The Painted Dragon
Areas of service:Redding and Anderson
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About The Painted Dragon
My name is Elizabeth Rasco and I own The Painted Dragon. I am a local face painter in the Redding area based out of de Party Centre on Churn Creek Rd, next to Keublers furniture. I can do more than just face painting though. I have done tattoo designs, wall murals, sale signs and much more!
Just let me know what you want done and we can work something out! I also dabble a bit in Balloon twisting if that is what you need to entertain the kids!
Feel free to contact me today!
Questions and answers
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
I specialize in painting of any sort you have in mind. I mostly do face painting as it is most popular, but I do a lot of murals and painting on odd surfaces as well. Let me know and we can find out how to paint it! Heck, I painted a pair of shoes once! You never know what you might want painted and personalized!
- What services do you provide your customers after the work has finished?
For murals, if something scuffs up the work, just call me up and I will do touch ups. For face painting, for the duration of the time that I am at your gig or party, I will touch up previously painted pieces. I will not however repaint an entire face or painting unless I have no one in line, because that just does not seem fair to me.
- What brands or products do you work with?
For now, face painting brands I work with is Snazaroo. They are easy to get my hands on and are totally safe to use. http://www.snazaroo.us/safety.htm that is a link to the safety stats of those paints. I am currently trying to save up to get the really good stuff, like Diamond Effex, and Wolfe Brothers paint.
For murals, whatever I can get my hands on at this point in time. Any acrylic paints will stay on windows or walls as long as you let them. For windows, just spray and wash off. The paint is water based and will absorb the water and only wash off if you give them a little scrub with your nail or a squeegy.
As for the wall, you can paint over them easily. I also have access to paint that comes off at the press of a finger if you want to use some of that instead. It's basically watered chalk that dries and comes off very easily.
- What types of jobs are the most common?
So far, Face Painting. I love it, and it's so fun to watch the kids go from giggly because they are going to get painted, to "OH MY GOSH IT'S AWESOME!!" no matter what is painted on them. If they don't know what they want by the time it's their turn, I surprise them with something different that I've wanted to try.
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
Not all artists are the same. We all have different styles and we all have different ways of doing things. I for instance am a huge fan of Salsazar Dali and M.C. Escher, as well as other random and odd stuff that might come to mind, so I am NOT a cookie cutter kind of artist. I can do cookie cutter stuff, but know that it's not fully using the potential for something truly different if you just give me only a little bit of time.
ALSO, I have found out that this particular profession is a self supporting HOBBY. I don't make much money on doing them yet, and what I do make goes back into supplies for my profession. What I do to pay the bills is I have another job, and sometimes that other job can't let me have the day off if I don't have enough time to warn them. Which is exactly why I like to have at LEAST 3 weeks' notice of the event, that way I can better guarantee that I have that time and space open for you. ALSO, please, if the event is canceled, Please let me know!
- How many projects do you average in a year?
So far, I don't know. I have only been doing this for a year and unfortunately, there have been a few events that have held me back from being able to do as much painting as I wanted to do, for instance losing my car, and then the summer made it really hard to get time off from my retail job to do gigs. Which is why I like to get 3 weeks advanced notice so that I can better guarantee that I can get to your gig, rather than try to pull a rabbit out of a hat on a day that everyone wants a vacation.
- How did you get started?
I have always been in love with art ever since I can remember, and have been through a lot of classes and models to go by. Then my friend hired me on as a face painting clown, and I was hooked on face painting. I have now branched off on my own, and am eager to do more and more painting, since this is one of the few ways I can show my love for art to the public!
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
For face painting, ALWAYS ask if the paint is SAFE to use on the skin! NEVER let anyone get paints for cheap like at Walmart. Those paints have chemicals that can be harmful to the skin. It should be makeup grade or BETTER. i.e. toy grade like Snazaroo AND hypoallergenic. Always make sure who you hire cleans their brushes and wipes their paints after every gig, and as much as possible during the gig.
- What certifications or professional affiliations do you have?
I am not an officially certified artist, but who is? I have a talent that I like to use to make people happy, and I use it to the best of my abilities. I have friends at de Party Centre, and other face painters in the area are networked with me.
I do have an official business license under the Board of Equalization, so if you ever want those numbers feel free to ask and I will bring them up for you if you need them.
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
Barter. Simple as that. I am already the cheapest face painter in town, so if you want cheaper, I am willing to trade for something I need or really want in exchange for my services.
- What information do you recommend to have readily available before looking for a professional in your trade?
First off, how much are you willing to spend. That will help to determine how much time is put into the project or how long I stay at the party. Second, basic contact info is a must for those just in case emergencies i.e. phone number, time and date of gig, address of the gig, and who I am to ask for if I need to call. Basic stuff, yes, but more often than not forgotten about because we are both distracted by the awesomeness of being painted and painting!