Face Painting

Face painting is one of the best ways of bringing colors to life. Fairies, butterflies, animals, witches, ghosts, and almost anything else, painted with so many hues and styles fascinate kids as much as adults. Involving the painting of the face with safe colors, face painting is just painting, with a face as the canvas. A part of many religious, celebratory and cultural events, face painting is a great way to express your creativity. Also, many schools and colleges have now started holding face painting competitions, due to which this hobby is becoming more popular.

Face painting History

Face painting goes back deep into history, with many civilizations from the ancient Egyptians to the Native Americans using face painting for various purposes. These purposes varied from mere decoration, to intimidating enemies during war. Many civilizations also used face painting as a means to declare social standing. Though non-toxic paints were not available back then, the paints during those periods were more natural. People used to use varieties of clay, flowers, or even leaves to make the different colors that they used. These flowers or leaves were ground up and then mixed thoroughly with oil, and then applied on the face. Over the years face painting disappeared from daily life to a large extent, and became more associated with the entertainment industry. The most common examples of face painting today are probably clowns and sports fans.

To begin your experience with painting, the first thing you need is a volunteer. You can always do it on your own face, but then sitting in front of the mirror and painting in reverse might be a little difficult. After you have a willing volunteer, preferably not a young child, you need to get tools. Face painting is generally done with brushes, in case larger areas need to be covered then even a sponge can be used. Last, but not the least, you need to get non-toxic paints, these can be found from any crafts store. Do not under any circumstances think you can make do with any watercolors or acrylic paints, these are very unsafe for the skin.

Now that you have all your supplies, lets begin painting faces. Always remember to have a picture in mind before you start painting as too much washing off and repainting might leave with an unhappy volunteer. Also, always apply thin layers of paint, as you do not want the dry paint to crack. Apply a second layer only after the first layer is dry, otherwise you will end up with a mess.
Once your piece of art is complete, you can do a little extra. After the paint is on the skin it works as an adhesive. This allows you to stick extra large eyebrows or noses directly on the wet paint. Besides paint cotton wool, tissue papers and puffed grains can? also be used to add character to the face. After finishing the paint, dusting it with talcum powder can produce a special ghostly effect if required. Use of stencils is also common to save time. A mirror is always handy as the person getting painted would want to peep into it regularly.

When applying glitter always check the quality, as it cause allergies. Keeping your tools clean is also very important as bacteria may develop in dirty brushes and sponges. Do not paint a person who has open wounds, pimples or acne, as it can be harmful. Always wash hands when changing from one person to another. Make sure that you are comfortable and stress free as art can gives best results while face painting.

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