Have you ever considered transforming your pregnant belly into a magical piece of artwork?
After all, it is less permanent than a tattoo.
This age-old tradition of belly painting, in pregnancy, is coming back into fashion. Supported by the likes of celebrities Mariah Carey, Hilary Duff, Alanis Morissette, Tori Spelling and supermodel Alesandra Ambrosio. Each of these girls has transformed their beautiful bumps into pieces of art.
Not having lined up for the belly painting experience – we thought we’d look into what’s involved.
For prosperity sake
At the start of this assignment, we were very skeptical. After all, we could think of better ways to spend a couple of hundred dollars, than to have our bumps painted, only to wash it off!
But on looking into it, it makes for a great baby shower activity or mama-to-be gift when accompanied with a photography package or belly casting package. It makes sense that if someone has gone to all that trouble painting your belly, you have loads of pictures of the event and end result.
Another thing we noticed mamas doing, is first having a cast of their belly made and when it dried having it painting. They are then waterproofing the cast and turning it into a fruit bowl! Click here to check out our Pinterest page for an example of this.
So, how does it all work?
The quick facts are:
- It can take upwards of 2 hours
- Artists recommend having your belly painting done late in your pregnancy.
- Somewhere between 36 – 38 weeks gives you a big enough belly but lowers the risk of you going into labour before your appointment. You can also have it done earlier.
- Prices vary but most of the quotes we received started at $100 an hour with a minimum 2 hours (for the painting only)
- It’s a great way to include siblings in adding a hand print
- It’s a great way to include party guest if you are having it done at a baby shower
- Check with your artist but generally, the paints are safe for you and baby
- You don’t have to stand for the 2 or 3 hours.
- You can sit in a nice comfy chair
- The paint washes off with soap and water or for deeper reds, blacks, and dark blues, use cotton wool and moisturiser.
- You will want to wear low cut pants and a boob tube or singlet rolled up
- Choose your artist well. And look at their previous work. Your creation will only be as good as their skill.
Remember, if you go into labour before it is done – you generally lose your deposit, which can be as much as 75%. However, the end result can be a beautiful piece of extremely personal art.
Check out our Pinterest board for some examples.
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