The Winning Peace!

The results are in for the Peace Out Contest. We had a ton of voting going on! This was by far our most active contest ever with nearly 200 votes and 16 entries! A lot of people had a hard time choosing their top choice when they entered the voting booth! Congrats to our top winner and to everyone for taking the time to practice with their creativity!

The winner of the contest is Cat Cabajar, and here is what she submitted with her entry.

My name is Cat Cabajar and I own The Painted Cat Professional Face & Body Art Studio in Sarnia, Ontario Canada. I have been face painting since the summer of 2004 when I was on the committee for a local arts festival called Artwalk. Since then I have done birthday parties, festivals, fashion shoots, fundraisers and all sorts of amazing events. This year I have started my journey into full body art. My goal is to travel with my trade and enter more competitions. When I saw that you were holding this contest I thought it would be a great way to delve in!
My submission is the result of an image I envisioned when I first read about this contest. The most important part of peace is finding it from within. It is only then that you can express the kindness, compassion and clarity that it takes to share that peace with others. Keeping calm amongst the chaos, that is what this piece represents to me.
I used Wolfe Bros. and Mehron products for this design.
Thank you for this opportunity ūüôā
Cat Cabajar
The Painted Cat
This contest was sponsored by

Peace Out Contest Voting Booth

Here are the top 5 entries that you can vote on! Read the voting rules below before  selecting your choice.

Thanks so much to everyone that took the time to enter! From inner peace to world peace, to getting funky with peace, it makes me soo happy to see how creative everyone was with adding such an important message to their face and body art.

РYou cannot tell others what picture you submitted until after the contest is over.  After looking at  the poll results on how to run contests here, we are trying to base votes solely on the quality and creativity of the design.
– Only our blog subscribers can participate and vote, so sign up if you are in the voting mood!
-Voting will take place from February 15th until February 20th at 11:59pm eastern standard time.
-You can vote only once, and you can only choose one entry.

-The winner will be announced on the blog and Facebook and contacted through e-mail on February 21st. We will tell you how to redeem your $50 store credit. Yeah!!

I want to thank every one for taking the time to submit such beautiful works of art, and give a huge shout out to those who were entering a face painting contest for the first time.

It was very difficult having to choose the top 5 submission for us to vote on, I was so close to choosing the top 12 instead! But rules are rules, and I had to stick to them.

Click on the image below to zoom in and bask in the glory of all of the other submissions that we received. Feel free to praise the designs in the comment box below! After the contest I will post the names of each artist next to their work.

For those interested on Body Painting and Photography

If you want to attend the event please leave a comment with your contact information.

Northern California Body Painting Lighting and Shoot Out. Sunday Sept. 19th 1 PM- 4PM
10 photographers maximum, $125 before Sept. 12th, $150 on Sept 12th and later

Artist body painter Anna Wilinski, MM#1313906 and model Jennifer Jones, MM# 1466518

A terrific chance to photograph the work of talented body paint artist, Anna Wilinski. Her attention to detail and unique creations provide a distinctive visual punch. She is planning a special design for our nude model, Jennifer Jones! Anna has been active for over 15 years in many guises as Body Painting Studio Рface paint shop Рher face paint site Рand her Bloggy Wog Starting work on Jennifer Sunday morning, Anna will have our model ready for the shootout at 1 PM with a one-of-a-kind body art.

Jennifer Jones is a blue-eyed Irish/German/Welsh girl who strives to create exceptional, expressive works of art. She is a hard working model on Zivity and rocks at Wii bowling. Jennifer’s quiet, expressive personality results in surprisingly energetic pictures. Her love of modeling always shows through!

Specializing in advertising photography, Leonard Gee has a long background in product and model work. Begining in high school with yearbooks and then working in editorial and ad print, he attended Art Center College of Design and worked on the East Cost with annual reports, magazines and advertising campaigns. He now, finally is home in California.

Agenda The plan is to have Jennifer as the first stage of finished art so we can begin shooting at 1 PM. I will be there to demonstrate, light, coach and assist with a small group shootout, in small groups. Anna will have a progressive design, so there will be a short 1/2 hour break while she adds to her design and we review and discuss the pictures. Jennifer will be available after the group session for optional one-on-one sessions in half-hour slots.

Details The cost of the shootout is $125 for registration before Sunday, Sept. 12th and $150 on Sept. 12th or later. We must limit this event to 10 photographers. A deposit of $50 is required to hold a spot and the full amount must be paid by the event start at 1 PM. Optional one-on-one 1/2 hour slots are available with Jennifer for $50 each.

Don’t miss this chance to add Anna’s wonderful art on the gorgeous nude Jennifer to your collection of pictures!

Getting Crazy with Black Light Paint

The past couple of weeks my husband and I have been experimenting with the DFX UV/Blacklight paints under Black Light. We figured this could be a fun way to spend our evenings after my daughter went to bed, and now I am dreaming in neon! 

I bought a 2 foot long black light from Spencer’s Gifts, which can make my whole room glow. You can also buy round bulbs from GE and large flashlights. Look for cool accessories that glow too around your house.

Working with the Neon Paints with the intention of using them for black lights is a whole new animal. You don’t need a heavy application to have them glow under black light, and the bolder and crazier the better. You don’t need to do very much delicate blending, or use fancy line work either. ~However, you should warn the people you paint that the design might look totally different under regular light.~ I painted my nose with regular black to cover up a mistake and when the lights were on…there I was with a black nose tip, and other correction marks.

Since the skin will not show (it will appear black under the lights) you can do all sorts of cool effects just highlighting certain parts of the face.

For example, with the design above I used a dotter sponge to make the two large spots on my forehead. The black around them is just my regular skin. Below I painted just Santi’s eyes and forehead and the strip down his nose…and his hands.¬† Everything else disappeared. Note how cool they look in his hair!

The reds, pinks, yellows and white really pop forward, while the blue and violet look farther away. Knowing this you can make three dimensional tricks. You can blend regular paints in to make shadows too, but don’t get to dark or the paint will just vanish.

I think it is best to paint under black light with a small regular lamp nearby as well so you can see where your brushes  and water cups are.  This way you can also see the immediate effects of what it will look like with the black light, but not make a mess. Then the design will look good under the regular light to.


I have a couple of face paint friends that have regular gigs at bowling alleys and roller rinks (Jolene and Jenni :o, that’s you!) who use their Neon paints when the black lights are on. Other times face painters use them to paint people going to a party or club where there will be black light.

You can also buy tiny black light flash lights and paint people for Halloween…and they can shine the light on their face to make a really awesome surprise.

The pinks, oranges, greens and yellows look amazing under regular light, and with the crazy fashion trends these days of neon graffiti t-shirts girls really love the neon paints when they see them in my kit. The Star Skull below shows  the neons under regular light.  Sorry I look so grumpy in this picture!

Check out my body paint page on my blog for more info on taking pictures under black lights, and more of the pictures we took. Below are some items from that can get you started!