Face Painting Patterns

Are you new to face painting? Welcome to a fun adventure that provides a little bit of simple joy to everyone! Even people who don’t want to have their own faces painted get a kick out of seeing the artwork on the faces of those who do. Not to mention the satisfaction the true artist will get by seeing his work on those in the crowd around him or her.

A newer addition to the face painting supply family is the powder based paint stick. It activates with the use of a wet paintbrush, dries quickly, and doesn’t melt. Melting is a disappointment to both the artist and the receiver of the artwork!

Here are suggestions for supplies:

  •     A bowl of clean water
  •     3 paint brushes (from tiny detail, medium size, and a wider flat end)
  •     3 face sponges (do not clean with alcohol, this can cause bacterial growth)
  •     Cloth for the painter’s lap
  •     Basic colors, plus orange, gray, and purple if you can’t mix your own
  •     Paper towels
  •     Face painting patterns
  •     Wet wipes (antibacterial is best)
  •     A display of your work

It helps to have at least 2 to 3 people to help with your booth if you’ll be serving a large crowd. This will allow someone to handle money, if you’ll be charging for your services. The other person can get supplies, such as clean water, or a drink for the thirsty artist. If you use stencils for patterns, they may need to be wiped off between faces.

A painter should enjoy interacting with children of all ages. It helps to give the young child an idea of what to expect before you do each step so as not to startle or surprise them. A wiggle could damage the artwork in progress!

Experience and skill will set you apart!

Attention to detail, combined with your own style will also make your performance different. Patterns are one of the most important steps. However, you must also decide if you need to set a minimum time limit for parties and events.

Will you wear a costume for your performance?

Will you want to specialize in whole face patterns or small face patterns that just cover part of a cheek area?

It is good to practice your timing so you can get the most out of it and inform your customers how long they expect to sit during the painting. Using a timer with children is great idea!

They may enjoy having their picture taken as well. This could be an addition to your portfolio and to use as an example as well. Learning how to accept credit cards for payment for more involved artwork and an expeditious sale will have the crowds moving.

Even when using face painting patterns rather than freestyle, be cautious when painting around the eye area. In addition to it being a sensitive area with thinner skin and not wanting to get too close to the eye itself with the paint. A squirmy recipient could create a poke in the eye with your brush if you aren’t paying close attention.

For supplies you could also try a costume store or search through this website for easy to order face painting supplies.


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