Sneakadoodle Owl is a hoot to face paint

Posted by Elizabeth Mackinney on



Evidently owls are in at the moment, so here’s a fun Sneakadoodle Owl tutorial to add to your face painting repertoire.


TAG yellow face paint
TAG orange face paint
TAG light green face paint
TAG light blue face paint
TAG royal blue face paint
Diamond FX white face paint
Diamond FX black face paint
#3 round brush
#1 round brush


1. Draw the shape for your owl right below the hair line to one side of the forehead using your #3 round brush and Diamond FX white. This is a great way to make sure you have your dimensions and shapes in place the way you’d like them before you apply color.


2. On the other side of the face, create your night sky background by loading your sponge with TAG light blue and royal blue. I accidentally picked up some of my TAG light green when I did this, and it mixed in with the light blue, but after I looked at it, I liked the resulting color, so I left it that way.


3. Back on the other side, I used my #3 round brush to fill in my owl shape with TAG orange, yellow, and light green. The #3 might be a tad on the small side for this, so feel free to experiment to find the size round brush that works best for you in this instance. I chose TAG for this design because TAG has beautifully brilliant colors, so although I use my creamy Paradise face paint for many designs, I switched over for this one.


4. I had to switch to my #1 round brush in order to do my outlines on my owl, but I stayed with the #3 round for the main shapes of the lettering.


5. As a final step on this side of the face, I added some thin white highlights with my Diamond FX white and #1 round brush. These highlights really made the lettering pop off the face, so I feel it was a particularly good choice to add them.


6. Back on the opposite side of the face, I created a basic tree trunk shape and a couple of branches with Diamond FX black and my #3 round brush before choosing the location for my white moon, which I placed at a focal point by the eye. After I had the moon in place, I finished out the smaller branches over the top of it and put an owl silhouette in front of the moon with black. Adding just a few white stars and starbursts to my evening sky finished it out.


And that’s it for our owl today. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and have some fun trying it out on your own.

Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary artist for Face Paint Pizzazz in the NW Chicago suburbs. She also writes for as the Chicago Face Painting Examiner.

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