Of the thousands of times I walk past Marcela’s office door, I see the same collage of pictures. Out of them all, there are four that stand out. They are taped to separate stock papers in pairs and the papers are taped together to the rest of the collage. There’s a tiny note above each paper that says, “The beginning of Silly Farm” and “Silly Farm a longggg time ago!”.
I found some spare time to sneak over and take the pictures down for a couple minutes while I carefully untaped them. After scanning each one, I taped them back up and put them back among the collage on Marcela’s office door.
The Beginning of Silly Farm
Silly Farm a longggg time ago!
Silly Farm Supplies Now
I was going to save some pictures of the current Silly Farm for later, but since everyone wants to see them, here they are. Just a few.
I run Cait’s Paints, which offers an array of services by multiple artists. But me, personally? I introduce myself as a body painter. Women are my favorite canvas; adapting my work over so many curves and shapes presents a challenge with a never-ending array of possibilities. I truly find cause for celebration in the grace and strength of the human form.
However, not everyone is as gung-ho about nudity: Many models don’t feel comfortable having someone intimately painting their lady-bits, few magazines are keen on publishing nudity, and posting anything “offensive” onto sites like Facebook could get your page shut down pretty quickly. What now?
There are multiple options available for covering genitals: seamless thongs, G-strings, strapless panties, ProShields, Zombie Skin, medical tape, and probably a few more creative options I haven’t heard yet. It all comes down to your personal preference and budget.
My preferred canvas is a topless model wearing nude-colored thong underwear. I’m open to putting pasties on my models (should the model or venue require it) but finding good pasties has not been nearly as treacherous as my quest for the “Perfect Thong”:
Cotton thongs absorbed too much paint, making it time consuming and difficult to paint details. I felt that g-strings “pinched” my models hips. Victoria’s Secret seamless thongs were okay, but I wasn’t willing to shell out and extra $12 in kit expenses.
Then I found La Senza “Barely There” thongs, and something miraculous happened; The thong melted effortlessly into my designs, and painting the fabric was a breeze. My models have found them comfortable and flattering. They even offer a more conservative version, the “Brazilian“.
I had found my Dream Thong, but the price was still hefty…until I found a Dream Retailer as well! Braonsale offers La Senza’s panties for less that $5, with FREE SHIPPING! They also send me a coupon with each of my orders. Just typing this gets my heart racing! As artists, our kits easily contain hundreds or thousands of dollars in supplies; Knowing that thongs are no longer a major expense is a huge relief.
I hope you all enjoy this new find as much as I have. Stock up, but leave some for me!
I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving this weekend, however you spent it( with or without family and friends). For those that worked Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, I hope you’re getting some well deserved rest. I wasn’t able to push this tutorial out before Thanksgiving, but I’m here now and delivering it today.
This is Heather’s latest face painting tutorial, aptly named ‘Happy Hippie’ for it’s free flowing nature. This is a quick 3-5 minute design that pops without spending too much time on detail.
Heather started this design with the brand new, Silly Farm Exclusive Hippie Rainbow Cake. Using a sponge and the BAM 1038 stencil, she started the base on the forehead and then filled around the eyes with just the sponge.
Next, Heather used an Athena #10 Filbert brush and Wolfe White to hand paint a couple more stars and add some strokes above and below the eyes.
Heather then dabbed her sponge in Wolfe White and using the BAM 1038 stencil again, dabs some stars over the Rainbow Cake base on each side.
Next, Heather takes her Gold Grip #4 round brush loaded with Wolfe White and adds some more details around the design.
Depending if you have the time or not, Heather used a Gold Grip #2 brush loaded with Wolfe Black to outline parts of the design.
Finally, Heather added some ‘lipstick’ and some Magic Magenta & White Fairy Dust glitter for the finished design.
The tutorial is below, along with the products used. You can visit Silly Farm’s Create This Look section to see all the products used in each design.
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Thanksgiving is two days away for those in the USA, and besides us honoring the traditions of cramming our faces full of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry, you’ll be able to stuff ALL your stockings with gifts from the many deals that go on after the Thanksgiving Holiday. Welcome in Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.
One of the best known shopping days of the year, Black Friday falls the day after Thanksgiving. Many retailers open early, some open at midnight, offering insane deals you normally wouldn’t find any other day of the year.
Small Business Saturday
Created by American Express in 2010, after they realized with all the largest brands and retailers offering amazing deals, what’s the incentive to shop small? The deals are better at the large corporate stores. That’s where American Express came into play and started Small Business Saturday, offering $25 to their Cardmembers whenever they shop small on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, dubbed Small Business Saturday.
If you want to take advantage of Small Business Saturday and get a free $25 back on your American Express statement, you must register your American Express card through their website before 11:59pm on November 24th, 2012, and make a qualifying purchase on Small Business Saturday.
For your purchase to Qualify:
Your card must be enrolled (See above on how to register your card)
Only in-store purchases qualify. Online purchases do NOT.
Your purchase must total $25 or more, in one transaction.
Originally dubbed Cyber Monday in 2005, it is the Monday after Thanksgiving in which many people would rather search for deals online from the comfort of their own home(or work even) instead of fighting the hordes of people during Black Friday. Sounds way safer after hearing some of the crazy Black Friday stories of people being injured by stampeding shoppers.
It’s not just big brands that offer deals on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday. We know the biggest deals everyone looks at are in electronics, but don’t worry, even Silly Farm and FABAtv have some killer Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for all the painters out there.
FABAtv Black Friday Contest
FABAtv is giving away a free Kindle Fire on Black Friday to one lucky subscriber! The catch? Just subscribe to FABAtv on Black Friday and you’re entered in the drawing! It’s that simple, and a FABAtv subscription starts at only $29.99. If you take advantage of the FABAtv annual subscription, not only will you be entered in the Kindle Fire drawing, but you’ll receive a free $50 gift card to Silly Farm!
Silly Farm Supplies Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals
Silly Farm Supplies is having a slew of discounts and freebies on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
You will need to sign up your email address to the Silly Farm newsletter to receive all the codes to use for your discounts on Black Friday.
On Cyber Monday they will be offering free shipping to the continental US on all orders over $25!
Master bodypainter Mark Reid will be at the FABAtv Studios on Wednesday, November 14th to film some more amazing face & body art classes, as well as a live class! Tune in at 8:00 pm EST to catch this free class, just click on the banner above!
In the past we have had the privilege of Mark teach some of the children classes at the 2009 FABAIC, where he left the parents in awe. Mark is very passionate about art and loves to teach. He is a regular at the Face and Body Art International Convention and we are proud to have him as part of the FABAIC family! So mark your calendars and tune in on November 14th for a free LIVE class with Mark Reid!
RAWards is one of the largest indie art shows in the world. Held annually at the end of every October by RAW: Natural Born Artists, they host a national competition that will eventually select nine winners out of the 10,000 artists competing for the national title. There will be one winner in each category:
This year the 2012 RAWards semi-finals for Miami were held at the The Stage in the Miami Design District. The winners of each of the nine competition categories will be on their way to Los Angeles, California for the national RAWards Finals in January.
We’re proud to have our very own Pam Trent heading to L.A. to compete in the finals for the title of RAWards 2012 Performing Artist of the Year! Pam took a couple minutes out of her busy day here at Silly Farm to answer a few questions and give you an exclusive interview.
So Pam, tell us a little about yourself, where are you from?
I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and lived there for 54 years before I moved to south Florida.
How did you get your start(in face and body art)?
I have always painted and was asked by a church if I could face paint for the Fall Festival. I had never done this before but decided – what the heck – should not be too hard. Well, all it took was that one night and I was hooked for good!
Funny, I came out here for a Body Painting Competition in Young Circle in Hollywood. I was staying with Marcela – actually several of us were. We were sitting on her balcony one night and she was telling me Heather needed someone to help her and someone that knew the products. I told her I was so interested. That was in Feb and I arrived here, bags (actually a 16 ft. truck, cat and hauling a car) packed on March 18, 2008.
What is your favorite part about face and body art?
First I love the creativity of the whole process – how it just seems to blossom and come together with one idea. Second is the smiles – you cannot beat the smiles.
What conventions would you recommend for those just getting into face and body art?
FABAIC of course. There is no convention where you can be a beginner or master in your trade and not be able to benefit from something at this convention. The other convention that I absolutely love is La Fete. It is small, very laid back, but so much fun!
What would you like to do more of, art or otherwise?
I want to have a show in an art gallery – I want to go out and teach more – and I would LOVE to get my foot in the door for movies!!! Special FX – and maybe FACEOFF one day!
Outside of art, what do you do for fun?
I love the beach!!! I love musical theatre(I go whenever I get the chance), love festivals and love to travel!
Do you have any pet peeves?
All I am going to say is “Yes”!
Where do you see yourself in a couple years?
I have just won Performing Artists of the Year with RAW. I would love to “be discovered”. I would love to work in movies – makeup/special FX. I am still wanting to compete at the World Body Painting Festival.
Do you have any projects going on or in the works?
Well, I just finished working for Fright Nights(haunted house), and I have gone on the road teaching Special FX/Gore. I am also going to compete in the body painting competition in Wisconsin in February, and I have a young lady that is wanting to collaborate on a special project, but I can’t share all the details just yet.
Halloween has passed and Thanksgiving is upon us. I haven’t really seen many Thanksgiving themed face painting designs, so I thought I would share one. This creative turkey how-to was painted by Lisa Joy Young, and she has a bunch more face painting tutorials up on her YouTube channel. Lisa is also a FABAtv instructor and has a couple online classes for you to expand your brush. If you haven’t experienced FABAtv, tune in on November 14th for a free LIVE body painting class with master artist, Mark Reid.