Funtastic Facepainting

Funtastic Facepainting waterway festivals bookings for 2018 include:

~ 15th to 17th June Folk and Boat (FAB) Festival, Middlewich (tbc)
~ 15th & 16th September Black Country Boating Festival (BCBF)
~ 22nd & 23rd September Tipton Canal Festival
~ 29th & 30th September Parkhead Canal Festival

Private events such as birthday parties and weddings are booked in between these festivals, as well as land-based events, according to my availability and location.

If you have a query about booking me for an event, or private party/function, please message on

The birth of Funtastic Facepainting

Have you ever been to a children’s party, or attended a festival where there’s a facepainter and wished you had the courage to have your face decorated in some way?

I first plucked up the courage a few days before Barry and I got married in Gisborne, December 2009. A friend of mine had arrived from England, and we were at ‘Bushmere Estate‘ in the Gisborne countryside enjoying fine food and wine. There was a face painter doing xmas themed designs – so we both had a little christmas tree on our cheek! I was thrilled and felt my inner child giggling happily at my bravery to not care what others thought.

Another memory for me is every New Year’s Day evening in Gisborne, there’s an evening of entertainment and fireworks by the riverside. There’s always a face painter there to brighten up the children’s faces and they’d wait in line for an hour or more, patiently, just to be colourfully adorned for a few hours.

So when Barry and I were planning on returning to England to live aboard a narrowboat and travel athe boating festivals with ‘The Home Brew Boat‘, I thought how magical it would be if I could also do something at such events.



Our inaugural event

‘Funtastic Facepainting by Sandra‘ was finally born in April 2014.

I had my first ‘gig’ at The Spring Market, The Bond, Digbeth, alongside Barry’s inaugural trade slot.

Following that event, I’ve spent many days painting children and the occasional adult (female AND male), and added glitter and ink temporary tattoos to my business.

I love watching children’s faces light up when they see themselves in the mirror, after being transformed into their favourite character or animal.

Facepainting training and development

IMG_8895I did a beginner’s face painting workshop with Janet Case in Ormskirk, Lancashire in February 2014, and am an active member of a number of Facebook Facepainters support groups.

In October 2014 I attended the bi-annual UK Face and Body Art convention in Dudley, West Midlands, and attended their September/October 2016 three-day convention.

I subscribe to ‘FABAtv‘, which provides me with amazing opportunities to watch and learn from the best face and body painters in the world, and expand my repertoire.

It’s more than a hobby, it’s a wonderful way to give happiness and sunshine to children and adults alike, and earn a small income.

A selection of 2017 events …

Contact Sandra

If you want to know more, check out my Facebook page (and ‘like’ it!), my website, and/or email me on


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