I clip a lot, so I get pretty bored with it, and there is now a lot of competition in my area for clippers sneaking in on my business. This year I have started offering "tattoos". The kids are a riot with what they choose.
Here are a couple.
Have you got an illustration perchance? That's a fad that hasn't caught on here yet, it seems, or at least I'm not familiar with it! Would loff to see some!
I like the OP's for the off-season if you're not showing, and I ADORE the pirate one!
Hi, My server stats brings me back here every once in a while when someone links to my website. Anyway to answer this question, I started making paint stencils after seeing an eventer with a thistle design marked using party hair paints instead of traditional brush at the big 3 day Badminton event in Gloucestershire a couple of years ago when I was exhibiting there. The designs are set with hair spray and they just sponge off at the end of the day. They are far bolder than brushing alone.
One of the new designs I will be offering in the next week or so are the Paint 'For Sale' ones so people can advertise their horses in the arena!
If you look here, there are some designs painted onto the horses of a girl I sponsor.
There are other designs in the gallery including our pony Jessie which my daughter clipped a star pattern on from head to toe a few years ago.
My friend clips polo ponies and has done some AMAZING ones including two spanish bulls going head to head, the sun, and 2 polo players with mallets crossed. there is more too. it always neat to see what she comes up with when its time for clipping!
I'm honestly amazed that some of the corporately sponsored horses wouldnt get stencils made of their company logo's to go on the horse's derriere's with the hair paints mentioned. That way you could get the company colours in various places on the logo as well ...
Things that make you go "hmmm ..."
Wonder what kind of a market there would be to approach some of these sponsors, complete with the paint and instructions in the kit, for the horse's to be "stenciled" for their classes?
I'm dying to do this but I'm just not brave enough lol!
They all look fab!
For me - Freehand - no way, My hands aren't steady enough, and I'm not artistic enough (even though I'm a draughtsman by trade). I'm full of admiration for people who can do this and convincingly, but then I am for the portrait artists on the sea front.
If you use some sort of a stencil, take your time and follow it carefully, you will get good results. The ones I make are done to make this process easier because they are sticky. Mine is just a system to give a guaranteed result (if you follow the instructions)