I like the model of K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid). The easier it is to lug around my stuff, the better the party or event goes.
I can easily bring everything I need for an event. Which includes these two things:
- My art cart
- My director’s chair
What’s my Face Painting Setup Like?
- Open the director’s chair and put it where they want me
- Open the side table for paints/water/gems
- Put art cart on the other side of director’s chair with table cloth on top/paint brushes/mirror/sponges
- Baby wipes in the back pocket of the director’s chair
- iPhone in the side pocket of the chair
- I sit in director’s chair
- Hand the book to the first kiddo, then when she decides ~ she passes the book back in line.
This is how I set up for every event, from birthday parties to large festivals. With really big crowds, I may circulate two face painting design books through the line.
Ergonomically it is so much better for me to sit in the chair, and let the children stand in front of me, than to have the child sit in the chair and have me bend over them. This has been a lifesaver for my back, hands, wrists, and neck. I can really go all day without feeling sore or fatigued.
Setting up at your next face painting event does not have to be an event in its own right. Just keep-it-simple!
If I’m doing a birthday party, I also balloon twist. My apron, balloons, and pump are all in a side pocket of my art cart. When I’m done face painting, I completely clean up my paints and fold my director’s chair. This keeps little fingers from getting into my paints, brushes, and gems.
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