I do a lot of face painting at my school. I buy a big set of liquid face paints from Sax or Nasco, I can't quite remember. We love to do sponges cut up in strips and wet them, then paint a rainbow of colors on the sponge and drag the sponge on a students arm or cheek. Then we paint designs or add glitter to them. To make things stick like little jewels, I use some sticky lip gloss. The most popular designs are butterfly faces or just swirling designs in the corner of girls eyes. The newest thing the boys love is painting eyes on their eyelids like Jack Sparrow on the Pirates of the Caribbean. Good luck and have fun!
Sent: Friday, May 20, 2011 7:13 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] face painting
Somehow it makes me feel good to know other art teachers are asked to do weekend face painting also! I have used the water based non-toxic "crayons" by Caran D'ache for years. they are safe and easy to use and all you need is a little water to draw on the face. they are not oily and are easy to wash off later and they come in great colors. i like the butterfly design also. I generally give them 5 choices and that is it. A butterfly, ladybug, mask (like batman), spiderweb, or a heart on one cheek/flower on other cheek. if you don't give them choicves they sit they request stuff like Pokemon! here's a link for the pastels I am talking about. it is important you don't buy the WAX based ones: