Adventures in Face and Body Painting

Posted by Elissa Baltzer on August 29, 2011 at 1:15 PM

(Fantastic model Hala Peno wearing my Spiderwoman of the Enchanted Forest design @ Open Mind 2011)

So on top of my art on canvases I also create wearable art on people. I love the interactiveness and ephemeral nature of creating this way. I enjoy working with different people, creating personalized designs and seeing my art walk off with the person wearing it so that it can be seen by other people.

Yesterday I face painted at a child's birthday party. I love seeing how excited the kids get when they see themselves in a mirror for the first time after they've been painted.Magical transformations into all kinds of new things are my specialty.  And as one of the parents pointed out it's not just every day that you get to see a little 3 eyed zombie having lunch with a bunch of beautiful butterflies.

I feel really lucky to be able to do what I do as it takes me to all kinds of interesting locations, I meet lots of really great people and create works of art that I might never have made otherwise had those conditions never presented themselves.

(Some of my kit set up for a fundraiser for Gaia Gathering National Pagan Conference 2011)

I recently competed in my first Body Painting Competition at the Open Mind Festival hosted by The Art of April-Anna . I really enjoyed the process I had a fantastic model and learned a lot...and I managed to win second in the Professional Category. It was a great experience and so much fun to be painting and creating with so many other great artists at the same time. 

As time goes on I am always learning and broadening my understanding of the Body and Face Painting community that I am part of and also the possibility of what I can create. I  wonder what's next ?

Categories: Face and body painting/Maquillage de visage et corps

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Reply Amanda
9:41 AM on August 30, 2011 
I love it!
Reply Elissa Baltzer
9:45 AM on August 30, 2011 
Thanks Amanda!

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