Face Painting, What Supplies You Need to Start Off

Mary’s been asked what supplies are needed to start face painting. Special thanks to Mary for sharing!

I’ve pretty much just used dry face paint, which is activated with water. That way I can control it. For example, if a kid is sweaty, you’ll want it really dry, so it’ll stick and not run. I use Wolfe face paint for my color. (Here’s a link to a blue Wolfe paint. All the links in this post are Titus2’s Amazon Affiliate links. See our Privacy Policy.) But I use Diamond FX for white and black. I think they’re pretty similar though, so I have no idea how it ended up like that.

Investing in your brushes is totally worth it. I have middle-of-the-line brushes. I went to Michaels and got their highest end (I think about $10 per brush), but they would be an art store’s middle line. Dad has taught me how to very thoroughly clean them, and the time is well worth it to make them last longer. Some face painters use sponges, but I haven’t done much with them. But they are a good way to apply a lot of paint in a short amount of time.

See the picture below for some of the brushes I use. I was very overwhelmed when I went shopping for them and had no idea what I needed! My favorites (and I have multiple of each of these for ease and speed of changing colors) are: 1/4 and 3/8” angled, 6 rounded edge, 14 round, and 4 round.

A funny thing that’s become a necessity in my face paint tub is baby wipes. A lot of kids eat candy at events and sticky is everywhere. Keeping a bit of sanitation is handy. I use an inexpensive brand from WalMart.

I started with this kit from Amazon, and now purchase the bigger, individual colors as I need them, expanding my palette here and there when possible, which is really great!


“And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and declare his works with rejoicing.”
Psalm 107:22

Three Days Until the Book Announcement

Paper abounds in the end, but chocolate helps everything.

We are so close to the announcement and launching pre-orders! This has been a very intense season for me of writing, editing, and then the final wrap up. God has given me grace when I thought things looked impossible.

My gratefulness also goes to my family for all their help, to the copyeditor for turning it around under a tight deadline, and to Mary for pouring her heart into 10 beautiful illustrations. We even have an awesome cookie recipe, special thanks to Anna for perfecting and testing it to ensure the details were correct.

Tuesday morning is the day! Can’t wait.


“Commit thy way unto the Lord;
trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
Psalm 37:5

John’s House Remodeling || Demolition

John’s house has taken an exciting turn. The entire place didn’t need to be gutted, but the dining room had a vaulted ceiling, so John decided to go ahead and tear out both the kitchen and dining room. We did this mid-September.

Demolition in progress!
The day we did this work was really hot.
Love this action shot!

John decided to put two windows in his dining room to open it up and allow more light. The breeze felt really nice.  🙂 

My sisters are AMAZING workers. I love them so much!

John rented a dumpster, and wow, it got filled, cabinets, bushes, you name it.

Y’all. FOUR MORE DAYS until the book announcement (Tuesday at 10AM!). I’m extremely excited to share with you!


“And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among
you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem
them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace
among yourselves.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:12-13)

How Teri Deals with Back Pain

Some asked for a blog post about dealing with the challenges of aging, particularly considering my back pain.

My schedule helped me consistently exercise throughout my adult years, usually walking. I think that allowed me to remain active as I move through my 60’s.

My back pain requires daily management, but I was quite encouraged by the PT I visited this summer who said my back-management routine has kept me from surgery, pain meds, and greater levels of pain.

I do 15 to 30 minutes of back exercises most days. I have tried lots and lots of back exercise routinesthose a PT gave me, some I have found in books, and some from Internet DVD programs. I currently use the exercises I feel are the most beneficial, plus the ones from the most recent PT.

I don’t know for sure, but I am guessing that those back exercises have helped me maintain mobility that allows me to get on the floor and play outside with my grandchildren.

I also use a device called a posture pump (Titus2’s affiliate link to Amazon: see our Privacy Policy if you want). Because poor posture has played a role in my back pain, I am continually working on my posture. A chiropractor recommended this device because I had lost the curve in my neck. According to more recent x-rays, that curve has been nicely restored.

Finally, I have worked to maintain my weight, and I think being a normal weight allows me more stamina, energy, and mobility.

As far as mountain climbing, I simply love to do that so I push my physical limits for those hikes. Actually my back does better up a mountain with a backpack than it does leaned over a sink washing dishes for the same amount of time. Steve and I enjoy our conditioning walks togethertalking and praying and getting in as good shape as possible in flat Kansas to hike Colorado mountains.

Trusting in Jesus,

“The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found
in the way of righteousness.”
(Proverbs 16:31)

We’re In the Countdown

Y’all, I’m really excited. This week is a big week for my new book. Many details are being wrapped up, and then the book is headed to press on Monday.

That’s why we’re in the countdown stage. We’ll be releasing the book for pre-orders Tuesday, November 21st, at 10AM, Central. Watch the blog for details.

God has been very gracious to me on this exciting journey. I’m overwhelmed by the countless times He gave grace and provided exactly what was needed. My family enabled me by taking over responsibilities so I could focus on the book. They also spent many hours giving valuable feedback as I edited. Friends have encouraged and cheered me on. This book included a first for me. I knew with tight deadlines there was only one way to accomplish it. Say hello to 4 a.m. wake ups.

I will give you another clue. This is a Christmas story—my favorite kind of story.


Mary sketching
So grateful for the boost my morning mochas gave! Sweet to enjoy one as I had my Bible time.

“Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”
Psalm 107:8

Growing Up Christian

Regularly people say to Steve or me that they didn’t grow up in a Christian home, therefore they don’t know how to have a Christian home. We like to encourage them with the fact that neither of us grew up in Christian homes either.

After our salvation, though, we began to grow as disciples of Christ, through God’s Word. That impacted our lives, teaching us how to have a Christian home, where Christ is part of every fiber of each day.

Both Steve and I went regularly to liberal churches on Sunday mornings as children, not ones where salvation is preached or taught. Our parents did not have personal relationships with Christ. They weren’t saved (born again, converted) until we were grown and no longer living at home.

What a joy it was for Steve and me to be saved early in our marriage and then to see our dads saved years later. Steve’s dad and mom divorced when he was a teen, and after his dad’s salvation, when Steve was in his 30’s, Steve’s dad wrote and said he was sorry for all that went on. At my dad’s salvation, he changed from his Army career being his life to his Lord Jesus being his life. Our moms were saved after we left home but before we were.

Each time you find yourself thinking or saying, “I didn’t grow up in a Christian home,” use that to be grateful for your salvation, pray for wisdom, and search the Scriptures for daily truth to live by.

Trusting in Jesus,

Steve and Teri Maxwell

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and
that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast”
(Ephesians 2:8-9).