Zombie Makeup for the Creepy Requests!

Hi Everybody,

I posted a youtube video of a super moldy zombie face for you to take tips from. I was inspired by the Wolfe Brothers. Speaking of whom, let me know if you are interested in attending one of their workshops in IL in June next year.

I hope you are all excited and maybe a little freaked out by the Halloween craziness that is about to start! I am doing 6 at home make overs and 3 big gigs, and going to see Shakira in Illinois too!

I am going to post pics soon in the body paint page of a 6’7″ tall monster that Santi and I painted Yesterday. Once the photo shoot was over he went with me to pick my daughter up from school and scared all the little kids.  It was great!

Earlier this week I went to an afterschool program for innercity kids and taught face painting. It is amazing to see 9 years olds paint half of the face while I do the other, and see them do it soo well! While we were team painting, the rest of the kids were painting their arms and friends faces, and they loved it.  It is soo nice to not be the only one painting at an event, and to see that spark in kids eyes when they see that they have the ability to make awesome faces if they have the right supplies!

Best Wishes this weekend!!
Anna 🙂  Clash :o)

Here is a picture submitted by Elizabeth Wiggand of her zombie she painted after watching the video!

Make your own face painting stencils! Yahoo!

I was browsing on youtube, when I saw a mermaid video posted by someone…that I can no longer find…but she made stencils using puffy fabric paint. So, Santi and I went to Micheal’s Craft store right away to buy some paint and try it out. I printed a scale stencil I found doing a Google image search, and then put the sheet inside a lamination pouch. Glass would work, or any thick clear material. We smeared a small amount of baby oil on the plastic so it would be easy to remove the paint, and the stencil bottom looses its stickiness, so it doesn’t roll up on itself when you peel it off. I squeezed the glue out really thick, so it would be durable, making sure every line connected solidly.  It was crazy easy and fast to do. The next morning we peeled the stencil off and got to work!


1.Paint the face the darkest shade of green or blue or even all black. The darker the base, the darker the lines will be around each scale. Notice one side of Oceana’s face is lighter, and the scales pop off less because of this. (I used DFX Light Green, Dark Green and Black)

2.Place the scale stencil over the forehead and sponge a light color (here I used DFX Patina) over it, filling in all the empty spaces.

3. Next do the cheeks!

4. Outline the face and give that little monster some angled creepy nostrils.

5. Now go wild adding teeth, horns and angry eyes. Isn’t she cute? Raar!

Wolf Step By Step

I team painted this with Anne in my Workshop earlier in October. The angles of white fur patches and the white of the muzzle coming up over the nose seem to be the most important things to focus on so that you wolf doesn’t look like a cat. The huge mouth and big nose are also dead give-aways that this is a wolf.  Give it a try and submit any of your favorite wolf faces! More designs coming soon, this is Halloween month so I am going to try to post a lot!

All my face Painting Love!


“Day of the Dead” Skull Design Video

OK folks,  I just can’t get enough of these skulls this time of year. Some tips after making this video. Paint the eyes smaller so you have more room on the face to decorate. The metallix white might not have been the best white to use for this design, you can also use any other color, like light yellow or pale blue.

Really have fun with all shapes and patterns on your skulls!

Check out the second part of the video:


Magical Fairy Design for the Cheek or Body.

Here is a video I just posted up on YouTube.

Convention Synopsis: Post Living Canvas

The Living Canvas Convention in September is now over.  Judy Luthy and family has put the convention on for the past three years in San Jose, CA. It started out with just 15 people, but this year it was up to 75 registered attendees!


I found myself really enjoying a convention of this size. The classes were not so bloated, you had time to get more quality bonding and networking accomplished, and the instructors were also easier to get one on one time with since they weren’t bombarded with 400 adoring fans all waiting for a chance to talk to them. If you haven’t gone to a convention before, I suggest starting out at the smaller ones. They are way more affordable, and you have a better opportunity to learn.

Alana Dill


The Living Canvas highlights for me were painting at the Diamond FX booth with Santi, Elena and Kurt, the men hanging around in the tops of the palm trees, the curious black squirrels, the easy access to cheap and yummy food across the street, the simple layout of the class locations, the amazing instructors they brought in, and the wonderful people who attended my classes.

Elena painting Max I loved the competition at the end of last day where you compete against yourself, not the other participants. Once everyone was done you had to explain how you used the skills that you picked up at the convention to create your design.  I was kind of stuffed up from all the palm tree debris in the air, so I modeled for Gen Keller instead of competing. Ahhh…. She gave me an amazing make over! That was the cherry on top!


I still would love to see a convention that has more work shop style classes where the painters actually PAINT during the classes. These would need to be longer classes with smaller instructional goals. Like one class could be, Improving your Line Work, or Learn to paint Scary Mouths, or 5 One Stroke Wonders of the World, and the instructors of the classes list exactly what you will be working on in the class, so you can decide if you need it or not.

“STAYING AWAKE and STILL is HARD No Matter How Talented the Instructors Are.

Part of me wishes there were no classes, and it was just always bunches of jam groups with an informal leader. I would also like challenge jams where people were challenged to paint their most creative This or That. Those who would usually be teaching at the front of the class instead would give creative criticism to those who participate. What about you paint half the face and the instructor shows you how to improve it while they paint a “better” version on the other side?? This is where I feel like I would really learn.


If you have been to a convention, what would you like to see? If you haven’t been, what would you hope to get out of it?

Where in the U.S. do you feel like a convention is Missing?

How much would you be willing to invest on a 3 day convention. Would a weekend convention or a week day convention be better for you?

Would you rather just get together and socialize and Jam, or do you like Classes? New Face Painters have different goals than long time face painters…is that true?