How to Draw a Bat Mask with Face Paint

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How to Draw a Bat Mask with Face Paint
A bat mask can be easily made with face paint. (Bat in the night image by Catabu from

Drawing a bat mask with face paint is one of the simplest face-painting designs that can be mastered. This project is especially good for absolute beginners--the mask uses only three colours with few delicate details. Two of the colours are block colours that cover a wide area of the face and are simple to do. This painted mask is also good for small children, as it covers only the top half of the face and is less likely to be rubbed away or destroyed by eating.

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Things you need

  • Picture of a bat
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Flannel
  • Warm water
  • Clean towel
  • Water-based face paints--black, white and yellow
  • Jar of water
  • Two thin paintbrushes
  • One thick paintbrush
  • Make-up sponge
  • Cotton ear buds
  • Soap

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  1. 1

    Print out a picture of a bat. Look for a picture in which the body of the bat can be clearly seen and its wings are expanded. Practice drawing it, using paper and a pencil until you are confident you can draw it freehand.

  2. 2

    Clean with warm water the face of the person you are painting . Dip a thin paintbrush in the black face paint and dip it lightly in the jar of water (do not get it too wet). Paint the outline of the bat. The wing span should lead out to the edges of the face, over the eyebrows. The head of the bat should be between the eyebrows, and the length of its body should run down to the tip of the nose. The outer edge of the wings should come under the eyes and cover about half of the cheek. Make sure when painting around the eyes that the eyelids and under-eye are not painted.

  3. 3

    Dampen the make-up sponge with a little water and dip into the yellow face paint. Sponge the paint around the outline of the baton the forehead and at the bottoms of the cheeks. Be careful not to smudge the black outline of the bat.

  4. 4

    Fill in the outline of the bat using the black paint and the thick paintbrush. Dampen the brush in the water jar as needed to make painting easier.

  5. 5

    Paint in the bat's eyes using the clean thin paintbrush and the white paint. Add a few more white lines vertically along the body of the pat and towards the outer edges to make the bat more realistic. Use the tip of a cotton ear bud dipped in soapy water to correct any mistake and to tidy any smudging at the edges. If you have to correct any mistakes, paint over the corrected area to fill back in any erased colour or details.

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