from the results whether or not you should get painted.  Even if you don’t book with us, I would hate for you or your child to experience pain or discomfort. That is why I want to stress how important this topic is.

source: facesbygina.com

source: facesbygina.com

The materials we at Dizzy Doodle Face Painting use are all professional.  If you have any questions about our supplies, we have included the ingredients.  Keep in mind that the MSDS relate to the use of large quantities of each solo ingredient, and safety precautions for mass production in a factory.  The details are not generally for the product as a whole being used to paint faces.  Click the links below to download the Material Safety Data Sheets on the professional face paint supplies and materials I use:

Wolfe Face Art & FX Hydrocolors MSDS, TAG Body Art, Starblend Cake MakeupRubbing Alcohol , Paradise Makeup AQMama Clown GlittersMehron Metallic PowderGlimmer Body Art Glitter Tatto Skin GlueGlimmer Body Art GlitterFAB/Superstar MakeupBen Nye MagicakeBaby WipesApple Cider Vinegar (sanitizer)Snazaroo Face PaintBrush BathGlobal Body Art Professional Cake PaintsMama Clown GlittersSilly Farm Rainbow Cakes

 

Hope you are all safe and out of harm’s way of Hurrican Matthew.  Until next time, stay dry!

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning…

I’ve always been Artsy Fartsy.

 

I am often asked how I began face painting.  However, before I can even get to how I came to starting my own business as a face painter, I need to tell you about my background.  At a very young age, I began making art.  I remember taking an art class where I ripped colored paper and made a beautiful collage of mountains.  I was so proud of it.  In elementary school, I was in Art Club.  I went on to Visual Arts Magnet Programs for middle and high school.  I attended Flagler College in Saint Augustine for my bachelor’s in Art Education.  I have taught high school art and am currently teaching elementary art in a public school.

My preprofessional experience in face painting led me on track to start my own business.

At age thirteen I volunteered to face paint for a Girl Scout event at a local art museum.  In college, I volunteered at a community outreach picnic with my church to face paint.  I painted a third eye on my best friend, Ashley, because she told me to just surprise her.  Haha, so I did!

My best friend, Ashley, painted with a third eye.

My best friend, Ashley, painted with a third eye.

At many of my church’s children’s events where I volunteered, Mother Goose would be there face painting and I would watch her every move intently.

In 2012 the Girl Scout troop I’m a leader of did their annual Thinking Day Event.  That year we studied the Dominican Republic, so I painted the girls that came to our booth with the country’s flag.

Primordial face painting of Dominican Republic flag at Girl Scout event.

Primordial face painting of the Dominican Republic flag at Girl Scout event.

However, the time that had the most impact on me in becoming a professional face painter was my mission trip to Nairobi, Kenya in the summer of 2012.  On this amazing trip, I was the leader of a Vacation Bible School for 441 kids in a school where some of the kids spoke English but the youngest ones only spoke Swahili.  I planned and scheduled and prepared for months before we even left South Florida.  By the time we got there I learned that pretty much nothing was going to work as planned.  Time to be flexible! My team and I stayed up late every single night to reprepare and plan how things would go for the upcoming day.  Each day after Vacation Bible School, we would split our group.  Part of the team would go into the community to teach about how to purify water, reteach misinformation of HIV/AIDS, and bring the Light into their homes.  The rest of the team conducted recorded interviews for the people at our church at home to get to know their sponsor kids from this school.  Every day I longed to be a part of the interviews to work one on one with the sponsored children but I was sent into the community daily.  Finally, my day had come!  The day before we would move on to another school in Kenya,  I was asked to work with the interviewing crew.  I was bummed at first though because I was not going to be in on the interviews, I would be preparing the kids beforehand.  This meant I would clean their faces with baby wipes.  Although this seems like a mundane task, once I began to wipe the first child’s face I realized how precious of a moment this was.  I was holding a beautiful child’s face in my hands who had all the hope in the world, even though their living conditions were in one of the largest slums in Africa!  The next day we moved on to a girl’s boarding school in the country.  Our church’s team was going to be playing handball with the girls.  If you know me, then you know I am not a sporty person in the least!  At lunch, our team met up with a team from another church from America.  I was eavesdropping in on their conversation when I, maybe too excitedly, piped up and asked if I could join their team for the afternoon.  They would be face painting the girls in a couple of the classes!  I was so excited, not only to be getting out of playing a sport (ew!), but instead to be doing something artsy fartsy!  Luckily they said yes and I had such a great time face painting!

I had so much fun face painting in Kenya (especially the rainbow mustache)!

I had so much fun face painting in Kenya (especially the rainbow mustache)!

A few months later, back in South Florida,  I volunteered to work with a face painter at Access Life Expo, an event for people living with disabilities and their families.  I wish I could remember the face painter’s name who I worked with.  I picked her brain about everything professional face painting, business related, how to get started, and where to get my supplies.

I started Dizzy Doodle Face Painting in the Spring of 2013.

Basically, the rest from there is history…

As many beginning professional face painters' events are, my first event was a volunteer event. It was a Girl Scout "Me & My Guy Dance" with a princess theme.

As many beginning professional face painters’ events are, my first event was a volunteer event. It was a Girl Scout “Me & My Guy Dance” with a princess theme.

This is from one of my first paid gigs. It was a mermaid themed Grand Opening at a McDonald's in North Carolina. It was so much fun! I love dressing up. :)

This is from one of my first paid gigs. It was a mermaid themed Grand Opening at a McDonald’s in North Carolina. It was so much fun! I love dressing up. 🙂

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