Most women in the late stages of pregnancy spend a lot of time staring at their massive, swollen belly. Mostly, just because it is there. Some might be longing for the day they can put their own shoes on (or at least see their feet without the aid of a mirror); others might be wondering how the size of the internal thing is really supposed to transition to being external, because it suddenly seems preposterous. But some, apparently, are staring while trying to decide what to paint on it.
Pregnancy belly painting is growing increasingly popular. It is a beautiful and unique way to celebrate your pregnancy and capture that moment forever.
Relax for an hour or so as your belly is transformed, then take a few snapshots to keep forever.I can even come to you in the comfort of your own home. You decide what you want painted, whether it be matching the nursery, or just something you love. We can help you design the perfect image.
The ideal time to have your belly painted is between 6-8 months, or when you feel most comfortable.
Included with the belly painting are 2-3 high quality photographs of the painted belly. If you have any other requests feel free to ask.
Another amazing way to capture the essence of the growing belly is a progressive belly painting. I paint a minimum of 3 paintings through out the different stages of pregnancy which follow the journey of your pregnancy. Some ideas of progresive paintings are a growing tree or blossoming flower.
Baby Bump Painting FAQ:
Q: How much does it cost?
A: In general baby bump paintings start from 50 € to 100 € ( depends on the design). This includes up to an hour of painting, and a mini photo shoot of the finished product (taken by me)! I will send you digital photos usually within a day or two of your session. I will charge 30 € / hour for whatever goes beyond that first hour. But don’t worry, I will not surprise you at the end with the total. Before you even book a session, I will make sure you are aware of your total costs and will not go over that unless you instruct me otherwise. You can help me avoid surprises by letting me know up front if you have a budget to fit within, so that I can tailor your custom artwork to fit within that!
Q: How long does it take?
A: Most designs can be painted within an hour, but it depends on the design. Please let me know if you have a time frame you’d like me to stick to, so I can tailor your design to fit your schedule and your budget!
Q: But I’m self conscious about my stretch marks!
A: No problem! The makeup/design can completely cover your stretch marks so you won’t see your bare belly in your photos!
Q: Do I need to stand, sit, or lay down for an hour?
A: Usually what I do is have you stand for just a couple minutes while I lightly sketch the design with a makeup pencil first…this prevents your design from looking distorted when you stand up at the end. Then I’ll have you sit for the rest of the painting. It works best if you’re on a chair without arms, as they can block my access to the sides of your belly, and being at a slight angle (or a pillow behind your lower back) so your belly isn’t scrunched up. But, you’re welcome to lie down if that’s more comfortable, and of course get up and stretch or change positions whenever you need!
Q: Is the paint safe for baby?
A: Most definitely! I only use the highest quality professional make up. We tend to call it face “paint” because it goes on with artist brushes, but it really is not paint at all…it is actually makeup designed for use on skin. I am using Kryolan Aquacolor makeup, which is water based and easily washes off with soap and water when you’re done enjoying your design!
Or you can choose 100% natural Henna painting.
Q: What is Henna?
A: Henna is one of the most popular common names for the dried and ground leaves of the plant Lawsonia Inermis. It is the traditional name used throughout North Africa & The Middle East. Henna releases a safe & natural brown dye that stains the skin amongst other things!
Q: Is Henna safe?
A: Yes. Henna is a safe and natural dye that has been traditionally used by women throughout North Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and India for thousands of years.
Q: Can I have Henna painting if I am pregnant?
A: Yes, there is no reason why you can’t have a Henna painting while you are pregnant. However you should avoid contact with oils such as Mehlabiya, Teatree, Cajput, Clove, Mustard Seed, etc… Remember not to apply any oils to the skin before the painting!!
Q: Can my children have Henna paintings?
A: Absolutely, henna is completely safe and natural and has been used to adorn children for thousands of years throughout Eastern Cultures. If your child has sensitive skin, it may be advisable to avoid contact with oils such as Mehlabiya, Teatree, Cajput, Clove, Mustard Seed, etc…
Q: How does Henna painting work?
A: Henna paintings work by staining the epidermis (upper layer of your skin). The Henna paintings gets darker over the next two days, then it gradually fades away as your body regenerates it’s epidermis.
Q: How long does a Henna painting take to dry?
A: Henna Tattoo Paste takes 30 minutes – 2 hours to dry.
Exact drying time depends upon several variables, such as: Ambient Air Temperature, Body Temperature, Size of design, Type of Design.
Henna paste needs to stay on the skin for 2 hours to work effectively.
Q: What colour is a Henna painting?
A: Henna paintings turn out a ‘Rich Brown’ colour, towards the burgundy end of the brown spectrum. The specific colour achieved varies from person to person according to variables such as, skin type, skin condition, body location and lifestyle.
Q: How long Henna painting takes time to develop?
A: Henna paintings reach their best colour 12-48 hours after application, this varies according to skin type.
Q: How long does a Henna paintings last?
A: Henna paintings last between 10-15 days looking a good, strong colour. The paintings can take a further 7 days to completely fade away and disappear. As your body completely replaces its epidermis every 21-28 days your Henna paintings will have completely disappeared by then.
Q: I don’t see my question answered here. How can I contact you to ask questions and/or to set up a baby bump painting session?
A: Send me an email and I’ll get back to you asap!
- pregnancy belly bump painting (colour or henna) – from €50.00 to €100.00 ( depends on the size and design of the picture)
- extra hour of painting - €30.00
- + travel cost if I am travelling to you (depends on the distance of journey)