Circus In Town by Linnéa Önnerby Novak

Circus In Town Face Paint Design

Ever since I was a little girl the circus has fascinated me. My grandmother's brother was a big circus artist that traveled around the world with the group "Trio Hoganas". So I have heard a lot about the circus world, and I always go to the circus with my son, even if there are no animals left in the circus in Sweden, both me and my son really enjoy it. I am a huge fan of the movie "The Greatest Showman", so I put on the soundtrack and decided to do a colourful and sparkly design including a circus tent with a little mini P.T Barnum inside the tent. :-) 

Step 1: Sketch

I did a sketch of the circus tent using a #2 round brush and a beige colour. I did a little opening in the middle of the tent so you can see the show inside. 

Step 2: The Circus Tent

Start filling in the tent with bright red and waxy white with a #3 round brush. I also used some dark gold colour around every white and on the pennants to make it pop a little bit more. The opening in the middle of the tent is the entrance to the show, so I wanted some spotlights there. I used a finger sponge and shimmering yellow for this.

Step 3: Eyes and Textures

For the eyelids, I used the same shimmering yellow and a petal shaped sponge. To add some textures, I used a finger sponge, a stencil with dots, and a shimmering blue. Make the dots go smaller and smaller from the tent's center and out. Use the same blue colour and a #4 round brush to make some typical "clown eyes".

Step 4: Nose, Mouth and Eye Details

Use a 3/4" angle brush and a Neon Rainbow one stroke to make thin lines in the shape of a sun feather from the outside of the eyes. Use the darkest colour closest to the ears. For a really circus clown look, you've got to have a red nose! So I used a bright red colour and a #4 round brush to paint the round nose and the lips. I made the tip of the lips longer and pointed up to make it a bit more "funny". 

Step 5: Stars, Glitter, Black and White

Take a star stencil or paint one on your own to place between the blue "clown eye detail" and the rainbow lines. Take a #1 round brush and a waxy black to outline the tent, stars, lips, nose, blue clown eye detail, and last but not least, the mini P.T Barnum. Use a waxy white to put on some highlights, some nice thicker lines under the eyebrows, and dots under the outer corner of the eyes and at the end of each rainbow line. Finish off with some nice gold liquid bling around the tent and at each rainbow line.

Now you are ready for the greatest show! I really hope you like it! Happy painting!

Products Used:

FAB/Superstar "Ivory" (sub. TAG "Beige")
Global "Red"
Diamond FX "White"
Diamond FX "Black"
FAB/Superstar "Yellow Shimmer"
FAB/Superstar "Sapphire Shimmer"
Global "Neon Rainbow"
FAB/Superstar "Bronze Shimmer"
Amerikan Body Art Liquid Bling "Gold"

Tools Used:

Graffiti Madness Stencil Kit
Finger sponge
Petal shaped sponge from Wicked
Loew Cornell 795 Round #1#2#3#4
3/4" Angle Brush

Clown Circus Face Paint Design


Linnéa lives in the south part of Sweden with her husband and two children.
Linnéa has a small facepainting company in Sweden called Linnéas Ansiktsmålning. She started to facepaint in 2016, and she is now a certified facepainter from Olga Murasev´s International Face Painting School.
You might have seen her in different facepainting forums or in magazines such as QMagazine and Wet Paint Magazine.
Linnéa really loves everything about this industry, and she likes to challenge herself and keep on growing as an artist.

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