I have come to realize that the longest lines at any event we go to are at the face painting booths. Sure, sometimes you can find a short line if there are LOTS of face painting booths at the same event. Maybe you can drop a couple dollars in the jar at a not-for-profit or church booth and your kid will get a small flower on his or her cheek. But usually, in our town, where there seems to be a bit of a face-painting monopoly, you have to wait in a very long line – often well over an hour – to get a beautiful design – but it is going to cost you $5 a piece. And really, it just isn’t worth it.
Yesterday, we were at a Heritage Festival and between the men in coonskin caps, the traditional frontier toy making booths and the covered wagons, there was, of course, face-painting. (Remember the face-painting episode on Little H0use 0n the Prairie?) The lines were just too long and I really wanted to spend my cash on kettle corn. So I promised the kids that if we skipped face-painting with
only minimal amounts of no complaining, I would go to the store and buy supplies and paint their faces myself. The wonderful thing about pre-schoolers is that they believe with all of their hearts that their parents can do anything and everything well. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha….
I was hoping for a kit with some stencils or directions but H0bby L0bby failed me again. So in the end, it was just me, a bunch of brushes and some paints. I guess a kit would not have been that helpful since Little Dude wanted “an apple tree with red and yellow apples.” Yeah, I don’t think that is in many face-painting manuals.
So, I free-styled.
Sometimes it pays to be both cheap and impatient.