Ever stood in a queue at an event for what seems like a lifetime waiting to get your child’s face painted?
You are not alone.
The price often varies and can sometimes seem like a lot considering it’s going to be off in the bath later, but we all do it.
The standard of painters out there varies much more than their prices do, and I’ve seen a lot of parents feeling totally ripped off paying a premium price for substandard work.
At Wakefield Mumbler events I use a face painter that I have built up a great relationship with, her work is outstanding and she helps us keep the costs to families low by giving us a special price.
She’s a graduate from Donna’s Face Painting Courses, if I have any advice for anyone wanting to hire a face painter for a party or event, it’s find one that Donna has trained, if Donna herself isn’t available of course!
I’m no artist, although I am creative it’s not through painting and drawing!
I was invited to attend Donna’s Face Painting course and I have to admit that I was secretly dreading it. I was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to do her justice- I was wrong and here’s the evidence…
Just so you know the before attempt at a butterfly was me trying really hard not to look totally rubbish in front of the other attendees.
Apart from me and Mama Mei (the complete novices) the others had some basic experience of face painting and were hoping to sharpen their skills.
As you can see from the after photo there’s a huge improvement and a very happy mini mumbler!
The Back Story
At the Rhubarb festival mini mumbler spotted the face painting and my heart sank a little, massive queue but it was free so I did what any great mum would do and sent mini mumbler off with daddy to join the queue, whilst I went to the prosecco cart!
When they returned I was still standing so they must’ve got down the queue quickly.
Mr Mumbler was really pleased with himself for chatting to the Face Painter all about Wakefield Mumbler and he got her card.
Mini Mumbler was pleased as punch and I was amazed at the quality of the design.
I honestly hadn’t seen anything that good ever! The painter was Donna!
I checked out her facebook page and was mesmerised for far too long looking at the photos of her work, I loved the roses and I could never imagine being able to even attempt them myself!
The equipment we used was the same top quality gear that Donna uses herself, again I was slightly worried that I was going to muck it up!
We practised brush techniques, lines, swirls, teardrops and tiger stripes. Then moved on to princess crowns, rainbows and butterflies. Most of us were wanting to practice the stereotypical girl designs but Donna also showed us caterpillars.
Mama Mei and I were the only ones covered in paint and designs, I have to say I prefer painting on real skin, but there are lots of materials to practice on!
Eventually we bit the bullet and had a go at painting each other’s faces, I did a half face tiger on Mama Mei and in return I had a butterfly. This was when it got really good- we were allowed to get the glitter out!
The course ran from 10am-5pm, before I had no idea how Donna was going to fill the time and I was worried that it would drag. Wrong again! We had breaks to have a drink and some lunch, but during these we kept painting and practicing, I couldn’t believe how quickly time was flying. I wondered if the roses would be on the next level course.
So this is Donna making it look easy!
And in all honestly to get a decent looking flower it’s not too hard, obviously many, many hours of practice are needed to get anywhere near Donna’s level but I was pretty pleased with my first effort and my practice ever since.
I was expecting to get through the day, say thank you and walk away wondering how I was going to rescue this review.
I’m getting used to being wrong!
I certainly wouldn’t have spent any money on face paints and brushes had I not had a great time and seen myself painting again.
Donna has now opened an online shop, for paints and equipment – the first of its kind in Yorkshire.
She is so passionate about her work and she only sources stock for her shop that she would use and recommend herself.
Practice makes perfect – well almost!
Since leaving the course, I have painted Mini Mumbler several times and found that practicing on my own arms on an evening is a great way to relax since prosecco is of the menu for me until Tiny Mumbler arrives!
Check out my efforts, I’m pretty pleased with these and I even painted Mini Mumbler’s face prior to an event the other day.
People stopped and asked us where we had it done, I was so chuffed to say that I did it, especially when they asked me if I was a face painter!
Whether you want to paint your own kids, do a bit of volunteer work at schools or charity events or even fancy setting up your own face painting business, Donna’s Face Painting Course is the only place to start – put down those Snazaroos!
Once you graduate you are invited to join her facebook group, where you can get advice ideas, tips and even jobs if you set up in business.
The support from Donna and her other graduates is a real bonus of the course.
Donna also does more advanced courses for those that are ready for the next level up. To enquire visit her website or facebook page.
Wakefield Mumbler did this review and did not receive any payment, although they did attend the course free of charge. Wakefield Mumbler would never recommend anything that they feel isn’t worth the cost and would have happily paid to attend this course.