HOW TO FACE PAINT - STEP 6: INTRODUCTION TO LINE WORK
Being able to do great line work while face
painting is probably the hardest part of it. Line work requires a lot of
practice, good techniques and good quality tools.
One of the most important things is to use
really good face painting brushes. A bad brush, one that has very
stiff or very soft bristles, one that lacks a smooth point, one that has a ton
of loose hairs pointing in every direction, will make you go insane and you
will not be able to get good lines even if you have the best technique in the
world. A great line work brush is the Bolt Liner #2. This brush was designed by us to help you
achieve great lines.
Not every painter likes every brush and you
will discover with time which is your favorite kind of face painting brush. Painters that have a heavy hand tend to favor
brushes with short stiffer bristles. Painters that have good control over their
hand and have a light hand tend to choose brushes with longer and softer
bristles. That is why we have developed a Firm line of Bolt Brushes, so that
each painter can chose the brush of their choice.
The kind of face
paint you use is
also an important part. Although someone with a lot of experience and good
brushes can get good lines out of almost every paint, there are certainly
better paints for this job. We recommend using wax based or Acacia Senegal Gum
based face paints (like Global, Diamond FX, TAG, Kryvaline, Wolfe FX, Cameleon) rather than glycerin based face paints (like Paradise, FAB, Kryolan, Graftobian, Ruby red, Snazaroo, etc). The first kinds of
face paints tend to provide crisper lines with solid non blurry edges. Also,
these paints tend to have bolder looking colors. Glycerin base face paints are
harder to control when doing line work since they tend to bleed on the edges
and give a blurry look to your lines.
Once you have the right face paint and the
right brush the rest is all about technique and practice.
To start a line, load your brush using what you
learned on our previous post: "How to Use Face Painting Brushes". Make sure that your paint consistency is right
and that you don’t have excess paint on the tip of your face painting brush.
Then with a light hand, approach the skin at an almost 90 degree angle with the
tip of your brush and gently drag your brush as you allow for almost the entire
brush to touch the skin.
To help you visualize how your brush should
approach the skin and how you should take it off the skin imagine an airplane landing
and taking off. The airplane is always moving as it lands and takes off. If
you keep your brush moving as you approach the skin and as you remove it, you
will always have thin ends on your lines, which will help make them look more
delicate and it will prevent large blobs of paint forming by the ends.
There are several basic line work techniques
and we will talk about those in the following posts. Other fancier moves will be discussed later on a different post.