Our visual display needs change as we grow as face painters. The primary visual examples I use while face painting are the ones I’ve covered in this video: an idea book, a quick board, a super-high volume board, and some small visual reference books.
I’ve found that the best thing I can do as an artist is create boards which are flexible, so as you create your own visuals, remember that the artist you are today will not be the one you are tomorrow. If you make a board or book, it should be in a form that allows it to grow with you as you develop your skills year by year.
Materials to create a board
• Black foam core (1/4-inch thick)
• Photo pockets
• Clear contact paper (adhesive on one side)
• Double-sided tape
• Heavy duty packing tape
• Cutting blade
• Cutting matt
• Metal straight edge
Don’t forget to share your own face painting board tips in the comments!
Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in the NW Chicago suburbs. Stop by Clownantics.com for more of her face painting tutorials, and if you’re on Facebook, join the Facepaint.com 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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