Last month, with more than a little sadness I washed out my face painting brushes for the very last time.

Due to personal reasons I have made the decision to concentrate totally on promoting my Art 4 A Heart Powertex Workshops to raise money for Papworth Hospital Charity.

Alongside this I am delighted to have been asked to join the Powertex UK Design Team

However, face painting will always have a very special place in my heart. Especially adult face painting.

Adult face painting, and body painting is fast becoming big business.  It has always amused me how little coaxing us adults need to get into the world of make believe.  Just look at Halloween.  I’m sure the adults enjoy it even more than the children!

I do wonder if the seemingly ever increasing stresses of modern day life have anything to do with this increase in adult playfulness.  If this is the case I don’t see anything wrong with that. In fact I think it is good for our mental health well being. 

Could it be that being in a costume brings down the barriers? That we feel more inclined to smile at each other?  Complete strangers will chat away as though they’ve known each other from behind the safety of face paint.  You could argue that they are hiding behind a mask, but I think otherwise.  

I think the designs we choose to have painted on our faces, say so much about our character and in these stressful times give us the opportunity to let loose our inner child.  Which I for one think can only be a good thing.