Kids’ Face Painting

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts

kids face painting

Summer is coming, which means carnivals and fairs and…face painting. I am reminded of my first and only face painting experience, which was not good.

About two years ago my husband and I volunteered to run a face painting booth at a church carnival. While I may have some artistic and crafty talent, drawing/painting is not among my strengths. In fact, of all the classes I took in college (accounting, calculus, statistics, economics to name a few) basic drawing was the most torturous. And the most difficult, in a non-academic way. I just lack the ability to draw with my hand what I see in my mind. I’m hopeless!

So I shouldn’t have signed up for this booth. But I did, and I was painting my awful pictures on these kids’ faces – we had a mirror for them to look at themselves when we were finished…another mistake. I can’t remember what I had drawn, except that it was exceptionally horrible in this case, and the little girl took one look at her face and started crying! She hated my picture! I didn’t blame her, but I did feel like a real jerk.

So if I ever do face painting again, there are a few things I’m going to do to prepare myself:

  • bring several pages of pictures for the kids to choose from so I can just copy
  • do a little research and practice beforehand to learn about some basic face painting techniques
  • bring along some glitter – kids love glitter and it might spruce up some artist errors
  • substitute makeup for paint whenever possible – I can do makeup!
  • have baby wipes on hand so I can start over if I need to
  • keep it simple!

I think doing these few things will keep the children from crying. I think face painting is a fun thing, so I do want to improve my skills.

Also, my husband bought this face painting e-book so I never have to make a child cry again. It really was humiliating. This e-book is very helpful, so if you’re nervous for your next face painting engagement I would recommend it. Click here to check it out. Happy face painting!

[image from]


1 JHS April 27, 2008 at 11:16 am

Hi Kelsey:

Thanks for participating in this week’s Carnival of Family Life, hosted by Jen at Diary of 1. Be sure to drop by tomorrow, April 28, 2008, and check out some of the many wonderful articles submitted this week!

2 Brandy August 25, 2008 at 6:57 am

If anyone else links to this, my friend always does stamps and then colors in the picture! Just a thought.

3 Teresa Anderson August 26, 2008 at 11:02 pm

Thanks for the cute story regarding face painting. I guess it is harder than it looks. I liked the idea about using a stamp and filling it in.

4 Deb June 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Our church (in very rural Maine) is having a similar event. I am creating a flyer to promot it aroud town. I have been searching for a nice face painting picture to use. There is nothing in the free microsoft stuff. Is this a picture of your own children? Do you own this picture? Could I use it? Thank you so much!

{ 7 trackbacks }

Previous post:

Next post: