Tribal Baseball Design by Pam Kinneberg

Baseball season has begun and it’s high time for a fun new baseball design for all those little fans! This one is super quick, easy and you can choose colors to match whatever team you are painting for. Let’s play ball!


Wolfe white

Blue paint

Wolfe black

Red paint

4th of July Arty Cake

1 3/4” pouncer sponge on a stick 

#4 round brush

BAM Stencil 1039-Scattered Stars


Step 1: load a round pouncer sponge

To make the round circle for the baseball you will need to load a round pouncer sponge with white and then add a little blue. Simply drag one side through blue paint being careful to only pick up a small amount.

Step 2: apply the round base

Position the sponge slightly off center and with the sponge flat on the forehead, press and give it a little twist back and forth to blend the blue into the white. Do not twist the sponge all the way around. Keep the blue only on one side to create a shadow.

Step 3: paint the swoosh

At this time, apply the swoosh using a one stroke. If you are at a sporting event, use the team colors! Keep in mind that medium to light shades will work the best as the black line work will show up better on a lighter base. 

Step 4: begin with the baseball line work

It is important to follow the curve of the swoosh when you begin the line work on the baseball. This will make it flow much better. So begin with the bottom “sideways V” so you know where to position the top one. Line work for tribal designs is dependant on thick and thin lines and making sure your lines come to a nice sharp point. I like to use a #4 round brush for this.

Step 5: baseball line work

After you have painted the first two sideways V’s, paint another line that parallels them and bring up the ends around the outer edge of the ball. Do not connect any of these lines. Finally, to give it more of a baseball feel, add a couple short lines that resemble the stitching on a baseball.

Step 6: swoosh line work

Continue with your line work on the swoosh following the steps below. Connect some of the lines, while leaving others open to let negative space flow into the design.

Step 7: add stars

To give additional interest, add stars using the BAM Stencil #1039. Prepare a dense sponge by loading one end in red and the other in blue. I carefully stenciled one star at a time so that they were in the arrangement I wanted them in. 

Step 8: white detailing

Finish by adding white star bursts and dots around your design. This makes the colors pop and adds interest.

This tribal design will be a surefire home run! Try it out this summer!


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. 
Instagram: @pikadillyfacepainting