Introduction: Face Painting Display Board

About: I am a conceptual artist, and my DIY projects are mostly inspired by pop culture (movies, music, sports, TV). I mostly specialize in painting, graphic design, drawing, digital photography, performance art, and…

As many of you know, I am a face painter. Of course, the key into having a successful face painting job is having a nice eye-catching display board that features face painting designs for the customers to select from. I like to think of this as like having a menu. You know, when you go to a restaurant or diner and they give you a menu with a selection of meals. That's the same thing here with a face painting display board. It's important for face painters to select the designs that they are most capable of doing, so that way the customers will be able to know what they want to get. Here, I am going to show you how I created my face painting display board, so that way you can create your own if you want to get a jump-start as a face painter.

Step 1: Create a Visual Sign

One of the most important steps into making a face painting display board is to create a visual of a "Face Painting" sign for customers to draw attention to your talent. For my board, I bought a tri-fold presentation board and a package of bulletin board letters from the dollar store. From there, across the top, I put together the words "Face Painting" and alternated red, blue, yellow and green paints to trace out the letters and color them in.

Step 2: Gender Code

When it comes to choosing your designs for your display board, you might find it easy to know which designs are for boys, girls or both. Try this idea! Create a key chart that will help customers visualize which designs will fit among their genders perfectly. If the designs are for boys, create a blue circle. Girly designs get a pink triangle. Finally, for designs that are for both girls AND boys (or mixed as some call it), draw out a square and color one half pink and one half blue.

Step 3: Designs Part 1

Now, comes the important part- the designs! For my display board, I've split the equal amount of designs into 3 sections. The middle section, as you see in the picture above, contains 12 FaceCards. These cards have been developed by face painter Ashley Pickin, who wanted to come up with a solution for face painters on the go: having a unique visual for their boards and learning new designs in a step-by-step process. Of course, in addition to that, each design is star rated based on difficulty level (1 star meaning the most easiest, 5 meaning the most advanced design). In this example, you can see several designs in a mixed format, taken from 6 collections of FaceCards, such as a Jet (Boys Only), Cute Cat (Quick Festival) and Pirate (Classic).

Step 4: Designs Part 2

As a pop culture fanatic, I always love to experiment with different kinds of face paints, ones that can take my experience to another level. In this example, you can see just a few of my favorite celebrity face paints. In other words, these are different celebrities with a cute, awesome, amazing and beautiful face paint design. Ranging from Lady Gaga and Adam Ant to Demi Lovato, Beyonce and Sia. These are just images Googled online and edited to my expense using Photoshop.

Step 5: Designs Part 3

Finally, for customers that are not usually game for a full face, but like something a little bit smaller, there are small motifs or cheek arts that they can choose from. The last section on my display board contains just that. I used colored pencils to write "Cheek Art" on the top and, in the image, I drew out some small pictures of cute cheek arts. In this one, I located some small designs that are inspired by the Charm It collection, which I found online. You don't have to use just that. You can always use Google in search for the perfect collection of cheek arts to add to your display board.

Step 6: End of Lesson

Now, that you've learned how I created my face painting display board, see if you can try to do the same with your own. Heck, my display board usually changes, by popular demand. In other words, my designs change on my board, depending on the most requested designs.

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