Face-painting techniques If your children fancy being transformed into a swash-buckling pirate, Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Carribbean, a Blue Bear or a colourful parrot for the day, this is how to go about it! Professional artist Amelia Barry has produced some easy-to-follow instructions especially for National Bookstart Day. Equipment required: Snazaroo Face Paint (recommended) Brushes (water colour brushes recommended) - small, medium and large Sponges (baby sponges recommended) Water spray – to wet paints Cup - for rinsing brushes Instructions Blue Bear Sponge light blue colour onto the central area of the face Using the same sponge apply dark blue colour around the edge of the face Using the sponge, blend the two colours together Using the same sponge lightly apply black over the eyes Using the small brush, paint on the ears Add the mouth and whisker dots using the black paint Using the medium sized brush paint the nose black Parrot Gently sponge yellow colour onto the central area of the face Using the same sponge apply green colour around the edge of the face Now blend the two colours together Using the large paintbrush, paint on quite large feather shapes to the cheeks, forehead & chin using the royal blue colour Using the medium sized brush paint a beak onto the nose using the orange colour Using the medium sized brush repeat the feather shape using the turquoise colour Using the small brush repeat the feather shape using the burgundy colour Using the small sized brush add two small dots to the end of the nose Classic Pirate Using the medium brush paint a red bandana across the forehead Continuing from step one, paint a ‘knot & tie’ shape at the side of the head Using the medium brush paint a black outline of an eye patch Sponge black paint over the eye filling in’ the eye patch Using the small brush paint a white ‘scar’ on the cheek Using the medium brush paint a brown moustache & beard Using the small brush paint a black outline around the bandana & knot Using the medium brush and black paint add some dots to the bandana For a Girl Pirate paint a pink ONE CLASSIC PIRATE! bandana, purple eye patch, lipstick, a ‘scar’ & a ‘beauty spot’ - NO Beard! Jack Sparrow Using the medium brush paint white eye shapes on the forehead & cheeks making sure they are symmetrical Using the medium brush paint a green ‘bug’ shape on the nose, the top of the bug to finish just between & above eyebrow level Using the small brush paint black antennae Continuing with the small brush & black paint lines (the bugs legs) joining the white eye shapes to the green bug body, making sure they are symmetrical With the same brush, outline the eye shapes with black paint & also paint a line down the middle of the bug (nose) Using the medium brush paint blue eye balls in the centre of the white eye shapes, leaving a white ‘light’ highlight Using the medium brush paint black pupils in the centre of the eye Using the medium brush paint 6 yellow dots on the bug’s body, 3 each side of the dividing line in symmetrical positions ONE JACK SPARROW! We hope you and your children have great fun. NB – Unfortunately face-painting is not recommended for children under three.