1.Q: How much does it cost?
A: In general belly paintings start at $100 - $400 depending on the design, although I do offer a $20.00 discount if you're willing to come to my home to have it done (The price will be change without notice). This includes up to an hour of painting, and a mini photo shoot of the finished product (taken by me)! I will send you digital photos usually within a day or two of your session. Before you even book a session, I will make sure you are aware of your total costs and will not go over that unless you instruct me otherwise. You can help me avoid surprises by letting me know up front if you have a budget to fit within, so that I can tailor your custom artwork to fit within the time.
2.Q: How long does it take?
A: Most designs can be painted within an hour, but it depends on the design. Please let me know if you have a time frame you'd like me to stick to, so I can tailor your design to fit your schedule and your budget!
3.Q: Why does it cost more for an hour of belly painting than an hour of your usual face painting?
A: I put in a lot of extra time with belly paintings that I don't necessarily do with my average birthday party. I will likely put in at least 2 extra hours in addition to the actual hour of painting just sketching and developing your custom design, as well as the photo shoot and photo editing afterward. When all is said and done, I'm actually making quite a bit less per hour on belly paintings.
4.Q: Should I come to you, or do you come to me?
A: Either way! You can come to my home in Brampton, Ontario and have me paint you here, and of course you are more than welcome to bring along any family or friends who would like to share in the experience. I'd recommend bringing at least one friend to take photos of you being painted! I can offer you a $20 discount as well since you'd be saving me the driving! Otherwise, many moms enjoy having their belly painted at home or even during their baby shower to add extra fun and entertainment to the event!
5.Q: I don't know what design I want! Can you help?
A: Of course! I have put together some questionnaires and ideas to get the ball rolling and help us come up with a great design that will be perfect just for you! Once we come up with a design idea that you like, I will give you some type of visual, whether it be a hand drawing. This way you will get to see what the final design will look like before we even meet.
6.Q: But I'm self conscious about my stretch marks!
A: No problem! The makeup/design can completely cover your stretch marks so you won't see your bare belly in your photos! If you don't want your belly on display to your shower friends while your painting is in progress, you may prefer to come to my home or have me come to yours for private sessions. Or, if you're having it done at a shower, I can always apply a base coat of paint (depending on the design) in a private room before taking your belly "public" for your friends/family to watch. Your comfort is my top priority!!
7.Q: Do I need to stand, sit, or lay down for an hour?
A: Usually what I do is have you stand for just a couple minutes while I lightly sketch the design with a makeup pencil first...this prevents your design from looking distorted when you stand up at the end. Then I'll have you sit for the rest of the painting. It works best if you're on a chair without arms, as they can block my access to the sides of your belly, and being at a slight angle (or a pillow behind your lower back) so your belly isn't scrunched up. But, you're welcome to lie down if that's more comfortable, and of course get up and stretch or change positions whenever you need!
8.Q: Is the paint safe for baby?
A: Most definitely! I only use the highest quality professional supplies, FDA approved for cosmetic use. We tend to call it face "paint" because it goes on with artist brushes, but it really is not paint at all...it is actually makeup designed for use on skin. I will use SNAZAROO, which is water based and easily washes off with soap and water when you're done enjoying your design!