Making a Magical Facepainting Chair from Scratch

             For fair season this year, I really wanted to try something different for my booth.  When I found this old chair backed shaped shelf with stars on it at the thrift store, I decided to see if there was a way to turn it into a Magical Facepaint Chair.   With the help of Craigslist, I found a perfect 30″ stool base (which no one else wanted because the color was so odd).   With the help of my sister in law Jennie (a structural engineer of all things) and my nephew Dean Everett, we were able to create a Magical Facepaint chair from scratch (which also swivels).

Stay tuned for facepainting with ms Anna this summer at fairs, special events, and private birthday parties.  For more information on hiring ms Anna for your event, please check out   http://www.msAnnaArt.com  Summer season weekends are almost completely booked and weekdays are filling up fast.   Please message for availability right away.

I make designs for boys and girls (all ages welcome).  Everything from fairy princesses, butterflies and pandas to pirates, aliens and dragons.  I am also pretty good with funny mustaches.   For parties and events, I can create custom designs based on your theme and color scheme.   At a standard 1.5 hour birthday party, I can paint 18 full faces (as seen on my postcard).  All paint is professional grade, coconut based body paint.

Walking with Heart

Walking with Heart is no easy thing, it becomes easy to trip over things,

To knock, to bop, to tip to spill,

It’s never been easy, it’s not easy still,

But each time Lovey stumbled, her mom chimed, “No big deal.”

“As you know Lovey, as I’ve said from the start,

It’s very important to learn to Walk with Heart.”

 

And so outside Lovey went, into the great unknown,

Her heart wide open, her new birdfeet shown,

With every step, spaced not far apart,

Imprinted was left, little birdfeet with a heart,

And how little Lovey loved walking up the street,

Because everywhere she went, she printed birdfeet.

 

– from Lovey and the Grouch

A Mother Heron Story by Ms Anna

 

Lovey and the Grouch is a story about a young Possum named Lovey who receives a pair of birdfeet for her Birthday.  Because of they way they print hearts when Lovey walks, she calls them the “walk with hearts.”    But what happens when Lovey’s new birdfeet are stollen during show and tell in Ms Mayhem’s class?   Will Lovey blame her enemy the Grouch?  Will she go home and cry and plot revenge?  Stay tuned and see!  This and many other Mother Heron stories by Ms Anna are in the works.

Jimella’s Heron in my Studio

Jimella’s Heron Flys in the Eastern Window of my Pilsen Studio. Handmade by an artisan from Washington State, this bird has a twin who shared a space for years over Willapa Bay at The Ark Restaurant. After the Ark was sold in 2004, this Heron moved to Jimella’s home where it warmed the room with her Earth Stove, overseeing many nights of wood, sage and cedar burning by bookside with Black Bear, Coyote, Deer, Heron, Owl onlookers from the forest. This Heron flew above her through her transition. This Heron then got on a plane with ms Anna and flew all the way to Chicago where it now hangs in Pilsen.

Getting my facepaint board ready to head of to the Rolling For James fundraiser in Niles.

The Little Book of Laughing

This Poem was Written the First Time I was Left to Babysit for my 3 Month old Nephew Dean.

(He was a big Help in it’s Creation)

It is intended to be a board book for babies 0-3.

The Little Book of Laughing

by Ms Anna

If you start laughing, I’ll start laughing too,

And I’ll bet…

The little CAT will start laughing too,

“Mew Mew, Mew Mew”

If I start laughing, the little cat laughs too,

And I’ll bet…

The GOLDFISH will start laughing too,

“Gloob Gloob, Gloob Gloob.”

If the little cat starts laughing, the goldfish laughs too,

And I’ll bet…

The HUMMINGBIRD will start laughing too,

“Zoom Zoom, Zoom Zoom.”

If the goldfish starts laughing, the hummingbird laughs too,

And I’ll bet…

The BIG TREE will start laughing too,

“Swoosh Swoosh, Swoosh Swoosh.”

If the hummingbird starts laughing, the big tree laughs too,

And I’ll bet…

The LITTLE BOYS will start laughing too,

“Hoot Hoot, Hoot Hoot.”

If the big tree starts laughing, the little boys laugh too,

And I’ll bet…

The FLOWERS will start laughing too,

“Bloom Bloom, Bloom Bloom.”

If the little boys start laughing, the flowers laugh too,

And I’ll bet…

The LITTLE GIRLS will start laughing too,

“Coo Coo, Coo Coo.”

Now we ALL are laughing and the moon is laughing too,

And when we think of who to thank, we all will turn to YOU,

“Thank You, Thank You.”

(This poem is dedicated to Jimella Lucas Todaro.)

Inside of Jimella's magical and warm home there were many tributes to nature, Herons, and other wildlife from the Bay.

Inside of Jimella’s magical and warm home there were many tributes to nature, Herons, and other wildlife from the Bay.

Rolling For James

My art board made especially for James for his fundraiser to raise money for his family to buy him a roll in van and shower.   We had a great time, I probably painted 50 or 60 full faces.   Lots of Monkeys and Kitties and odd Mustaches.   Please check out more about James and, if you can, help support him and his family http://www.rollingforjames.com

My art board made especially for James for his fundraiser to raise money for his family to buy him a roll in van and shower. We had a great time, I probably painted 50 or 60 full faces. Lots of Monkeys and Kitties and odd Mustaches. Please check out more about James and, if you can, help support him and his family http://www.rollingforjames.com