Hello everyone! Did you enjoy the summer? Are you now very excited that Halloween is well and truly on it’s way? I am! Today I have a quick Step by Step Rainbow sugar skull, using the Global Carnival palette, and Kryolan tv paint stick in 070 as a base. When I take private appointments for things like skulls and sugar skulls, I personally prefer to work with foundation as a base, as it feels more comfortable on the skin, it won’t sweat off, and I like the way paint blends over the top of it. If you are doing ppf as opposed to a private appointment, just use the white from the carnival palette!
I started off by giving myself a really dark smokey eye makeup (you may well get clients who come to you for face painting with their makeup already done) and my face covered in the white foundation. If you have a client that comes to you with nothing on their eyes, you can use the colours from the Carnival Palette to pain the eye area, and if you do that, I would suggest painting the white base first and then go into the eyes. If you go the other way around, it’s easy to smudge your dark colours into the white or paler colours that you go in with for your base.
I painted around my eye area and socket using the black from the palette, and dry brushed it to blend with my eye makeup. This gives a lighter coverage so that I still had definition of a highlight on my brow bone and deeper socket. I then used the yellow and pink split from the palette on a filbert to create the petal shaped around my eye. For this type of effect, I prefer using a filbert to an angled or flat brush, because I just find that you get a softer effect at the edges.
I edged the petals with the dark blue from the blue split and used a small blending brush to just lightly drag the colours into the petals. I then used my short angled 5/8 brush with one of the rainbow combinations to create the pattern on my forehead and chin, and again, edged it in the dark blue, but this time, I didn’t dry brush it in. I then used my new favourite can’t live without brush, the amazing round pointed 6, again with the dark blue, to create the swirls coming from my eye and swirling around my cheekbone area to mimic the skull shape. At this point I also painted my lips with the same pink from the pink and yellow split.
I used my round flora 1 with some white to create some tribal style roses on all the petals I had created around my eyes, on my forehead and on my chin. I went back in with the pink and yello split on a filbert to create the nose shape, and again dry brushed the dark blue around the edges. I also then used the dark blue to create the teeth shapes. I did a bit of dot work with some pink and white, before finishing off using my pink tip rounded flora 6 (another holy grail brush!) to create flowers using the main colours I had used for the design
I hope you have enjoyed this little step by step! I have so many posts planned in the run up to Halloween, but is there anything in particular that you guys would like to see or know more about? Let me know in the comments!
My blog this time is about how we can make the most of the amazing products that are available to us now. Years ago, face painters had to paint colours onto sponges to get that rainbow cake effect that we have now, or individually paint the different colours of the rainbow. We are so lucky that the quality of the paints now are amazing and we have so much choice too!
Following on this train of thought I thought I would take one of the beautiful new rainbow cakes that I was lucky enough to be sent by The Face Painting Shop, and show how versatile it can be. It’s from the new Fusion line, which I have to say I am finding a delight. The paints are lovely and creamy, they take very little water to activate (which is a godsend now the weather is warm) and the colours are unreal. I’ve used this beautiful Fusion Unicorn Sparks rainbow cake to create four completely different designs, using both sponges and brushes, and just a black and white.
So this is the gorgeous product that I used for all of my designs. It’s a gorgeous blend of the rainbow colours with a hit of neon yellow, orange and pink to make it pop. The blue on the end is a softer pearl blue which makes it a lovely colour to sit over the eyes. The neons in this paint were as easily activated as the rest of the colours making it really user-friendly and it had an even wear – down.
I have painted all my designs on the new Sally Ann Lynch Tried and Tested Daisy Lady Face Board which I may just say is absolutely MARVELLOUS to paint on – the paint just glides on, like silk. And it’s so lovely to have the skin colour, and the eyes and cheek colour all on there – love, love it!!
I first used Unicorn Sparks with a half circle sponge, picking up all 6 of the colours to make a gorgeous sunset effect. I also used the pink and the purple from the cake for the double dip flowers, and then a black and white to add the palm trees, moon and highlights.
To create this monstrous design I used a ¾ inch flat brush and picked up the green and blue from the end of the rainbow cake, creating the shape of the design, and the contours I wanted over the face. I then dragged the green through with a dry sponge. I used the purple colour to give me the scales (and BAM stencil 9010) and then added the horns and the details with the black and white. The lipstick was again the purple from the rainbow cake. How gorgeous is that purple!?
One Stroke Butterfly
I totally could’ve used a sponge and painted a butterfly that way – BUT as I’m demonstrating the versatility of this product I decided to go for a one stroke. I sponged on a teeny bit of the yellow on the middle and then used the outer colours to do different colour top and bottom wings. I then added the outlining in black and white. I used a #pinktips ¾ inch angled short for this design
Zebra Eye Design
Last, but not least is a simple animal print eye design, to get the full range of colours in their intended order. This design would take me 2 minutes on the job and never fails to impress. I used a #pinktips rounded flora number 4 for my zebra stripes and then a liner brush to add the white.
So there you have it. All on-the-job designs, all under five minutes, and all from one gorgeous splitcake and just a white and black. And really the possibilities are endless – what else could I have done with those colours – I was going to do a parrot design, or some tropical flowers, maybe a unicorn (but I’m REALLY fed up of those), any kind of wild animal, or you could stencil it on as a background for something a bit more grown up. I could go on and on! Try and make your products stretch a bit more for you this week and see what else you could do with them – I’d love to hear your results!
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If you’ve ever been asked to paint a mermaid on an arm and drawn a complete blank, then this is the blog for you. I got the inspiration for this mermaid from a polymer clay artist, because inspiration is everywhere. Even slightly human proportions can go very wrong very quickly, and before you know it your mermaid has giant boobs and no arms. She’s hugging her tail so no worries about painting a seashell bra on her.
I hope you find this useful. I want to see your version!
Rosemary Black x
Keeping It Simple
By Joni Nettleship
We all want to paint fast, easy faces and as a busy face painter I need my designs to be done in 2-5 minutes. All these photos are on the job and were done super quick. I didn’t use any one strokes at all, I love one strokes but spend too long loading the things. When I really have to knock out a design I prefer metallic and pearl paints, rainbow cakes and stencils plus glitter and fake blood.
Hope these are useful.
Rainbow tiger – Pearl white base, neon rainbow and a few strokes of black with my favourite Bolt brush.
Dog – Superstar gold and something like 13 black lines. Really quick.
Butterfly – Plumeria rainbow cake, Global black with Bolt brush. Blue chunky eco-glitter applied with Vaseline and cotton bud.
Road accident – tyre stencil, global red flicked on, fresh scratch. Really popular with older kids.
Stars – Superstar silver, DFX white, Global black, chunky glitters and star stencils. Can be used for little children through to adults.
Minecraft – pale and dark greens, Graffiti eye stencil, reptile scale stencil, black and white.
What are your go-to fast faces? What products do you swear by?
Dragons are coming… I mean, Winter is coming.
Those of us who are ‘Game of Thrones’ fans have been counting down for a very long time for the start of the final season, and the time is nearly upon us! I’ve been re-watching the whole series again from the beginning (as I’m sure other people have been too!) in order to refresh myself ready for Sunday 14th April, and it gave me some inspiration for a belly paint, and I thought I would show you how I created it! And then while I was painting it, my latest bloggers box arrived containing the most beautiful set of fluorescent glitters from Superstar, so of course, I had to include them to finish the design off!
I stared out by using a filbert brush to create the egg shape in the middle with Cameleon Red Berry, blending with Superstar Old Red for a bit of shadowing around the base and Cameleon UV orange to highlight a little bit at the top. I then used a really big round brush to create the wing structure, using Global Rose Brown, because of the reddish tone it has to it. On a real bump you could make the egg much bigger and take the wigs right round the sides of the bump.
To create a bit of dimension on the wings, before they had a chance to dry, I used a small round brush and some DFX white to go over the centre of each strand, before taking my large round brush again, and going over the whole thing with Cameleon UV Red. Doing this while each colour is still wet just makes all the blending easier. I then used the Cameleon Red Berry again to fill in the wing ‘sections’.
Once the wings were dry, I used my tap 016 stencil to create some texture on the egg, which is also the stencil I use when I’m doing a dragon face paint. I graduated the colours from UV Yellow at the top, UV Orange in the middle, and UV Red at the base. For the wings I then used the full sized Bad Ass 6015 stencil with the UV Orange. I then took another large round brush and Superstar Shock complexion to create the little talons, and used global rose brown with the TFPS round flora 1 brush to slightly line each talon and create a little texture. Then I used some DFX black to outline each wing ‘section’, and blended it slightly with the TFPS large pencil brush.
To create the background, I worked from the middle outwards, blending Superstar Poison Green, DFX Dark Green, and Global Dark Blue.
To Finish off I added lots of tear drops using my PXP round 5 wherever I wanted to fill space. I then used the orange glitter from the Superstar Fluoro set on the very top of the dragon egg, and the green glitter just under each wing section
So there you go! A Game of Thrones inspired step by step belly art! If you have a go I would love to see how you get on so please tag me when you share any photo’s! If you have any Game of Thrones theories (I love a good theory!) or predictions please leave them below, equally if you have any questions or anything you would like me to write about in the future, let me know!
The Pixie Tribe