Weezy Calderone Jones, 39 of Mountain Island Lake, Charlotte began Face & Body Painting by Weezy J in 2010 after her daughter had her face painted at The Renaissance Festival. Weezy decided then and there she wanted to learn how to do that and she did! Weezy not only paints faces, she also paint bellies, backs and more!
Q. Where did you learn how to face and body paint?
A. I am not a painter or artist nor do I have an art education. I bought a book on eye designs first and then started watching tutorials on youtube.com. I volunteered face painting almost anywhere and would bring my supplies to my friends' houses and ask to paint their kids. My neighbors children have been really helpful as models. Everyone has to start somewhere and I think I've come a long way :)
Q. What all do you do?
A. Cheek art (smaller designs to paint kids quickly), full faces (typically for birthday/private parties), arms (some kids don't want their faces painted but like the idea of having a 'tattoo') and now my new passion, pregnant belly art.
Q. Do you paint at festivals or parties?
A. Yes, I do both.
Q. What is your favorite thing to paint?
A. The full face butterfly always gets the most "wows".
Q. What has been the most unusual/fun request?
A. I have gotten requests for "ninjas" from boys and I have been unprepared. I better add one to my repertoire
Q. What type of paint do you use?
A. Water based, professional , FDA approved face and body paint
Q. How did you get started painting baby bellies?
A. I joined several on line forums for face and body painters (artists from around the world) and there was a forum just for pregnant belly painting. I never knew people had this done but wanted to try! I had a good friend and neighbor who was pregnant. I used her kids as models and practice all the time. I asked her if she'd let me try to paint her belly. It was completely out of her comfort zone but she let me try. I free handed a stork on her. It was awful. We giggled and laughed the whole time. I have the picture but I promised never to share it. My 2nd belly was another good friend I approached. I tried to copy a 'tree of life' belly painting I saw on the internet. It turned out really good and is actually a lot of people's favorites. Since then, I design and create all my belly art .
Q. How does a session work?
A. After a phone conversation, we decide on a design, colors and/or concept. I create a sketch in crayon and use that as my guide. It typically takes approximately 1-2 hours to paint and then I take photos afterwards. I've added a FAQ section on my website to better explain the process.
Q. Any recommendations for mama's who would like to paint their bellies?
A. Call in advance and get a date on my calendar between 7 and 9 months. I want your belly to be round and 'popped' but I don't want you to be too far al ng where it is uncomfortable for you to sit during the painting session. All bellies and sizes are welcome!
Q. What are your rates?
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