Affordable Face Painting & Custom Murals By Dana

Citrus Heights, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I am proud to have earned a Best Entertainer of 2015 Award from Thumbtack! Though I have been painting for 26 years I still meet monthly year around with a group of professionals to keep up with the latest techniques, products and industry news. I do as much as I possibly can for my clients with lots of added value features and I don't charge for these. I go to great lengths to personalize each event so my clients will have photographs that chronicle their photos on Facebook and Instagram etc. I have many Photo Opportunity Boards which the kids and adults love! And I have more designs than any painter I know. People can look things up on the Internet under iPhones and show me a Mike Tyson tattoo for example for a switch Loco and I can create that for them! For many of the two hour events I write a Personalized Poem prior to the event, frame it and read it when the cake is cat! It's the gift that keeps on giving! Many people cherish their perms for many years. iI also give clips and headbands to the girls who need help keeping the hair out of their faces.I also have more glitter, rhinestones and pearls in anyway and I know to bedazzle the designs. Because I have so many wonderful peers that I work with year around I have become a One Stop Entertainment Shop! Oddly ,our industry isn't regulated yet so my clients literally can count me for all of their corporate or home party needs. I paid extra to Thumbtack for the police background check, I am insured and use the finest FDA approved face paint and body glues and the peers I recommend have high safety standards as well. I will locate the best bounce houses, Photo booth, dunk tanks, petting zoo, carnival games, margarita and snow cone machines, Hot dog trucks and so much more!! Personalize your party with a real retired Disneyland artist to create caricature art, hope you hire a fabulous balloon twister, crown, extra face painters etc. etc. just call meand I will help you get anything or anyone you want to make your party an unforgettable success!!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love painting, love people of all ages, love creating custom designs to exceed everyone's expectations! Love repeat business, it let's me be assured my clients are pleased with my work!
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Location

Citrus Heights, CA 95610

Background check

Complete

Years in business

28

Times hired on Thumbtack

85

Reviews

47 Reviews
  • Alasha J. May 7, 2017
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Thank you so much Dana. The kids had a blast. Your face painting is awesome! So much detail. The parents were very impressed with the photo board props and the variety of paintings that were available. You really made their little faces come alive. You were so organized and brought lots and lots of paint and stuff. And that poem, OMG!!! hands down was sooooo good. Wow I'm still in awe that you were able to kick that out in 1 day. You definitely ROCK! I was not sure that I would book you initially because I wanted to see more than what was posted on the website, but when you text me photos and I saw the detail, on top of your responsiveness....You are definitely top notch. I really appreciate your confidence and love for the work you do. God definitely gave you a gift and talent to share ... I am grateful to have had you for my daughters 9th birthday party. Much love, Alasha
  • Trisha E. May 1, 2017
    Face Painting
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    She was very personable, friendly. Want just cool face painting, but many photo boards, and hair ties for the girls to keep their hair back! Would hire her again anytime!
  • Shon H. Apr 12, 2017
    Face Painting
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    Awesome facepainting
    Dana provided beautiful Facepainting at my son's 1 year old birthday party. My guests kept Dana busy the entire time as she drew vivid and colorful drawings. The ink used was really top notch. Dana was so wonderful that my friend hired her services for his daughters B-Day party soon after!
  • Divya Y. Jan 6, 2017
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Awesome and very cooperative
    Hi Dana Didnt get a chance to thank you for being part of my daughters first birthday. All my guests had a very good time and thanks for being so cooperative.
  • Mac C. Oct 31, 2016
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Great job
    Very professional and flexible
  • Tracii A. Oct 30, 2016
    Face Painting
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    Talented and Sweet
    Dana is super talented and the families at my Harvest Festival truly enjoyed her work!
  • Stephanie M. Sep 26, 2016
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    AWESOME!
    Dana was awesome and let me tell you she comes prepared with everything. I love the way she does things, she thinks of the kids and not just the birthday boy/girl she thinks of all the guest. She had lots of props to choose from at no extra charge and did a wonderful job painting i could not ask for anyone better. Thanks again Dana
    Dana M. Oct 8, 2016

    Stephanie, It was my pleasure entertaining your beautiful family & friends! And my compliments to you as well...you are an AWESOME event planner! I do take a lot of time & spend a lot of money giving all of "my extras" to my wonderful clients. I do it whether I get reviews or not....but I must say, getting such a touching review really touched my heart! Most Moms are sooo busy...so for you to take the time to write this meant so much to me. I'll want to do even MORE for you at your next event!!! God bless you and your lovely family, Stephanie!

  • Tabatha D. Aug 3, 2016
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    We had fewer children show than expected but even the adults had fun getting their faces painted for my husband's surprise 30th. I got a custume picture bored created that looked great. She was very patient with my daughter with special needs. She even stayed too make sure the birthday boy and me got our faces painted.
    Dana M. Oct 8, 2016

    Tabatha, when I write the Personalized Poetry it's like a window into your world. It's an honor I take very seriously! So before the party I found out how FANTASTIC your husband is! He's a great hubby, incredible father, son, & great co-worker. So glad I could make a custom Photo Opportunity Board of his favorite character and write a poem to show him how much you TOTALLY appreciate all he does and all he means to everyone! Thanks so much for your review, Tabatha. I see many wives & hubbies who seem to take each other for granted. You two could be role models of how spouses ideally should care for each other!

  • Linda C. Jun 29, 2016
    Face Painting
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    Everyone loved the designs she painted and Dana was so personable and sweet.
    Dana M. Oct 8, 2016

    Sound like a broken record but I feel so blessed to have sweet families like yours to paint for. Thank you so, so much for the 5 star review. I give most of my clients a 5 stare review, too!

  • Hillary M. Jun 13, 2016
    Face Painting
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    Dana does great work with her face painting. She uses quality FDA grade paint and quality products. She is the sweetest lady and has a heart of gold and spent a long time writing a poem for my daughters 6th birthday celebration out of much love.
    Dana M. Oct 8, 2016

    Hillary, in my 26 years, never has one company or one parent ask me about the products I use on their kids. I know they care about their kids, it;s just people ASSUME face painters have high safety standards. But for some reason our industry isn't regulated yet. So me and a big group of face painters and balloon twisters meet monthly to keep up on the latest techniques, products & industry news. There are a lot of painters though who use inferior face paints and even acrylic paint on kids' sensitive skin!!! Please share with your friends...we have to ASK! I always tell my clients, if I'm not available for your event, or even if you want to try someone who charges less...find out the brands they are using and call me and run those names by me....I'll let you know if they are safe. And only FDA approved glue for applying the gems...NO DOLLAR STORE GLUE EVER! Thanks so much. Love working for sweet family like YOURS! GOD BLESS YOU!

  • Ashley M. May 23, 2016
    Face Painting
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    Dana M. Jun 2, 2016

    I keep thinking I'm going to stop taking jobs in Elk Grove, as it's quite a drive and sometimes the traffic is CRAZY! Then I paint for sweet family and friends like yours and I know it's worth it! Thank you so much for the 5 star review and for inviting me to entertain your sweet guests!

  • Geneva S. May 17, 2016
    Face Painting
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    Dana M. Jun 2, 2016

    Geneva, you give me the impression that you're a Mom who manages to juggle everything and accomplish things FIRST CLASS! YOU should give yourself a 5 star rating! Your decorations were spot on! Kids and parents awesome. It was a pleasure. Thank you so much for your //////a-1review!

  • Suzanne N. May 5, 2016
    Face Painting
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    Dana M. May 5, 2016

    Suzanne, thank you so much for the 5 star review! I am thrilled you added John, the Caricature Artist, I think the kids and adults had a blast getting their pictures drawn. Your daughter was sooooo cute! And she was so good for such a tiny girl....she was the life of the party! What beautiful friends and family you have. We had a great time entertaining your guests! Hope to see you next year, Suzanne!

  • Tim B. Apr 19, 2016
    Face Painting
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    Dana M. Apr 19, 2016

    Obviously, we need financial compensation to stay in business and to offer only the finest face paints and products for my clients. However, receiving a 5 star review is priceless! My goal is always to exceed my clients' expectations, so when they take the time to give me reviews, I am TRULY grateful! Thank you, Tim. Each time you hire me back I will have more to offer! And I will always give you $25 for each 2 hr. party you refer me to at my regular rate. Thank you so much!

  • Ana S. Apr 15, 2016
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    They were great! Very kind & good with children...
    Dana M. Apr 19, 2016

    Ana is a very loving Mom who took her own $ to hire us to paint all the kits at her pre-school! I can't always do this, but I knew there would be a lot of kids and a short time so I hired my sister and paid her out of my money. I can't always do this, but so often Moms and teachers open their big hearts and pockets and if possible, I help out. The kids were great and we all had a great time! Thanks so much for the great review, Ana! You are an angel, Ana!

  • David H. Apr 13, 2016
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Dana did great work and really enhanced the party experience. The kids loved her and she comes ready to entertain. Don't forget to ask her about John the caricaturist!
    Dana M. Apr 13, 2016

    David, so glad you enjoyed our work! I was sure you would be happy with adding John, the Caricature Artist! Everytime I bring him, people want us both back again. As I told you, the pleasure was ours! We loved your great kids, family and friends. It was a lovely party! We hope we have the opportunity to entertain you all again in the furture! Thanks so much for your kind review!

  • Toni C. Mar 21, 2016
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Easy to navigate through area Wonderful opportunity I have to hire an experienced face painter that does does much more Wish me luck. Events coming up
    Dana M. Apr 13, 2016

    Toni, so happy we are getting to know you thru Thumbtack! I can't wait to entertain your guests next month with John, the Caricature Artist! Also glad we could help you the bounce house, and so much more. I can't remember, but I think you ended up with a photo booth, hot dog machine, the petting zoo and many other add on's. We need to start working on the Personalized Poem soon...that should be a lot of fun!

  • Juan M. Mar 7, 2016
    Face Painting
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    Dana M. Apr 13, 2016

    Juan, thank you for the 4 star review! Sorry it took so long to respond. I just figured out how to do this! Anyway, you have a beautiful family. Hope you keep us in mind in the future! God bless your family!

  • Nonye E. Feb 16, 2016
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Dana did a fantastic job with the kids. The children had fun with the different art works and the boards with children's favorite characters. I love her job and the time she took to really do a good job.
    Dana M. Apr 13, 2016

    Sweet Nonye! Sorry it took so long. Just figured out how to respond. Thank you for the 5 star review. Looking forward to entertaining your beautiful friends and family again! And don't forget, for every 2 hr party you refer me to at my regular rate, you receive a $25 check! I don't believe in just thanking my clients....I REWRD THEM! Have a great night!

  • Aguayo F. Dec 1, 2015
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    We were celebrating my daughter's baptism. Our guests loved the face painting. My kids loved their tiger faces. Also, Dana wrote a special poem for my daughter. What a beautiful gift. Thank you for the memories.
    Dana M. Apr 13, 2016

    Aguayo, sad I didn't know how to respond to your lovely 5 Star Review. It was an honor to entertain your guests at your daughter's baptism So glad you liked the poem. So fun to write poems about the little ones. The poems show how much a tiny child changes everyone's life in such a short time! Hope you have me back.. have a blessed year!

  • Marcella G. Oct 26, 2015
    Dana is very nice and passionate about her work. I had booked her a few months ago and although she accidently over booked ( and I should have confirmed) she made good and sent me a replacement named John. And keep in mind I am not in their area so it was a commute. John was a sweetheart, showed up an hour early and was fun to work with. And even though Dana couldn't make it she made a beautiful poster board of "Book of Life" for my daughter that looked great on the dessert table. And John created a painted board for our "Book of Life" party. I appreciate that she cared to make my daughters birthday special. They are both gifted and we were happy to work with them.
    Dana M. Apr 19, 2016

    Marcella, your daughter was so adorable in that Book of Life Photo Board John painted for you! So glad you appreciate his amazing talents. We work a lot of parties together..and clients call us THE DYNAMIC DUO and always hire us both back together. Hope to see you at your next event...please call early...getting so booked up lately!

  • Angelina D. Oct 12, 2015
    Face Painting
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    Dana was nice and did a good job how ever she was over a hour late and then it took a half hour to set up. Very disappointed that she Was so late!
  • Michael E. Oct 7, 2015
    Face Painting
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    Dana M. Jun 2, 2016

    Michael, so cool when the Dad's get involved! Thank you for the great review. I have the hardest time accessing this spot to thank people! So my thank you is late, but sincere!

  • Olesya Y. Aug 18, 2015
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Dana and her assistant were an absolutely magical and wonderful addition to our event! Everyone loved their designs! We will definitely be using her services again! :)
    Dana M. Apr 19, 2016

    Olesya, thank you so much for this beautiful review. Please call early as I'm getting very booked. Also if you give me enough time I can make a special Photo Opportunity Board to match your theme! Have a beautiful summer!

  • George L. Jun 28, 2015
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Dana was excellent to work with! She brought a variety of styles that all the kids loved and in a 2 hour party all the kids were painted. I would definitely use Dana again and recommend her to my friends! Thank You Dana!
  • Gloria L. Jun 25, 2015
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    I hired her for my autistic foster son's birthday party, months in advance. She contacted some time after I reserved her to tell me her long time friend was having a baby shower on the same day and would have to cancel with me, because her friend wanted her all day. However, she explained she had a dependable person she knew to be amazing. With much reserve about continuing on, I decided to go ahead because she spent lots of effort explaining how everything would be the same, and I already had lots of time invested.. It was like this, the stand in face painter was late I had to leave msgs to Dana explaining no one had arrived 1/2 hour into party. They eventually showed up, 2 hours late. When the party was intended to end 30 mins later. The face painter was good, however, by now it was extremely hot ( June 20 about 1pm). My son didn't want any part of face painting, he was already over simulated by so much down time with nothing to do and a bunch of kids around him. What a nightmare.
    Dana M. Jun 25, 2015

    Gloria, you hired me one night & the next morning I found out my friend of 50 years needed me all day at an event that same day. I called you immediately & explained that I had t help my friend (for many reasons), and that I NEVER cancel on clients. Tho you had weeks to find a new person I wanted to be sure I got you a painter I trusted, as there are many unreliable painters who use unsafe products, etc. I got on the phone right away & started looking through my list of reliable face painters and found one. I offered to still write the PERSONALIZED POEM and said I would print it, and deliver it in time for the party. I tried several times to have you fill out the form so I would know things about your son so that for years to come he would have an awesome poem, framed in his room expressing how special he is. I never got the form back, so I let you know you could do it anytime during the year. You wanted a Minnie-Mickey Photo Opportunity Board, so I had a retired Disney Artist paint an ADORABLE Photo Opportunity Board and I personally delivered it to my replacement painter at 10 am the morning of your party. She was just loading her car to leave at 10 and she lives close by you and your party wasn't until 11:30. I had every reason to believe all was going perfectly. Even tho she's a great painter, she had practiced for a month paintingthe best possible Minnie-Mickey designs, had printed them out for the kids to choose from and posted them on a board. It was awesome. Later that day, during a break in the event I was out, I was shocked to get a message that my painter was late. I phoned immediately and discovered she usually has her jobs on her phone and she pulled up the address for her next week's event BY MISTAKE. She says she has NEVER done that before. I had emailed her your address weeks before, but she normally gets them on the phone from her employer. I had no way of knowing that. As soon as she got to the other person's address, she realized she had made a mistake and rushed to your house. She said she got all of the kids painted and though your son didn't care to be painted, she said he had a great time painting with her brushes. Then the bounce house people arrived and all the kids had been painted, so you told her she could leave and paid her for 1 hr instIand explaining that I had no way of knowing she was going to go to the wrong address. When we had discussed your address weeks ago, she said she knew where it was and it was close to her. As I said, if you read my 21 good reviews, this is a once in 25 year mistake and I did nothing to cause the error. Rubi and I have both apologized, and I wish I had a way to FIX this, but I can't. Parties only happen once a year and I bend over backwards & spend a lot of time and money to ensure my clients have an UNFORGETTABLE PARTY..I would still be honored to write his poeml.

  • Treiste M. Jun 14, 2015
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    I was very pleased with Dana and her assistant. I hired her for a kindergarten field day with over 90 children and in the 21/2- 3 hours they were there they painted over 90% of the children's faces. I believe the other 10% did not want their faces painted. I was very impressed when she was allowed by an autistic child to paint his face. His mother said it was his first time and he had never let anyone paint on his face. The parents were so excited they took pictures while Dana painted his face. She was very pleasant and professional. The students all loved the prizes. I will hire Dana again for events at the school. Thanks again Dana!!!!!
    Dana M. Apr 19, 2016

    Trieste, I can't remember, but I have a feeling the teachers might have paid for this out of their own pockets. Our teachers are our heroes! So glad the kids had a great time. Also if you need us again, please call early so we can paint a special Photo Opportunity Board to match the theme of your event. We can also make a special board naming your school and the month and year so you can chronicle your event for Facebook and scrap books! Teachers ROCK!

  • Janell E. Jun 13, 2015
    Face Painting
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    Dana M. Apr 19, 2016

    Janell, thank you so much for the 5 star review. I'm just learning how to respond! If you need me for any upcoming events. We painted for the Citrus Heights opening celebration and I made a special Photo Board to chronicle the event. I can make a special sign to mark the closing celebration as well. You all added John, my Disneyland Caricature Artist this time and I think he was quite a hit too. I am booking into November right now, but I do have some openings in June. Again, thanks for the review! We love your kids and parents! Great group of fun, cool families!

  • Rosie G. May 10, 2015
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    She went above and beyond! Definitely hiring her again..
    Dana M. Apr 19, 2016

    Hi Rosie! Took so long to figure out how to respond to your sweet review! Cateleya's birthday is coming up soon and my calendar for May is filling up. I am working with a very talented retired Disneyland artist now who does caricature art. People love when both of us come and he gives them pictures to take home and frame. Let me know if you want to be put on my calendar. I have so many new Photo Boards! Thank you again, meanwhile for your kind review! You also will receive a $25 repeat client discount!! ;o)

  • Leyla A. May 3, 2015
    Face Painting
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    Dana is a sweetheart!! She goes above and beyond in her service and gives you tons of extra perks! Lovw the poems and the gifts for tge kids that she provides plus cute photo backdrop you can use-- all for free!! I recommend getting her assistant as part of the package for better coverage of guests at the party! Love having Dana! Will definitely contact her again soon!
    Dana M. Apr 19, 2016

    Leyla, sorry it took so long to figure out how to respond to your beautiful review! Thank you so much! My May calendar is filling up. Have lots of new things to offer...give me a call and I'll share with you. Also you will receive a $25 repeat client discount!

  • Esme R. Apr 20, 2015
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    loved it great job all the family was amazed with her job very caring about the kids
    Dana M. Apr 19, 2016

    Esme, if you see my last two responses you will see what I'm up to these days. April is almost over. I should have contacted you about your April party but it's been crazy. My computer and phone have been compromised and it set me way back time wise. I'm getting back on track now, so I hope I can help make your next party Thank you so much for the 5 star review...truly!

  • Karate R. Apr 13, 2015
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Dana was a treat to work with from start to finish. She was very prompt in getting back to me and thorough with all of her questions ensuring my 4 year old would have a great princess party, complete with a great face painter! Dana really is a true artist, all of the little guests were over the moon with their face painting creations! I would hire Dana without hesitation again for our next party, thanks Dana!
    Dana M. Apr 19, 2016

    Karate, thank you for this great review. I apologize for not contacting you for your April party. Just know that at your next event you will enjoy a $25 repeat client discount. Also for any 2 hr. party you refer me to at my regular rate, you receive a $25 reward! Hope you're enjoying this weather!

  • Lashonda L. Apr 10, 2015
    Face Painting
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    Thank you so much for your service. So fun and it was truly a memory to cherish forever
  • Lorraine H. Feb 22, 2015
    Face Painting
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    WHERE TO BEGIN! THERE WERE SO MANY POSITIVE EXPERIENCES. FROM THE DAY OF BOOKING I SAW HOW PROFESSIONAL DANA WAS. SHE FOLLOWED UP THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS TO ENSURE EVERYTHING WOULD FLOW AS PLANNED. SHE IS SUCH A WONDERFUL PERSON TO WORK WITH. SHE TRULY CARES ABOUT HER WORK AND HER CLIENTS SATISFACTION. THE NAME OF HER BUSINESS IS TRULY A REFLECTION OF WHAT SHE CHARGES FOR HER ART, THOUGH HER WORK IS WORTH MUCH MORE THAN HER GOING RATE. NOW ON TO HER FACEPAINTING. WE CONTINUED TO GET SO MANY POSITIVE RAVES ABOUT HER WORK EVEN DAYS AFTER THE PARTY. HER PAINTINGS WERE VERY DETAILED, COLORFUL, PRECISE AND HAD ADDED ACCENTS SUCH AS GLITTER. SHE AND HER ASSISTANT PAINTED WELL OVER 45 INDIVIDUALS AND EACH PAINTING CONTAINED THE SAME ATTENTION TO DETAIL AS THE FIRST. NEEDLESS TO SAY WE HAD SOME VERY HAPPY CUSTOMERS!! DANA PAINTED NUMEROUS CHARACTERS, ANIMALS, AND OBJECTS. THERE WASN'T ANYTHING SHE COULDN'T PAINT. SHE WAS PUNCTUAL AND WAS ONE OF THE LAST PEOPLE TO LEAVE THE PARTY TO ENSURE ALL THAT WANTED A FACE PAINTING LEFT WITH ONE!! I HAD ASKED DANA TO PAINT A POSTER BOARD PERSONALIZED FOR THE PARTY. THE FINAL PRODUCT CAPTURED EXACTLY WHAT I HAD ENVISIONED. IT WAS A COWGIRL THEME AND DANA'S ART COMPLEMENTED THE THEME NICELY. ALL OF OUR GUESTS SIGNED THE BOARD WHICH MADE IT THAT MUCH MORE SPECIAL. IT WAS QUITE UNIQUE. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, DANA HAS AN ADDITIONAL GIFT OF WRITING POETRY. SHE WAS IN TUNE WITH HOW TO CAPTURE THE MOST EVENTFUL TIMES IN MY DAUGHTERS FIRST YEAR OF LIFE. TO DO SO AND ARRANGE IT SO THAT IT RHYMES IS TRULY REMARKABLE. I WAS MORE THAN SATISFIED WITH THE POEM AND FELT SUCH DELIGHT TO READ IT TO OUR BIRTHDAY GUESTS. ITS TRULY A TREASURE. NEEDLESS TO SAY, AFFORDABLE FACE PAINTING HAS MY HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!! WHAT A BLESSING IT WAS TO FIND HER AND I LOOK FORWARD TO DOING BUSINESS WITH HER FOR FUTURE PARTIES. A VERY HAPPY MOM :-D
  • Shauna G. Jan 27, 2015
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Very professional and friendly. Dana is great with the kids and even brings stickers for them to take after their faces are done! Her work is awesome and she is willing to paint pretty much anything the kids ask for!
  • Billy D. Nov 12, 2014
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Dana did a fantastic job for my granddaughter's birthday party, very good with children, I would recommend her highly!
  • Lisa A. Nov 12, 2014
    Dana has worked at our race (Run Because You Can) in Sacramento, CA for the last few years. She is always very friendly and does a great job face painting. Dana will not leave the park until every child in line gets their turn. Our event will end but she is willing to stay later to finish her precious customers. There have only been compliments about her artwork.
  • Rock A. Oct 27, 2014
    Face Painting
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    Dana did an excellent job painting children's faces for us at The Fall Festival in Folsom. She painted over 40 faces in the 4 hours that we had our booth open. We were complimented on how well she painted faces and that she was very pleasant. We plan to hold more events and have Dana attend and paint children's faces for us. Rock Adair Branch Manager First California Mortgage
  • Lisa-renee V. Oct 7, 2014
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Dana was wonderful, personable, organized and talented! The kids loved their painted faces!
    Dana M. Oct 9, 2014

    Lisa-renee, Thank you so much for your kind review. Can't believe I didn't get a picture of Jonathon. I was hoping to get a pic of you all with the poster. It was easy to see why you called him the sunshine filled boy! Just thinking of him makes me smile! Great Party!

  • Ashly M. Aug 21, 2014
    Face Painting
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    Dana is an excellent face painter and wonderful with all the kids at my son's 4th Birthday party. I would highly recommend her for any events you might have. Thank you again Dana for your work, you did an excellent job.
    Dana M. Oct 9, 2014

    Ashley, thank you so much for your review. You deserve one, too! I loved that huge spider web you created under the pop up with the big blown up Spiderman in the web! So clever. Missed getting a picture of you and Maurice, too. If you ever think of it, love to have one. Thanks again for chosing me!

  • Gia S. Jul 8, 2014
    Dana was amazing with the kids. She had more than just paints, she brought glitter, paints, stickers, and temporary tattoos. Dana is VERY professional, and I will definitely be using her for my next event.
  • Laura E. Jun 24, 2014
    Dana's face painting was wonderful. All the children were given the opportunity to select their own designs which gave them a very rich experience. Dana stayed until all the children had their face or arm painted even though the other vendors had left. Those children who participated really enjoyed their experience with Dana. I would highly recommend Dana.
    Dana M. Jul 7, 2014

    Laura, you have one of the world's most respected positions! Taking care of the Amador Library and all those projects to keep kids reading is ADMIRABLE!!!! I was delighted to paint for you and hope you invite me again. Tanks so much for taking time out of your busy day to write such a nice review of my work. I hope I exceed your expectations and those of the kids. It was fun!

  • Ronney A. Jun 24, 2014
    I have had the pleasure of watching Dana's business grow and expand for years. My grandchildren have had the most amazing murals done in their bedrooms walls - Disney's features in FULL LIFE. My deck had a wall (the end of my garage) Dana painted a magnificent jungle scene, a baby elephant with palm trees - it set the entire mood when sitting on the deck. Mermaids in the bathroom - The list goes on and on ! For as many years as I can remember Dana had a team of people she trained and took with her on Christmas Day (year after year) to face paint for the homeless children. She gave up her time with her family to put smiles on these children, and they remember her year after year! And she has been doing home birthday parties, painting faces for all ages. She even has designs for young and old going to dances, proms and special event - beautiful butterflies on a shoulder or flowers! I remember Dana as a child drawing little girls with bonnets and miscellaneous graphics she would dream in her head, and put to paper. Dana actually has compiled notebooks of thousands of designs for you to choose from - anything, and everything imaginable. Dana published a newspaper for years, and also has a gift for writing. She took this gift and put words into poetry. When you fill out a simple form, she can take your thoughts and memories and create a magical piece of poetry that is the most special gift you could ever give anyone! She places the words in an order of flow, expressing your love and heartfelt emotions - places these words on beautiful paper, suitable for framing! Words that last a life time. Hiring Dana for any of her many projects and talents will bring anyone's life more joy and happiness! She creates smiles every where she goes! And most of all - the price is right!
  • Julie D. Jun 18, 2014
    Face Painting
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    Dana was fantastic!! My daughter Sophie had a Frozen birthday party and Dana's paintings looked great... she did Elsa, Ariel, other princesses and her tiaras are fantastic!! She also wrote a poem that captured what Sophie is all about... a great memory keeper. Thanks Dana for making her party the best... the children adored you!!
    Dana M. Jul 7, 2014

    Thank you so much, Julie. Your friends and family were a delight to paint. Glad you loved the poem, too. And yesterday one of your guests, Tanya, called and she wants me to paint at her party this month and she wants a poem for her daughter, too. So I will be sending you a check for $25 for referring me the day after the party. Referrals mean the world to me. Thanks so much for trusting me with entertaining your kids, Ladies! Have a wonderful summer!

  • Cynthia M. Jun 13, 2014
    Dana is awesome! She's a fun, loving, talented, professional artist. She can paint anything the kids want. Adults like to get her designs painted on them, too! I would recommend Dana for home parties and/or business events.
  • Brenda W. May 29, 2014
    My grand kids loved Dana's work and enjoyed talking with her. I recommend her services.
    Dana M. Jul 7, 2014

    Thank you, Brenda for your review. You also have wonderful friends and family and I had a lot of fun painting at your granddaughter's party. And the greatest compliment of all is when you emailed me and shared that your granddaughter misses me! I need some models to add more designs to my website...maybe your grandson and granddaughter can pose for me! When I finish your Elsa and Spiderman lawn designs, when I bring them over, maybe we coiuld paint the kids that day? It will probably be at least 2 weeks. Thanks again, Brenda!

  • Jerri L. May 27, 2014
    Dana painted a landscape mural across a wall of sheds that lined my patio. It brought life to the patio. What fun! The colors are vibrant, the visual pulls the patio into the scene and you really feel you are sitting by the water front. Dana really worked at the making the mural part of our life. She listened to us and personalized the scene with points from our beach experiences. She met our time frame and needs. But, more importantly, she is a true artist! We have a work of art in our patio at a price we could afford! We would definitely contract with her again and highly recommend her work.
    Dana M. May 29, 2014

    Wow! Jerri, thank you so much! You were a JOY to workA with and I'm so pleased you are happy with your new ocean view! These days everyone is so busy, and I know your schedule is packed, so I appreciate you taking the time to write this review more than you know! And I also must add, having people who support local original artist is a dream come true! Even though I try to be affordable to all budgets, many people don't appreciate original art...so you are a gem! The neighbors seem to be enjoying the mural, too!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
It is all about personalizing their event! Hopefully I can get the client to call me that is key! If I can talk with the person a few minutes it saves tons of emails and we can get so much accomplished in just a few minutes over the phonethat way I only have to tell them what they want to know for their event and their needs.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I attend face paint classes every month! I also take classes on line for face painting, and acrylic painting. Occasionally take balloon twisting classes. I write personalize poems for my clients and I don't take classes for that it's something that I've done since I was a child. I'm proud to say some of my palms of actually been life-changing in a good way! I've taken a ukulele class but I have to practice more before adding that to my repertoire!
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My special offer is that once I paint at your party, I offer you $25 for every party I book due to your referral! Clients can literally make hundreds of dollars a month if they refer me to several parties! My pricing is $75 a hr. with a 2 hr. minimum. The price may soon be going to $100 an hr. However, sometimes, once I make my 2 hr. minimum, if the event is still going on and I don't have an event afterwards, sometimes I can give my clients an extra 1/2 hr or so for FREE! Also, I offer a BUSINESS BUILDER program for all types of companies, retailers, restaurants, etc. CLIENTS CAN RECEIVE A DISCOUNT FOR MULTIPLE BOOKINGS! I put a professional lawn sign with helium balloons tied to it outside of their business that says FREE FACE PAINTING TODAY! for customers of...(and then I put the name of the client's business). They pick an amount....$3 or $5 usually. Then their customers have to spend $5 per design. So if it's a restaurant for example, if they spend $15 on food, they can have 3 children painted for free! I have so many designs, the kids often want to come back the next week for other designs. If a business has me come all month (let's say, "Face Paint Fridays, from 4 - 6 pm), then we post signs when I will be there, and we both put the info on our social media places. The first week, the client pays me my minimum $150 for 2 hrs. Each Friday after that, They only pay $100 for 2 hrs. for the rest of the month!!! PERSONALIZED POETRY is very inexpensive already. However, if a person orders several poems, they can get a discount!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I volunteered for endless events for decades.. When I retired from my career job at AT&T as an advertising consultant, I started face painting as I needed to supplement my retirement income. I love the entertainment business!
What types of customers have you worked with?
Custom Face Painting. Custom Murals - all sizes. Lawn Decor Personalized Poetry for all occasions. 3' x 5' personalized party cards
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
FACE PAINTING: Please read the review by Lisa, I have worked for her for the fabulous RUNNIN' FOR RHETT event at the State Capital for 5 years now! Thousands of people attend this great charity event annually in November and when parents ask their kids which event they liked the most... they almost ALWAYS SAY "FACE PAINTING!" I am not exaggerating! PERSONALIZED POETRY. The poems are very emotional for people. The ones written for Celebration of Life ceremonies always lift up the families and friends; one poem helped get a family on the verge of divorce to reunite, etc. MURALS. I am almost finished with a 20 foot x 6 foot mural and the client is thrilled with it. All of the neighbors like it, too, and people come to see it everyday. It makes them happy!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure your painter uses FDA approved paints. Sadly, I recently heard from my professional peers that there are painters out there now using ACRYLIC paint on those little sensitive faces, so feel free to question people. Are they insured, what kind of paints, gllue?, glitter do they use, etc. ? Find out what designs they do prior to coming to your event and see samples of their work. Find out if they are accustom to working crowds.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Already stated in areas above! In my 26 years no one has ever once and what kind of pants and glues I'm going to be using on their children! Please always be sure your painter is using FDA approved face paint as well as FDAApproved bio ody glue to attach the rhinestones. Also I recommend hiring the professionals who have paid for the police background check. Often these people are around your kids and homes or businesses. If professionals have nothing to hide we don't mind paying the nominal fee for the police background check to make a clients feel comfortable and safe!