Learn to airbrush with top make-up artist


I’m very excited that top TV and film make-up artist Jane Fairman Maier is coming to teach a two-day Airbrush Techniques course at Façade Academy on 11-12 April. (If she looks familiar here, you might have already seen her demonstrating her amazing fantasy airbrush effects at the Paradise Jam recently.)

For full details – Façade Academy.

Hop along to Paradise for Easter

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I’ll be painting at Paradise Wildlife Park with Team Juliet over Easter 25–28 March – and then every day during the school holidays, 2–17 April.

I’m opposite the lemurs – just follow the bunnies and spring chickens!


Jamming in Paradise

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Thanks to everyone who came and contributed to this year’s Paradise Jam! And jam-packed it was, too, with painters both face and body, children, demonstrations, traders, nail artists, henna, balloons, glitter, airbrush, hair plaiting – and don’t forget Frankenstein.

Once again, the day whizzed by in a colourful blur with so many wonderful designs flowing from the brushes rising to the heights of our theme, Nirvana. Children laughing at our entertainer AJ and an excellent raffle to finish off the day. Nearly 400 people came through the doors, browsed the stands and visited the zoo as well – a great bonus for the accompanying families.

All in all, a great way to celebrate the 10th year of the Façade Academy.

I hope you’ll be back next year – Monday of the February half-term. And perhaps in 2017 it might even be a two-day event!

Check out the Facebook page for more photos and painty chat about the Jam.

And thanks, too, Marsha Dunstan at Pinktree for all the lovely photos.

Paradise! Half-term starts on Saturday


I’ll be at Paradise Wildlife Park for the whole of half-term: 13-21 February.

I’ll be joined by other members of Team Juliet from 12 noon in our usual spot, opposite the lemurs, every day except Monday, when visitors can join in the fun and have their faces painted the Paradise Jam event in in the big marquee from 12 noon.

And you may well meet the next painting generation – my daughter Philly, pictured here with a small Blue Princess.

For directions: Paradise Wildlife Park and for more about the Jam, check out the previous post on this page.


We’ll be JAM–packed on half-term Monday, 15 February

Zoe Thornbury-Phillips, the winner of the open face-painting competition at last year’s Paradise Jam

Preparations for this year’s Façade Academy Paradise Jam are almost complete!

On this half-term Monday – 15 February, from 10am to 4pm – more than 150 painters will be working in the big marquee, plus their families and friends are coming to enjoy the day. This year’s Nirvana-themed Jam will feature…

  • More than 12 demos of techniques by top painters and artists, including airbrush make-up, face painting, body art, prosthetics, nail art, mehndi henna decoration, pregnant ‘bump’ painting, festival faces and grown-up party eyes
  • 11 stands of merchandise, so painters can stock up on essential paints, glitter, balloons, tables and chairs
  • A team from Paintopia, the paint shop and organisers of the annual Paintopia face and body-painting festival
  • FACE, the International Face Painting Association
  • The fabulous children’s entertainer AJ
  • Competitions for face and body painting at junior, novice and open levels; plus hand-painting and freehand glitter art events
  • Raffle with fantastic prizes
  • A photographer will be making prints on the spot throughout the day
  • The public will be visiting from midday for painting

… and then there’s the whole of Paradise Wildlife Park to explore – because your ticket to the Jam includes entrance to the park!

See you there!

Check out our Facebook page and Paradise Wildlife Park for directions to the Jam!

Join the 2016 Façade Academy Paradise Jam!


I’m so looking forward to the 9th Annual Façade Academy Paradise Jam on half-term Monday – 15 February. This year’s theme is Nirvana.

The Paradise Jam is the most popular place to be for face and body painters and all connected activities. More than 100 artists will be painting, mingling, watching, learning and experimenting.

The Jam is held at Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, Herts, and the ticket includes entrance to the Park, so there’s plenty for children and non-painting family members to do and explore. The Jam itself is held in a huge marquee with good lighting and heating.

Bring your family (max 3 guests) and pay the fee (£8 adults, £5 children, under-2s free).

There are only 35 places left, so sign up quickly!

You can sign up through the Facebook group, or contact me directly.

How to get there: Paradise Wildlife Park


Wishing all my painty friends and party cats a very happy and prosperous 2016!

Façade Academy’s 2016 programme begins on Thursday, 21 January with Face Painting Beginners Module 1 and Module 2 is on Thursday, 28 January.

For details and booking, contact me directly or at Façade Academy.

Last Façade Academy class before Christmas

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Thursday, 17 December – 10am-4pm, Hemel Hempstead, UK

End the year with an all-day face-painting work-out in my  Brushwork Skills and Tribals class. Hone your basic strokes and build-up your repertoire of tribal designs ready for the New Year.

For full details and booking form, see Façade Academy

Inspired by Marianne North for the BodyFactory

This year’s BodyFactory event was held at the horticultural wonderland of the Eden Project in St Austell, Cornwall. With this as a backdrop, I couldn’t resist casting my lovely model Laura J Draycon as Marianne North, the amazing Victorian artist and botanist who travelled the world painting hundreds of plant portraits that now hang in a special gallery in Kew Gardens.