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I try to offer at least four to six theme-specific designs for clients when they have a party. For some parties which have popular themes, such as super hero or fairy parties, this is easy, because those are standard designs I use all the time. Obscure themes, however, present more of a challenge. When I recently was hired for a construction themed party (which you’d think was a more popular theme), I found very few designs available as I researched the theme, so I created a few designs of my own to go with those I found by other artists. I hope you enjoy this one, which is simple to paint, but gets added value from dot texture added with the BAM2031 Dotty stencil.


TAG or Paradise yellow
TAG or Paradise orange
Paradise red (optional)
Diamond FX or Wolfe white
Diamond FX or Wolfe black
• Dauber
#2 round brush
1/2-inch flat or filbert brush
Dot stencil


I like the creamy consistency of Paradise as well as the durability and brilliance of TAG, so sometimes I’ll combine them to get the qualities of both for a design. When I was working on this hard hat, I mixed the two yellows.

The dots on the helmet were made with TAG orange with a tiny bit of Paradise red mixed in to give them a little extra kick, but you could use only TAG orange, which is a darker orange than the Paradise orange, if you prefer. The added red intensifies them more.

Thanks for watching the tutorial. If you have some great ideas of your own for construction parties, don’t forget to share them in the comments below!

Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in the NW Chicago suburbs. Stop by for more of her face painting tutorials, and if you’re on Facebook, join the Challenge Group to showcase your artwork and have a chance to win a store credit for each week’s challenge theme!

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