Bodypainting jam session

After exam stressed from two weeks​ ago, I was able to paint again last weekend. I loved it. I missed it. And the weird thing is, I always think about what I am going to do, I always plan my character, I always recreated something that I like from YouTube, but not this time. I just picked a palette and painted whatever came up. It felt really really good 😊

The Mehron Paradise paints Pastels palette was one I hadn’t used very often yet. I bought it in Klagenfurt​ in the summer and since then, I didn’t really do much that I love.. So I opened it, looked at the colours and picked 5 I wanted to use. 

I also did some details with a silver paint from DiamondFX. 

I did look for some inspiration and found it with Lana Chromium. I love her style and have been following her artwork online for a long ​time. Two weeks ago she posted about a silver armour bodypaint on Instagram and if you look closely, you can see that that’s what I started with. But after the first lines, I just continued on my own and it was so much fun ❤

Enjoy the photos and check out the video I made here!

Love,

-M.

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GUTS presents: the Merchant of Venice

At the end of February, my theatre society was performing Shakespeare’s play ‘the Merchant of Venice’. I was involved as makeup artist again!

It was intense, but great fun! I got to experiment with making female characters look realistically like men, and the biggest challenge was to make them look normal again very very fast!

Luckily, I had help of two lovely people, Made and Femke, and if you really pay attention, you might know that I’ve worked with Femke before, and, she was my model for WBF! 😊

The cast consisted of 15 actors and 6 minor characters portraying servants etc., including myself. So, 21 people in need of makeup in a time slot of about 3 hours. Challenge accepted!

I made a time schedule so we had some outline for what to do, because otherwise it wouldn’t have happened.. but everything worked out perfectly in the end and looking back, it was a wonderful performance weekend 😊

Below are some pictures of the makeup being done and some the actors on stage before the show. Unfortunately, at this moment I don’t have the performance photos yet. Enjoy!

Click on the photo to enlarge 🙂

 

 
Love,

-M.

Painting progress: for now the final chapter

Readers that know me personally know I moved out of my parents house and to the city of Groningen three years ago. Ever since, the amount of updates on the big wall painting have declined. 

On occasions when I visit my parents I do sometimes paint more. But the truth is that I wasn’t close to completion. And for now, I can’t continue to paint anymore. 

My brother wanted to move from his smaller room to what was formerly my room. Which is very understandable, especially after I had moved out. Problem; he didn’t like the painting as wall decoration for himself, and wanted it gone. Which is reasonable! But the idea of painting the wall white again was something I really didn’t like, and luckily my mother wanted to preserve the art 🙂

As a solution my parents built a ceiling system on the wall, since it’s angled and that way just becomes part of the roof and ceiling. This way, if my brother moves out in the future, my mother could reinstate the painting. But we won’t see it again for a loooong time. 

Seeing the result yesterday broke my heart, as it’s a personal project that took years and means a lot to me. But I also understand my brother, who is in his right to decorate his room as he wants.

So, these are the last pictures of the painting: 

Love,

-M.

Catching up: The World Bodypainting Festival

Hi there! If you’re still following this blog, it’s been a while, but hey, I wrote ages ago that I would no longer apologize. So, where to start?

This happened in the summer, in July 2017. I travelled to Klagenfurt, Austria, and was there for the WB Academy and the festival.

It was the best thing I could have done. I loved it so much, and I wish I had gone before, because it was exactly what I needed.
Everybody I’ve met there, I love these people, the fellow artists who do this as their life, their profession! And on such a level that I would never be able to compare to, but it’s so inspiring and educational. I’ve learned so much from all of them, and the atmosphere is just so warm and welcoming. A definite recommendation to other starting artists in bodypaint and special effects!

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Day 1 consisted of me arriving and exploring the town a bit, and in the afternoon I was able to go to the registration desk where I met the organisation, including Alex. I also made my first friends here, at the desk, this were Gina and Cara. We went to a meetup in a bar at night, for all the first arrivals, where we also met Catríona.

Also, I just sat down with really great people, Alex Hanssen, Rudy Campos, Yvonne Zonnenberg and Gert Leeftink to name a few 🙂

Day 2 was the first day of the WB Academy. My first workshop was a two day workshop with Alex Hanssen on EVA foam for cosplay costumes. Very interesting, Alex is great and I really really want to do more with cosplay once I’m done with my master degree!

Day 3 was a continuation of the EVA foam workshop.

Day 4 would have been another two day workshop, but, I was the only person to apply for that. They made it a private workshop for just 1 day instead, but I couldn’t do that on day 4, because my model was still on her way to get to Austria 🙂 So, the organisation allowed me to pick another 1 day workshop for day 4, which became Bodypainting basics with Riina Laine. This too, was quite an experience for me, it was very good to learn some of the basic understanding and even as someone who’s painted before, it’s just a really good workshop. I had a lot of fun, and during the week I met so many people, I was able to get myself a last minute model too! Mario, thanks again 🙂

Day 5 was the private workshop with Yolanda Bartram in Special Effects, making a fantasy creature! This was amazing! We worked with prefabricated prosthetics of foam latex, and I learned how to blend them a lot better, working with professional materials and all. It was awesome! Also, then we painted a costume on. Femke, thankyou so much for coming all the way to Austria with me, you were the best I could possibly hope for ❤ It was so much fun, and basically it was just me and Yolanda jamming together. I loved it.
The photo of Femke standing near a statue with a little girl even made it into the booklet!!

Day 6 was the first day of the festival. I had this day to myself, to walk around and buy materials from all the vendors. I got a set of stencils, new paints from DiamondFX, some new stuff from Mehron, kabuki brushes… And I had a lot of fun!

Day 7 was special, Gina and I were invited to help out with the contest as assistants for Lucas Bures and his wife, Helena Skuhrovcová, from the Czech Republic. It was very cool to be in the tent and be able to help out! They were both competing for the World category of Airbrush bodypaint. They allowed us to be part of the team, to be part of the festival, and it was really helpful to discover what it was like, participating as an artist. I went to the judges with Helena as well, and so I was able to see the full process. Thanks again, Helena and Lucas, for having us!

Day 8 was also very special, as I was asked by Rudy Campos (yes, the man from Skin Wars) to be his assistent. Thanks Rudy!!!! Rudy was an artist for the World category of Special Effects. It was so cool, being part of the artwork we created. Rudy also taught me a lot that day, and it was just really awesome working with him and Anastasia.

We didn’t win the awards, but the experience is something so much better. I have this whole ‘family’ of bodypainters now, it’s a group of people that I don’t need to explain myself to, people who do the same thing but even crazier. It’s so fantastic to finally have gone here. I really wanted to go again in 2018, but, some other news, I’m going to move. My boyfriend and I will move together to another apartment in May, and we will likely be out of money in July 😀

All I can say now is, thankyou to everyone who was part of this incredible journey. We will meet again!

Love,

-M.

Catching up: My homemade wardrobe since September

As you might know, I’ve gotten myself into sewing as well as everything else displayed here. It is actually really becoming a thing to me. By now I’m in a stage where I no longer want to buy clothing from stores. Especially fast fashion stores. I admit, it’s nice to get some basics, like thights. I can’t do underwear yet. And I’m not making pants or jeans anytime soon, that’s something I think would be extremely difficult and my sewing machine is not up for thick fabrics!

It’s for all the ethical and environmental reasons… I feel like people know about the problem with cheap and fast fashion but the majority ignores it and pretends it’s something that doesn’t happen or isn’t a very direct problem that they can change.

So I decided to change. Baby steps.

First up, a dress I remember finishing in December:

It’s from the first issue of ‘Knip’ I ever got, August 2016. That’s a Dutch sewing magazine.

Second: another dress. Same issue of the magazine 🙂

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I actually changed this one quite a bit, because the middle part was a hot mess the first time I tried it on. I shortened the top part a lot and sewed it back on.

Third: I made a rockabilly dress with a petticoat! It was in honor of the theatre play we did with the theatre society called ‘the Deep Blue Sea’, which is set in the 50’s. I really wanted to make this and wear it for the show. It turned out pretty amazing and I wear it to work too 🙂

The dress pattern is the Katjusha pattern on Burda. The petticoat was made following this video on Youtube.

 

Lastly, I made this skirt not too long ago, without any pattern.

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At the moment I’m not sewing anything, but I do have many ideas of what to do with the pile of fabrics I got myself a few months back!
I’m in preperations for my summer getaway to the World Bodypainting Festival! 🙂 I’m so excited and I can’t wait to meet the wonderful artists that will be there! My expectations are high and I’m really really looking forward to my workshops!

Also, Game of Thrones is baaaaaaack!

Love,

-M.

Catching up: Makeup for the Deep Blue Sea

In June, I did makeup and hairstyling for the theatre play ‘the Deep Blue Sea’, written by Terence Rattigan. As a cast and crew, we had a lot of fun putting it together! Yet again, I would like to thank everyone involved 🙂 A special thankyou goes to Dawn Bullock, our director. Her vision and passion for this piece was amazing and she guided all of us. I am so proud to have been part of this production and I wish Dawn the very best of luck and happiness, as she will go on to her next adventure portraying Rebecca in ‘Tanz der Vampire’ in Vienna!

For this play we had a group of young actors, with half of them playing characters that were over 30. The play is set in the ’50s, meaning the hairstyles had to look accordingly.

The most challenging character to do was Mrs. Elton. That was so much fun, this was the second old-age character for me to create, yet this had to be realistic. And then there were the characters that were not that old, so it was completely different from the cartoonish Dr. Elzimuth.

This time I was also there to do makeup for our trailer, which you can watch here.

All of the photos posted in the album below are taken by E.M. Hes Photography and ha.dos photography.

If you want to see all of them, please check it out at our event page on Facebook!

Enjoy!

 

Love,

-M.

The Pussy hat movement

About a week ago I decided to make myself a pussy hat. Some of you might know them, but for those of you wondering what I’m talking about, here’s the thing: 

It’s a crocheted hat with a rectangular shape, that’ll give the impression of cat ears when you put it on. And it’s very bright pink!

At the moment I feel like the world is being torn apart. Elections have caused uproar, and in my country elections will be held next month. I find the aftermath of the election in the US quite disturbing, and let me be clear! I do not agree with this person’s opinions and what he’s said, and I defy his actions. For people that have followed me for some time, you know that I am a supporter of the LGBT community. This is my continued support for equality, for human rights. I am siding with the sisters and brothers of the Women’s march, for all the reasons you could think of. 

I’m now creating pussy hats on request for people in my city, Groningen. If slowly but surely the city turns pink, I’ll be superhappy. This feels like an amazing good cause to give my free time to. It’s important that we will express our opinions and not be silenced. 

Together, we can create the world we want to live in. 

Love,

-M.