While almost any large, flat case can be converted for use as a face painting kit, some are especially suited for this purpose. Because of this, a few face painters have gravitated toward model helicopter cases. This month's face painting kit series article features Peta Rogers (Princess Peta) of Face Your Fantasy and her beautifully converted model helicopter case.
Q: How did you begin face painting?
Peta: I live in a beautiful part of the world—Hobart, Tasmania in Australia. Prior to face painting, I painted animals in pastels and watercolour. In early 2009, when my children were badly painted at an event, I thought, hey, I can do this! And so it began. Just as my business started to take off, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and was too sick for two years from the treatment to paint. After treatment, I took a receptionist job where, unfortunately, an unhappy environment forced me to resign. In late 2011, I made the decision to go back to face painting and make my business work. This was the best decision I ever made, and I feel blessed to have found my passion late in life.
Q: What do you like best about your business?
Peta: I love that I am doing something that brings me so much joy. I am my own boss, and I get paid to do something I love.
Peta's kit of choice: Model helicopter case
Peta: When I started out, I used a scrapbooking case on wheels, and a fold-out camping table. To this day, I still love my old kit for its size, weight, and compactness. The drawback to it was having to carry so much gear, take the time to unpack on setup, and take time to repack when finished. I upgraded to a large CD case which I attached to a keyboard stand to make an all-in-one kit. Again, I liked this second kit for ease of setup and take-down. It wasn't so much to carry, and was still fairly light. However, it was a little too cramped, which lead me to my newest kit, the model helicopter case.
Weight empty: 7 kilograms (15.4 pounds)
Weight loaded: 24 kilograms (52.9 pounds)
Dimensions: 88.5 cm x 33.6 cm x 20 cm (34.8 in. x 13.2 in. x 7.9 in.)
Wheels or no wheels: The kit comes with wheels
Q: What type of events do you use your kit for?
Peta: Now that I am established, I work a nice balance of private parties (from under ten faces) to corporate or large events (sometimes as paid events or sometimes as pay-per-face events) with hundreds of faces. I also offer Henna, glitter tattoos and special effects.
Don't miss the slide show which shows the conversion process Peta used to create her dream kit for face painting. Visit the Face Your Fantasy business page on Facebook to see a more extensive gallery of face painting samples by Princess Peta.