Jade Gaal-Van Der Vreede

jade1.jpgMy name is Jade and I’m 38 years old. I have two kids, they are my life. I’m married to Ronald for 6 years but we are together since 2003. I live in Holland near the Hague.

Me painting didn’t come naturally. I can’t draw, I lack the ability to see 3D (depth vision) but I liked it so much that I just kept on with it and now I’m growing every day. Thanks to ITP.


Business Name: Kleurtjes van jade

Email: jadevandervreede@hotmail.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/kleurtjesvanjade

Instagram: colorsbyjade



Me painting didn’t come naturally. I can’t draw, I lack the ability to see 3D (depth vision) but I liked it so much that I just kept on with it and now I’m growing every day. Thanks to ITP.

Me and my hubby had a bumpy past 5 years. In 2011 I gave birth to our first child, our daughter Ilana (the one who never wants to be painted haha) two week prior we discovered Ronald had cancer. The next year it was all about breastfeeding, diapers and hospital visits…The year after that it was about losing jobs (my husband lost his job three times due to the crisis) And sick family (mom diagnosed with cancer, my father several back operations) and somewhere in between there was me and a little girl named Ilana. In 2014 we finally calmed down, hubby and family was doing okay. We tried for baby number two, but doctors told us that due to chemo…the changes would be slim. But on the second of January 2015 there was This our son J The bumpy ride started soon after that with my father having hart problems, hart surgery etc. But we still are happy and all together.

Last year of may I started with ITP. I wanted to do something for me after everything and well that I could practice something I liked was awesome at the same time. Never in a million years I could have predicted what it would mean to me one year later.

The kindness of you all, the warmth, the encouragement, the tips, the stories of all of you, the sympathy for each other. Oh and well there is the painting of course as well J But its not about the painting, that’s just extra on top of all the other things.

You’ll grow your business, you’ll grow personally, You will find stories that will help you. And you’ll get better every day. Thank you ITP. Painting doesn’t come naturally to me, but sticking with it brought me so much more than the ability to paint.

365 Days Painting ITP Interview

  1. We all know that you finally completed painting 365 days! How long have you actually been painting now? Did you continue after completing 365 days? I started painting 2 years ago. And of course I continued J
  1. Can you let us know a little bit of your experience of painting every day for a whole year? For ex: did you almost forget to paint one day? Did any of your models ever get annoyed lol? Painting everyday ask for a good schedule J My husband got used to it quickly, but when the Mehron paradise glitters came to town, he hated them hahaha. Now I get a no glitter order now and again. The weirdest part is when I’m half painted and the mail man rings the doorbell hahaha.
  1. What is one of your favorite designs you’ve painted? Or one of your favorite themes? SKULLS J & Dragons. When I started I met Shell Hill, she now calls me Khaleeshi which is so funny because my fist dragon … well my hubby asked why the mermaid looked so angry…Oops J
  1. Every month the ITP group gets new members; Can you give some tips to one of the new painters joining the group? Black back drop (I use a bedsheet) for your pics and a app like pic arts J And don’t think of the whole month just plan your painting every day. And don’t look at the others who are very good and feel you’re not. Because you’ll get there when you continu painting.
  1. The ITP challenges have opened the doors to so many great opportunities for so many of us, can you name some opportunities that ITP has helped you with? I now have paying gigs! With friends like Kim van Nieuwaal! I met her trough ITP. And because of posting everyday to my fb page I have attention of a lot of people.
  1. We all enjoy your work so much and we are dying to know…What are some of your favorite paints & brushes? Superstar shimmers J and my short angled flat brush from the facepaintshop.eu
  1. What are some ways that all your practicing has impacted your business? I got a lot better. But by posting everyday word got around that I’m a painter and than people now how to find you J
  1. ITP has done so much more than just helped with practicing, it has also been the beginning of many beautiful friendships, what are some of the best friendships you have developed in the ITP group? Kim van Nieuwaal. Muse Me. Dark Arts (collab groups) Marie, Ann, Devid and so one J
  1. If you could choose a theme for next month’s challenge; what would it be? Dark glam
  1. Who is one of your favorite artist in the Face Painting industry? You can only pick one! How is this even reality to pick just one….Okay Matteo Arfanotti then.
  1. Who do you usually order all of your face painting supplies from?

And why? Facepaintshop.eu. Because Maurice and Dunja are great at service and speed.

  1. Which design do you absolutely hate painting whenever a kid asks for it? Butterfly
  1. If you were stuck on island and can only take 1 stencil, 1 brush, 1 color, and 1 cake, which ones would it be? Structure stencil. NO4. White and my blue global cake.
  1. Besides Face Painting, name some of your other hobbies you like to do. Horseback riding twice a week.
  1. If Barack Obama hired you to paint at his daughter’s birthday party and said you had to bring 3 other painters to work with you… who would you take with you? (You can choose anyone in the face painting industry) Kim, Ronnie Mena and Nurit
  1. When did you know you wanted to become a face painter? And how many years have you been painting for? When My daughter was old enough to get painted, 2 years.
  1. Are you a face painter full time? Or do you have another job? I work fulltime but not in facepainting unfortunately.
  1. Who from your family (or friends) has been the biggest supporter of your face painting career? Kim
  1. Do you think you will try to paint for another 365 days ever again? I’ll just keep on painting
  1. If you were trying to recruit artist to join the Inspiration to Paint group… what would you say to them? You’ll grow, your business will grow, the friendships are amazing.