If your organisation needs a fundraiser, few events raise as much money and generate as much attention as a fun fair. No matter what the cause, people will pay admission to enjoy the rides, games and activities like face painting. Face painting can take many forms and requires a relatively small budget, making it a great choice for smaller events. In order to face paint for events like fun fairs, you need some basic materials, a few design techniques and a bit of creativity.
- Skill level:
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Things you need
- Portable table
- Folding chairs
- Non-toxic face paints
- Paint box
- Make-up brushes
- Brush holders
- Make-up sponges
- Facial tissues
- Paper towels
- Unscented hand wipes
- Plastic cup
- Hand sanitiser
Practice a variety of designs. Animal and floral designs, and pop culture are popular choices for face painting. For example, a child may want you to paint their face as their favourite superhero, while an adult may want a more abstract or beautiful design. Keep within your ability level. Offer designs you can execute with confidence.
Print images and compile them with your sketches to refer to while painting.
Design and print a brief set of rules for face painting at the fun fair. State what the service costs; show them examples of your work; talk about safety issues. You should not paint faces of children under three years of age. Very young children may have adverse reactions to non-toxic paint.
Set up a portable work table in the area where you will paint faces. Clearly display your list of rules on or nearby the table.
Set up folding chairs for yourself and your fellow painters, and your customers.
Arrange your supplies on the table, including a make-up box with variety of non-toxic face paints; high-quality make-up brushes; holders for the brushes; make-up sponges; facial tissues; paper towels; unscented hand wipes; hand sanitiser; a plastic cup filled with clean rinse water and your image references so that you can refer to them during painting.
Paint the outline of your design with a fine-tip make-up brush. For example, if you wish to paint a butterfly, paint the outline of the wings over each eye, lower forehead and cheek. This will give you a set area in which to work.
Fill-in the outline with base colour, using make-up sponges. This colour will serve as the background colour for the rest of the design. For example, a cat design will use the colour of the cat's fur as the background colour.
Fill-in the background colour with accent colours, using make-up sponges. These colours will layer on top of your background colour, creating colour gradations in your design. For example, a floral design will begin with a background colour and gradually change through colour gradations until it reaches the middle of the flower.
Add accent lines with a fine-tip make-up brush. These lines will accent the gradations of colour and define shapes within your design. For example, accent lines on a dragon design include scales, claws and folds of its wings.
Check your reference sketch frequently to guide you in painting your designs.
Go over the outline again with a fine-tip brush to ensure it has not been smeared or covered in the painting process.
Rinse your brushes thoroughly with clean rinse water and sanitise your hands after finishing each design.
Discard any damaged sponges or brushes.
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