Did your kids mistake the clown makeup for bathtub paint? Maybe it was an accident and as they were removing their stage makeup, it got all over the sink or shower. Since I now have two child clowns in my household, clown makeup stain removal has become my expertise. Removing it from the bathtub, sink, or shower tiles is easier than your first scrubbing attempt may make it seem. If your children played a role in making the mess, it can be a good idea to involve them in the cleanup. It teaches responsibility for their actions – and not to brag, but my stain removal method can be quite fun.
Grab the tissues! The first step to removing a clown makeup stain in the bathroom is to wipe away the surface stain with toilet paper. Since clown makeup is a greasy substance, it may be caked on pretty thick. Roll some toilet paper onto your hand to make a flat, somewhat thick cloth. Don't be wasteful. But it works better if it isn't too thin. Use circular motions to rub away the makeup. If the kids are helping, you can have them sing “Wheels on the Bus” or another circular song they like and move their hands to the beat while rubbing in circles. You may need to do this several times, depending on how thick the grease makeup stain is. Once you can no longer wipe anything away with just the tissue, move on to the next step.
Give it a scrub! Next, whip out that ever-useful box of baking soda and an old rag you don't mind getting greasy. Dampen the rag. Then, sprinkle baking soda onto it. Once again, you want to rub out the grease makeup in a circular motion. The baking soda helps to scrub it away without making you work too hard. Continue to add baking soda or water to the rag as necessary throughout the process. If the stained area is large (for instance if your children made pretty pictures with the clown makeup, like mine did a couple times), you'll need to rinse out the rag a few times as well.
Houston, we have a problem! Not to fret if you still have remaining clown makeup that won't budge even after the baking soda. Grab some halved lemon slices and don't be such a sour puss! You guessed it. Rub the lemon slices around the stain in a circular motion. The lemons will cut deep into the grease stain and help remove it even below the top surface. A bonus is that lemons also help kill nasty germs that may be lurking in your bathroom.
But wait, there's more! You've done the above steps and there is still some clown makeup residue on your bathroom tiles, tub, or sink? All is not lost. The next step is soapy. What works best on leftover grease? Why, dish soap, of course! Grab another wet rag and dab on a couple dots of dish soap. Yes, the circular motion still applies here. Rub and continue to wet the rag and add more soap until you have no more clown makeup on your bathroom surface.
Does it really work? My clown kids mistakenly assumed that clown makeup would be a good substitute for washable bathtub paints. This meant the entire bathroom was covered in it. If we weren't renting, I may have left it up a bit longer since the pictures were cute and creative. But by using the above steps, I got our bathroom back to being sparkly in no time. Because it was thickly coated everywhere, I repeated the above steps a couple times. But in most instances, you may need to only go through the above steps once – or even just use a couple of them.
Bonus: The same cleaning method works on the walls as well. But you may want to skip the baking soda, as it may also rub off a coat of paint.
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Interested in teaching your dog circus tricks? Think your pooch has what it takes to learn how to perform? There may be more to it than you think. Some aspects of circus training for dogs are simple. But it is necessary to start preparing your dog slowly and early. They all learn at a different pace.
Bond with your dog. Hopefully you have done this already by default. This should be a priority, even if just to show your dog love. However, bonding with your dog is one of the best ways to ensure your dog is loyal and listens to commands. If your dog has not bonded with you, he or she may not feel there is a reason to listen to commands.
Teach starter tricks to your dog first. Before advancing to more complicated tricks, such as those your dog could perform in a circus, start with the basics. Start with tricks such as jumping up onto objects only on command, standing, spinning, laying down flat, and staying without the stay command. These will get your dog prepared for the more advanced tricks that use these commands along with added steps.
Practice starter tricks every day. Once your dog learns a trick, you should not stop practicing the trick with your dog. Most dogs will enjoy repeating the tricks daily and this is necessary to keep them in memory. It isn’t necessary to practice every single trick every day, especially once your dog knows many. But be sure to get in practice for every trick as often as possible – and at least some tricks every single day.
Make learning enjoyable. The point of teaching your dog tricks is not for him to serve you. It should be an enjoyable process for your dog as well. Most dogs love to perform for their owners and many love an audience as well. If you make the process fun and don’t stress over the time it takes to get each trick down, you’ll have a happy and well-adjusted performer. That always makes for a better show than an animal who needs to be forced – and you should never force your dog to perform any trick. If your dog is not having fun, give your dog a break and consider what you may be doing wrong.
Get your dog used to large crowds. A dog with stage fright is not going to perform well. Also, not all dogs who love people will love doing tricks for a large crowd. Start small by having your dog perform on a kitchen table for the family and work your way up to backyard shows, park shows, and more in preparation for larger crowds. Not only should your dog thrive in a large crowd, but he should also know when to play with people and when to put on the show. You can teach your dog this lesson with practice. Never let anyone interact with your dog during a performance unless it is part of the performance.
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Have you created your clown look and need something to make you stand out? Do you want to be the shiniest of shiny clowns? Perhaps you are just stuck and haven't actually created your look yet. No matter where you are, these fun accessory and style enhancements can help make clowns of all ages shine bright.
The hair must be unique. If you really want to shine as a clown, get creative with the hair. To accent the traditional multicolored clown afro, try adding accessories to the hair or jazzing it up with very visible glitter. But the afro is not necessary to being a clown. Try something zany like spiked braids, unruly colorful pigtails, a green mohawk, or anything else that comes to mind. Be sure that whatever style you choose, it fits your personality as a clown.
Don't spare the glitter. What makes a person shine more than glitter? Use glitter pencils to accent any areas of the face that you want to stand out. Glitter tears can enhance the mood of a sad clown. Glitter stars anywhere on the face makes happiness features stand out, especially at the corners of the eyes and mouth. But don't limit the glitter to your face! Try glittery fingernails, clothing accents, or full-blown glittery clothing. Glitter on the shoes says you have happy dancing feet.
Bigger is better. If your clown persona seems boring, make one or more things bigger than life size. Clown pants and shoes are one area this is prevalent. But try making something else bigger, such as your hair, a hand, or your props. For instance, an extra large umbrella could make for some fun scenes, as well as accent the look. Shiny up and dress up these extra large accents to make them stand out even more.
Tiny size it? This has the opposite effect of making things larger than life, but is also valuable in clowning. Wear some of your clothing and accessories too small. Try using a tiny coat in a big rainstorm. Place a teeny top hat atop your head. You may have to glue it to your hair. Shrinking things from their normal size is always good fodder for standing out and can add to the performance in many ways.
Umbrellas everywhere! No clown is complete without some sort of umbrella. An umbrella can be used for various gags, whether it is small or large. It also doubles as a great matching (or mismatching) accessory. Try putting a drink umbrella inside your shirt pocket. It can be glued there or it can be left loose for performance reasons. Remove the tops of drink umbrellas and glue them to clothing for a unique accent. Use them as a shade over eyeglasses as well. Parasols are wonderful for acting out fun scenes and can also double or triple as a cane or fashion statement. Get creative and use this multipurpose prop and accessory to its fullest.
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by Lyn Lomasi, Write W.A.V.E. Media Staff
“She's so cute! (pause) Oh...that's a boy (strange look that quickly turns into an awkward smile).” This is a typical reaction some people give when I take my son (who is an aspiring clown) into public with one of his clown outfits on.
Dressing like a clown is a perfectly normal activity, especially for a kid who is developing his own clown show. This makes most people smile. But some are confused and others are rude. It was baffling to me why some people have such a hard time understanding a boy dressing as a clown. Many clowns are boys.
Following are the common questions and sources of confusion, along with my thoughts and feelings.
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