How to do Face Painting

Do you ever wonder how to do face painting?

Maybe you've been to a fair or festival and you've seen face painters transform your child's face or someone else's and you're wondering how it's done.  Or you've gone to a birthday party and seen some really cool designs painted on the faces of the children.

Some face painters are very talented and that might make you think face painting is out of your league.  Well, you would be wrong.  Here's why:

Face painting doesn't require special skills.  In fact you may never have picked up a brush in your life and that's okay!  You don't need to be an artist and paint a fabulous piece of artwork that hangs in a gallery.

Instead, face painting actually is very good for those of us with zero experience. 


Because zero experience means you'll learn the right way and not have established any bad habits.  A clean slate is good news for you. 

How to do face painting for children's parties

First, you need to educate yourself on the proper painting supplies including brushes to use, sponges and a general set up.  You can quickly do this by reviewing videos on Youtube showing you the paints and supplies used to achieve certain designs.

Second, you'll need brushes.  Once you determine the best paints to buy (never use acrylic) then you need to get some brushes.  You can order these -- and pretty much everything else -- from Amazon.  You also have Silly Farm with a huge source of face painting supplies.  They offer many other supplies as well and their face painting equipment, tools, paints, sponges, brushes and other supplies.

Third, you'll need to either create your menu board with designs you've painted or buy face paint cards showing designs for a child to choose.  Whichever way you go, just be sure you can paint what's on your board. 

Fourth, practice, practice and practice some more.  You can practice on your child if you have one or a niece or nephew or a partner.  The point is to begin using your brushes so you understand the brush stroke and how it can help you achieve the design you're painting.  If no children are available, paint your arm, leg or face.  Try to devote 30 minutes each day to work on tear drops, line work including going from thin lines to thick lines and then the opposite. 

In six months your skill level will improve.  You'll be faster and more confident.  The word will get out about you and you will be a lot busier than you ever thought possible.  Parents and children both love face painting.  It's creative, fun, colorful and in many ways magical so you definitely can't lose perfecting this art form.  It's worth the time to learn so get out there and start painting!

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