These face painting are for beginners and are relevant for professionals who wish to improve their face painting.
Learn to paint quick flowers. Double load the paint brush to create two toned flowers, it looks fantastic and impresses your guests.
Flowers and butterflies are the first thing I learnt and I love them they are the finishing touches to most of my faces.They are quick and easy and can be added to most designs or used by themselves to create beautiful flower patterns. Use a large pointed brush see face painting brushes for more detail.
Ease the strain on your back. I personally paint by seating the child on a high chair or high stall so I am free to move around the child. This means I lean over less as they are sat at eye level. However some painters prefer to have 2 normal chairs and you and the child both sit on one each. Try both and see which you prefer.
Either way, ask the child to position their head at an angle to assist you. Getting into this habit will stop you from bending or leaning over too much and suffering from back pain after a face painting session.
If you are using a high stool ask the parent or minder to get them up on the chair if they cannot climb up themselves, if you lift all the children on the stall throughout the day you will certainly suffer from a bad back that night. Also there is a risk you could drop the child and be liable for any claim against you.
Take a look in my face painting shop to see the range of stools and chairs available to you.
Kids hate clumpy thick layers of face paint on their face plus it looks ugly and will crack.
Practice applying a thin base on your own arms. Use a clean sponge and if you need to wipe the excess off on your own hand while face painting. My arms and hands are covered in paint by the end of a face painting session. Just test each application first on your hand/arms before applying it on the child’s face. This ensures quality.
Use glitter designed for skin, see my face painting shop for supplies.
I love glitter, it sparkles in the sun and makes your painting look that little bit extra special. Plus when you paint a design that you are not so happy with and believe me it does happen to the best of us, putting the glitter on at the end saves the day.
Great tip: I always found that boys will often say no to glitter, however when I started offering them blue or red glitter they almost always say yes.
When you start out you will find that lines are pretty tricky to master. You may find they look faint, wispy or are to watery. For crisp and smooth lines my advice is to get your brush wet and fully loaded with paint and always try a practice stroke before putting the brush to a kids face.
Practice your stroke motion. When applying the brush stroke follow through will a firm movement and almost using a flick motion at the end. Once mastered your face painting will improve.
Keep your designs symmetrical where possible, especially teeth and butterfly wings.
You will find painting one side of the face easy when learning to face paint however one side will be a little more tricky so move around the child and find a comfy position, ask them to tilt their head to suit you. Once you gain some practice and experience this will come naturally.
Its natural to get a nervous and shaky when you first start face painting or for the first few faces at the start of a job, as people are watching you. This usually goes after the first few faces as you warm in to the job and the new surroundings. Steadying and supporting your painting hand along with experience will resolve this. You could rest a finger on the child's head or keep your hand under their chin for support.
Mucky water = mucky and unhygienic face painting. Keep a large bottle of water in your kit. Stodgy dirty paint is not a good look and screams out that you are unprofessional. Change your water regularly, I tend to change mine 1-
Always use a clean sponge to apply paint and a fresh sponge for each child. Do not use the same sponge for another child as this is unhygienic and can spread infections and germs. Also your colours will get mixed and grubby. I have a big bag full of sponges so I don’t run out.
After use wash your sponges with normal detergent at the highest % possible. I wash mine at 60-
I use a pot of water to clean my brushes but I do not use this same water to wet and mix my paints, this will spread germs and make your paints look mucky and the paint applied to the face will look dirty . I use a water spray bottle to wet the paints before application this ensures cleanliness and clean colours.
Making mistakes and experimenting all builds confidence. The learning curve helps you become skilled at face painting and the more you paint the more you will pick up and use new techniques. Practice on your hand, arms and willing children and adults.
Like every artist a face painter needs ideas. I find that working along side other face painters at events enables you to see what equipment and designs they use so you can take inspiration from them and develop your own skills. However if you are just wanting to paint for an one off occasion or are in your early stages of learning I would recommend buying a good face painting book. Also scan the web for photos and ideas. Use our free face painting designs and tutorials. Remember to respect copy right laws and do not pass other peoples photo’s off as your own.
It is not required by law however protect yourself, it is not that expensive its about £60 for a years cover. Blackfriars specialise in face painters insurance.
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