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Wednesday, April 20, 2011


I am often asked what got me interested in face painting, and I tell people that as a graphic designer, I usually sit in front of a computer screen for 7-8 hours per day (and have done so for almost 20 years!). Face painting allows me to "get my hands dirty", interact with people (I work from home!) and express a different side of my creative self.

However, having said that, I don't think I would even be face painting if it WASN'T for my computer. I created my website on my trusty Mac, and I am typing this blog entry on my new laptop. My free on-line ads are what got the ball rolling when I was first starting up (thank you and and I have met face painting friends from Montreal and beyond on Facebook. I have joined forums, subscribed to on-line face painting magazines and signed up for courses all from the comfort of my own home.

Then I found Youtube. What can I say, except that Youtube is such an amazing resource for anyone who wants to get started in, or just improve upon their skills as a face painter. You want to learn how to face paint a cat face? Youtube. How to use rainbow cakes? Youtube.
What kind of brush strokes are used to paint roses? Youtube.

It is so amazing to be able to watch a master face painter share their techniques and tips through a 5 minute Youtube video. The amount of information out there just boggles the mind.

Take tonight for example. After dinner, hubby and I got the kids bathed and off to bed. There was tomorrow's lunches to be made, some scattered toys to be picked up and a load of laundry to do, but I found myself in front of my computer at 9:30 p.m. watching a Youtube video. I pulled out my face paints and as tired as I was, I tried to duplicate the beautiful eye design by Montreal's own Jinny that you can see here:

So I'd like to give a big thank you to all of the master face painters and body painters out there who are willing to share what they've learned to allow others to learn from them and improve their skills. You are a real inspiration to me!

Monday, April 11, 2011

New faces!

Here are a couple of faces I did last night... It seems that evenings (after the kids are in bed) are the only time I get to practice my face painting! I hope you like them – leave a comment if you can…

Busy season ahead!

It looks like the coming spring/summer season is going to be a a busy one! If you are considering booking Doodlebug Face Painting for a coming event, I would recommend doing it sooner rather than later. The weekends are booking quickly and I even have 2 or 3 bookings for week nights from now until June.

I will be face painting at the NOVA West Island walkathon at Christmas Park Elementary in Beaconsfield this coming Sunday, April 17th from 9-11 a.m. and I will be at the Blacklion Pub in Beaurepaire village on Saturday, April 23, from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Come on out, say hello and get your face painted for free!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Easter Bunny is coming

I love Easter - don't you?

Yes it's true that I love chocolate (who doesn't!), but I also love the excitement that Easter brings my kids. It's true that Sophie has yet to experience the Easter morning egg hunt (it coincided with her morning nap last year and she slept through the whole thing!), but she'll be out there this year hot on the heels of her big brother Oliver who is a pro at hunting down colourful eggs hidden in our yard.

I have a few gigs coming up in the next few weeks leading up to Easter and I am sure that this new Easter Bunny face will be a popular choice, don't you? : )