We’ve all seen examples of face painting. If we asked you to come up with one character for face painting, we also think we know your answer – a tiger or a cat. Well up until now you might have been right. But then we came across Daizy Design, a group of wonderful face painters based in Wellington, New Zealand. Now we have seen what they are capable of recreating, the word ‘painting’ doesn’t seem to do them justice. As they say on their website Home page, “Our job is all about creating smiles, a memory that will last a lifetime, the chance to be whatever you want to be. We make the magic happen”. And from what we have seen, they clearly manage to achieve this every time. We have chosen one of their recent galleried events that perfectly showcases these talents – The Sustainable Home and Garden Show 2014.
In addition, we have been lucky to have been in contact with Daizy Design, and they were able to answer a few of the questions we had for them. In particular we wanted to know a little more about the event they had attended, to which they responded: “The event “The Sustainable Home and Garden Show” is promoting sustainable living. We paint there every year for the kids. What fair would be complete without the children’s entertainment and face painting?” We then quizzed them a little more deeply about the techniques and also the type of paint they use: “For all of our face painting we use high quality professional face paints, which are more like a make up and a designed to be safe on the skin. This means there is no such need for a protective base. The paint usually lasts a day if kept dry and will wash off easily with water before bed”.
Finally we asked them if anyone can become a successful face painter: “Anyone can have a go at face painting, although it is not always as easy as the professionals make it look. We spend many years perfecting our craft, and have attended classes and workshops specifically for face painting”. We have chosen forty of the best examples of their work from the show to give you a complete cross-section of the range in intensity of their designs. Yes, of course there were the tiger faces and some normal cats, but there were also some very clever and more intricate cat faces on display too. However the subtle face paintings really caught our eye as they were so unusual. We adored the idea of a dragon crawling down just one side of a child’s face, as well as some simple rainbow effects with stars and glitter. A few delicate flowers accentuated the prettiness of a child’s face, while the unmistakable features of a green gremlin seemed to be a popular choice with the boys. Did we have a favorite? Well perhaps we did like the rabbit face painting on a couple of the children’s faces – how cleverly the teeth were done on the children’s lower lip! And so do tell us which ones you preferred, we’d really love to know.