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In pictures: Painting pregnancy

Mari Williams

A slightly-nervous Mari Williams prepares her "blank canvas" for face painter Erica Norman, who has begun a pregnant bump-painting service.

Mari Williams

Erica, based in New Brighton, Flintshire, is offering her skills free. Less intricate work, like backgrounds, can be sponged on.

Mari Williams

Three weeks before her second child is due, Mari watches the most time-consuming part of the work, which is doing fine detail like flowers.

Mari Williams and Erica Norman

Erica tries her best to put mums-to-be at ease.

Mari Williams and Erica Norman

The process also allows expectant mums to grab a couple of hours' relaxation.

Mari Williams and bump

Final touches include "shimmering" to add some shine to the finished piece.

Mari Williams and bump

Erica has a number of designs to choose from, but mums can also pick their own.

Mari Williams and bump

Mums are able to check the artwork's progress with a mirror.

Mari Williams and bump

Pround mum-to-be Mari cradles her newly-painted bump.

Erica Norman and Mari Williams

Erica hopes to build a portfolio before charging for her bump-painting services.



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