Today I am continuing my series on face painting ideas to help you create a fun experience at your next celebration. These quick tips will help you set up your face painting station easily. You can find the first post on the proper supplies here!
Being comfortable while face painting is so important to both you and your model. You want your model to be sitting. Since their eyes will be closed, their sense of balance will be off and sitting will avoid most of the fidgeting and moving around.
As for you as the painter, you can choose to sit or stand. This is going to depend on how comfortable you are standing for extended periods of time. I personally prefer to stand when I face paint and have a director’s chair that I use. If you have a bar stool, that is a great alternative. If sitting is easier, sit right in front of your model as close as you can to avoid having to lean over too far. This will only hurt your back!
My chair is situated next to a tall table so I don’t have to lean over to reach my supplies. My dad built this table for me from a craft show checkout stand we had. A folding table with extending legs, a counter or bar are also great solutions for your table. If you and the model are sitting, a card table will do the trick. Just make sure that if you are right handed, the table or counter is on your right; if you are left handed, it is on your left!
I cover my table with a large black towel that catches all the spills and glitter! Glitter can go everywhere so if you are trying to avoid getting it on the floor or carpet, it would be a good idea to put another towel or sheet down on the floor beneath your setup. I also always attach a plastic bag to my chair for throwing out the Q-tips (for lipstick) and baby wipes (for face cleanup and my hands).
All your face painting supplies should be set up within easy reach. Twisting and reaching for your paint will only injure your body after a while. Remember that if you have everything handy and both you and your models are comfortable, you will enjoy the experience of face painting at your event even more!
Stay tuned for the next post in this series on face painting ideas and tips for birthday parties. Subscribe to the blog by email (see the sidebar) or Bloglovin’ to keep updated. Other topics in the series will include: the basics of using the paint properly; the most popular faces; working with a theme. If you have questions or a topic that you would like me to cover, don’t hesitate to tell me in the comments below!
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