Tal Thompson's FaceCards, which will help face painters create professional displays as well as increasing their repertoire of designs, become available on May 20th, 2014. Enjoy this interview with Tal as she explains the creative path which led to this versatile new tool for face painters.
Q: How did you get into face painting, and how long have you been a face painter?
Tal: I've been a glitter tattoo distributor in the United States for the Ybody brand for over six years, and during my travels and time spent in conferences, I sat in Marcella Murad's class and picked up the brush. I am a graphic designer and an artist, so I thought I should be able to adjust to painting faces well, but, boy, was I wrong! It was the most humbling experience. I remember telling Marcella I did not think it was for me, because it was so hard.
It took another year before I agreed to pick up the brush and try again. It was in the same class and at the same conference, just a year later. I guess my heart was open for the challenge, and I fell in love.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for FaceCards?
Tal: I spend a lot of time on Facebook in the groups, reading the comments of other painters who write about the process of making a board. Sometimes it's difficult for them. There are also many complaints about people stealing art online, and I was hoping to create a tool that would be used as an inspiration and which artists would have permission to use on a display. So you can either keep FaceCards in a recipe box and use them only when you want to try something new, or you can hang them on your board in case you need help with your display.
I hope face painters can use FaceCards to help sell more gigs and look professional. (It was always considered as a sales tool.)
Hopefully we can reduce the amount of use of copyrighted images without permission, because that takes effort, too, and offer a simple usage solution. After all, royalty managed images are available for purchase online, so why not borrow the concept and bring it over to the face and body art industry?
Q: What will each set of FaceCards contain?
Tal: Each set contains twelve designs (faces). One side of the card has a complete design, and when you look at the back of the card, you will find four step-by-step images that will make it easy to create the design. (The front cover is the fifth and final step.)
Each set will be showcasing one artist, and it will be themed. We are coming up with holiday designs, eye designs, cheek art, animals, age groups, etc. We hope to showcase many artists and different styles.
Q: How do the cards work?
Tal: The cards are sized at 4x6 inches to perfectly fit in a recipe box container. They are printed on card stock and have a laminated UV coating for protection from the sun and rain. The cards also have a space on the back where you can apply a Velcro® dot so you could use it on your display, but could easily remove it in case you needed to look at the back photos for step-by-step instructions.
Q: What was your goal in creating the first set of cards, which is now available?
Tal: The idea for the cards have been in my head for awhile. I had shared it with several friends who have been part of the face painting industry much longer than I, and they all thought it was a good idea. The first set is the introduction of the concept to the market, testing the idea so we can learn and improve from the feedback we get from our clients in order to make the cards a perfect work tool.
Q: How did you choose Ashley Pickin as the artist for the first set?
Tal: Ashley is first my friend. She has been supporting my business even in the early stages before we grew and opened our store front. She lives close to our location and has also been a "victim" of a lot of image abuse online. Her art is always shared in many forums, but without giving her any credit.
It was a win-win opportunity for both of us. I was ready to give my idea a real go and also happy to offer a stage for Ashley to showcase her art and get paid. I hope that now, when other artists see her work, they will be able to make the connection. Ashley trusted me and jumped into the project without questioning how the cards would look. We had the best time working together painting and photographing Zack and Amber. I hope to do it again very soon!
Q: What are some of the future sets face painters can look forward to seeing?
Tal: I think it is safe to say that more sets will come out which will feature different artists, styles, and holiday themes for all to enjoy. We are also always looking for new talent, so if you are a face painter who is interested in our producing a set of cards featuring your art, please let us know!