A Very Grateful Goodbye

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The Grateful Dead has celebrated 50 years! Can you believe it? This coming weekend, the Dead will play their very last show ever. The lead singer/guitarist of Phish, Trey will be filling in for Jerry Garcia.  Which is just the best pick ever. This is a very emotional and teary eye time for all who’s live has been touched by the dead. I was raised on the dead.  I grew up with the dead playing in the background on the stereo, or being sung around campfires.  I could see from an early age that the dead wasn’t just a band, or just about music, but it was about a culture. A culture that came from the heart of the 1960’s, and it was a product of that movement.  It’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle of living with an open heart, and open mind. About respecting each other, and honoring the light in each person.  One that I am grateful to know, and be a part of. Some of the kindest hearts I’ve ever seen. Thank you Jerry, Bob, Phil, PigPen, Bill, Mickey, Donna and everyone who made the Dead who they have been for the past 50 years. Thank you fellow fans to swirl, twirl and listen to and share the experience of the dead with. We all made it wonderful.


Medium #4 Round Brush
Small Round #1 (1/16″) Brush

Colors used in this picture:

Black Face Paint
White Face Paint
Red Face Paint
Light Green
Pink Face Paint
Yellow Face Paint
Diamond FX Face Paints – Metallic Green


1. Starting with the white paint, and the medium round brush, place a circle where you want to start your design.


2. Next paint the ridges for the cheek bones and jaw.



3. Add red flower shapes framing the forehead and cheeks. Use the metallic green to start adding leaves as well.



4. Add vines and swirls.



5. Outline the design in black. It will be helpful to have the steal your face logo on hand to look at to trace out the skull. The eyes are very tricky so pay attention. Trace out the roses, leaves and vines.



6. Color in the symbol with blue and red. Paint the outer circle with yellow.  Once you are done painting in the colors, go over the black lines again with the small round brush, and clean up the lines.  Ok you are done! Add some glitter if you like, and get going to the show!

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Easily add glitter by using a spray bottle with water, and spritzing the design lightly at least 12 inches away.  Use a poof-able cosmetic grade  glitter to add evenly all around. Use different colors to really create an effect.