Jan. 2010 Just Faces Winners, Their Stories and Other Entries

(see current contests and winners from past Face and Body Painting Contests)

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Face and Body Painting Contest1st Place

Alison Kenyon

I started as a kid with my mom's old makeup. In HS other students began to know of me as the "go-to" person for Halloween, talent shows, etc, and I even did glamour makeup for several students' senior portraits. At age 21 (1992) I joined one of the nation's first modern burlesque troupes, and it was in our vaudeville shows that I met professional performers that inspired me to go to circus school and learn contortion, trapeze, acrobatics, clowning, magic, and fire swallowing. I got into clowning full time in 1993, knowing that face painting would be my main focus. Along with being a clown and a face and body painter, I was also "Ms. Cherry Bomb" the circus artist; performing an acrobatic/contortion/
belly dance with 3 balancing bowls of fire, and a fire swallowing finale. I retired it in 2007. During this time I was also lead makeup artist / body painter for a San Francisco-based circus troupe called Velocity.

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THAT? In high school I twice won a summer scholarship to attend a summer semester at Academy of Art College in San Francisco. I also won a trip to study art in Europe through a juried arts panel.

WHAT DO YOU NOW BESIDES FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING? "On the side" I'm a certified personal trainer, specializing in
Russian style strength training and joint mobility using kettlebells and body weight exercises.

WHAT PAINT BRANDS ARE YOUR FAVORITES? WHY? For the first years it was all Kryolan. But after my first convention I discovered Wolfe and switched over. I love the opacity and durability. For individual clients who come to me for a longer appointment, I still get out my entire arsenal: some Fantasy Worldwide, some Kryolan, Mehron metallic powders, and a lot of Mac makeup.

My "everyday kit" is 90% wolfe, with my favorite Kryolan copper, Cherry Bomb red from Paradise, Kryolan "youth red" blush,and a snazaroo magenta color that I really like.

My favorite thing is always changing. I'll get obsessed with a design element for awhile, and try to get it into as many designs as possible in as many ways as possible, then I'll find something else to be obsessed with. For awhile it was hammerhead sharks. After that; craggy mountains in the style of Bob Ross. Then it was painting everything in a monochromatic color scheme. My most favorite, though, is being challenged by the super-active imaginations of children.

I always strive to make each face different, and really fit the person. I've been called the "psychic face painter" by many different people who have said "surprise me". I've decided that being artistically fulfilled, and not compromising on quality is the thing that will keep me loving this art form - and keep me feeling young- for the rest of my life.

Face and Body Painting Contest 2nd Place

Hayley Tassa

I got started face painting for my sons birthday party and my friends children's parties as well.

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THAT?I was working in Animation, and just had side jobs here and there as an Administrative Assistant

WHAT DO YOU NOW BESIDES FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING? Life Drawing, Painting with Guache Acrylic Oil etc., Graphic Design, Animation, Web Design, Stone Sculpturing, Beading.

WHAT PAINT BRANDS ARE YOUR FAVORITES? WHY? First was Wolf FX and still is because of the Strong Pigments and Beautiful Hues. Now I got started in Paradise as well and I just love the smell of them, and the colors.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO PAINT? Butterflies, Dragonflies, Fairies, and Dragons. I should also just say mystical creatures that would narrow it down.

IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT YOUR CAREER AS A FACE/BODY PAINTER THAT YOU WOULD LIKE OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT? It is just wonderful to be able to do what I love, and always end up having the person in my chair happy and smiling after. :)
I also cannot wait to one day be able to get to go to FABAIC.

Face and Body Painting Contest3rd Place

Heidi Bennett

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
My daughter’s preschool was having a Trike-a-thon and needed volunteers for different tables. The first year I volunteered using their horrible Halloween paints and had a terrible time of it. This past spring (April 2009) when they had it again, I researched beforehand and picked up a small set of Mehron paints and had a fabulous time. Everyone loved my work, and I loved doing it and thought, hey, I could do this for a living!

> WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THAT? I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for about 8 years now, doing occasional work for my old employer, the Kitsap Conservation District. Prior to kids, I did work as a farm conservation planner and a geological consultant. I’ve always been crafty and artistic though, and completed a Scientific Illustration certification course through the University of WA in 2001. I think that really helped me to learn to “see” things with a critical eye.

WHAT DO YOU NOW BESIDES FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING? I also love to do henna art! I also create pysanky eggs, which are like batik eggs (beeswax is applied to eggs with a kitska, then dyed different colors).

WHAT PAINT BRANDS ARE YOUR FAVORITES? WHY? Right now my favorites are Mehron Paradise for base and blending work, and Wolfe for line work.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO PAINT? I love a good butterfly. There are so many different ways to paint them.

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Face and Body Painting Contest4th Place

Melissa Plourd

>HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? Standing in line this last summer for an hour to get a little acrylic, poorly executed cheek art, thinking I can do a better job than that! I went to the local costume shop, bought some face paints, borrowed some books from the library and offered to do a birthday party for a friend to see if I could do it. After that went so well, I bought a few more supplies and signed up for some local festivals! What a blast, I was hooked! And the timing was perfect, my husband and I had just filed for divorce and I was facing re-entry into the work-force after 8 years. I found something I could do with my years of volunteering with children and art! Yay!

> WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THAT? Well, I was a housewife and a childrens volunteer for 8 years, before that I was a massage therapist, but I blew myself out on that. Before that I was the proud owner of Generation X-presso and I had my humble beginnings in the restauraunt business as a waitress and bartender. Part-time? you name it, bead maker, scripter, henna artist, muralist, camp counselor...

> WHAT DO YOU NOW BESIDES FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING? School! Still volunteering... :)

> WHAT PAINT BRANDS ARE YOUR FAVORITES? WHY? I am still new here and trying out the different brands. I started out with paradise and love the smell of it but realized quickly that not everyone else does. So then I bought a few things here and there and my kit looked like a big hodge podge so I wanted to narrow it down. I settled on FX for their great pigment and Wolfe for the strong black and white. I havn't used every paint in every situation yet though, so this may change.

> WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO PAINT? Faces. LOL, just kidding. Um, favorite thing would be anything that I didn't think I could do but pulled off beautifully!

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(see current contests and winners from past Face and Body Painting Contests)

This face painting contest is run by Lilly Walters, face painter, author and teacher of face painting classes