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Post by zanypaint on Sat May 23, 2009 12:19 pm

Hey I'm pretty new to face painting but I've been a painter all my life - watercolor and acrylics mostly. I wanted to post this for people thinking about or starting in face painting who have been painters on canvas like me. What's so different with face painting is the lack of a place to rest your hand. I didn't realize how much I rested my hand on the paper when I painted with watercolors. I think if you had always painted acrylics/ oils on an easel the transition would be easier. I'm painting from my shoulder instead of my wrist with FP. But then you're also dealing with a 3 dimensional moving canvas and paint that behaves strangely. Smile Anyway I am loving the challenge and the "newness" of it.
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Post by AngieAnders on Sat May 23, 2009 3:06 pm

That was the hardest thing for me to get used to as well, Zany. And if that wasn't enough, the CANVAS is moving, too! It makes life interesting. LOL. Welcome to the forum!
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Post by zanypaint on Sat May 23, 2009 6:13 pm

Thanks Angie! Very Happy
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Post by Sherry on Sun May 24, 2009 7:34 am

I have an artist I work with who does Pet Portraits. I taught her to use her pinky to anchor herself when face painting. She recently told me that she has started using this technique when she does her oil paintings and it has really helped. I thought that was pretty neat that a face painting technique could help an artist in other mediums! Smile
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Post by zanypaint on Sun May 24, 2009 3:46 pm

Yeah I have been using my pinkie now that you mention it. The main thing I have been practicing is getting a consistent line width across a 3D area ... like cheek to temple. Everyone's topography is different Forehead is easy. My kids are covered in practice 4 days a week. Smile
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Post by Sherry on Mon May 25, 2009 7:42 am

Funny, because foreheads can be tricky for me at times. cyclops When someone chooses a design that uses the forehead area a lot and they have a really short forehead!
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Post by LoneWolf on Mon May 25, 2009 11:32 am

Sherry - that is why almost none of my designs use the forehead very much ;-) Bangs/fringes is also one of the reasons. But I have found a good technique to hold it back.
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Post by Sherry on Mon May 25, 2009 8:05 pm

Yeah, the hair on the forehead used to be a problem for me , but I've gotten so good at holding the hair out of the way, I don't even think about it anymore. Every once in a blue moon, a parent will offer to hold the hair back or start trying to pin or tie the hair back, but I think since I've gotten so used to holding the hair back myself, that it actually slows me down waiting for them to do that.

BTW, what is your technique?
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Post by zanypaint on Mon May 25, 2009 9:51 pm

I use those long clips to hold back their bangs before I start on a forehead.
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Post by LoneWolf on Tue May 26, 2009 3:36 pm

I lift it carefully with my thumb and forefinger and then holding it down on the head with the hand, serving the double purpose of keeping the child's head still as well. I don't hold firmly, but enough to control that there is not to big movements.
Parents that offer to hold the hair back, gets a thanks but no thanks. Often they don't hold the head still, because they are trying to see what's going on. And often will smudge what have already been painting, when taking the hair.
But sometimes the children are very good themselves at holding it. Think they have the practice from kindergarten, where it is very normal to be facepainted.
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Post by AngieAnders on Tue May 26, 2009 5:06 pm

I do the same. Just hold it with my hand since I have my hand gently laid on the head or face anyway. That way I don't have to worry about someone else smudging the design, or worry about their arm getting tired or something.
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Post by LoneWolf on Wed May 27, 2009 6:20 am

I have seen some people use a headband - the same on everyone. But I would be concerned that someone had lice. But don't know how big the risk is?
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Post by Metina on Wed May 27, 2009 7:56 am

I just use my hand unless a child has really unruly hair. I bought some colorful clips wholesale and bring a load with me. The child keeps it and all is happy.

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Post by eva on Thu May 28, 2009 7:54 pm

I use small clips if they have thick bangs (which I send with them, never reuse). Mostly I use my hand, and I agree that it makes it easier to hold the kids head still. At first i didn't feel comfortable steadying their head and moving their face to where I wanted it, now I just move them however I need, and the kids don't seem to mind.
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