Face painting is great to do with kids of all ages. Younger children love to get cupcakes, angels, sport logos, and other designs painted on their faces. Face painting is not just for young kids, though. Older children can get a lot out of face painting also.
One thing you can do with older children is let them paint their own faces. Now, you have to know the kids and know how responsible they are. Although older children can be more responsible, they’re still children, if you know what I mean KAWS SHARE – BLACK . Although done with paints that are designed to be painted on skin, there is still the problem of children having sharp objects (brushes) near eyes, not to mention the paint. If, however, the children are well behaved and also well supervised, letting them paint each others faces should not be a problem.
There are relatively few tools you need for painting faces. Brushes, paints, water, and sponges are really all you need. Two sizes of brushes will do, a medium to small brush and a very small brush for fine lines. Sponges need to be various sizes. You use them to spread paint on the skin. Water in a bowl to wash the brushes in is a necessity. Most important are the right paints. Only use real face paints, not water color or any other paints. Although less hazardous than they used to be, there are still toxic chemicals used in paints that are not rated for skin. Also the binder is different.
Let the children have fun and let their imaginations run free! If they want to paint each others faces in a crazy way…well, they’re just kids and kids are creative. You’ll want to have them paint in an area you can easily clean up. Although face paints are fine for skin, they’re not that great for carpet, rugs, and clothing. Have the kids wear clothing that doesn’t matter. Also, face paint outside. It’s really easy to clean up and more fun!
Painting in your home means different types of paint for different surfaces. The walls require an indoor paint. There are also specific versions for wooden porches, concrete, metal and plastic surfaces. These come into play when wanting to paint that rusted metal railing on the porch or the concrete wall in the basement. Just as you need the right paint, you need the right application tool. This could be a sprayer, multiple brushes, rollers, rags, or any other items such as feather dusters or sandpaper to produce decorative designs. So the first key step is to purchase the correct supplies.
When painting with a roller, start with a clean one. Old paint can cause markings on the wall whether from the old paint color or from designs left in the new paint. You should move in a “W” shape to start and then fill in with a straight up and down motion. If the ceiling or the other walls are going to be a different color than what you are painting then be sure to use painter’s tape to seal off the edges as well as the edges of the window and door frames. Use a medium to small size brush to go back and paint the edges near the tape. If there are two of you then one can paint in the edges while the other uses the roller.
Problems that arise indoors on painted surfaces are things such as mildew or cracking. When dealing with mildew you must remove it completely from the painted surface. In order to do this you will need a mixture of 1/3 cup of powdered laundry detergent, ½ cup of bleach and a gallon of warm water. Using a rag dipped into the solution, scrub the mildew away. You may need to scrub rather hard. Take a clean rag and wipe away the remnants of the mixture. Once the area is dry you can apply a single coat of primer paint that is mildew resistant. After this is dry then you can begin painting over it with the original color.
Cracking, also known as alligatoring, happens when one layer of paint is applied over the previous layer isn’t dry yet. Occasionally this may happen if you place a type of paint over another and they are not compatible with each other. The simple way to solve this is to sand off the top layer of paint. Use a damp cloth to remove any remaining flakes and then repaint. You may need to put a different type of undercoat on first and then paint the top layer. Whatever you do, be sure that the previous layer is completely dry before painting the final coat.