If you are looking for a bright, colorful palette with beautiful color combinations, this is the palette for you! I love this palette. These colors are very easy to work with. They load easily and are very opaque as they are applied to skin. This colorful circus design uses 4 of the one-strokes in this palette. Let’s check it out!
The Butterfly Palette is my favorite Fusion Palette as I love these color combinations. They are well designed and can be used in combination with each other as my tutorial will demonstrate. In addition, most of the colors are neon which will glow under a blacklight. The size of the individual cakes is very generous. Each container is 1 1/2” x 1 1/4” x 1/2” and contains 10 grams of paint. What is really exciting is that all the combinations are also available as full size one-strokes! I have labeled the different one-strokes for your reference as I go through this tutorial.
Fusion has created a line of paint that is very easy to work with. Loading my brush was a breeze. This paint is very opaque and covers nicely. As always, it takes practice to load one-strokes correctly. If your brush is too wet, the colors will run into each other...be careful not to let that happen. Load your brush on both sides being careful to run it across the colors evenly so they don’t mix together. The cakes are designed to work with a 1" or 3/4" flat brush. The 1” brush covers the entire surface, whereas the 3/4” brush covers a narrower portion, but is still able to pick up all the colors.
Black and White:
I wanted to show how Fusion Prime Strong Black and Prime Paraffin White perform when applied over the color. The photo shows these colors using only one stroke over the base colors. They work well and flow nicely to create a thin and thick line.
To remove, I applied a mild soap and rubbed it into the paint, creating a “paint paste”. Then I ran water over it to wash it off followed by one additional “soaping”. There was absolutely no staining! A big plus!
Let’s Paint a Design Using the Butterfly Palette!—“Fusion Circus”
Paint a thin white curved line where you will be placing the first color. You can see the line just above the orange. This will help you keep your design in the correct position. Use a 1/2" flat brush to pick up the right three colors in “Lollipop” (UV Neon Pink, UV Neon Orange, UV Neon Yellow). Starting in the center, make a large “U” shape. Then continue making that shape in successively smaller U’s on both sides of the center one. Fill in the top empty portion of the U with the yellow end of your brush.
With the same 1/2" flat brush, pick up the left 3 colors of the “Berry Pretty” cake and add another row of curved loops under the first series you just painted making sure the darker edge is at the bottom.
Switch to a 3/4" flat brush and load it with “Sunshine”, paint a strip over the eyelids and up to the hairline on both sides.
Finish off the top portion with some blue and purple from “Princess” (the left 3 colors) using the 1/2" flat brush. Paint upside down “U’s” at the top. Then with the same brush and color, paint a long stoke under along the cheekbone that is directly under the color you painted on the eyelid.
Finally, finish the background colors with a final long stroke of paint under the blue one. Use the same 1/2" flat brush picking up the right three colors of “Lollipop”.
My “go to” stencil for circus designs is the Doily Stencil by Ooh!Stencils. Using this stencil, load white paint on a spongemaking sure it is not too wet. Position the stencil on the forehead to match the curve of your design. Then sponge white over it to create this fun pattern over the base colors. On the sides, use the inner portion of the stencil and sponge white over it. Just use half of the pattern ending where the color ends. (see inset).
Add white teardrops to the center and dots to the edges of the forehead piece with a #1 round brush. I used a liner brush to add the line work on the sides. Finish off the design with some glitter! I used the Creative Faces Glitter Stick “Josie”. This design would make a bold impact used with a blacklight too!
Would I Recommend This Palette?
YES! I love how the colors in this palette work together so nicely. It is well designed and a wonderful addition to your kit.
Fusion Leanne’s Butterfly Palette
Fusion Prime Paraffin White
Ooh! Sphere Stencil: Doily
Art Factory 3/4" Flat Brush
Blazin Brush 1/2" Flat Brush
Loew Cornell #1 Round Brush
Blazin Brush Liner Brush
Mehren Hydra Foam Sponge (cut in half)
Creative Faces Glitter Stick: Jozie
Pam Kinneberg is the owner and artist for her business, PiKadilly Face Painting located near Fargo, North Dakota. She has won numerous contests and can be found in various magazines including SkinMarkz Magazine, The Colored Palette, QMagazine, Wet Paint Magazine and SillyFarm Newsletters.