2023 ABAA CONVENTION Class descriptions
Convention classes are 90min long
There are generally 3 to 5 classes on offer in each time slot. 5 Time slots per day
Class 1: It's Amour (Amoré)
Armor is a great way to take your body painting to the next level. In this class we will talk about tools and materials to use and how to measure the body and design for different types of styles, fantasy and historical alike. You will get the chance to make one arm guard.
If you intend to come to this class please bring with you a hot glue gun, and any items that you think will help your design – chains, Velcro, string etc.
Class 2: Leather and Lace - corsetry for photoshoots
Want to level up your photo shoots? Boudoir photo shoots are all the rage at the moment especially as a spicy gift for your significant other on Valentine’s day – In this class we will talk and demonstrate about how to paint corsetry and Lingerie for the female form and how to measure different body shapes to give the most flattering design
Class 1: Easter Designs
Get ready for an absolute cuteness overload, with a variety of sweet and adorable Easter designs developed with an assortment of techniques and elements.
Class 2: Enchanting Designs
A compilation of sweet, delicate and enchanting designs, created using a variety of techniques and elements. You will be able to use these techniques to mix and restyle into a multitude of looks.
Class 1: Bling it up
Change you designs from ordinary to the extraordinary with custom made bling. A brief introduction to making bling with a focus on design enhancements.
Class 2: Fast and furious super heroes
Super hero designs that can be enhanced depending on time. Simple, fast techniques that can be embellished if time permits.
Class 1: Crown Pleasers; Fairies, Queens and ‘Inbetweens’
Prepare to create your “crowning glory”. From the deep sea to the icy snow, from Winter to all things Spring, get ready to bring new beauty and “oomph” to your fairy crowns (and perhaps a few masks).
Using mainly one stroke and liner brushes, these magical designs are certain to bring a SMILE. So, if WINNERS are GRINNERS and WINNERS wear a CROWN, it only makes sense perfect that you shut your eyes, clap your hands and say loudly, ‘I DO BELIEVE IN FAIRIES’.
Class 2: Fat Strokes and Fine Liners
The passionate romance between the One-Stroke and the Liner brush. A chubby colourful character brought to LIFE by a svelte, etherial, demure beauty. When BOLD and VIBRANT meets light, whimsical and care-free, stunning designs and artistic fusion are created.
While often avoided because “I’m too heavy handed”, “my designs won’t stand out” and my favourite, “I’m a perfectionist”, this class will blow those excuses out of the water. Learn not only the fundamentals but also the MANY different ways to enhance a one stroke design. This petite gem makes a ginormous impact.
Once you have command of these brushes then you can lose control in the best way!
Class 1: Special FX class
Learn on the job fast SPFX wounds and effects. Add dimension to your zombies and special Halloween faces!
Class 2: Waterproof Painting
On the job tips and tricks with airbrush, proaiir hybrids and dips to create waterproof designs perfect for pool parties & our hot Aussie summers. Featuring the ZeroG airbrush system usage & on the job troubleshooting.
Class 1: Welcome to the Jungle
Do you draw a blank when you are asked for a sloth or a chameleon. Let's explore the jungle together and see what we can find.
Class 2: Let's Talk Sport
Jo and her team in Adelaide have many years of experience in large sporting events such as football, cricket, soccer and basketball. Come along and find out how to keep those long lines moving quickly with fast, high impact sports related designs. We will also discuss minimal set ups and ending the line successfully and on time.
Class 1: Birthday Balloon Tower
No. 1 Best Seller! Guaranteed WOW factor! Join me to learn how to make this gorgeous balloon tower using round balloons and foil numbers. We’ll work together in groups to build our balloon tower base structure using 11 inch and 5 inch balloons. Then it’s up to you how to style it!! Add a large foil number and choose from smaller foils, twisted flowers, artificial florals, ribbon, simple balloon rainbows or butterflies etc. Once you make one you’ll see how easy it is to adapt to any age, switch up the colours and embellishments to make hundreds of different designs. This class is aimed at getting the biggest impact with little or no balloon twisting experience. Great add-on sales for face painters that don’t want to be a “balloon twister”.
Class 2: Elegant Birthday Centrepiece
So many variations! Great alternative to flowers for Mum! Hardly any twisting required for these impressive designs. Keep it simple or get creative and add all the extras! Fantastic smaller arrangements that can sit on the table at a restaurant or party. Perfect for the “hard to buy for” Mum or Grandma with endless options to personalise for the individual. Let’s start with a basic design and then we experiment with different colour combos and embellishments to make hundreds of stunning designs. This class is aimed at getting the biggest impact with little or no balloon twisting experience. Great add-on sales for face painters that don’t want to be a “balloon twister”.
Class 1: On The Job Boy designs
During the class, I'll be teaching my "most popular" on the Job boy designs. I will teach you sponging techniques and application to give a flawless base and finishing with onestroke applications, making the designs fast and extremely effective.
Class 2: On The Job Girl Designs
During this class I will teach designs such as butterflies, unicorns, roses and fairies. All designs are fast and effective and what I paint on the job. We will visit sponge applications and how to incorporate and use correctly the use of angle brushes.
Class 1: Balloons On The Job
Kellie will show you how she creates & manages groups of children, to keep them engaged, along with creating a positive nice atmosphere. See how Kellie gets parents & kids involved with conversations, & how she involves children who are waiting, to be included with helping her create her Balloon Twisted designs, while out performing her art at parties & corporate events.
Check out Kellies balloon kit, & what she takes to all her jobs.
Class 2: Face Painting On The Job
Kellie will show you how she creates some of her popular on the job pieces of art, & how she makes the waiting time for the kids more enjoyable, without all the pushing, shoving and whinging of kids.
Come & check out Kellie’s Face Paint kit, that she takes to all her jobs.
Class 1: Fast & Furious most requested designs
Ever looked up to find your face painting line is already 1km long and you haven't even started to paint yet! Don’t freak out.... Join me to learn some fast and furious designs to bust that line and have the parents raving about how quick and awesome your artwork is. This class is focusses on the most requested painting designs and includes free printable word board and tips on how to end the line without stress.
Class 1: Fast & Furious Holiday Bangers!
Ever looked up to find your face painting line is already 1km long and you haven't even started to paint yet! Don’t freak out.... Join me to learn some fast and furious designs to bust that line and have the parents raving about how quick and awesome your artwork is. This class is focusses on the most popular requested holiday and includes free printable word board and tips on how to end the line without stress.
Class 1: Intro to Soap Bubbles
Bubbles!!!! So much fun! Play and learn hand bubbles in class. Also covering OH&S.
Class 1: One Stroke Mask Template
Basic template for various mask designs…. Dragons, dinosaurs and mermaids etc.
Class 1: Popular party designs
I will introduce my popular party pleaser designs.
Make your basics strong to build the perfect foundation for all your designs.
*dragon/monster/dinosaur (full face version, one stroke quick version)
Class 2: Animals
Popular animal designs and some random animal designs kids request!
*frog or sloth
Class 1: Brilliant Balloon Basics
Make your basics strong to build the perfect foundation for all your designs.
Class 2: Easter Madness
A selection of cute balloon designs for the upcoming Easter season
Class 1: Jumbo weapons!
Quick and effective weapon designs, as well as Matt's kid management tips and tricks to avoid regretting it!
Class 2: The art of irreplaceability!
Stop competing on price, ensure multiple and repeat, high quality bookings, at the right price!
Build an irreplaceable brand, and market presence that will have the kids asking for you BY NAME for their next party!
Class 1: Adorable birthday Balloon
Let’s make a birthday balloon for your party! In this class I’ll be teaching how to put together a beautiful center piece balloon for the birthday child!
Class 2: Cute cheek art (Face Painting)
Ranging from my favourite unicorn to dinosaurs and rainbows, in this class let’s paint some adorable cheek designs!
Class 1: Introduction to Ninagems
If you've not had the opportunity to watch Nina paint her signature Ninagems, you really don't want to miss this class. With a paint kit that can practically fit in the palm of her hand she can speed through a line up giving each customer a completely individual work of art suitable for all ages and all genders. Each Ninagem is different, versatile and is made up on the spot. Using 3 simple rules of thumb and the barest of essentials, you too are welcomed to paint along and implement your very own signature paint strokes and/or painting style.
Ninagems are suitable for every skill level and have been proven to improve with practice and a willingness to embrace imperfections.
Class 2: Huge Ninagems
In this class, Nina whips out her #20 round brush from Bunnings and demonstrates how she paints Huge Ninagems for larger body parts without taking any longer to complete then smaller designs.
Ideal for body painting at events of all kinds, from intimate baby showers to large music festivals.
Bring your own big brush and paint along with her and/or sit back, relax and watch to practice later.
She'll also be demonstrating how she implements UV paint in her artwork.
Ninagems are suitable for all skill levels and they will improve with practice and a willingness to embrace imperfections.
Let's have fun with watercolour style. It's great for face, arm & body. On both days I will teach how to load the brush, making the watercolour effect, choosing the colours and tips & tricks. Suitable for intermediate, but beginners are welcome.
Class 1: On the job designs for girls
Something pretty like flowers, butterfly, mandala, dream catcher, or animals in kawaii style. Any design requests are welcome.
Class 2: On the job designs for boys
Something cool like game characters, superheroes, Halloween etc.
Class 1: What’s your Kryptonite??
Pimp your current on the job designs. You choose what designs we’re going to work on.
Let’s give the designs you can’t get the hang of an overhaul using design shape, placement and flow.
Prepare to be paint and to be painted. This will be a class to help you improve the designs YOU want to work on.
Class 2: Butterfly Essentials
In this class I’ll break down how I paint butterflies and in turn hope to help you find YOUR OWN style for butterflies unique to you. How to use facial structure, colour, shape and line work to change up your work to create quick but unique on the job butterflies.
Class 1: Aussie Animals
Be prepared for the next Australia Day!
Australia has so many unique animals that kids just love and can be added to your board ALL year round!
I will teach tips and tricks on how to create a recognisable aussie icon.
Class 2: All creatures GREAT and small
I will share a variety of animal designs while explaining some of the elements to include in your artwork to take it to the next level.
This class is sure to spark your imagination helping you to create any animal you wish.
Class 1: Aussie animals - Balloons
A series of fun Aussie animals suitable for both boys and girls, that can be made at parties and other events.
Class 2: Basics of distortion - Balloons
Ready to upskill? Learn some basic methods of distortion to add sophistication to your flower, people and animal designs.