Belly Painting "Bunny" by Olga Murasev

Today I have something special to share with you!  Here is a belly painting step by step of a super cute bunny!  I hope you enjoy it and have the chance to embellish some mom-to-be pretty tummy soon. 
Before we begin, let me share with you some of the pointers in one of our lessons "Secrets for Perfect Belly Painting".
  • I chose a classic placement in the center of the belly for this design. To fit the design nicely on a rounded tummy, I decided to sit my bunny, so that the height of the design is equal with its width.
  • I made sure that the skin above the belly button is stretched well and doesn’t move when the mom-to-be changes her body posture. That allowed me to paint the head of the bunny without being afraid that it will distort when the mom-to-be will be standing.
  • I checked the belly button. It was slightly protruding, allowing me to place the carrot over it (I would place the edge of the carrot over it if there would have been a skin fold there).
  • And of course, I prepared a sketch on the paper and on a practice pad before I moved on painting the belly.
Here is a little gift for you — a belly painting practice pad template.  Download, print it and use it for your paper sketches or laminate it and use it as a practice pad for your final designs. Link to Download
🚩 In the International Face Painting School, students that are studying on Elite package are getting a Set of my author practice pads along with the training.
And when all the preparations are ready, let’s move on painting!
1. Start by making a sketch using a light face paint (I prefer white or ivory). A white cosmetic eye pencil can also work great for this.

2. Fill in the bunny with white face paint. I prefer glycerin based white for the background, like Mehron or Superstar, because this type of paint is softer and is easier to blend. And we are gonna make lots of blending here! A filbert brush will work the best for this purpose.
🚩  It is essential to know the differences in glycerin and wax based paints qualities to make the best use of each of them.  That’s why I dedicated an entire module in Part OneModule 3 — About Face Paints. Review, comparison and recommendations to this topic. 
3. Fill in the clothes and the bow with regular light pink and the carrot with regular orange.

4. It’s time to add the first shadows! The light source is above, that means that the shadow will be placed below. Apply dark pink to all of the light pink bottom parts.

5. Same thing with shading the bunny. Use regular grey and apply it on the bottoms of the cheeks, ears and paws. Regular waxy grey (like TAG, Cameleon, Diamond FX, Wolfe FX etc.) will work well here if you have a glycerin based white on the background. If you used waxy white, then metallic waxy black mixed with some white can make the blending process easier. Metallic paints blend better too. And again, use a filbert brush here and a very tiny amount of water!
🚩  Blending is one of the four essential techniques (besides linework, double dip and one stroke), that should be mastered by a professional face painter.  In the International Face Painting School in Part Two, Module 5 — Working with filbert and blending brushes we speak in details about types of blending (dry brushing and regular blending) and nailing the technique by performing a series of practical tasks. 
6. Apply the highlights and the shadows on the carrot using white and brown and paint the haulm.

7. Paint the eyes and outline the design. For this type of feminine and delicate designs I prefer adding a very soft outline with metallic black or with glycerin based black. Both of these blacks are lighter than regular wax based black. To make our bunnie’s eyes catch attention, I paint them in regular waxy black, so that they are the darkest points in the entire design.

8. Add the highlights with regular waxy white and sponge the background with light blue. I prefer a patchy background for this type of soft designs.

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I’d love to see your attempts at this design!  Please, tag me on Facebook via Olga Murasev in your artwork. 


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