Ideas For Face Painting
So, you’ve decided to undertake the wonderful Art of Face Painting? It can prove to be quite an adventure and
satisfying for the artist as well as for the customers. As in any other venture, just be sure and do your research
of all the aspects of face painting. Insurance, taxes, supply/booth/ travel and investment costs, time consumed in
the actual painting, prices to charge, advertising and so on.
One summer our church members decided to hold a fall festival. When considering what I could contribute, I
decided upon volunteering my services as an artist. Little did I know how popular the face painting booth would
prove to be!
For two and a half hours, I painted face after eager face. Sometimes the kids would stand in line and then return
again to ask me to paint on their hands when they ran out of room on their faces. I allowed many of the children to
contribute their own ideas about coloring and design, which proved to be quite helpful and drew them even more
into the experience. I had to start turning them away in order to wind it up and start the clean-up.
My booth and painting went on long after the other booths had ended. While this adventure was a charity event
and loads of fun, it does prove the need for enforcing limits on your time when deciding to use face painting as a
Two valuable lessons I learned were: First, limit the amount of conversation between you and the participant
during the actual painting and second learn to control your brush. If you make the child giggle, you may have to
start all over when your brush strays and it could smear paint in an unwanted area.
Make a picture chart of the drawings and colors you that you to offer. Know how long each drawing will take,
display the easier pictures on one page and the more detailed pictures on another. It’s also a good idea to set the
drawings in categories. Be certain that your colors on your chart are similar to the actual colors that you are able
Some simple ideas for face painting young children are:
Flowers, bunny, sailboat, turtle, spider, duck, butterfly, ladybug, dinosaurs, ghosts, cross, puppy, bear, kitty, fish,
alien, dolphin, fruit with faces, facial expressions, names, flags, clowns, feathers, birds, street signs.
It’s a good idea to include sparkles, pastel colors, glitter gel or rubber stamps and stencils, and stick-on jewelry
to accent the Artwork. If you want something more simple and quick to apply, try temporary tattoos. Although not
your own personal artwork, these are still a form of art, and there are loads of them on the market. All you need
to apply these is a bowl of water and a face towel.
Should you decide to get more adventurous with your face painting, you may want to try face painting using
airbrushing. Investing in a class for this would be a wise idea if you are new to the idea of airbrushing. It could be
more successful over the long-term. Be well-prepared and informed as possible no matter what type of face
painting you choose.