It all began with a peacock in 2013
Since then all of my body paint projects have had helped with Body Confidence….
From surgery scars after cancer treatment, weight gain and scars due to a motorbike accident, to confidence issues due to long term depression and general body confidence issues.
Without exception, every model has said they felt more confident and loved their photos.
Even though they were almost naked, the paint gives a costume, a way to be someone else. It’s a bit like fancy dress. You can be whoever you want to be.
How will you know how you feel until you try?
It’s time to stop hiding that beautiful body, celebrate every curve, bump, scar or blemish.
What’s stopping you?
You have nothing to lose, except your inhibitions & your clothing
Towie Halloween party 2015
amanda.jenner 1st November 2015
Our day started early At 6:30am, our venue was to be the Old Truman Brewery in Brick lane. The journey there was a nightmare, accidents, traffic delays, 12 miles in an hour and a half, the google map ap on my phone tried to sabotage our arrival time several times but we made it just before 9am. We paid our £15?!?! Parking fee and trudged upstairs with our kit. What a beautiful venue!
What brilliant artwork outside the Truman brewery window
Window with a view
We were supposed to start at 9 with Bobby but unfortunately he was stuck in traffic so we admired the views for an hour and set up our kit while the other make up artists went to work on Tommy who was literally bouncing off the walls. Lewis said “He’s like Taz” , so true. I’ve never seen anyone have their make up done with their feet up before.
The lovely Bobby arrived at 10.15 and we set to work, he was to be a sugar skull with skeleton and flower body, 2 hours work at least, we had 45 minutes
Consequently Bobby went to film half finished. Very frustrating from an artist point of view but the show must go on! He’s totally adorable and when the crew were standing behind us saying “we really need him, how long will he be?” He was cool as a cucumber and said “give her ten more minutes babe” this bought us precious time. we love you Bobby! He’s an all round good egg, someone you’d be proud to call your friend.
Next to paint was Lewis, he looked hot hot hot in his skintight outfit, have you been working out Lewis? He wanted just a sugar skull face, should only take 15 mins, we can gain some time back we thought. Little did we know that our lovely Lewis is a bit of a perfectionist. First the eyes were uneven and he looked like a puppy, then he wanted initials instead of the cross, then he didn’t like that and wanted the cross, then the moustache wasn’t even, 45 mins later he was finished and delighted with the result. We were full of adrenalin after the Bobby Rush so the lines were a bit wobbly but he didn’t seem to mind. He was so bubbly and friendly, we shared top tips, he shared mine on snapchat, Taught me the difference between a (2) and an (s), we selfied, I spilt paint on his trousers, he laughed about it, he was fun.
Mike was next, we filled in his beard to make it more prominent as we couldn’t paint over it. He wanted a red and black sugar skull. We loved the finished look complete with hat and poncho.
Next up Jake, he wanted something from Warriors so we decided on a bloodied version for Halloween and he had a baseball kit on to match. Emma said he had lovely eyes, I can’t say I noticed, I’m far too professional to comment
This only took a few minutes and he was very happy with the result, he then went off to be photographed professionally
Vas was next, what a sweet guy. Don’t believe the hype, he does smile lots, all he really needs is a hug. He’s so lovely in real life. The gold colours really complemented his skin tone, the photos do it no justice, there was so much glitter, he kept saying “I love it!”
Lastly was Dan, he was hungry bless him so only wanted something very quick. We opted for a half face, just 5 minutes for this one, he wasn’t in the mood to hang about but happy as always to pose for pics. I think the hat sets it off beautifully, shame he didn’t want something more intricate or colourful.
We finished at 2.30, five and a half hours passed so quickly. Everyone is so nice and welcoming. It’s just a shame we didn’t have more time. There’s so much more to face and body painting than just paint. If you’re stressed its really hard to paint well, this was a real challenge but we loved every minute.
Already looking forward to the next one, roll on Christmas
Superheroes body paint at Festival studio – 24hour Shootafon for Alzheimer’s Society
amanda.jenner 17th August 2015
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It’s Saturday 14th August, 2PM, and we’ve just arrived at Festival Studio for their 24 hour photo marathon to raise money for Alzheimer’s.
We started the day by making up Mimi-Jo so she could be photographer in her first outfit of studded bra and skull trousers. We then started painting Steve as Venom from Spiderman 3. “It’ll only take 2 hours with my new airbrush” I said confidently, 4 hours later we still weren’t complete. Poor Steve had no blood left in his head from the rubber hat squeezing it so it had to be removed periodically so he wouldn’t faint. Such a diva!
Our “Studio” for the day was situated in the ladies toilets at Festival Studio. They were full to the rafters so we were grateful of the space and even the large table they provided wasn’t big enough for 3 body paints worth of paints and props. I costantly couldn’t find things, more on that later but safe to say it was organised chaos.
Steve scared the life out of ladies wanting the loo, loitering by the doorway before he was painted, once venom emerged we thankfully had hardly any visitors! Can’t think why?
Venom start to finish
Behind the scenes, being generally silly
Steve kept us all occupied by generally being silly, just looking at him makes me laugh, he has one of those faces. Leggings and a rubber hat sent me over the edge, at one point I just couldn’t stop laughing. Luckily he doesn’t take offence, being a body paint model is 80% attitude 20% look, he has both in abundance.
Wonderwoman is my hero so loved doing this body paint
Next it was Wonder Woman’s turn, the lovely Emma. She’s been a good friend for a while now and didn’t take much persuading to be Wonderwoman even though she’s never been at a photo shoot before. Emma is so easy going, as long as you feed her every hour. We were offered drinks and snacks constantly by the lovely staff at Festival Studio but being in the toilet did nothing for our appetites and there was no time to stop. Emma isn’t known for being terribly feminine, she power lifts for a hobby and runs a gym so the combination of that and no food made her the perfect moody Wonderwoman. She’s always so helpful, she tentatively painted stars on her knickers as I painted Steve and took all the “in progress” photos. She’s alos lovely to have around. The poor pair huddled under a blanket to keep warm between shoots, lack of food and drink kicking in again. Body paint modelling is much tougher than it looks as the paint drops body temperature, standing still for hours make you tired, grumpy, light headed. Yet we all still managed to laugh, probably hysteria.
There’s a great article here that explains it from the model point of view http://nypost.com/2006/02/02/my-brush-with-fame-the-naked-truth-about-becoming-a-body-paint-model/
Lastly is was the turn of Mimi-Jo to be transformed Poison Ivy. Custom made nipple covers were applied, leafy knickers that were a bit too cheeky in the bum for Mimi’s liking were put on. These were a big hit with the photographers who wanted to photograph her bum! Very tight, Red, high boots were shoehorned on, body paint and glorious wig finished the look. Mimi wiggled her way to the studio and was instantly papped! Mimi didn’t feel cold and unlike the rest of us was wide awake! I swear she runs on batteries! She couldn’t wait to get the killer boots off though, luckily there was a red satin bed in the studio where she could have a lie down while Venom UV took place.
First glimpses of Venom UV
Venom Body paint – Photo by Jan Marshall Photography
Not a very succesful UV shoot for me but the pro photographers have some great shots, Jan Marshall being one of them. Did I mention no food? This shoot was done at almost midnight, Steve’s head was throbbing, he’d had 2 cups of tea, needed a wee but didn’t want to risk it with the claws so I pacified him with a chocolate biscuit. He was a true professional and just kept on posing, holding a back bend for 2 minutes at a time. The photographers were limited to 3 poses each as he was so in demand yet we were all flagging badly.
The day ended at gone midnight for Emma, Steve and I, Mimi-Jo was still bouncing off the walls so stayed for the full 24 hours.
A fabulous day was had by all. Thank you Festival Studios, we’ll be back!
Towie behind the scenes
amanda.jenner 28th July 2015
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We arrived in windy Chelmsford at 8am on a Sunday morning. High House is a really lovely venue in the middle of nowhere.
First stop Bobby Norris:
Face and body art @feelgoodpainted @bobbcnorris
The carnival face and body paint for TOWIE Bobby Norris
I have to say, Bobby Norris is one of the nicest, genuine people I have ever met. Nothing like his Towie persona, he’s a total sweetheart, not what I was expecting at all. I thought if anyone is going to be a Diva it’ll be Bobby, how wrong I was. He stood patiently for almost 2 hours in the cold as I painted him and blinged him to the Max. It was TOWIE afterall. It was freezing cold in the marquee so we swapped places a few times to stop the cold wind blowing on him, then me, he kept his tracksuit bottoms on till the very end and draped a jacket over his back as I did his front then vice versa on his back. He was chatty throughout with both me and the rest of the TOWIE cast, telling the girls how beautiful they looked (they were stunning) and bantering with the boys.
I started by using TAG neon paint on his chest, bought from The Face Painting Shop a couple of days before. It’s really bright but takes lots of time to achieve an even finish, hence the yellow ended up looking a bit patchy. I then added the cameleon black velvet bought from Paintopia to his shoulders and lower torso to give a soft velvet effect. Next I used stargazer glitter gel to attach gilding flakes, chunky glitter and sequins also from The Face Painting Shop on all the edges to give that TOWIE bling effect.
Bobby was thrilled with the result and said “I wish I could go out looking like this every weekend” I replied “Bobby, if you need a bit of bling, just give me a ring” Cheese on toast as Bobby would say
Next up, Peter Wicks
Face and body art @feelgoodpainted @p_wicks01
Peter, Peter, Peter, what can I say about Peter?
It’s all bout the eyes, he’s like the snake in jungle book, if you look too long they hypnotise you. He’s even more handsome in real life. He said the trousers made him look like a gay Aladin, I said they looked more like his Nan’s curtains. To be honest he’d look good in anything. As I’m old enough to be his mum I can say that.
Anyway back to business.
For his chest I used Cameleon Venus outlined with Kryolan Aquacolor Interferenz in bronze and cameleon strong black to outline. I also used this on his face. If I had more time I’d have used venus to outline his eye mask instead of the black but he was literally being called to do a scene so we had to leave it at that, shame.
Next was Dan Edgar
Body art @feelgoodpainted @dan_edgar1
The first and lasting memory I have of Dan was how nice he smelt, it was amazing! Like lemons and clean linen, nothing I’ve ever smelt before. He was very sweet and let my husband have a spray of his aftershave to see if I liked it on him, bless!
We decided on a chest piece, abstract and feather like to maych his headpiece. For this I used my absolute favourite one stroke, Pansy and filled in the middle with gilding flakes in copper kettle. Outlined with cameleon strong black.
My final piece was Mario Falcone
Face art @feelgoodpainted @mario_falcone
Poor Mario had broken his arm a few days before falling off a segway so the body paint I had planned wasn’t to be. Instead we opted for an understated face design with a bit of bling all in black to match his outfit. He chatted throughout and swapped painkiller stories with my husband, poor thing must have been in pain.
On his face I used cameleon black velvet and gilding flakes, chunky glitter and discs in silver. I blurred the edges to make it look less harsh and added black glitter for the finishing touch.
We were thououghly spoilt by the TOWIE team with snacks, drinks and lunch throughout. It was a lovely day, we’re looking forward to next time.
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A few retweets from the boys would be lovely too!
Don’t take our word for it:
I was quite nervous before the body painting as I’ve never done anything similar before, never even had my makeup done by anybody else! But as it came closer to the day I became more excited as it was going to be a new experience for me.
Amanda was very welcoming and made me feel very comfortable and at home, she explained everything that was going to happen including if I had an allergies. She also checked that I was relaxed and if I had any worries during the painting.
The painting itself was fun, at first I found myself quite tense but as the time went on I found myself becoming more relaxed. The brushes tickled slightly and did make me smile but it was captivating to watch Amanda work, choosing the colours and glitter to go with my body and skin tones. During the photo shoot, again, I found myself slightly more nervous to start but as it went on I found myself almost ‘coming out of my shell’ and really getting into it, towards the end I felt really confident and enjoyed the new experience. Amanda encouraged me to try different poses and showed me the pictures as we took them to see which ones I preferred and which ones looked the most effective. I absolutely love the final images too, they are so beautiful and really make me feel like a sexy, beautiful person. I would definitely have my body painted again by Amanda, she was a lovely, kind person to work with and really made me forget all my troubles and enjoy the moment. I would certainly recommend this experience to a friend as it was something to really enjoy and a fantastic afternoon to loose yourself. I have shown so many people the photos Amanda took and everyone has said how amazing they are!
Thank you Amanda for such a brilliant experience!
Kat bump art
I had a wonderful experience with Amanda, I am 39 weeks pregnant and had my bump painted twice, first time with my partner at mothercare, took about an hour and some photographs taken after to cherish the moment, I felt completely relaxed and baby loved it, was moving all over the place!
Bump paint no2 Kat
Second time was to help Amanda at an expectant parent event, again at mothercare to advertise what she can do, again I felt completely relaxed and at ease with Amanda and having my bump on show to the public. I would recommend her to anyone! Xx