The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


July 19, 2012

Face painting at the Clinton County fair

CAMANCHE — From tigers and Spiderman to unicorns and princesses, one Camanche face-painter is leaving her mark throughout the Gateway area.

Clinton County fairgoers will get the chance to be a canvas for a work of art with the help of this year’s featured face painter Kristal Shaff.

What started out as a crafty hobby, has led to a small business.

“I saw the face painting that was being done at events and thought I could do better than that,” Shaff said. “It’s a great creative outlet.”

After playing around with the paints and getting her feet wet in the face-painting world, she started her business, the Painted Dragon. After being up and running as a professional business for three years, Shaff is always looking for ways to learn new things. She has gone to Chicago several times for training and workshops, but is still stumped by the occasional request.

“One time a kid asked me to draw a tornado on his face and that one surprised me a bit,” Shaff said. “Whenever that happens I always practice it so I’m prepared if it ever comes up again.”

Her artwork can be seen at a wide variety of events throughout Clinton, Camanche, Fulton, Ill., and the Quad-Cities area. Corporate parties and birthday parties keep Shaff busy throughout the summer. Recently, she did the makeup for the fairies in the Camanche High School production of a “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” During Halloween, she opens her home for appointments.

Writing fantasy books is another passion, but not nearly as rewarding, Shaff says.

“With writing it takes a long time to get positive feedback,” Shaff said. “When I’m face painting I get positive feedback every time with a smile.”

Shaff will paint faces from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Party in the Park at Central Park and Camanche. She will paint faces at the fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  and from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information on the Painted Dragon visit or check out the Painted Dragon Facebook page.

Text Only
  • 7-25-14 Football field Football facility receives makeover CAMANCHE — Camanche School District administrators expect updates to the high school football facility to be completed next week.Camanche Superintendent Tom Parker said crews have worked to make sure everything is complete before next week’s Clinton

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dominant image Drying out CAMANCHE — It’s not been ideal summer for Rock Creek Marina and Campground staff members.A constant battle with the Mississipapi River’s flooded waters and the wreckage it has left in its wake has prevented the group from opening the campground to gu

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Camanche schools sharpens skills (with VIDEO)

    CLINTON — The Camanche School Board were educated Monday night on what actions should be taken during an active shooter attack.Clinton County Emergency Management Coordinator Chance Kness, as well as Camanche police officers Cory Determann and Daniel

    July 24, 2014

  • Camanche Days City gears up for annual event CAMANCHE — Planning is well underway for the 35th annual Camanche Days and organizers are expecting yet another successful year.With the bag board tournament, men’s softball tournament, barbecue cook-off and annual car show on the activities list for

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Dozens seek Fund B grants CLINTON — More than three dozen applications will be considered for Fund B grants from the Clinton County Development Association.CCDA Secretary Jennifer Rogers reported Wednesday to having received 40 applications, requesting a total of $1.2 million

    July 19, 2014

  • 7-18-14 Fair Queen Lead Art Gorzney named queen (with VIDEO)

    DEWITT — Marie Gorzney said it always caught her attention whenever the notice was put out looking for Clinton County Fair Queen pageant participants. This year, the 2013 Calamus-Wheatland High School graduate decided it was time to go after it.“I’ve

    July 18, 2014 4 Photos 1 Story

  • Sawmill New event cruises into Clinton CLINTON — Three Gateway-area locations are joining together in August for a river heritage event.The event will be held Aug. 3 and will feature a Blue Heron river cruise, a Sawmill Museum tour and a de Immigrant Windmill tour in Fulton, Illinois. The

    July 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • 7-18-14 Party in the Park Party in the Park a big hit CAMANCHE — Nearly 300 people joined together Thursday to celebrate their community and all it has to offer to its residents.During the fourth annual Party in the Park, Camanche combined all their forces including city councilmen, business owners and

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • deboer.jpg New 911 system planned for county dispatchers (with VIDEO)

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • School officials address CCDA

    CLINTON — Camanche School District members attended this month’s Clinton County Development Association meeting to address a possible misunderstanding from an allocation policy discussion during a June meeting.Superintendent Tom Parker and Board of E

    July 17, 2014

Clinton Herald Photos

Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.