Mum’s scary face painting goes viral
Meet the mum who transforms every night into a range of creepy characters.
Nikki Shelley, 33, uses face paints to create her scary monsters, zombies and ghouls – but she has had no training in the dark art and taught herself from the comfort of her own home.
Care home worker Nikki’s amazing work has become a viral sensation on Facebook, even winning over the special effects guru behind Dr Who and Torchwood.
Nikki, from Rugby, Warwickshire, said: “I didn’t think anything would come of it but the reaction to my work has been incredible.
“I don’t really have an idea in mind when I start to paint.
“I just start and see what happens.”
Mum-of-three Nikki started by painting her children Taylor, 13, Leah, 11, and Kaiden, nine, for Halloween and unearthed her hidden talent.
Husband Craig and her children love seeing the frightening designs and a portfolio of chilling self-portraits have been praised by more than 1,000 Facebook users.
Her family were shocked by the hidden talent Nikki was hiding and encouraged her to take it a step further and she wants to turn pro.
Nikki said: “I started painting my kid’s faces for Halloween then I asked Craig if I could paint him as well.
“But I knew I couldn’t paint on them all the time so I started painting my own face.
“I started to think of ways I could make my work different. I wanted to stand out and try new things. Luckily it has paid off.”
Nikki says she is inspired by special effects wizards and prostethic designer Neil Gorton who has worked on shows like Doctor Who and Torchwood.
Even Neil is a fan of Nikki’s work and asked her to be an educator at The Prosthetic Event in Birmingham on November 16.
She said: “I never imagined I’d be an educator at a Neill Gorton show, the last 18 months have just been incredible.”
“I now want to learn the prosthetics side of things and hopefully one day I might get the opportunity to work on TV shows and movies.”