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 πŸ™‚

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.

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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 CatrΓ­ona.

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

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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, HelenaΒ SkuhrovcovΓ‘, 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 πŸ˜€

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

Love,

-M.

Avatar makeup

It’s a while ago now! But before Christmas, I had a request of a friend, asking me to help him with his costume. It was for a party, and he was willing to go all out. I suppose he came to the right person! 😊

He wanted to be like a character from James Cameron’s Avatar. We discussed the details and decided to try and make the nose shape and do full upper body makeup. 

I started with the nose, because I had to make it in advance. The technique I chose was latex, mixed with flour, applied on my foam head, Charlie. 

We had a fitting session, because Charlie didn’t have the same nose as my friend. After some adjustments we had our nose! 

I finished the edges with some nose putty where needed, the rest is latex. The edges are something I really want to learn more about! 

Then I added pointed ears, painted him blue, added contouring, stripes, eyemakeup, and he had gotten a wig, contacts and accessories. 

We had a lot of fun and his party was a success!
Love,

-M.

Halloween 2016

By now it’s December, so I’m running way behind on posting this. But, those of you who follow my other social media like instarainbow, are able to see all the snaps I take with a phone πŸ™‚

Halloween started early this year! I was planning with our party hostess in the beginning of September, I think.. She told me the theme ideas she had, and it became an ‘Enchanted Forest’. It’s a beautiful theme, very broad, you can do basically anything fantasy, I really enjoyed it! πŸ˜€

It was also very early in the season that I settled on a general idea of what I would want to do with this theme. This year we really wanted to succeed on having a squad of people that actually kept their costume in line with the theme and we did! But I wanted something that would be better than last year.
I woke up in the middle of the night and started sketching, so the sketch below in the album is that original idea. Once it was set on paper I was focused on finding out details on how to accomplish things, Β the hair structure for example. But this was the plan from the beginning and I didn’t wander astray!

So what is it that I am? I was inspired by the ‘children of the forest’ from the Game of Thrones TV show. I wanted something like that, but with wings, elf ears, and a less I-was-literally-attached-to-a-tree kind of look. More of a magical look. A tad more fancy. But on the other hand, I didn’t want to be a fairy, I was going to be an evil, depressed version when it came to costume. I did obviously have a party and smiled and whatever, but the costume was intended as Evil Fairy.
Conclusion: I was a Forest Child, along with the rest of the girls πŸ™‚

My friends and boyfriend are also shown in the album. The girls were dressed as a Fawn, another Forest Child That Walked Out Of The Forest With Moss, there’s my friend I did makeup for who’s sort of my Evil Fairy Sister, and my boyfriend was Robin Hood with scratches that I made.

The day itself was so much fun. My entire hair/makeup took over 6 hours. I love this. This is commitment!
And there was my friend, who was able to help out a little with painting my back, we had a really lovely day, then we all did makeup together at my house and we had pizza, and it was a really good day πŸ™‚ Then we went to the party and I was tired AF because I’d been up since early and just exhausted from the whole day haha!

But it was a good Halloween year. This is what I live for.

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For the occasion, I had dyed my hair (!!) with a colouring shampoo. It’s not permanent, it washes out after three washes or so. It was fine! My hair is not damaged and it’s back to normal now πŸ™‚ Hairstyle: Sansa Stark.

I used scarwax to create a broader bridge of the nose and a strong browline. These edges were not blended perfectly like the professionals do it, but for me, this was my best attempt so far. Gotta start somewhere. Oh, and I created gills on my arms. I don’t really know why, I wasn’t a fish. It just was cool and went with the look.

Paint: Mehron, obviously. Yes, I was wearing contacts. I also used some powder products, most of those would have been Sugarpill, Sleek or BHcosmetics.

Costume: The top was a simple top that I shredded. The skirt was made by myself. The wings were made from scratch by myself using wire and kitchen wrap (iron it so it melts) and everything with leaves is also just crafted with leaves that I got at some shop.

If I missed anything, if you have any questions, let me know! Enjoy!

Love,

-M.

Face charts through Instagram

Last week I discovered this guy’s instagram and I love his charts!

Today I spontaniously decided to go paint one on my face. Excellent way of spending me-time! πŸ™‚

The light is terrible, I know, but it’s nighttime here in the Netherlands.. I tried taking some pictures with my phone, which was not a great idea because the quality of them is not good in low light. Then I got the EOS out and I had to look up in the camera and into the lights on the ceiling to get a proper image of what the makeup actually looks like.

I’m not too happy about the poses, but I can’t have everything, especially on a last-minute occasion like tonight.

Enjoy!

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Love,

-M.

Photoshoot preview!!!!

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This is the first of a selection of photos that were taken yesterday!

I can no longer wait to show them to the world, though I have yet to wait for the rest of the photos so consider this a preview πŸ™‚

Photographer/retouching: Wouter Oud
http://www.woutoud.com/

Makeup/modelling: Me! πŸ™‚

This was so much fun! And I loooooove the results!
More information will be in the actual article, coming up tonight or tomorrow.

Love,

M.

Driving home for Christmas

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It was a bright and early morning when I left the city. This picture is taken on the road from the station to the highway and I loved it.

I go back to my parents’ pretty often, though for the holidays I brought my camera. That way I’m now able to present the latest version of my wall painting πŸ™‚
To be honest I don’t even recall what I did most recently, I suppose it’s the darker green colours in the front.

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Most importantly, what I want to show you today is this:

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Remember when my laptop died? Did you read my complaints about my computer not being able to handle photoshop and other programs that require a beast type system because it’s too old?

Well, I saved for a new system and decided to assemble it myself, since it’s cheaper and a lot of fun! I built my own computer!
The picture shows my happiness after the first round of testing if I installed things correctly. I did, since the message on the screen was exactly what I wanted to see. That was earlier today πŸ™‚
Tomorrow I’m expecting the last part to arrive, which is my optical drive, that wasn’t neccesary for the first part of assembling, I can just pop that in tomorrow and it’ll be fine. Unfortunately, tomorrow I’ll be gone for a shopping trip (that’s just too bad πŸ˜‰ ) so I’m going to install my Windows on Tuesday, along with all the other basic things.
For those of you that are interested, I can make a seperate post dedicated to the new computer system. If you’d like to see that, let me know in the comments.

All of this is very good news, because with this new baby, I will be back to video editing within a few days! Hooray!

Oh, and ofcourse, we celebrated Christmas for three days with the family here.
I hope you all had a great time, even though it’s such a forced social event.

OH!! Did you all see the new Star Wars movie yet? GO SEE IT!
I went as Leia! πŸ™‚

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I can totally film and produce a hair tutorial for this thing in a week or so! πŸ˜€

Love,

-M.