A pregnancy is a certainly something to celebrate, and now, a growing number of women have discovered a new way to showcase their treasured bumps.
California-based company Pacific Face Painters is just one of the services available today to paint the bellies of expectant mothers with beautiful art.
From Hindu elephants and birds to floral nature scenes and even the imaginings of an unborn baby resting just beneath the surface, the spherical shape of a pregnant bump offers the perfect round canvas for a wide range of creative designs.
Growing: Pregnant belly painting has been steadily growing in popularity as expectant mothers seek unique ways to celebrate their baby bumps, pictured is a design by Pacific Face Painters
Using face paint and soft brushes, gentle enough to be used on the faces of children and easy to wash off, it’s said to be a relaxing, if a little ticklish experience.
Celebrities including Alessandra Ambrosio, Hilary Duff and Mariah Carey have all sampled the trend over the last few years, proudly tweeting their bump artworks for all to see.
The optimum stage for the paintings to work best is said to be around six to eight months, and the photos of course, will last a lifetime.
Rounded: The spherical shape of an expectant mother’s bump makes for a great canvas, as demonstrated in these side profiles
Peaceful: This woman has opted for a calm, mystical self-portrait, perhaps to document to peace she feels as she waits to give birth
Creator: Two happy expectant mothers beam as they pose with Pacific Face Painters’ Lisa Flora, who has seven years experience in the art of face painting and is now expanding her services to include bumps