When PTO mentioned FacePainting at the fundraiser, I was just as terrified of that as I would've been if I had been asked to play in the game. The thought of hunching over for 3 hours, brushing paint onto squirmy kids, on a Friday night sounded exhausting and overwhelming.
I just wanted to be a greeter. Or supervise the restrooms. That sounded easy.
But finally, I agreed, and I was much more relaxed about it after a co-worker mentioned that she would make the poster of designs. Whew. A little of the pressure was off and I could just try to have fun with it. The fact that she was assuming more of the responsibility, made me feel much more comfortable taking a shift---I wasn't in charge of the whole thing all night.
I signed up for the first hour. After 50 minutes, my shoulder was killing me. Even though I had only painted about 10-12 faces, I felt stiff and exhausted from holding so steady and perching my arm up so that I could keep it still enough to outline things. I think the years of heaving my computer over my shoulder while I had my arms loaded down with art supplies as a traveling teacher have done a number on my shoulder.
When my hour was up, I was relieved.
Chances are, this will be a regular thing. Next year, I hope I can do the first shift and sit with the same co-worker every year. She has more experience painting faces than me, and her confidence is encouraging.
So next year, here are the things I will need at my station:
--Brushes (the PTO purchased brushes were not great quality)
--A big water cup for rinsing brushes
--Acrylic paint (all the research I read says not to use acrylic, but the Facepaint that PTO bought was really bad quality, and most of it was goopy and thick or totally dried out) We used lots of black and white paint.
--Apron or lap towel
--Package of paper towels
--Gum and drinking water
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