Face Painting Patterns

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					Face Painting - Getting Started
You will need:                   Getting ready to paint
                                 Sit close, facing the child and
                                 position your knees outside
                                 theirs. Bring the child forward
                                 and let them rest their hands
                                 on your knees for steadiness.
                                 It is important that both of you
                                 are sitting comfortably.
Water based face paint           Keep your hands clean and
–won’t harm most skins, but dry and make sure the child’s
test for allergies by painting a face is clean and dry before
small patch on each child’s      starting to paint.
hand 1 hour before painting. Provide all face painters with
Old plate or saucer for          their own palette of face paints
mixing paint                     and brushes.                       Place paint, water and brushes
Brushes at least one thick
                                                                    on table near your painting
(size 6), thin (size 2) and a
medium flat–ended brush
                                                                    Clip back any hair that falls
Make-up sponges or bath
sponge cut into pieces (at                                          over the face.
least 2 or 3)                                                       Place your free hand lightly on
Cotton buds for applying                                            the head to keep it steady and
spots of colour                                                     allow you to move it from side
Wet cotton balls and mild                                           to side when painting.
soap to removing face paint                                         Have a bowl of soapy water to
Wear old clothes, so it                                             clean brushes between faces.
doesn’t matter if you get paint
on them (though it does wash                                        Safety
                                                                    Never paint a child’s face
A jar or tub of water for
                                                                    unless they are happy to have
cleaning your brushes
A mirror for children to see                                        it done. Generally under 3’s
the results                                                         don’t like their face painted.
A towel for covering the                                            Ask children to close their
models clothes around the                                           eyes when painting around or
shoulders                                                           on their eye lids).
Paper towels, tissues and                                           Don’t paint in a crowded area
baby wipes for wiping hands.                                        where there could be a danger
Face painting book – useful                                         of someone bumping into your
for ideas. Sketch 3 or 4 faces                                      arm whilst painting.
to provide children with a                                          Use short handled paint
range of options from which                                         brushes.
they can choose                                                     Don’t rub or paint the face too
                                                                    Never paint a child’s face with
                                                                    a skin complaint or a cold
                                                                    sore. As an alternative paint
                                                                    arms, hands or feet.
                                                                    Steep brushes and sponges in
                                                                    Detox to sterilise them.

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         Face Painting - Designs
          For the base coat wet a             Paint with the brush at right      Animals - black nose split
          sponge and squeeze it hard          angles to the face.                upper lip and whiskers will
          before rubbing it lightly in                                           suggest the features of many
          circles over the paint.                                                animals. Always sponge the
                                                                                 middle of a cat face a lighter
                                                                                 shade than the outside to
                                                                                 produce a muzzle effect.
                                                                                 Look at animal features and
                                                                                 develop your own designs,
                                                                                 avoid too much detail.
                                                                                 White streaks next to black
                                                                                 whiskers help them stand out.

                                              Details - lay the bristles flat
          Apply the paint evenly over         on the face and draw the
          the face dabbing the sponge         brush along to achieve a thick
          onto the face with a twist of       continuous line, use the tip
          the wrist (not long continuous      to produce a fine lines. Use
          strokes). If the paint streaks it   cotton buds to do fine spots.
          is too wet. Work carefully and      Stippling – dab a dry or just
          gently around the eye area.         damp sponge into the face.
          When painting the detail dip        This is good for beards and
                                              Blending – try blending
                                              colours on the face for exam-
                                              ple creating green from blend-
                                              ing yellow and blue.
                                              Wash the brush before going
                                              onto the next colour. You can
                                              paint one colour on top of
                                              another but wait until the first
                                              is dry.

                                                                                 Scary Faces - paint monsters
                                                                                 witches vampires and
          the brush into water and roll                                          skeletons for Halloween. Start
          it around in the face paint,                                           with creepy base such as
          continue to do this until you                                          white, green, yellow or mauve
          have a watery paint puddle.                                            and paint the brow bone with
          Hold the brush like a pencil                                           a contrasting shade, sponge
          and rest your little finger on                                         down the side of the nose and
          the child's face to keep a                                             shade hollows in under the
          steady hand.                                                           cheek bones to look scary.
          Add detail from the top down,
          eyebrows and mouth last
          although if you have paint on
          your brush it’s a good idea to
          use it where it is needed. For
          example, do all the red parts
          first and so on to avoid rinsing
          the brush too often. Load the
          brush with paint and dab the        Ideas - look for inspiration
          brush to make detail such as        for your designs from face
          petals.                             painting books.
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