Last month I taught my first ever workshop. I was invited to be 1 of 2 tutors at Face Paint BOOTCAMP – an incredible, intensive one day training session in Belfast, Northern Ireland, organised by Stacey Kilpatrick of S.A.K. Designs. 30 participants were divided into 2 groups for two back-to-back 3 hour workshops (with a lovely leisurely lunch in between!) It was an absolute honour and privilege to be ‘billed’ alongside the phenomenal Teresa Mullin.
Leading up to the workshop I was so so nervous! I’d never taught before and always dismissed it as something beyond my capabilities. Every time I thought about it I felt sick with nerves, terrified I’d be no good! BUT somehow I managed to ignore those voices of crippling self-doubt and I DID IT and I loved it!! The feedback given afterwards was amazing and unbelievably heart-warming (see below photos), proving that my nerves were totally unfounded. I couldn’t have hoped for a more wonderful, positive first experience of teaching :D
Me doing a demo in my fab “Lollipop” t-shirt provided by BOOTCAMP organiser Stacey Kilpatrick
Sugar skull completed
Another demo – one stroke arm butterfly
My wonderful first class!
A satisfied customer!
Demo on a ‘FAB wipeable board’
Action shot – painting fuchsias
Participants in action!
Another demo – one stroke butterfly transferred to a beautiful, happy face!
Participants experimenting with new techniquess
Experimenting with new techniques
Diligent participant working on her break!
Hard at work
Another one stroke butterfly on a willing participant!
Another demo – calla lilies on each participant
Demo on ‘FAB wipeable board’
Completed one stroke sugar skull – would’ve loved to do more detail but time was limited!
Sugar skull hard at work
Such a lovely happy audience!
The only boy! and 29 women!
Me, Teresa Mullin & Thomas🙂
So much colour!
Hard at work
One stroke arm butterflies
Happy happy faces
16 students hard at work! One cheeky chappy spotted the camera🙂
Amazing arm painting
“We ABSOLUTELY LOVED having u teach us!!!!! It was soooo lovely to meet you and I learned soooooooo much from you!!! Looking forward to seeing you teach more now you’ve got the bug hehe and seeing your Livi Lollipop influence spreading far & wide – Joanne Wilson
“Aw Livi Lollipop, you never should have doubted yourself. Your class was excellent & I’ve used your genius concept of using different cakes in one design last weekend & it was a huge hit😉 Sign me up for the next one🤗x” – Anita Kinsella
“❤💛💚💙💜Livi Lollipop you were such a pleasure to have on board. You are an absolute sweetheart and this adds to your incredible talents and your style of teaching was wonderful! I’ve said before but will say again we were so honoured you chose to debut with us and know this will be the start of mega things for you! Xxx ❤💛💚💙💜” – Stacey Kilpatrick
“We loved u hon! Onwards and upwards!” – Krystle Boyd
“You were fab, I really enjoyed it, and came away inspired!” – Kathryn Craig
“It was incredible! Your a great teacher you took your time and explained things really well! Plus I love all the colours you use!!! Go you ” – Nicola Cunningham
“You were great, was so lovely to meet you, looking forward your next workshop over here! :)” – Jo Maher
“You were so great! … you made the class very enjoyable! 😊 You rocked it! You showed us new techniques and had a great time with you, such a lovely person 😃 Looking forward to crossing paths with you again 😊” – Thomas Bartley
“You did a fab job Livi! Was lovely to meet you & hopefully we’ll meet again somewhere along the way xx” – Lynne Hannah
“You were amazing and made me feel in my comfort zone. i was so worried it was going to go over my head and i’d be getting lost thinking it was impossible, but i didn’t.” – Cheryl Johnson