Face Painting - Getting Started Getting ready to paint

Face Painting - Getting Started
Getting ready to paint
You will need:
Water based face paint –
won’t harm most skin, but
test for allergies (see Health
and Safety).
Old plate or saucer for
­mixing paint.
Brushes at least one thick
(size 6), thin (size 2) and a
medium flat–ended brush.
Make-up sponges or bath
sponge cut into pieces (at
least 2 or 3).
Cotton buds for applying
spots of colour.
Wear old clothes, so it
doesn’t matter if you get paint
on them (although it does
wash off).
A tub of water for cleaning
your brushes.
A mirror for children to see
the results.
A towel for covering the
models clothes around the
Paper towels, tissues and
baby wipes for wiping hands.
Face wipes to removing face
Face painting book – useful
for ideas. Sketch 3 or 4 faces
to provide children with a
range of options from which
they can choose.
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.
Keep your hands clean and dry and
make sure the child’s face is clean
and dry before starting to paint.
Provide all face painters with their
own palette of face paints and
Place paint, water and brushes on
table near your painting hand.
Clip back any hair that falls over the
Place your free hand lightly on the
child's head to keep it steady and
allow you to move it from side to
side when painting.
Have a bowl of soapy water to
clean brushes between faces.
Health and Safety
1. Always ask permission from
a parents or guardian before
painting a child's face.
2. Never paint a child's face under 3
years or a child’s face unless they
are happy to have it done.
3. If unsure about allergies do a test
patch on the inner elbow crease.
Leave it for 1 hour and if the child
appears to react to the face paint
then wash it off immediately with a
face cloth and warm water.
4. Never paint a child’s face with a
skin complaint or a cold sore. As
an alternative paint arms, hands
or feet.
5. Inform the child of what you are
doing to help prevent any sudden
movements. Take care when
using a paint brush near the
child's eyes.
6. Don’t paint in a crowded area
where there could be a danger of
someone bumping into your arm
whilst painting.
7. Ask children to close their eyes
when painting around or on their
eye lids.
8. Don’t rub or paint the face too
9. Use short handled paint ­brushes.
10.Steep brushes and sponges in
Detox to sterilise them.
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Face Painting - Designs
For the base coat wet a
sponge and squeeze it hard
before rubbing it lightly in
­circles over the paint.
Apply the paint evenly over
the face dabbing the sponge
onto the face with a twist of
the wrist (not long continuous
strokes). If the paint streaks it
is too wet. Work carefully and
gently around the eye area.
When painting the detail dip
the brush into water and roll
it around in the face paint,
­continue to do this until you
have a watery paint puddle.
Hold the brush like a pencil
and rest your little finger on
the child's face to keep a
steady hand.
Add detail from the top d
­ own,
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
brush to make detail such as
Paint with the brush at right
angles to the face.
Animals - black nose split
upper lip and whiskers will
suggest the features of many
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
on the face and draw the
brush along to achieve a thick
continuous line, use the tip
to produce a fine lines. Use
­cotton buds to do fine spots.
Stippling – dab a dry or just
damp sponge into the face.
This is good for beards and
Blending – try blending
­colours on the face for
example creating green from
blending 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
­skeletons for Halloween. Start
with creepy base such as
white, green, yellow or mauve
and paint the brow bone with
a contrasting shade, sponge
down the side of the nose and
shade hollows in under the
cheek bones to look scary.
Ideas - look for inspiration
for your designs from face
­painting books.
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