Façade Academy’s Big Day!

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I have a wonderful double life as a face painter…

… I’m a free-range, freelance painter and teacher, and I’m also Principal of Façade Academy of Face and Body Art. And it’s with that second hat on that I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to the Façade Academy Open Day on Friday at the lovely Boxmoor Playhouse in Hemel Hempstead. Old friends and new painters – from the feedback I have had you all seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed it. People said how friendly everyone was and how welcome they felt after initially feeling nervous on arrival.

I think the #FPQT Face Painters Question Time was very useful and interesting – getting the views of not only of the panel, but the audience too. Some really good and pertinent questions were asked –  ranging from how to set up a self-employed business to what age to paint children. It’s definitely something I’ll repeat again – perhaps at the next Paradise Jam? Thanks to Zoe Thornbury-Phillips and Sara Reynolds for stepping in and Georgina Todd for compering. I did a few demonstrations of basic skills and many of you said how much you learned from just that hour. Behind the scenes as every my right-hand woman and all round fantastic support Manda Forster for doing everything needed!  If anyone wants to check out the current term’s schedule of classes, please look on the website:  facadeacademy.co.uk

Come to our free Façade Academy Open Day on 8 Sep!

Everyone’s invited to our fabulous and free Façade Academy open day on Friday, 8 September. Book your free place here!

One of the absolutely best things about being Principal of Façade Academy of Face Painting & Body Art is organising events for all our painty friends, old and new, at all levels – everyone is welcome, so bring your friends and families! It’s at the Boxmoor Playhouse in Hemel Hempstead, Herts.

This one is an open day for painters at all levels, to showcase what we do: demos (bring your requests!), a Question Time with our expert panel, a preview of our new line-up of classes for next term and a chance to discuss what classes would suit you best. Plus the launch of my new book, A-Z Animal Designs: A Face Painting Workbook. And there will be afternoon tea and a mini jam – so bring your paints, just in case!

More info and all course dates and details: facadeacademy.co.uk

Peace and Love on half-term Monday at Paradise Jam 2017

Façade Academy presents Paradise Jam 2017

As Principal of Façade Academy of Face and Body Painting, I’m thrilled to invite you to come and be part of the country’s biggest annual face and body painting gathering! Paradise Jam 2017 is happening on half-term Monday, 13 February (10-4). Bring your paints and Join the hundreds of painters, their friends and families in the big, heated marquee at Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne, Herts.

Adults £11 and Children £5.50 (under 2s, free) … and the ticket price includes admission to Paradise Wildlife Park. (Purchase your own ticket and you can buy up to a total of 4 tickets. Great value as tickets to the Paradise Wildlife Park usually start at Adults from £15 and Children from £13.)

This year’s theme is Peace and Love … and the soundtrack is the Sixties and Seventies!

The day’s jam-packed with…

• Competitions for face and body painting at junior, novice and open levels; plus freehand glitter art events. Prizes include places on Façade Academy courses (facadeacademy.co.uk).
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.
Stands of merchandise, so painters can stock up on essential paints, glitter, balloons, tables and chairs.
FACE, the International Face Painting Association.
A fabulous children’s entertainer.
Giant 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.

Click here to book now!

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

Look forward to seeing you there! – Juliet

Join Façade Academy’s birthday Jam!


Join us for our free ANIMAL JAM … and scones … a prize draw … and a glass of Proscecco!

Façade Academy of Face & Body Art is 10 years old! And, as Principal, I’m proud to announce we’re having an Animal Jam birthday party on 16 September for our painty friends, from 10 to 6.30 at the Boxmoor Playhouse in Hemel Hempstead. So bring your painting kit and come and help us celebrate!

It’s free but please do sign up quickly using this Eventbrite link because we have a limited number of tickets.

See you there!

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.

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.

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

Paradise Jamboree 2015!


It is here! I’m holding my 8th Annual Facade Academy Paradise Jamboree on 16th February 2015.

This has become hugely popular over the past few years with record numbers of artists and their families attending. The cost includes the face painting jam and also getting into the Paradise Wildlife Park www.pwpark.com  for a visit – so all the family can enjoy themselves for a day.

We will have traders with paint, brushes, balloons and all the paraphernalia associated with face painters. Kit Envy lives here!

Competitions, demonstrations, children’s entertainment, lots of chat, a fantastic raffle, painting on faces and bodies, glitter art, nail art, henna and much much more!