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Reviews on Face Painting Books

Hi everyone!

I’ve been checking out some books on face painting, hoping to find one that is not only easy to use but is full of great new ideas and creative designs! There are so many products out there that it became quite overwhelming but in the end I settled on one e-book called “Easy Face Painting.”

The fantastic thing about e-books are they can be instantly downloaded onto your computer so no postage fees and no waiting for it to arrive. Brilliant! This book was more than I could have asked for when it comes to Face Painting and I’ve already started practicing some of the new designs! I’ve written a more detailed review on my “What I Recommend” page here!

I hope you find this e-book as great as I did. Would love to hear your thoughts!

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1 comment March 13, 2008

Face Paints

It goes without saying that you need the proper face paints for face painting to insure that there is little if any allergic reactions to the paint. If I child has extra sensitive skin or a skin problem like eczema, then don’t face paint that area. Alternatives is to do a painting on their shoulder or their arm instead.

There are so many choices when it comes to face paint. You can buy the cheap versions are the more expensive ones but in the end there are a few things that are the same with all of them (varying in quality of course).

Colours

  • Black, blue, green, gray, orange, pink, red, white and yellow are the most common colours used and are readily available at shopping centres, craft stores and online.
  • Colours like lilac and fuchsia are a little harder to find but can make a real impact in your designs. Snazaroo has a broad catalogue of colours to chose from so check out that site for more details.
  • Sparkle paint is also available is a broad spectrum of colours.
  • Slightly pearlescent, you can buy electric colours as well that can make a good impact!

paints

Forms

  • Paints can come in pastes and liquids and all are water based to make removal easier to both skin and clothes. The more water you add, the more washed out the colour will appear which can be used in good effect in shading and backgrounds.
  • Some paints come in kits or just singularly in bottle or containers. Take care not to mix colours in their original containers. Always use a clean brush to transfer paint to a clean palette or surface.

Other materials

  • Glitters are lots of fun but make sure they don’t contain aluminum. They most be made specifically for face painting or otherwise the glitter can irritate the skin and eyes. Glitters come in all types of colours in both gels and a dry form.

So I’ve hoped I’ve given you a few pointers. All pictures are from the Snazaroo website and I recommend you have a look at this site to get a real idea of what’s out there in the face painting world!

Read the review of a book I recommend here.

Read another article I wrote on face paints here.

2 comments February 21, 2008

Face Painting Half Face Art

Certain designs work well when you’re not painting the entire face. Not only are they quicker and easier to do, they can look pretty fantastic! The follow two designs I have drawn on the blank side faces but you can practice on either blank faces I have posted.

The first one is of a mermaid. Instead of drawing a mermaid on one cheek, I’ve just added scales, little gills and shell decorations with green hair spray. This design would make any little girl feel like a magical mermaid.

mermaidMermaid.

Adding purple lipstick and glitter will make this design really stand out!

The other design I’ve posted is a monster/demon/dragon design. I was really impressed with how this turned out and if you use layering of colours, you can really make the design stand out. Add red and gold glitter and add red spray paint to the hair and you have a pretty convincing monster on your hands. Try different colours!

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The sharp white teeth really make the design!

Read a review of a book I recommend here.

Add a comment February 20, 2008

Popular Face Painting Designs

I’ve mentioned before how kids don’t plan on being difficult, they just are (and this goes for a lot of grown ups too!) so you’re asking for it if you ask the kid straight out what design they want without setting any boundaries. You’ll have the kid that wants to be Optimus Prime (a transformer for those who, like me, would draw a blank) or the kid who just can’t make up their mind! You’d be surprised, though, how many kids want one of the classics. A puppy dog, a rainbow, a tiger, a skull. These are so easy to do and you can be creative, altering a design to give it your own artistic flair! Practice on the blank faces I’ve provided on this site and try a couple of the following designs that I use almost every time I face paint.

puppy

Puppy Dog.

This is a dalmatian but you can do the spots any colour even strange colours like pink and purple! The big red tongue makes the design fun and that much more puppy like!

rainbow

Rainbow face.

You can do the whole face in a rainbow design or just one cheek with any colour you desire. To make this design really stand out, use colour hair spray to create an even bigger and better rainbow design!

tiger

Tiger.

This design is pretty straight forward. Use layers of colour to give the face depth. Start with a white base layer and then yellow and finally orange, leaving certain colours exposed. To make the application of the stripes easier, use an easy to remove eyeliner pencil to outline the shapes before filling it in with black face paint.

skull

Skull

Lots of little boys love this face, delighting in scary their parents and siblings. This is also pretty easy, requiring only black and white face paint.

Try out these designs for yourself and keep posted as I’ll be putting up some more face painting designs for snowflakes, pirates, dragons and many others! Happy face painting!

Read a review of a book I recommend here.

Add a comment February 18, 2008

Face Painting Ideas- blank practise faces

I drew these blank faces a little while ago and use them as templates to not only practice but I also keep my completed designs in a folder to show kids. It makes it nice and easy for children to chose what they would like to have done on their faces when they have a few examples to chose from. This also makes my life easier as they chose things that I can actually do! Feel free to download and print these sheets to help you in your own faint painting endeavors. Good luck and happy face painting!

Boy’s face front on.

boy face blank

Girl face front on.

girl face blank

Boy face side on.

side boy blank

Girl face side on.

side girl face

Read a review of a book I recommend here.

2 comments February 17, 2008

Face Painting Ideas- that extra something

There are a couple of things you can add to your beautiful face painting that will really set it apart and are just as quick and easy to do as the initial painting.

  1. Adding glitter and stick on jewels for both boys and girls will make your artwork shimmer in the light and we all know how kids are attracted to sparkles!
  2. Coloured hairspray and hair gel! As long as you get the proper hair spray then go wild. Give your little mermaid green hair to go with her sparkling scales. Spike and spray red a little boy’s hair to go with his dragon’s face! This can be heaps of fun and is just as easy to wash off as the face paint!

Most importantly it’s vital that you have fun! If you’re not smiling, you’re doing something wrong! Face painting should be a therapy because not only is it relaxing but rewarding to see a child so excited when they look in the mirror and see their new face!

Read a review of a book I recommend here.

Add a comment February 15, 2008

Face Painting Ideas

As a martial arts instructor you’d think I’d have no need for face painting ideas but as the only creatively bent instructor it often falls to me to paint kids faces at holiday camps and School’s Out parties. I obviously don’t do face painting for a living and during the year there might only be half a dozen occasions when I do need to whip out the face paints but when I do, it’s usually in a large dose of almost 100 or more fidgeting children. It’s enough to almost make a fully qualified black belt cry.

However face painting is truly magical. The looks on kids’ faces when they see themselves in the mirror is worth the blood, sweat and tears and it’s not all that hard to do. You don’t need to be artistically gifted or even all that imaginative even. There are books and designs and guides that will help even the most artistically challenged individual. There are however a few face painting ideas and tips that will make your job that less stressful and much more rewarding.

  • First off, if you ask a kid what they want on their face, be prepared for anything. With tv taking up more and more of a child’s daily routine (as unhealthy as it is, sometimes parents just need a break and for that television is a godsend), kids want to look like Pokemon, sponge bob and a myriad of other cartoon characters many you may have never even heard of! Have a folder or even an A4 laminated sheet that shows all the designs they can chose from. Limit the choices and you won’t be stuck having to explain to a tearful three year old that you can’t do an Avatar on their face cos you don’t even know what that is. (I had to check on nickelodeon and it’s actually a pretty cool show.)
  • Kids still go for the classics. Don’t be afraid to try new things but you’d be surprised how often children prefer a rainbow or a spider or a pirate. I’ve gathered a list of the top ten favourites for boys and girls in no particular order and if you can manage a couple of these if not more then your set.

Boys

  1. Spiderman
  2. Batman
  3. pirates
  4. puppy dogs
  5. skulls
  6. robots
  7. monsters
  8. bats
  9. tigers
  10. teenage mutant ninja turtle

Girls

  1. rainbows
  2. butterflies
  3. princesses
  4. fairies
  5. snowflakes
  6. cats
  7. unicorns
  8. ladybugs
  9. flowers
  10. puppy dogs
  • Some of the trickier designs like a bat or a unicorn can be done on a child’s cheek instead of trying to fit it around a kid’s eyes, nose and mouth. Doing face painting on one cheek is also quicker and easier to do so if you have a million children (or it seems that way) to face paint, cut down the time by doing a smaller section of the child’s face.
  • Keep it simple! It doesn’t have to be perfect either. If you keep it to one base coat and a few details, it will look good and there are less chances of making a mistake.
  • Practice. If you have children of your own, make them model for you. Depending on their age, however, the chances of them sitting still for a long period of time isn’t good. Compromise and let them paint your face if they sit still long enough. (This is great fun and usually amounts to lots of giggling!!) Use your partner, your friends, even yourself in the mirror. Find an old dinner plate and use that (preferably one without any patterns) and once you’ve done one design wash it off and do another.
  • Use the right sort of paint. Paint can be expensive so you should look around and find something that not only works but is easy to clean off, doesn’t cause any allergic reactions and is affordable. I once tried this type of paint that you could peel off. My victim was another karate instructor who wanted to be a teenage mutant ninja turtle. The green paint was tacky and didn’t go on properly and in the end he looked more like a diseased frog than a turtle. It began to peel off by itself and in the end we just gave up. Thankfully we’d practiced on him first and that paint went straight into the bin.

Face painting can be done anywhere and you’d be surprised how often you can use your skills. At fairs, schools and even at your own child’s birthday party. It would sure be a hit for any special occasion and its easy to do. Give it a go, practice and then let yourself loose. It’s rewarding and fun and totally worth seeing the smiles on kids faces.

Read a review of a book I recommend here.

1 comment February 12, 2008

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