A South Florida based company, Silly Farm Supplies is an international retailer and supplier of face & body art products & equipment. Known for their revolutionary Arty Brush Cakes, Rainbow Cakes and other multi-colored combination cakes. Silly Farm is now proud to be able to offer their exclusive products from our European partner & distributor.
Da Grime and Silly Farm have teamed up to bring exclusive Silly Farm brand products to Europe without you having to pay an arm and a leg for shipping overseas. European customers can now find Silly Farm Exclusives through the dagrime.nl web store.
The thing about sharing is you only think you are giving things away. But in many ways it all comes back to you and more, with people sharing back, and expansion of ideas and acts of kindness. You also feel goodâ€¦.and in some cases become someoneâ€™s hero or mentor!
The first year I went to FABAIC, I learned so much in class. And then I would go to lunch or to break or to a jam and I would talk to people. The people attending the convention also had so much to offer. I learned cool new marketing tips, saw new uses for tools, and new paint techniques and ideas. I knew there was a goldmine there if only we could tap it and showcase these people. I pitched the idea of Show & Tell to the FABAIC team and voila, we started something big!
For Show & Tell at FABAIC I request submissions from anyone with a great idea to share in the months leading up to FABAIC. By convention time, my presenters are set. Each year we have some of the best ideas that expand our knowledge, make our face painting life easier, and help us to promote our businesses even better.
One of the first ideas presented at Show & Tell 2004 were split cakes. Itâ€™s a commonplace item in most peopleâ€™s tool kits these days, but Mary Earl from Toronto, Ontario, Canada was the first to present it that I know of.
The idea of blending colours and double loading of brushes and paint applicators of all kinds has been around since man was painting on cave wallsâ€¦.but this was the first time this was seen within the face painting world, to the best of my knowledge. The response was amazing. Mary got a standing ovation for that idea.
Now here is where it starts to get interesting. The next year, my dear friend (the late) Pat Newton had an idea to take split cakes and make them narrower, about the width of a one-inch brush. She used empty round paint pots and only put in stripes of paint until the multi-colour blend was one inch wide. Then she added a strip of craft foam along either side of the outside colours, and filled in the outer edges of the round pot with kidâ€™s clay. Later she found oblong pots that were just one inch wide.
See how the idea was taken a step further? Then later still, Rebecca of Arty Brush really started promoting the idea with lots of various colour combos and the whole idea really took off thanks to her diligence in demonstrating and sharing her techniques and painting style.
This is just one example of what happens when we share. In future blogs I will share more of the amazing tips and tricks weâ€™ve seen at FABAIC over the years.
I am not very active on Facebook or internet forums. As my business grew, my window to enjoy staring at gorgeous images on the internet slipped away. Every now and then I get the chance to drool at my screen and get excited about seeing the amazing work my fellow painters are doing. Recently, very colorful images have been filling my inbox. The images were so much fun and exciting, they made me get more excited about the rainbow cakes I spend hours creating. As a special bonus we’re introducing a new contest for you to have your very own rainbow cake combination made by Silly Farm Supplies!
I spend countless hours creating the perfect color combinations for the Silly Farm rainbow cakes. I take a lot of pride in seeing what other painters create with the combinations I put together. Believe it or not, we hand make each rainbow cake. We have a little factory at Silly Farm where we mold, cut and arrange all the rainbow and arty cakes. You might ask, “Why?” when we can send them overseas to be made for a fraction of the cost. The reason is because we control the quality, colors, and can change them up at any time. Iâ€™m neurotic about giving my customers no less than what I would expect from a retailer. My little rainbow / arty cake factory employs 6 people who love creating something that face painters use to do a great job. Laura Oliver is living proof.
I have been following Laura online and watching her post pictures, using a variety of Silly Farm rainbow and arty cakes, and I was so impressed that I wanted to write a blog about her. I admire her for many reasons.
She shares her work with others to learn and enjoy
She answers questions when asked and gives selfless answers
She creates from the heart. She isnâ€™t paid by Silly Farm, but she genuinely has fun painting and creating those smiles.
She isnâ€™t afraid of putting herself out there and hearing the feedback about her work.
A lot of us fear rejection or disapproval. It is that fear of rejection that prohibits us from sharing our work and growing. Laura takes a chance and by sharing she is able to inspire others, encourage those struggling with cakes to try something new, and opens herself to helping others. That is what made me love our industry so much and that is why I make my YouTube face painting videos. Paying it forward helps build a village, we can always accomplish more when you are willing to G.L.U.E.(Giving Little Unexpected Extras) yourself to our industry.
Thank you Laura for sharing, you inspire me to keep on pumping out rainbow cakes!
Bonus! Rainbow Cake Creation Contest
We need some help coming up with new rainbow cake designs. Are you a painter that mix n’ matches their cakes, always coming up with the perfect color schemes? Then this contest is for you.
The rules are simple and the submission is straight forward. Send us your own rainbow cake color combinations and if we choose it, we will start manufacturing it and send you a free rainbow cake along with a $25 gift certificate to Silly Farm Supplies![clear]
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When I arrive at a face painting gig, I open my kit and the kids usually go crazy. I have a mile long line before I even open my chair. I immediately hear the chatter about wanting â€œthatâ€ on their face. The â€œthatâ€ they are referring to are my Silly Farm Rainbow Cakes. Face painting has been around for a LONG time. Kids have seen your typical face painting kit and although they are still excited to get painted, youâ€™d be surprised how the sight of rainbow cakes can draw in a crowd. Especially when the colors are intense, brilliant, and funky.
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By adding one rainbow cake to your kit,Â you are almost guaranteed to elevate your business and wow the crowd. Rainbow cakes are a face painterâ€™s best friend because they take the headache and stress out of laying down and blending multiple colors. With one swipe of your sponge you can create a remarkable fantasy face that will blow away your customers. You will not only look like you can create magic with your sponge, you also will have parents asking how did you do that! The reason you want parents involved in your face painting is because they are the ones that pay the bill and can give you the residual business.
Rainbow cakes are a great investment because you can create fast impressive faces, adds loads of color to your kit, and impress the pants off your clients without having to spend a fortune. Rainbow cakes range in price from $10-$20 and currently there are over 150 different color combinations to choose from. Try one and you can thank me later.