Snow Globe Belly Art Step by Step
How are we halfway through December already?! I had something completely different planned for this post, but then they new Practice Board arrived and I needed to try it out! I have already said how much I love the Training Tried and Tested boards, and over the summer I started doing my first belly paints, and have wanted to add the Mother to Be board to my collection ever since, and now I have! I did a couple of pumpkin bellies in the run up to halloween, and I have been dying to do a snow globe for the festive season!
I started off by blocking in the tutu and the tree. I used Tag ‘Snake’ one stroke for the tree and Nats Gold Edition ‘Red Fox’ for the tutu, it’s the perfect colour for a Sugar Plum Fairy! For the Tree Trunk I double dipped Superstar Shock complexion and Global Rose Brown on The Face Painting Shop 1 inch Short Angled brush, which I also used for the tree and the tutu
Next I placed my snow globe background colours, Cameleon ‘Victorious’ and Global ‘Pearl Baby Blue) with Tag ‘Pearl White’ in the middle, and also painted in the snow globe base, using Global Rose Brown, Superstar Shock complexion and DFX white. I then outlined everything with DFX black, using TFPS round 6 brush.
Once the background colours were dry, I painted in the legs, chest, head and arms of my Sugar Plum Fairy, using Superstar Shock Complexion. For the hair I mixed Superstar yellow, Superstar Glitter Gold and Superstar Shock complexion together, before using Superstar Rose Gold for the ballet shoes. I then used the TFPS Rounded Flora no 1 brush to outline her and the tree, adding a small line for her eye, and then using a tiny bit of Global Pearl Merlot for her lips.
As I like to work one section at a time, I wanted to finish the details on my sugar plum fairy before moving on to anything else, but you don’t necessarily have to do it at this point. I used DFX black and DFX white for outlining and detailing both on my tutu and on the Christmas tree trunk to add extra before using Superstar Glitter Gold to create the Star at the top of the tree.
Before moving on to the finishing touches, I added my baubles, using Cameleon Victoriuos, Supertasr Plum and Superstar Glitter Gold, and outlining them in DFX Black
To finish everything off, I first highlighted all the baubles and the star before just going crazy with snow. I normally use a toothbrush for this kind of thing, but I wanted bigger dots than you would get with a toothbrush, so I used my TFPS round no 6 brush and DFX white to create the snow, and then the highlights both on the globe and on the base. Because I had already used DFX white for snow, I wanted to add something on top of the snow globe highlights to make sure it was brighter than the snow, so I topped it off with Tag Pearl White for a slightly shimmery effect.
It’s not perfect, if I were to do it again, I would use my airbrush for the highlights (although I’m not going to bring my airbrush on a job just for one thing!), and I would have thought about my sugar plum fairy placement, and being able to make her legs a bit longer because they are a little bit out of proportion, but that’s the great thing about having these boards, you get to make the mistakes at home so you don’t do it in a client situation!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post, I absolutely love doing belly paints, and would love to see any of your creations! Please let me know if you have any questions or if you have anything in particular you’d like me to cover