Face painting examples are a major help when offering face painting at a party. Whether the party is for your own child, niece, nephew or a school party, it's helpful to have images available of what you'll paint.
Start by offering designs on a menu board.
In my experience, a menu board provides a variety of designs for children and parents to choose from.
It also controls design requests.
You don't want children asking for designs you are unsure of how to paint. Ideally you have practiced the designs on your board so you can readily paint them.
Of course, if you're okay with the challenge of painting whatever comes your way that can work, too. You need to be prepared.
Children want ideas of what designs you can paint.
You also have greater creativity with what you paint. The picture is merely a guide. I tell kids this when painting them so I'm free to embellish the design beyond what is on the menu board.
Keep in mind you can do a word board instead of a picture board.
A word menu board gives you a lot of freedom to paint differently. Perhaps you are at an event and it's super slow in the beginning. With all kinds of time on your hands you can really do a detailed butterfly painting.
However, an hour into your gig you find you have 20 kids waiting to be painted. Oh no! Don't panic. Since you no longer have time to paint the detail you did in the first hour you can paint more quickly.
Keep your designs more basic with less detail so you can keep your queue moving along.
If you're using artwork painted by other artists be careful. It is best to get permission first to use the work of others. There have been instances where face painters use another face painter's art not realizing they are using images of the other face painter's children.
Of course, face painters with children paint them to practice and to make their own child happy. That doesn't mean they want their painted child's face ending up on your board.
Also, you want to competently replicate the images you offer.
And, of course, it's not good practice to take what isn't yours from other working artists. It's always best practice to ask for permission first and give credit where it's due.