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Post by Spongeblob on Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:28 am

Apologies if this has already been asked and answered but my practice skin pad thingy looks awful! It's completely stained and though it's usable, sometimes it's hard to see if I've got a technique right with all the background colours swirling in on the act. Do any of you clever artists have a way of cleaning it so that the stains at least fade even if they don't disappear completely?
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Post by eva on Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:41 am

Rubbing alcohol with a mr clean sponge works good for me. I never leave paint on my face and pad, I immediately clean it with those afterward.
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Post by fesspenter on Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:51 pm

100% Acetone removes most stains, and leaves no residue behind.   My practice skin seems to have retained it's application of Wolfe Black.  It is for practice, after all.

In our local craft supply stores, they sell rolls or squares of squishy, soft craft foam.  I prefer to paint on this inexpensive surface.  My favourite surface to paint upon is real skin.  I have tortured my family with face painting, and I must tread carefully, as one day, they will be choosing my retirement home.

Happy Painting!


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Post by Chuck Stark on Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:06 pm

Staining is going to be inevitable to some degree if you are using black. My first practice head looks horrible. Now I try to substitute brown or white for stroke work while practicing.
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Post by eva on Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:21 pm

So I bought the tulip black ages ago, and although I don't use it in my kit, I love or for practicing. It doesn't stain, and the feel is similar to any other waxy brand
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Post by nikkili26 on Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:08 pm

yes, I second the tulip BLACK and the silver is great too...so is the white-they crack after awhile, but for application practice, very similar to other paints..
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Post by pattyofurniture on Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:22 pm

Ooh good idea with the tulip black! Thanks!
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Post by Spongeblob on Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:29 pm

Thanks for all the advice! I have been using grease proof paper too ,?but the craft foam sounds like a good plan. I'll try the cleaning suggestions tomorrow.
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Post by novice tammy on Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:29 pm

fesspenter wrote:100% Acetone removes most stains, and leaves no residue behind.   My practice skin seems to have retained it's application of Wolfe Black.  It is for practice, after all.

In our local craft supply stores, they sell rolls or squares of squishy, soft craft foam.  I prefer to paint on this inexpensive surface.  My favourite surface to paint upon is real skin.  I have tortured my family with face painting, and I must tread carefully, as one day, they will be choosing my retirement home.

Happy Painting!

do you mean like these fess?
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Post by Liz Colorful Faces on Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:09 am

I use softscrove amd it work perfect on my practice head.
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Post by fesspenter on Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:30 am

Dear Novice Tammy:
That is exactly what I mean!
I found some rolls of it at the Dollar store in a baby-poo mustard colour. I don't know why it didn't sell....I went wacky for it! While I don't know anybody with baby-poo mustard coloured skin...it was a good time to approximate a skin-tone.

Happy Painting!
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Post by JJJJJ on Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:02 am

Fessie, what the heck are you doing up there in cold Canada being up at 6:30 in the morning, and already typing away into the Forum??? At that hour I was still in groggy-land with two cats draped over me (Oh, wait, one was actually up and using the litter box in his daily attempt to "perfume" me out of bed and into the kitchen for his meal. Maybe I'll send him to you, since you're already up ...).
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Post by fesspenter on Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:58 am

Dearest JJJJJ:
To make a short story long....
When my oldest daughter was almost two, and I was pregnant with our second...I waddled off from the totally baby-proofed kitchen to pee.
I returned to find our two year old grinning at me from THE TOP OF THE FRIDGE!!!!!!!!
There was NO chair near the counters.
She had pulled herself to the top of the counter and scaled the fridge.
She had always been active.
I knew at that moment that I could not turn my head for a second.
I used to get up at 5am to throw in a load of laundry, to wash a floor.
When I was pregnant with our third daughter, the only time I could go to the gym was 5am.
When my middle daughter played Rep Hockey, there were some practices at 6am...which meant we left the house at 5:15....which meant she had to eat by 4:45...which meant SOMEBODY had to get up at 4:30 to make said brekkie.
Now, I STILL wake up at 5am.
I don't wash a floor.
I don't throw in a load of laundry.
I drink a coffee.
I stare into space.
I go on the FPF and see who posted on the Forum.
This is my secret happy place.
This is my meditation (auto-correct wants to change "meditation" to "medication").
My other happy place is reading George Takai's FaceBook listings.
I snorted coffee out my nose reading Amazon's Customer Reviews on "VEET for Men".
Now...
Off to do the litter box and prep for my last face paint bookings for 2013,

Happy, Happy New Year, JJJJJ!

xxoo
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Post by JJJJJ on Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:06 pm

And a happy happy happy happy happy (5 "happys") new year to you, too, Fessie, and may all your future grandbabies not be refrigerator-climbers!

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Post by fesspenter on Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:19 pm

Thank you, JJJJJ!
I adore hijacking artist's threads in their pure, unadulterated thirst for face paint knowledge & lore.
If there is anyone else out there in cyberspace reading this.....HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Also, JJJJJ:
Shouldn't I be wishing for my future grand-babies to be as busy as MY babies were, so they have some understanding as to why I named my gray hairs MADISON. DARCY. MADISON. HOLLAND. MADISON. MADISON? I have more gray hairs than that. I just didn't want to make a short story longer.

xxoo
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