Hello world!

THE FIRST BLOG ENTRY! All the rest are down below, or check the categories to find what you are looking for. THANKS for Popping in!!

Welcome Face Painting Empassionados! I have been dreaming about making a blog for the past year, and well…with the help of my wonderful husband Santi, I am here writing my first official post. I have been face painting for 20 years now, and I am just soo filled up with information about paints, techniques, tips and all that jazz, that I am dying to get it all out of me…and hopefully for you to learn from and enjoy!

If you have any questions about face painting techniques, running a business as a face painter, or anything else that might pertain to face painting I will bring them up on the blog to address.  I want to put polls on here about products and events too…so we can all learn from each other in a fun way.

We have over 100 YOUTUBE videos on face painting at my clashtheclown channel. If you haven’t seen them yet, please go be entertained by the wild kids in the background and the funky designs.

I opened a face paint store in January 2009, where you can find a whole slew of face paints and supplies.  We also sell rake brushes and dotter sponges and have awesome DREAM KITS! You can check out my store at www.JestPaint.com!

If you have no idea who I am, you can go learn about me on my entertainment website, www.jestparty.com by reading the History page.

Here is an example of what you can find on my YouTube Channel!!

10 comments on “Hello world!

  1. Yay! I’m so glad other face painters are getting out there and blogging 🙂 Keep it up!

    So what are your thoughts on the idea that posting detailed step by step videos encourages the devaluing of our services because any soccer mom with a Snaz kit from Michael’s can now learn what we do by spending and hour on Youtube?

    • Hi Michelle,
      That is a great topic, I never thought about you tube videos in that way. It really got me thinking and this is my opinion. I would love to hear more!!
      I love sharing what I love to do, and I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn´t for a sharing clown when I was 10 years old or the Klutz book on face painting, or the Snazaroo photo pages. I think it is awesome when people get passionate about something, and though my videos are intended for other face painters, it makes me happy thinking that a soccer mom or any other person might be inspired by my videos and have fun with the art form. I think it takes more than watching youtube videos to get out there and paint the masses, and/or paint like a professional, and most people who aren´t already face painters enjoy watching my videos just for fun.
      My biggest point to this is…no matter what happens…. I would be greatful to have inspired others to improve their skills, and I would love to have more talented face painters (that are using professional paints) to pass on jobs to when I can´t do them myself.

  2. Hey Anna 🙂

    I’m so glad you engaged in this conversation.

    I feel that we can’t do anything about the videos out there already and I am grateful to have had the inspiration when I was new too.

    I’m torn on whether they devalue what we do by revealing some of the “magic” of the creation.

    But I also know that as long as people aren’t posting comprehensive videos about how to start a FP business then we will be fine.

    Plus I still buy books and DVDS anyway 🙂

    Keep up the blogging! Don’t forget to break up your paragraphs to make them easier on the eyes. Light text on dark background is hard enough!

  3. Anna helped me fall in love with facepainting, and I bought my first real set of paints from her. I had a facepainting partner who “got into it” too. She learned a few things, but doesn’t want to put the time and practice in to developing a skill and has moved on to a new diversion. And I’m sure there’s far more who stumble onto the videos, saw “Wow, that’s cool, I couldn’t do that” (they say it when they watch us in person). Watching “the secrets” doesn’t make up for the dedication required to make you more than those craft paint people. You can only get so far.

    Without folks like Anna and Heather from SF, I’d still be an artist without a dedicated medium, and for that I’m grateful.

  4. Hello Anna 🙂

    I was just wondering if you do orders and ship to Canada? I was on your jest paints and there was no option for shipping here!

    I’m finding this is my biggest problem with obtaining paints! I’m sure there are places out there but I have only been able to locate a Snaz supplier locally

    Thanks for the blog and great info as always


  5. In one of your youtube videos you mention a set of brushes that you got at hobby lobby for a cheap price. Do you know who makes them and if they are a stiff brush. I am just starting to face paint and I am having trouble finding brushes stiff enough to make good outlines. By the way your designs are awesome and you are so talented, I love watching your videos, I learn so much. I will be moving to Michigan shortly so I hope to attend your next class.

    • That was a long time ago, but now after using better brushes I see that they really didn`t do well for my linework and they started to fray and lose hairs. I guess I had nothing better to compare to them since I had been using cheap brushes all of my life. We have a purple liner brush by craft smart… a number 3 that I love, and the brush holds together well. I also love the TAG number 3`s. They are great for outlining cheekart! Where will you be moving in MI?! That would be great to meet you!!

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