Face Painter & Body Artist

ARTovator

Aliso Viejo, CA

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“Face Painting with Love!”

Bio

I have been painting and drawing my whole life and my love of art and children has fueled my passion to create beautiful face paintings. In 2007 I was blessed with the birth of my own child who has inspired me more than I could ever know.

About ARTovator

hired 32 times on Thumbtack

I offer the following services:

- Face Painting
- Clowns
- Body Art
- Glitter Tattoos
- Balloon Twisting
- Airbrush Tattoos

ARTovator was established in 2008. The term ARTovator is a combination of art and innovator.

"I am originally from South Africa, where I had such a great childhood, that I yearned to help create special moments for others. I really love my job, and it is a valuable moment when you are done painting a face and see that joy on a child's face."

Location

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

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Reviews

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  • 5/5 stars December 8, 2014

    Prompt & on time and work was fantastic! The kids loved all the balloon art created by Collette! We'd love to use artovator's services again in the future. They made everything so convenient! I was a wreck trying to get the party together and Tracy was VERY accommodating to my questions and requests. Loved using Artovator!

  • 5/5 stars December 7, 2014

    We had a great time with Tracy we totally will ask for her again!

  • 5/5 stars September 29, 2014

    Tracy is awesome!! Super talented. Very detailed oriented and fast at the same time. All my guests loved her work and also her personality. Very professional and friendly. 100% recommended!!

    Tracy K. from ARTovator replied to this review on October 22, 2014:

    Thank you Nina. It was great to meet you and your lovely family. I am pleased that I got to help make the memories for all of you.

  • 5/5 stars April 14, 2014

    Tracy was amazing!! She was not only extremely talented but very fast!! Not only were all of the kids were thrilled with her work but the parents were all very impressed as well. She was great with the kids and I would definitely recommend her services as a face painter!!

    Tracy K. from ARTovator replied to this review on October 22, 2014:

    Thank you Jennifer. That was a fun day as I especially enjoy when the parents get involved.

  • 5/5 stars March 10, 2014

    The face paintings look amazing! The kids at our party had a blast and the adults kept commenting about how great they looked. I loved the vibrant colors used and the art designs. Our face painter brought her own set up that looked very nice and professional. She was fabulous! I will definitely hire ARTovator again in the future.

    Tracy K. from ARTovator replied to this review on October 22, 2014:

    Thank you for the great review Leilani. I hope that I can personally come to paint for you one day soon.

  • 5/5 stars March 10, 2014

  • 5/5 stars January 23, 2014

    Great work! Very creative and personable. We were pleased with the quality of services. Highly recommend.

  • 5/5 stars September 8, 2013

  • 5/5 stars March 11, 2011

    I hired Tracy for my daughter's birthday party and she interacted well with the children. I highly recommend her to anyone.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Web sites, paintings, and face painting for children.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. 1. Painted at Barbara Broccoli's private residence on NYE.
2. Painted at Paramount Pictures for their Christmas party.
3. Premiere for the new Batman movie.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Look at the work that the artist has done. Take prices and quality of work into consideration. I provide high quality work but have much lower than average prices.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. I am the only face painter that uses the highest grade face paint which is made of all natural products such as avocado and chamomile. I really care about what goes on your skin as much as I do about my own skin. I also have exceptional hygiene which carries through into my own home.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. 1. Do you have insurance?
2. What paints do you use?
3. Do you have a web site?
4. Can I call your past clients?

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. How much of your budget is allocated for entertainment? How many children will be there?

I am also insured.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I am quite detailed and highly creative. I enjoy doing art very much and therefore put in a lot of effort. This is evident in my work itself, as you can see the neatness and professionalism come out in the finished painting.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love meeting new people and putting smiles on their faces when the design is done.

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. Painting a pregnant belly was the most amazing experience I ever had. I could feel the baby moving inside while I painted a soccer ball on the mom's belly. I kept talking to the little growing life, and found it quite a spiritual experience. A year later I got to meet the little baby boy and have been painting at his birthday parties ever since.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. I really care about people not only through my art but in nutrition as well. I am a very healthy person and have gained much knowledge about the correct way to eat, this is something I try to teach to others too.

I love children and gain a lot from my work with them. I have a 3 year old myself and I am a single mother.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I was born an artist and love my work very much. I do all sorts of creations from web site design.

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. One of my faces was recently chosen by David Lynch as a backdrop for a Duran Duran live performance in LA on March 23, 2011.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. Yes, I read a lot from online publications to newsletters.

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. The latest is air brushing but I find that you can't really get as detailed with the airbrush but the benefits are is that it is much faster.

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. Face painting for a sidewalk sale in Laguna Niguel. I was hired for 2 days to paint faces of random children in a shopping mall. I worked for 4 hours total and got paid $85/hour.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. 1 Hour = $130
1.5 Hours = $150
2 Hours = $190
3 Hours = $270

If your event is going to run longer than 3 hours then I will calculate a set price so we are both happy. See all the details on my website.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. Scope out your area and make sure there aren't too many face painters there already, as they have a reputation and will get chosen before you.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. That I taught myself how to paint therefore I have a unique style when compared to other face painters. I also have an art background which helps me to be more creative.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. I am always working on improving in all areas, not just my art, as you can always gain more knowledge and skills with an open mind.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. What sets you apart from other artists?
I am unique. I have a great sense of humor and I really love to entertain. My work is highly professional and speaks for itself. I also really, really love my job.

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