I am Barbie Smith, owner of ARTiFACES and *President* of the Southern PA Face Painting Guild - with me you are in the absolute BEST hands in 5 counties! My favorite Saturday is spent with the kiddos of Hershey, Harrisburg, Lancaster, and my hometown York; most of my parties are $138, and will cover 18-20 children (1.5 hours) with full faces. You will find that I am professional, super kid-friendly, and talented; I produce TONS of grins and giggles! If you are looking at a Saturday date please email me as soon as you can - I book up super quickly (even if booked I am happy to guide you to fellow artists). I can also provide up to 6 master artists for larger events.
I am happy to write a review of Barbie (Artifaces): my daughter's face painter fell through and the first person I could reach was Barbie and she came through for us. I had no idea that she was the best painter in the area until another mom at the party mentioned that she was the lead artist of the local face painting group. I didn't know what that meant but it also did not matter because I have never SEEN face painting like this before! OMG she was INCREDIBLE. I was expecting a little better than cheek paint, but this totally blew all that out of the water. I had 22 kids at her party and I think 19 wanted face painting and it took around 1.5 hours which is what I had booked her for. If you are planning a party RUN don't walk and get Barbie. The only problem might be that she might be already booked... the only reason I got her on short notice was because she had a last minute cancellation I think. I hope this review helps.
Barbie...I just want to thank you for making the day sooo much more memorable...the adults and children all enjoyed the face painting so much! You are amazing, i dont know how many times i heard ppl saying that your face paintings were the best they had ever seen!!! i feel so lucky to have had u at the party...thanks again
Price Range: complete party: $138 (20 kids)
Gig Length: 90 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
I arrive 15 or so minutes early, to set up (it takes only about 5 minutes, some of the kiddos love to watch and ask me questions and start looking at my display board). Unlike beginning artists, I bring *everything* I need - I make everything easy on you so that you do not have to spent any of your precious party minutes on me! I bring a cool director's chair (the kiddos LOVE to sit up waaay high in this "throne") and I bring a rolling cart that I turn into a table (I work out of the kit and the table top) - it looks really colorful and fun and children ask lots of questions about my kit; I am happy to answer, it is loads of fun! I am always dressed in casual, neat clothing - this makes the kids feel comfortable - I look like their mom! At most parties, I ask the birthday child if they want to go first... if they seem shy I will guide them into deciding whether they want to go first or if they want to pick a friend or sibling to go first. This makes them feel special! Also, the birthday child is the only child who gets more than one painting, if they choose (ie: birthday balloons on their arms, etc.). Be ready that some of the children will spent time watching me paint - don't plan anything too structured for the first 15-20 minutes after I start painting :) At the end of my painting, I will find you to ask if everything exceeded your expectations, if there is anything else I can do for you, and to say goodbye.
Most face painters do not have insurance (bodily harm, properly, or if *my* kit gets destroyed, as some examples) - I do! This just adds an extra layer of ease-of-mind for you... birthday parties and corporate events are hard enough, I want to take your mind off at least my part of your event.
If I am already booked, no problem. Our area (especially York) has quite a few talented artists, and I can guide you in the right direction, depending upon what is most important to you (value, price, artistic ability, personality, professionalism). You definitely will want to book me first (I am truly THAT good!), but you really do have other wonderful options if I am not available, and I will be delighted to help you.
If you would like to see photos of my work, please see the Photo Gallery at (link hidden) - that is all my work! The birthday party photos are the '5-minutes' photos and the work that I do at large events (attendance 50-10,000) is the '2-3 minute' photos (the SupaQuik ones that match super national-competition-level speed with huge "wow" impact!).
Additional Booking Notes
Hopefully this is helpful to you: most of my parties (probably 90-95%) are 1.5 hours. This is $138, and it will cover up to about 18 children. If you have *slightly* more than 18 kids in attendance, please don't fret, it will work itself out. I never mind going over by a child or so (no nit-picky here!) and also keep in mind that maybe 10% of your children will decline the face painting (sensory issues, or too young, etc.). One additional note: if you outside of the York area, there is a $20 travel fee (travel is free in the York surroundings). Please don't worry about this fee - I don't mind traveling and I do it virtually every week (there are few great options for face painting in Harrisburg, Hershey, and Lancaster areas) - I am so worth the extra $20!
Past Booked Events
|August 24, 2013||Birthday Party|
|Barbie Smith||Chief Smile Maker/Owner|
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