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Kaleidoscope Arts Brings Color and Smiles to Faces Of All Ages

By Pamela Sosnowski

Although tattooing has become very popular in recent years, the idea of wearing permanent artwork can be a deterrent for some. Others may be wary of the chemicals used in traditional tattoo ink and what long-term health effects they may have. Raechel Brown's company, Kaleidoscope Arts, offers an alternative by providing temporary tattoo and face painting services for people of all ages.

Brown has always been artistic. She studied visual art in high school and has a Bachelor's degree in art, but it was her love of working with kids that inspired her to start Kaleidoscope Arts in 2013. "I was in the beginning stages of getting my masters in art history and acquiring my teaching certification when I got pregnant with my first daughter," she said. "I decided I wanted a career in which I could utilize my art skills and control my own schedule. After working as a subcontractor for another face painting company, I decided to start doing my own thing."

Kaleidoscope Arts provides professional face painting, all-natural henna and glitter tattoo services in the Oklahoma City area. As a mother herself, Brown uses only professional grade paints that are nontoxic, antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic, making them safe for kids and easily removable with soap and water. For those that want a tattoo that will last a few weeks she can stain the skin with an intricate design using henna paste, a technique that originated in India, Africa, Pakistan, and the Middle East. The paste is left on anywhere from four to 12 hours, leaving behind a reddish brown tattoo that will last for several days.

Brown also specializes in baby bump painting, so that expectant mothers can celebrate their new arrival. "Having someone create a custom design with their baby's name, or incorporating their nursery or shower theme, is something special to commemorate this joyful time," she said. "The belly designs in henna are special because they last about two weeks and many times, the mom still has the design when she goes into labor. It is an honor to play a small part in a new mom's journey in celebrating her new baby!"

Kaleidoscope Arts is often hired for birthday parties, showers, corporate events, and other special occasions. Brown has been hired by many local clients of all sizes from the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma to OU Children's Hospital. As an artist, she regularly attends body and face painting trade shows to stay current on the latest trends and materials.

Although she loves putting artwork on all of her clients, children remain a favorite. Brown loves the challenge of applying a challenging new design that she's never painted before. It may seem like a simple gesture to paint a child's face, but it brightens their day as well as Brown's.

"The best part of my job is the joy that it brings to kids," she said. "They get so excited when they look in the mirror. To see their face light up makes my day! I've worked with kids that are in very tough situations, such as homelessness or a terminal illness, and to make a child smile when they carry such a heavy burden means a lot to me."

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