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!


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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.