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Making the world more colorful, happier

Created on Thursday, October 04, 2012 | Written by Barb Randall

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - West Linn artist Kim Millen was hired to paint trick or treaters for the Halloween episode of 'Grimm,' which will air Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. on KGW channel 8. – West Linn artist Kim Millen was hired to paint trick or treaters for the Halloween episode of ‘Grimm,’ which will air Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. on KGW channel 8.

West Linn artist Kim Millen has a unique effect on people.

Her colorful paintings brighten homes and offices throughout the Northwest. Students of all ages in her art classes appreciate her encouraging manner and skillful techniques. But those who become her canvases are perhaps the most excited about her work. Millen is a body painter and has painted literally thousands of masterpieces on faces, arms, legs and whole torsos from New York to Arizona as well as locally.

She began body painting years ago when Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts organizers hired her to paint faces during Children’s Day. She and her daughter got a real kick out of transforming children into tigers, butterflies and other creatures through face painting. And the children were thrilled to wear their art. Since those fledgling days her business, UB Painted, has boomed.

“I love kids and people in general,” she said. “This is fun. I get to paint and be creative. I listen to the person and interact with them to decide what to paint. Every gig is different!”

And her body painting truly can transform a person’s look and personality. Each fall for the past dozen years, Millen has spent a couple of months in New York, where she gets inspiration.

“I limit myself to $10 a day,” she said. “I’m really on a budget.” To help her studio rental and other expenses Millen teaches art classes and also takes appointments for body painting on Halloween weekend. Bands, nightclubs and hosts of private parties have enlisted her talents to take their Halloween celebrations to the next level.

“This is huge fun for a Halloween party,” she said. “Adults love body painting. They are really excited about it.”

Most recently, Millen was hired to paint trick or treaters for the Halloween episode of NBC’s hit TV show “Grimm.”

“The Grimm staff is so friendly,” she said. “I painted the children’s faces before they went on to the set. It was fun for the cast and crew to see them in full makeup.” Millen couldn’t say more about the experience but encouraged readers to watch the episode Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. on KGW channel 8.

Millen’s body painting talents have been included as entertainment at church auctions, corporate team building events, children’s birthday parties and at West Linn’s farmers’ market.

“One week I wasn’t able to be at the farmers’ market and a little boy was so disappointed he cried,” she said. “So now I just go because he might be there! Birthday parties are really fun events to do. Everyone is already excited and happy. Sometimes I teach a short class beforehand on design or complementary colors.”

You can have Millen transform you for free today from noon to 8 p.m. at the ribbon cutting and open house event for Adroit Family Dental, 5493 Amy Street in West Linn. Adults and children are welcome to have a free face painting, take a tour of the offices and meet Dr. Kirill Smirnoff and the staff of Adroit Family Dental. For more information call 503-710-9839.

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“WOW! Kim joined us yesterday for our daughter’s butterfly and super hero birthday party and the results had all the parents talking. Kim is incredible and very talented! If you are looking for a face painter just stop here – Kim is top notch, professional, affordable and she is fantastic with the kids! Gets them talking and pulls out exactly what each kiddo is looking for. She made Emma’s 3rd party perfect. One last note – several of the parents are going to be booking one of her art classes soon, so check those out as well!”


“If you are looking for a face painter just stop here – Kim is top notch, professional, affordable and she is fantastic with the kids!” 


“We hired Kim for a joint birthday party with about 25 kids attending.  She was professional from first contact to the last little girl who cried and needed a touch up on her butterfly paint.  I can not recommend Kim highly enough!  We got through every kid in the timeframe, she was kind and sweet and has a great rapport working with the kids to come up with unique designs.  Half the girls asked for butterfly designs and not one face looked the same – the color combinations and amazing touches were really cool.  We had a boy who didn’t want a face paint, and she did an amazing snake “tattoo” on his leg.  Some of the kids were so comfortable while being painted they fell asleep in the chair.  It was just a great experience.”


“I have nothing but good things to say about Kim and her talent. Being in town for a work event entailing Day of the Dead and Cannabis themes. Since I have no face paint talents, I reached out to Kim. She did an amazing job, I honestly have no words. The event was a success, and the comments of here work were many.” (Oct., 2017)

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“Hired Kim to paint faces for a community event, and she did a great job. Everyone enjoyed her artwork. We would definitely hire her again.” (Nov. 9, 2017) CITY OF HILLSBORO


“Kim was very prompt and precise. She made everyone happy and met all requests. She has a great attitude and is definitely a very talented artists. Would recommend.” (Aug. 21, 2017)


“Kim was amazing – so easy to work with in setting up our son’s Halloween school party. Overall her ability to work with children is such a bonus, given the outstanding talent – everyone loved having their face painted and we’ll for sure reach out to Kim for more fun in the future 🙂 ” (Nov. 8, 2016)


“FABULOUS!!!!  Kim and her crew are amazing!  Hands down some of the most talented face painters and balloon artists I have hired over the years.  I thoroughly enjoyed working with their entire team from booking, to communicating the details right before the event.  On event night, the set up promptly, got to work making all of our guests happy, and they were busy the ENTIRE 3 HOURS!!!  They are so creative with their designs and the quality of their work is simply stunning.  We got rave reviews from parents, students, and guests alike.  I look forward to working with Kim and her amazing team again soon!” (Sept. 18, 2017) CATLIN GABLE SCHOOL


“Kim is an amazing artist and is so fun!  Kim fit me into her schedule at the last minute, was punctual, quick and painted me head-to-toe into the most exquisite piece of walking art!  Most fun time ever!!” (March 22, 2017)


“Kim is an amazing and talented artist! She attended our Dia De Los Muertos event and our customers raved about the face painting work she did. She used high quality ingredients and folks are requesting that we invite her again next year. Thanks for being such a great partner to work with!” (Jan. 17, 2016)


“First of all, I was lucky enough to book a last minute appointment with Kim to paint an animal face on me and complete my costume for the Burning Man HOWL PDX party that same evening. Kim took me in as her last appointment at 8pm. After 12 long hours of painting bodies and faces all day, she was still upbeat, personable, and passionate and delivered a stellar, one-of-kind, abstract rendition of a cat’s face that blew my wife’s and my mind. Kim completed her masterpiece in one hour’s time with creativity and detail no words can describe. Then she went on to paint a beautiful embellishment on my wife’s face to accent her costume. It’s evident that Kim truly loves what she does since she totally immersed herself into the job with great joy and amazing skill. We highly recommend Kim to paint your body or face if you want an experience like no other.” (Nov. 2, 2015)


“Kim with U B Painted is the BEST! We hired Kim for our corporate summer picnic at Gabriel Park. She came with her paint set and was so professional. Kids and adults were lining up to get painted and she turned out to be the hit of the whole picnic! She stayed a little late to make sure everyone waiting was able to get painted and she did such a wonderful job. She even gave the kids a mini art lesson. Can’t wait to book again!!!” (Aug. 12, 2016)


“Kim came to our work to help us get ready for our company Christmas party. We participated in a Karaoke contest and dressed up like KISS. Kim painted our faces and she did a fantastic job! She made our performance that much better with her terrific artwork! Of course we won the contest and we have Kim to thank for that! Definitely would recommend her for any event!” (Jan. 4, 2014) 

Photo of U B Painted - Portland, OR, United States. Kim with "KISS."







“Kim came to my house for a 50th birthday party for me.  I had sent her some theme pictures ahead of time.  When she started painting my face she had some really great ideas that were unique and special and was exactly the kind of creation for which I was hoping.  She is an excellent artist and a fun addition to any party!” (June 14, 2015)

“The face painter came dressed as Elsa from Frozen and she even surprised us with a visit from her sister Anna on the second day! Elsa played the part well and was very good with the kids. Kim also helped me coordinate with a balloon and airbrush tattoo artist. Each one of the entertainment crew was experienced and done by high quality professionals. Kim was very responsive, patient and helpful (impressive seeing that she was out of state at the time.) Very pleased and will certainly use this company again. Thank you!!” (May 26, 2015)


“Hit of the PARTY!!!  Princess’s and Pirates 3rd Birthday bash:   My husband and I met Kim at the Happy Valley 4th of July party in the park, our then almost 3 yr old Natalie have a snowflake painted on her cheek.  She LOVED the experience and we wanted to surprise her for her 3rd Bday party so I called Kim.  It was an awesome experience from the first call, the the photo’s she sent after the party.  We ALL had a blast kids and adults a like.  The face painting and surprise visit from Elsa (Whom Kim arranged) was the HIT of  the party.   The kids loved her, she was dressed as a princess too, and even the boys loved getting dragons and pirate headbands painted on.  We can’t wait to have our holiday party and have Kim come and paint for all of us “big kids.” Kim came to my home to paint several people for a New Year’s Eve party. She was knowledgeable, efficient and was able to conceptualize everyone’s ideas, as well as ad her own.  She had great energy, skill and was beyond what our group was looking for. We took many photos and had a photographer (who she recommended). 
Highly recommended!” (Oct 22, 2014)


Meet Kim

Meet Kim

Face Painting Grimm

Painting on the set of NBC’s Grimm

Kim’s face painting has been featured on NBC’s show Grimm and as a promotional painter and body painter for Cirque Du Soleil. News story here!

Kim earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona, and has been creating, selling and teaching art successfully in the northwest for 30 years.

Kim Millen’s love of connecting with people and passion for art is evident whether she is painting on a child’s face, creating a custom full body painting or teaching art in her studio. With paint brush in hand and a smile on her face, she is in love with what she does! She believes the experience of being painted should be as fun and interesting as the artwork!

About 10 years ago, she discovered that painting on people is the perfect marriage of painting and connecting with people. Kim owns and is principle artist for U B Painted Face and Body Painting, a top rated business serving Portland and surrounding areas. Her forte is working with her client (no matter what age), finding and creating their unique vision. This process fuels her passion. People and Paint!

 Kid’s birthday parties, night clubs, or live body painting for art gallery events, she is comfortable in any venue. She also has a beautiful in-home studio available for private face/body paintings for that special occasion. BYOB and have a gathering as she paints! She will also travel to you!

Although U B Painted takes most of her time, she still manages to paint and teach art when she can because she loves it! Kid’s summer camps are a favorite with occasional Paint Evenings for adults!

Check out Kim’s watercolor and acrylic galleries along with her summer Art Camp teaching schedule at


Visiting Lakewood Center for the Arts and Kim's solo show
Adult Events

Adult Events

Hire U B Painted to create your unique “costume” (face to full body) for that special event or we can paint at your venue!  We are available for custom work, private parties, clubs, and photo shoots. Being painted is relaxing and SO FUN.

Let’s create your vision! 

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 Do you want to show your appreciation to your hard working employees by hosting a fabulous party or picnic? U B Painted works with you to create a gathering that will be fun and memorable!

Face painting is always the favorite activity for kids at company events! Teens and adults also want to be painted after they see our graffiti tattoo and glamorous eye designs! Just watching our artists create is entertainment! We can also paint your logos or if time permits, any image from a phone! For larger crowds we can create quicker designs, bring additional painters and even costumed line managers! Fun is had by all!


Body Painting



Treat your birthday child, WHATEVER AGE, and your guests to a fun and interactive painting experience! Each guest can choose from many face, leg or arm designs, each becoming different as they choose their own colors and style, even special requests! A special design is provided for the guest of honor birthday guest of honor!  Parties = my favorite event!

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UB Painted face/body painters are…

-Insured, reliable, and punctual

– Top rated with “5 STAR REVIEWS” on Yelp and Google

-Professionally skilled team painters experienced with crowds 

-Using only safe, FDA approved supplies

-Collaborating with you to provide unique works of art

-Offering speed painting with simple designs

-Passionate about creating a fun and memorable experience!





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Prices vary from service to service but you will always get:

  • Expert Artists trained in their craft
  • Enthusiastic, Fun and Organized Artists
  • Insured Artists
  • Safe Cosmetic Grade Materials
  • 5 star ratings and outstanding recommendations
  • Reasonable Professional Rates

Two hour minimum. Rates from $85 to $125 an hour per artist.  We feature a two hour small party package at *$185! Travel charges may apply. 

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