Auntie Stacey in the News – Rockin’ Dia de Los Muertos in San Francisco

I recently painted at a Day-of-the-Dead-themed fundraiser, held at the Raven Night club in San Francisco. What a blast! Students from San Francisco State University did a fabulous job organizing a variety of entertainment in a classy bar. By 11PM on a Wednesday night, the venue was full of dancing youths, many of them painted by yours truly. A significant amount of money was raised for the charity All Hands- dedicated to victims of Hurricane Katrina-students received college credit while drinking and I had a blast painting adults.

Check out an article about the event in the Golden Gate Xpress online.

Petaluma Pumpkin Patch – Face Painting & Family Fun

Face painting by Auntie StaceyI’ll be face painting this Saturday, October 3, Saturday October 17, Sunday October 18 and other days to be determined, at the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch, a wonderful family-run venue.

Overflowing with autumn harvest bounty; sunflowers and pretty pumpkins growing in a large field. We got a big orange and green speckled one last year which turned completely orange and lasted for months uncarved.

Free activities include:

  • Huge straw mountain with over 500 straw bales to climb
  • Farm animals
  • Little kid’s Maze
  • Rubber duck races
  • Corn Kernel sand box
  • Free parking

Lots of other activities on weekends: face painting, horse rides, jumpy, snacks, etc. Kids and adults were all over the corn maze, I hear it takes 45 minutes to go through it, but I didn’t try it.

Since 1993, All produce sold at the Pumpkin Patch is locally & sustainably grown by 4th generation Petaluma Farmer Jim. Auntie Stacey's Face Painting at the Petaluma Pumpkin PatchOver 50 varieties of pre-picked squash, pumpkins and gourds. Pick pumpkins from the vine in the pumpkin patch. Open everyday in October (if it’s not rainy or muddy) with special weekend events.

Budderball the clown face paints there regularly, so be sure to say hi to her from Auntie Stacey. She’s the one with the blue hair.

Tip: The Pumpkin Patch has to close when it’s raining or muddy so check their Facebook page for updates during wet weather.
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch hours
Sunday-Thursday: 10AM TO 6PM
Friday & Saturday: 10AM TO 10PM

Admission to the corn maze closes 30 minutes prior to closing.

Petaluma Pumpkin Patch, photo by Stacey Dennick

450 Stony Point Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone: 707-781-3132

Have a safe & happy Halloween!

See you soon,
Auntie Stacey

How to Paint a Leopard Face – step by step tutorial

For this make up I used Kryolan brand white and yellow, along with Wolfe brand black. You can use any band you like, as long as it’s face paint – that is makeup, not paint made for paper or canvas. Non-toxic does not mean it’s safe for use on the body. My lovely friend Willa is my model.

How to Paint a Leopard Face, step by step by Auntie Stacey Dennick

1) The Background

Spritz your white makeup cake with clean water from a small spray bottle. Wipe a dense makeup sponge back and forth across it a few times until your sponge is saturated with color. Stipple white above the eyes where you might put eye shadow with quick, firm, patting motions. Rubbing the makeup on might leave streaks. Reload your sponge and apply white under the nose and below the mouth for the muzzle. It helps to squeeze the sponge into a circle.

How to Paint a Leopard Face - Auntie Stacey's Face Painting, SF Bay Area

Next, load a new sponge with yellow or gold and apply over the rest of the face, taking care to press the color into the corners of the nose. If you want to even up the sides, or you goofed a bit, grab a baby wipe (unscented are best) and wipe off any excess. Add some white for the inner ears.

2) Get dotty

Grab a small round paintbrush. I like to use a Lowell Cornell number 3 or 4, and load it up with black face paint. Wolfe brand is great because it’s super strong, but any black will do. Paint furry hair around the perimeter of the design. Add a few ear hairs. Paint lines around the white muzzle. Add three rows of wiggly lines or dots on the muzzle where the whiskers would be. Paint a delicate line down the middle of the upper lip, starting from under the nose. Paint the end of the nose. Add your leopard spots. These should be smaller near the nose, and bigger, “C” shapes as the move away from the center of the face. Finish with a quick flick of the brush at the outer edges of the eyes to simulate cat eyes for younger children. If your model doesn’t mind makeup near her eyes, eyeliner is a lovely addition.

3) Time to Roar!

Admire. Take a photo. Go play! Remove the make up with soap, water and a washcloth.

 Enjoy! – Auntie Stacey

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Buy tickets for Gravenstein Apple Fair now and save

Gravenstein Apple Fair

The cutest little fair is fast approaching. Mark your calendars for August 8 & 9, 2015. Save $ by purchasing tickets in advance at all Copperfield’s Books and Oliver’s Market locations, or at the Sonoma County Farm Trails office. Children 5 and under enter for free.

Then join me for face painting, live music on 2 stages, children’s corner, do-it-yourself tent, life on the farm arena, arts & crafts vendors, excellent local food, wine, cider & beer, contests & activities, and of course heirloom Gravenstein apples. Hurray!

Saturday, August 8th (10am-6pm)gravenstein apple fair
Sunday, August 9th (10am-6pm)

Ragle Ranch Regional Park
500 Ragle Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Click here for Map to the Fair

Advanced Tickets
Adults (ages 13 and over) $12
Children (ages 6 to 12) $8

On Site Admission
Adults (ages 13 and over) $15
Children (ages 6 to 12) $10
Kids 5 and under are FREE

See you there!

Auntie Stacey

Looking for Pregnant Models for Free Belly Painting

What a fantastic living canvas, soft sensitive skin rippling with little stretching, kicking cuties inside. I’m loving gestational painting. If you know anyone who’s six months pregnant or more, who lives near Santa Rosa, CA, I want to paint them for free during February! Gimme a call or email.

I’m assembling a collection of designs with photographs.

Belly painting is a wonderful addition to a baby shower or family photo session. Create memories of this precious time with relaxing pampering for the mother to be.

– Auntie Stacey

Click on thumbnails to see a slideshow.