Monday, October 15, 2018

War paint

While I've always admired the war paint on Lu Heater and Sandy Sanderson's performance Native American costume horses, I am reluctant to do anything that permanent to one of my  own performance horses.
Sorry, Sandy. It's not happening.
Because of this, I was intrigued when Mel Boynes shared this picture from the West Coast Live Performance Show, held in Guildford, Western Australia. It depicts her Matriarch winning a costume class with removable war paint. She writes: I made these markings from painters tape. I placed it on a smooth board, cut out the templates, painted the colours, then peeled them off on the day. It worked better than I thought it would!
Well done, Mel. I think that is a perfect solution. Congratulations on your win and thank you for sharing!


  1. ....But the warpaint on my Indian pony models IS removable!

  2. So happy to see Mel mentioned on here. She's a super performance showie, a total credit to our Western Australian model horse community & most of all, friend. :^3

  3. Kids' Hallowe'en makeup is wash-off-able too.

  4. Forgot to mention - it comes in sticks, like crayons. I used it to "paint" the competitor numbers on models' haunches.

  5. Way back when I first starting showing, I saw some awesome stuff in WA State, including removable war paint. This was marking painted in saran wrap, cut out and attached to the model via spit. Never tried it myself, even though I had a decent novice level native costume.