Festive Foliage step-by-step
Excited for Christmas? In our house we don’t decorate till after my husband’s December birthday so I have to fit all my festive fantasy into my face-painting. I’ve seen lots of holly berry tutorials this week but I want to show you a couple of other wintery wonders to pepper into your designs. I’ve also done a time lapse so you can see how to bring variations of these elements together into an eye design.
I’ve got complicated feelings about yew berries. Last year my three year old picked up and ate some from a playground floor. The berries themselves aren’t poisonous but the little seed in the centre of each, are. After a day in A&E under monitoring he was given the all clear.
So they are dangerous but beautiful. I used TAG Leaf White one-stroke for the foliage. You simply tap the flat of your brush straight down to create each needle. That’s the chisel edge stroke. It’s a good move to have in your repertoire. The spray of needles are delicate and need to be given space in a design to be recognisable. The black seed of each berry should look away from each other. They aren’t as glossy as holly berries so no need to highlight, you can outline if you choose/have time to.
To add a little more interest to your designs, pine cones can be used as a feature. I take Global Rose Brown and either make round egg type shapes or little fat sausages. Once they are reasonably dry, take a well worn brush and layer/crisscross with more chisel strokes to create the seed segments. Christmas is a great time to be using older brushes. They add texture. I use one of the first filberts I ever got for little dabs of chunky glitter. And older round brushes used with a wetter paint make fantastic dots and circles for berries. To finish off the pine sprigs I add irregular sprays of TAG Leaf White again. Using the same chisel stroke but back and forth to make more variation in the length of the needles.
To finish, top things sporadically with little banks of white. Be subtle with this snow effect as you don’t want to cover up all the lovely painting you’ve just done. And as always, it’s not complete without glitter. I used some TFPS chunky glitter in “Champagne”.