Friday, April 28, 2017

Glitter 101

I'm baaaa-aaack!

Hey painty peeps, it's me! Your favorite blog writer, Ashley!  I hope y'all had a nice winter... hopefully it wasn't too slow, or (dare I say) too busy?


I'm back at the blog today to share with you all that you could ever really want to know about the Art Factory glitters!




So let's get this party started!


First off we have our Rainbow Crystal Body Glitter!   This stuff is the best, and here's why!

  • It's translucent (kind of see through) so it looks amazing on top of face paint
  • It's available in a whole Rainbow of colors!  Click HERE to pick some up!
  • You can mix and match different colors on top of different paints for different looks!  Match pink glitter to pink paint, or mix it up.  Pink on top of purple is a personal favorite of mine. 
Now for the SWATCHES!!!

So... I wanted to show you what the glitter looks like by itself, and on top of paint.. so first, Here it is all by itself, just glitter.  To make the glitter hearts, I just dipped my wet brush into the glitter and then drew a heart.
                               






Sooooo pretty right?!

Now here they are on top of similar face paint colors.  I added a plain face paint heart under each swatch so that you could see how well the translucent glitters can match whatever color you use underneath!







Next up we have Rainbow Laser Body Glitter!  Whoa, is this glitter from the future?! I don't know... maybe! But for right now it is the coolest holographic glitter at the Art Factory, and here's why!

  • It's holographic, which means that when it sparkles in the sunshine, you can see a whole rainbow of colors reflected back to you, no matter what the actual color of the glitter!!!
  • Laser Body Glitter is opaque, making it perfect for glitter tattoos.  It works great as a face paint glitter as well.  I like to place Laser Glitter on top of it's matching face paint color, so pink on pink, green on green, etc.
  • This type of glitter comes in a full seven delicious colors.... yum! Click HERE to pick some up!

Now for the SWATCHES!!!


And here is a different picture, where you can better see the holographic nature of the laser glitters... Notice the gold, blue, and silver colors reflected in the Lavender and Rose...  Laser glitter is magic!




Next up we have the Rainbow Jewel Body Glitters!  These jewel toned glitters are amazing, and here's why!

  • They are opaque(nothing can be seen through it,) which means that they are perfect for glitter tattoos.
  • The Rainbow Jewel Glitters come in 12 colors, including black! Click HERE to pick some up!
  • When paired with their matching color(e.g. red glitter on red paint) it creates an amazing jewel effect!  Did you know that pretty much any Jewel glitter looks amazing on top of black paint?!  It's true! Check it out in the swatches below!


Imagine putting Black Jewel Glitter on top of the eyes of a skull face paint!  It would look so cool!





And last but not least, we have Bridal Body Glitter!!!!   This stuff is kind of amazing, and here's why!

  • At first when you look at Bridal Glitter, you think, oh it's silver, but then you take a closer look and it pulls you in.. and you realize that it's somewhere in between a warm, antique silver, and chrome... it's pretty hypnotizing.
  • The Bridal Glitter looks amazing on top of white!  It's just sooo pretty!  It's like someone took an antique mirror and turned it into glitter.
  • Bridal Glitter is opaque, so it's perfect for glitter tattoos, but looks just as amazing on top of face paint. And because it's the warm silver color, it looks good on top of... well... any color in the rainbow pretty much.  Click HERE to pick some up!

Check it out in this swatch!  The first heart is just the plain glitter, the next heart is Bridal on top of white face paint, and then just a plain white heart with no glitter.




So, what do yall think?  Do you love the Art Factory glitters as much as I do?  I hope so!  To get some for yourself, check out the Art Factory Webstore HERE!

Thanks so much and happy painting!!  Tell me about your favorite Art Factory Rainbow Glitter in the comments!

Loooove,
Ashley



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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Small Business - Dare to dream..


Facebook has been recently giving me a lot of food for thought…
I watched the discussion in the face painting groups and it made me realize that it is possible that I have not communicated who we are clear enough…

Remember this Photo circulating on Facebook? 


 

 
Gosh it made us all feel so good!
YES! I want to support a little girl’s dance lesson and not a billionaire vacation home…

I find that our industry is very much the same..
As an online storeowner I often forget that the majority of our customers have never met us! Here at the art factory, we often have visitors, and our local ties with the community are just getting stronger.
Parents meet us at school after an art class or choose to celebrate their kid’s birthday party with us. Later that week I may bump into the same parent at the grocery store in my PJs.  We are a living part of our local community.

When you shop online, you are greeted with a colorful page, not a smiling face. We want to believe that we know most of our customers but that is a really big wish.
We LOVE meeting you at conferences and try really hard to travel as much as possible.

Sometimes when you visit an online store. You get the illusion of a huge company.
But really the Art Factory is a small business. We are artists, moms and family, working together to grow with our community.  

We test every product that we add to our store to make sure the quality and purpose is made perfect for our industry. We spend money on testing, shipping, buying, taking a chance and hoping you will love what we have to offer. We stock our shelf with thousands of dollars of product so you can have a nice selection.

Most of all… we listen to your wishes and requests and sometimes dare to dream.




And the same goes on for so many things we do.

I am telling you all this because I thought you should know, that when you buy from a body art supply store, you support a family, and most importantly, you are supporting your own industry.

As we grow, we will always spend our money on developing new tools, better resources, and more products. We will put it back into our community because it is our passion and our dream, and we are artists just like you. 

You may find our prices a tad more expensive than your local craft store or amazon, and that is because we can’t buy in bulk as they do… sadly, manufacturers will not give us the same wholesale price. (Not fair I know)  and no, we are not building a vacation dream house in the Bahamas J. 

If you are an artist, you already know that we live to art. Owning a small business is just another way to support our passion and connect with more of those with the same dream.

Thank you for shopping with us, supporting our family and community. 


<3

Tal.




 




Thursday, March 23, 2017

Glitter Contest Winner Announcement!

And the winner of our glitter contest is... 
Manuela Leder! 
 
We are thrilled to announce that the winner of our Glitter Contest is the lovely Manuela Leder. Her Chinese Dragon was absolutely inspired and inspiring! We loved her use of color and composition to create her dynamic design and the overall effect with the glitter just blew us away! She won a Pro Glitter Kit with 100 tattoos~ up to a $120 value! 

A very close second place is Kayla Horton! 
 
We loved her cute style and use of all the colors in the rainbow! She has won a second place prize~ one of our freehand glitter tattoo kits! 

It was a very difficult decision picking a winner! We had so many great designs and tattoos submitted and we want to thank each and every one of our contestants! Our close-knit community is built by people like you who engage and interact! We also want to thank all of you who liked and commented on our Facebook Page; your support is so appreciated!

The Glitter Contest was an unequivocal success thanks to everyone involved! We hope you had fun- we know we did!

Stay glittery everyone!

Love from,
The Art Factory Team

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March 2017 Contest: Show Us Your Sparkle!

 
Show us your SPARKLE Contest!
 
This March we are launching a contest to find the best GLITTER Body
Art out there! The rules are simple: your art HAS to have glitter, you have to email a quality picture to info@artfactory.com by March 18th at Midnight EST, and you have to have FUN!

We want to see your beautiful artwork- show us some creativity!
The winner of our contest will receive a Pro Glitter Kit of your choice valued up to $120! 
 
Let's see some amazing work Art Lovers!

Rules and Regulations:

1. Anyone can join, this contest is not restricted by age, gender, or location.
 
2. You must play by the rules.

3. Each submission will be done via email. Our email address is
info@artfactory.com. We will create a Facebook photo album that will be dedicated to this contest and we will be uploading the images on your behalf. This will help eliminate Facebook image view restrictions that we have had in the past - This time everyone gets the same view.

4. You can enter the contest at any time. 
 
5. The contest submissions start now and will end on SATURDAY MARCH 18th at Midnight EST.

6. You may use additional media to make your artwork AMAZING! Face paint, body paint, airbrush, gems, and hot models are all acceptable as long as the image is Kosher for Facebook!
 
7. The winner will receive a Professional glitter tattoo kit that is the perfect start-up to any small business. You may vie the prize by visiting our website at: http://www.shopglittertattoos.com.

8. If you are an international winner we kindly ask that you cover the cost of shipping of the kit.
 
9. By submitting your artwork for this competition, you are giving Ybody LLC the right to use your photo for advertising and promotional online and in print.
 
10. The winner will be chosen on Monday, March 20th and will be announced on our Facebook page  and blog.

Friday, January 6, 2017

2017 Winter Blowout Sale!

  

50% off Glitter Tattoo Supplies! 

It’s that time of year again! Our third annual Winter Sale is here!  Now is the time to stock up on all of your favorite glitter tattoos products at 50% off!!


Now, for the details…  


The following products will be 50% at checkout:
*Body glue will be shipped at your own risk of freezing.  We cannot replace frozen glue that is purchased at 50% off.

The rules:

  • Custom orders and banner kits are not eligible for this sale.
  • Orders using the coupon code will not be able to take advantage of free shipping.  
    You MUST purchase shipping for your order to be fulfilled.
  • Due to the high volume of orders, please understand if your order doesn’t go out as quickly as it normally would.
  • If you have any questions about the sale, please contact info@artfactorystore before placing your order.  We will be happy help!
  • You MUST use coupon code LETITSNOW17 to receive the discount (this offer is not available retroactively)
  • Offer expires on January 12th @ Midnight EST 
  • Sorry, we are unable to offer the discount when you shop in person at the store. This sale is for online orders only there is simply too much going on during such sale for us to be able to give you the proper service. 
  • Orders placed during this sale must be either shipped your way or picked up within 5 business days. We cannot offer delivery during kidvention the up coming conference in DC.
    We would love to hear what you think about our new website! Please leave us a comment when you check out <3
    Enjoy the sale and be safe wherever you may be…  


    Click here to shop all glitter tattoos goodies :)
     

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

How to be Creative, Even Though You're Not!

Hello painty peeps!  I hope you all have a lovely 4th of July holiday if you're in the USA, and just a lovely regular 4th if you're in another country!

Like most U.S. painters, I was out working in the sweltering heat, making that cheddar!



hopefully I looked this adorable while working...







And because it was a holiday, I decided to make up some new designs for my choice board to go along with the stars and stripes theme.

Now, when I'm out at face and body art conventions, I hear a lot of people complain that they just "aren't creative" and that they have to copy designs from other people.

And I always say, "sure you are! You just don't know it yet!"  and then they look at me like I'm an idiot and walk away...



Don't shake your head at me Dean!


Guys, guys, guys!  You CAN DO THIS!  You too can make up your own designs!  It's fun! It's a great brain workout! AND it will set you apart from your competition.

"But Ashley, how do I change something up to be mine?"

Easy! Just think of something that you like painting/drawing and add that element to your design and it becomes yours!







Think about it this way.. what makes a Van Gogh recognizable?  It's the intense painterly brush strokes.  What do you instantly think of when you think of Picasso? Simplified shapes and flattened perspective?  Probably... and it's the same for face painting!  What do you think of when you think of a Wolfe design? Detailed realism?  or maybe Mark Reid?... Jewel tones and perfectly tapered black line work?  You can easily spot a Mark Reid design, or a Heather Green design, or a Wolfe design because they have figured out what they enjoy painting and have incorporated those ideas into their work.

So, what do you like?
Maybe it's:
-Swirls
-Bright Colors
-Details
-Blending
-Bling
-Stencils
-Tribal
-Straight Lines
-Layers
-High Contrast
-Bold Line Work(a personal favorite)....
-etc.

You figure out what you love and mix it into your designs.
FOR EXAMPLE:
"Man, I LOVE swirly lines!"
Awesome! So take something that we all do... maybe a Tiger.... and add that element that you love!  In this case, swirls.

I drew this with markers... don't judge me..lol
As you can see in this example, on the left I drew a typical Tiger Face, on the right I changed the lines to reflect a love of swirls!  It looks VERY different from a typical Tiger Face, but still has all of the same elements that the one on the left has!  So cool!

This idea can work for just about anything...

So, you don't really like swirls, but you LOVE thin, detailed line work... Okay, let's give it a try with our Tiger Face.


 Whoa! Now those are different.  For the new one, I thinned out all of the stripes, gave them a little wiggle, and added some tiny touches like dots, a different nose shape, and lip color!  It's detailed, but not in the realistic sense.. It has become very stylized and unique.



Both the Swirly Tiger and Detailed Tiger are great examples of how to take a normal design and make it your own.  After a while of practicing, you'll be able to give any design your own spin. 

Here is an example of a butterfly that I painted when I first began:






And here are butterflies that I did this year:


As you can see, they are a similar shape, and both have my favorite bold lines(yay!) but I figured out that I love using hearts for the body of the butterfly, and I love the look of just color and black lines.. no dots needed.   That is now my signature quick-butterfly style.  It may not be recognizable to anyone else but me, but I know that it makes my butterflies mine, and for now at least, it makes me super happy to paint them!  Later, when I'm ready to 'get creative again' I'll challenge myself to change something.. maybe add hearts somewhere else in the design?  Get rid of the black?!  Bring back lots and lots of dots?!!??!? 

Okay.. so it's not that crazy to change things up.. but sometimes it can feel like it!  haha..




So I challenge you to try it out!  Paint what makes you happy and incorporate it into your gigs.  I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how fun it is to get out of your same old routine.

Now, I'm not saying it will be an instant success.. there are going to be flubs along the way.  You'll try and paint Snow White, and instead of being graceful and petite, she'll look drunk and crazy....but that doesn't mean you should give up!  It just means that you figured out that the eyes should be rounder, the nose should be smaller, that maybe necks are important....





We all make mistakes...



Check out new styles of drawing! Check out some drawing tutorials on Pinterest and Youtube.. Check out different books on drawing from the library and give them a try.  You can NEVER have too much practice. Even if it isn't always with a paintbrush, practicing will always help.

I challenge you to add one new detail to your Tiger Face at your next gig!  GET CREATIVE!

Don't forget to share your ideas and attempts with me!

That's it for now! Happy painting!

Looooooove,
Ashley




p.s. find me on things!
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facebook page
instagram for my face and body art
instagram with face art, crafting, my dogs, and everything else

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

How to be a Pack Mule

Hey y'all! 

I'm finally back and ready to talk your ears off again.  I've been thinking a lot about what to make this next post about and last week it hit me!  Moving your stuff! 

Sometimes the most frustrating part about a gig can be moving from the car to the gig and back again.  Ugh... How many times have I dropped stuff?  How many times has my bag tipped over while going over a curb?  How many times did I think to myself "WHY DO I BOTHER?!"  Yea... sometimes it's a real pain in the you know what.


We are all this guy.

But lately I've really come to terms with carrying all of my crud around.  Thanks to some really cool items that make my life a LOT easier.

So, first and foremost.. let's talk about these big chairs that most of us carry around.  We all know that pretty much the industry standard is this beauty, the tall aluminum director's chair!  In fact, this is the exact chair that I have.  You can find it on Amazon for $99, and it's called the Earth Heavy Duty VIP Tall Aluminum Director's Chair.  It's a great chair!  Lightweight, comes with pockets, and very durable.

Sure, it comes with a giant bag that you could try and use, but it's really more of a pain than it's worth. 

So in comes the Back Strap!!! 



Check out Sara rocking her chair like it's nothing!

 It clips right onto your chair and then you can EASILY pop your chair on like a backpack and leave your hands totally free to deal with:
  • doors
  • car keys
  • elevator buttons
  • bags
  • shaking hands
  • handing out business cards
  • waving
  • petting cute animals
  • high fives
  • the list goes on and on!!! Imagine the possibilities!
This thing has literally been my favorite purchase for my business in the last 2 years!  Hands down.  And, to be honest.. because my chair has pockets on the side, I also stuff some of my junk into those while I have the chair on my back so that it's less I have to hold with my hands.  Am I a genius?  Maybe. Here's a video of the chair strap in action...

 You can buy your own Back Strap for your chair by click --> HERE!

Okay, so we've got our chair taken care of, but what about our other junk?  

There's paint, and tables, and brushes and, and, and....!!  ahh!   Okay, don't worry! Here's what I do...

For my paint boxes, glitter caddy, brush holder, mirror, sponges, water container, stencils, business cards, bug spray, tape, scissors, etc. I use a small carry-on size rolling case.  Mine looks like this:
I invested in a Samsonite brand because my last case fell apart.. this one has been great and has traveled around the world/country with me.  I love it!  And here's a secret when it comes to buying these things...  If you go to TJ Max, or Gabes, or Ross's, or Marshall's, or whatever your discount home goods shop is, you will probably find these at a really good price.  I bought mine there for just $60!  I went online when I got home and found that it was selling on Ebay for $200!  woohoo!   




Now what about a table?  I like to ALWAYS have a table or two in my car, because we've all been to an event and the client says "oh I put a table out for you!" and you're like.. "oh awesome, thanks so much!" and then you walk over and this is what you see....




Uhhhmmm... Thanks, no.  I'll just go grab my table from the car.





 My tables are all 4 foot long, and fold up and come with a carrying handle, like this:

So, when I walk up to a party, I've got my chair on my back, my junk all stored in my rolling case in one hand, and (if I need it) my table in the other hand.  Awesome right?

But wait, there's more!  You can stream line your stuff all to one hand!  Just pick up one of these babies:
A folding dolly!  Pop this thing open, place your table and rolling bag on it, and then bungee cord them in place(I like to criss-cross the cords for security) and you're ready to go!  with your table, chair, bag, and still one hand free to deal with doors!  Yes!  It's like magic!



Sometimes you have even more stuff to carry, like for a festival.  In that case I recommend one of these:
It's a folding wagon.  It folds up to fit in your car and unfolds to hold a ton of junk!  yea!  It's like they made them just for us... 

Well, I hope that helps!  Now you can seamlessly glide from the car to your event without having a breakdown.

Tell me your thoughts, your questions, your dreams in the comments!

Until next time, happy painting!

Looooove,
-Ashley