Face painting is a great way to spend some time getting messy and creative, while learning about wildlife. This is particularly popular with younger children – the messier the better.
There are two ways to go wild with facepaint: you can use shop bought face paints and use wildlife as your theme, or you can use natural materials to firstly make the paint.
What you will need:
- Shop-bought face paints
- A paint brush
- A round sponge
How to paint a ladybird or a caterpillar face:
Insects are a nice simple way to get started with animal face painting.
- Take a round sponge and dip it in the red face paint
- Place the sponge onto the cheek or forehead and carefully lift off so you’re left with a crisp shape
- Using the paintbrush and black paint, add the spots, head and legs
- Take the sponge and dip it in the green paint
- Place the sponge onto the cheek or forehead and lift off
- Do this 4-5 times so that each of the spots slightly overlaps – this is the body of the caterpillar
- Using the paintbrush and black paint, add the face, antennae and legs
- Add extra details using the paintbrush and white paint, if you’re feeling particularly arty!
Making your own face paint
What you will need:
- Cornstarch (1 Tbsp)
- Flour (1 Tbsp)
- Coconut oil (1/2 Tbsp)
- Dye (food colouring or natural materials, such as beetroots, blueberries and spinach).
- A paintbrush (or a twig)
- A sponge
How to make your face paint:
- If making the dye, boil the beetroots, blueberries and spinach in separate pans. Leave to cool and strain.
- To make the paint – combine the cornstarch, coconut oil, and flour in a bowl.
- If using home made dye, simply add a tablespoon to the mixture. Keep slowly adding dye until all the flour is dissolved. The paint is then ready.
- If using food colouring, add drops to the mixture to achieve your desired colour and slowly add water until useful consistency is achieved. The paint is then ready.
- For extra wildness, why not use natural objects like twigs and stones to apply the paint – this is nice and tactile for younger children too.
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