Understand My Brand

I’ve decided to take some steps forward with my face painting and party planning business. I need a logo, I need a professional website and blog design, and I need an advertisement for publications. This led me to the Austin Design Group, a yahoo group of freelance graphic designers who are somewhat more affordable than the larger scale operations out there. And Austin Design Group introduced me to Barbara Austin of Sweet Dreamz Designs, a local Austin company. Barbara has the most delightful personality – her blog is lovely. Looking over her design packages I started thinking about my brand identity.

What is a brand? This is a complex question. To the entrepreneur explaining brand identity is like asking you to explain who you are as a person. Depending on your business the answer may obvious, but for me the answer is complicated.

My company is Woo Who! The name Woo Who was inspired by my children whose names begin with a W an H and an O. Sometimes we need an injection of enthusiasm around here, something a shout of Woo Who! can do. Woo Who is the perfect name for a business whose business is to facilitate creativity and fun.

The name is Woo Who, the byline is “Something to get excited about!”

I have three kids, as I mentioned, and my youngest was born with a rare genetic disease that completely turned our lives upside down. Originally sewing for my Etsy shop was my creative outlet, but sewing requires a lot of time, a luxury I no longer have. SO I turned to face painting and party planning/character appearances. Face painting and dressing up as a character for parties meets several needs: first,  it is fun. It fits into a small package and doesn’t take up an entire room of my house, lol. It gets me out of the house and into the community, breaking down the walls of isolation that comes with parenting any type of child whether your children are typical or not. Its a creative outlet that pushes me to think on a higher level as I interact with large groups of people of varying ages and desires. And the satisfaction that comes with  having made twenty or thirty people over-the-moon happy is infectious! I leave every job on cloud nine. This impacts me as a parent – I am a better mother for what I do.

So I think I understand my brand. I understand who I am as an entrepreneur and the needs my business must satisfy – both financial and personal. The big question is how do you decide on an image to represent your brand??? I am fickle and frequently change things up because I get tired of looking at the same blog background, and the same website layout. How do I decide on an image I can remain loyal to?

One of my goals for my blog was to explore my journey as an entrepreneur and work through the issues of business development in hopes that another scattered person out there might benefit from my experience. That goal was written months ago – better late than never! Hopefully I will continue to be able to find the time to write about my journey. I would sincerely love any feedback you would care to leave in the comments section!

Face Paint Removal Tips

Everybody loves to have their faces painted, adults and children alike. But adults can be hesitant to be painted because they know the removal process can be tough! Here are a few tips for removing face paint gently and effectively:

My personal preferred method is to start with a baby wipe. If you start by splashing water on your face you’re going to create an incredible, smeary mess! Using a baby wipe, start from the outer edge of the design and wipe towards the middle of the design, with a lifting motion at the end. Fold your baby wipe and continue to wipe and lift paint off the face until you’ve removed most of the paint. Use more than one wipe if necessary!

Once most of the paint has been removed there are several directions you can go: cold cream, baby soap such as Johnson’s and Johnson’s, or baby oil. You know your skin, and your child’s skin, and what will work best for them. Some people have extremely sensitive skin and need something like Cetaphil – Cetaphil burns the heck out of eyes, tho, so be aware of your products! Choose what is safe for you, but be careful all the same!

Ponds makes an excellent, inexpensive cold cream that can be found in most grocery and drug stores. Once I have lifted off the majority of the paint I cover the area that was painted in cold cream! Doesn’t have to be much, a thin layer will do. Let it sit for 2-5 minutes, and using a soft washcloth or cotton pads, begin wiping and lifting the remaining paint residue off of your face. This is an extremely gentle method for paint removal.

Using a baby soap, simply wet and wash the face as usual, blotting dry with a washcloth and applying moisturizer as needed!

Baby oil is a last resort in my book! Apply as you would the cold cream, a thin layer over the painted area, and let it sit for a minute before using a cotton wipe or washcloth to wipe and lift the remaining paint from the face. However, after you’ve removed the paint you still need to wash your face! Baby oil leaves OIL all over the face! This can be an unpleasant feeling and can clog those sensitive pores.

So now you have no excuses! The next time you see a face paint artist get in line and enjoy yourself!

Face Painting for IGDA!

I spent Saturday afternoon at a beautiful company picnic painting faces with Tiny Tails Petting Zoo at a company party for IGDA!

 

Rainbow Face Paint Austin, Texas

The rainbow one stroke is a perfect design for squirmy sweeties! Add a cloud of glitter at the end and voila! You’ve got one happy kid!

 

Rocket and Astronaut Face Paint – SPACE FACE Austin, Texas

I love this design. I painted it ages ago and its been in my idea book forever. Still, Saturday was the first time someone requested my rocket and astronaut design! How cool is that?

 

Butterfly Face Paint Design Austin, Texas

No day of face painting is complete until the butterfly has been painted! 🙂

 

 

 

Face Paint in Austin in July Ain’t For Sissies

July is HOT in Texas! And we had some hot face painting going on! Tropical butterflies, phoenix birds, lightning bolts and dragons among other designs!

Check out my kit, all set up and ready to paint. 🙂

Woo Who’s Face Painting Kit 😀 Diamond FX, Paradise, and TAG Face Paints

Tropical Butterfly Eye Face Paint

Butterfly and FLowers Face Paint with dramatic eye shadowing

Phoenix Face Paint

Flower Face Paint

Alien Face Paint

Lightning Bolt Face Paint

Jet Fighter Face Paint

Dragon Eye Face Paint

Purple Dragon Face Paint

Blue Butterfly Eye Face Paint

Fourth of July Face Painting at River Place Country Club

I had a wonderful time face painting at River Place Country Club on the Fourth of July! I painted lots of dragons and eagles, fire works and rainbows. Boys love this dragon eye design so much I think I’m going to have to put together a knight themed birthday party!!! Check out Woo Who! on Facebook at www.facebook.com/woowhoforfun!

Sly Dragon Face Paint

Fire Works Face Paint

Rainbow Face Paint

Black Widow Face Paint

Tiger Face Paint

Flower Face Paint

Rainbow Face Paint

Eagle Face Paint

!!!Princess Face Painting and BIrthday Party Package Austin, Texas!!!

!!Princess Party Package!!!

I will arrive at your party in princess costume with jewels & scepters for the whole party and beautiful satin princess cape for the birthday girl!!! Each child will have her turn being transformed from an ordinary child into a beautiful princess!

Package includes costumed face painter, one hour of face painting designs in the party theme, jewels and scepters for twelve little princesses. Goody bags with princess tattoos and themed lollipops available for a small fee! Additionally I will join in singing Happy Birthday, there will be lots of opportunities for amazing photos!

Package can be customized! Just contact me to discuss your personal details and cost!

YOU KEEP ALL COSTUMES!

Eye, Fish, Very Hungry Caterpillar and Fire Works Face Paint Designs!!!

Since school is out for the summer I’ve been incredibly busy, can you imagine why? Yes, three little toots will keep things moving! But I’ve managed to work on, and actually photograph, some painting! I bought some star stencils and tried them out on the blue eye design above, and I really love the affect they have on the eye design!

I’m doing a Fourth of July party on, you guessed it, July 4th, so check out the fireworks! My daughter LOVED the look. So cool.

Gold Fish Face Face Paint

My son humored me with the kissy fish. He swore it was girly, boys don’t make kissy faces. But it looked great on him regardless!

Very Hungry Caterpillar Face Paint

And the Very Hungry Caterpillar! We went to the book store after painting this and got some fun pictures of Walter in front of the display of Very Hungry Caterpillar books and stuffed caterpillars. 🙂

Walter caterpillar

If you are having a party and need a face painter, shoot me an email! Book in advance, my slots fill up fast! 🙂

Personalized Fae Name Hats

Calling all fairies, gnomes, elves, brownies, and children too! 🙂 Cool new hats and crowns are available from Woo Who! on Etsy!

Personalization and other embellishments available, from toadstools to butterflies.

Don’t forget your coordinating accessories like Happy Birthday banners and additional bunting!!!

Weekend of Face Painting

I just love face painting! 🙂 I especially love little girls who want to be dragons! Lots of great imaginations at this party!

Little girl with pink dragon

 

Little Girl with Green Dragon

 

LIttle boy with dragon breathing ELECTRICITY instead of fire.

Princesses!!!

Daisy Chain

 

Lavender Tear Drop Crown

 

Pink Tiara Face Paint

Butterflies!!!

My Favorite Butterfly Eyes!

Shooting Stars!!!

Shooting Star Face Paint

 

If you are having a themed party I can put together face painting designs to go with your theme, or choose from one of my themed party packages!

Party Add-Ons

Personalized Wings $16!

Planning a birthday party is intimidating. You want it all to be so perfect! Check out our themed party options, or maybe you just want a face painter, then make the birthday girl feel extra special with some of our extras! Pair personalized wings with a pretty pettiskirt for fairy and butterfly parties!

Pettiskirts MANY Colors $24!!

Pretty pom pom dresses perfect for the big day!

Available in many colors, size 2-7, $24!!!

Butterfly costumes will wow at parties and on Halloween!

Wings, Tutu, Hair Piece, Wand available in green, pink, and orange, $40!!!

Children’s Theme Party Packages!!!

Woo Who! Party Packages!

I am so excited to be offering themed party packages.

Party must be scheduled three weeks in advance to allow for shipping of party items. Please contact me if you need a party put together faster, it is possible I have party sets on hand or can expedite shipping!

!!Butterfly Party Package!!!

I will arrive at your party in butterfly costume with wings & wands for the whole party, and crown for the birthday girl! Each child will have her turn being transformed from an ordinary child into a beautiful butterfly!

Package includes costumed face painter, one hour of face painting designs in the party theme, wings and wands for 12 lucky ladies, and a butterfly crown for the birthday girl.

Wings will be assorted colors unless otherwise discussed.

Package can be customized! Just contact me to discuss your personal details and cost!

YOU KEEP THE PARTY FAVORS!

$275

Children’s Butterfly Wings
Guest Wands

!!!FAIRY PARTY PACKAGE!!!

I will arrive at your party in fairy costume with wings & wands for the whole party, and crown for the birthday girl! Each child will have her turn being transformed from an ordinary child into a beautiful fairy princess!

Package includes costumed face painter, one hour of face painting designs in the party theme, wings and wands for 12 lucky ladies, and a butterfly crown for the birthday girl.

Wings will be assorted colors unless otherwise discussed.

Package can be customized! Just contact me to discuss your personal details and cost!

YOU KEEP THE PARTY FAVORS!

$275

Many colors of fairy wings available!

Garland Crown available in many colors!

!!!PIRATE PARTY PACKAGE!!!

I will arrive at your party in costume with pirate hats, eye patches, and swords for the whole party, and a red cape for the birthday kid! Each child will have their turn being transformed from an ordinary child into a swashbuckling pirate!

Package includes costumed face painter, one hour of face painting designs in the party theme, hats, swords and eye patches for 12 lucky kids, and a red cape for the birthday kid.

Pirate items available in pink as well!

Package can be customized! Just contact me to discuss your personal details and cost!

YOU KEEP THE PARTY FAVORS!

$275

Happy Birthday Hazel

I had so much fun with my daughter’s birthday this year!

For her cake we ordered edible butterflies from Sugar Robot on Etsy:

Happy Birthday Hazel!

Happy Birthday Hazel!

It had been my intention to make Hazel a butterfly crown like I sell in my Etsy shop, but of course she didn’t want to wear it!

All the little girls got butterfly face paint – aren’t they lovely?

And we had a snake and a kitty, too!

It was a beautiful day at the park. Overcast, cool in the shade, breezy, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect afternoon!

 

Face Painting Kick Off

I am excited to announce Woo Who! is now offering face painting for your party or event! Convo me for details. 🙂

Want to see me in action? Head to the Iron Cactus at the Hill Country Galleria Saturday evenings! 🙂

Check out some of my recent work!

Black Fire Breathing Dream Dragon

Black Fire Breathing Dream Dragon

 

Cute 'n' Crazy Girlie Skull

 

One Eye Spider Man

One Eye Spider Man

 

Rainbow Face Paint

Rainbow Face Paint

 

Butterfly Eye Wings

Butterfly Eye Wings