Step-by-step puppy dog face painting instructions from Extreme Face Painting
All you need is a cute little tail for your child to wag, and this puppy costume is complete!
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Step 1: Lay in the ears and muzzle shape using a sponge and white. Leave room for a tongue on the right side of the mouth.
Step 2: Add a black circle around the left eye and a dab of black on the tip of the nose using a sponge.
Step 3: Sponge on a pink tongue, then stipple in some white highlights. Outline the tongue using a no. 3 round and red.
Step 4: Use a no. 3 round and black to outline the ears, sharpen the edges of the eye and nose and add whisker spots and a mouth.
A note on stippling:
This is one of the most useful sponge techniques. Stippling is great for blending color, suggesting texture, indicating highlights and suggesting facial hair. To get the most realistic result, hold your half sponge upside down so the rounded part touches the skin. Using the edge of the sponge would result in lines—something you want to avoid when stippling.
What paint you should use:
Water based, hypoallergenic and nontoxic paints. (Or any brand of face paint.)
What brushes you should use:
Small synthetic rounds with stiff bristles and sharp points. (Like a no. 3 round) Remember that the bigger the brush size, the less control you’ll have.
Other materials you may need:
Cotton swabs, erasers, disposable brushes, sponges, loose polyester glitter and hand sanitizer or baby wipes to remove the paint.
From Extreme Face Painting: 50 Friendly & Fiendish Step-by-Step Demos by Brian & Nick Wolfe.
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