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Face Painting Workshop – One Stroke Painting

I was recently asked to teach a 1-2-1 face painting workshop focusing solely on one stroke painting (my favourite kind of face painting!). My client travelled up from London to spend the day with me in my studio and we spent 6 hours covering a multitude of one stroke designs, looking at colour combinations, technique and brush loading.

In preparation I wanted to update some of my skills and designs as I’m always looking to improve my own technique too. It’s too easy to become complacent!

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Flower practise on my legs

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Daisies on Daisy! Sally-Ann Lynch practise board

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Floral face design

My intention in my workshops is to teach technique and composition, which allows clients to understand how designs are created and then gives them the space to go on and create their own!

Several years ago, in preparation for my one stroke face painting workshop in Northern Ireland, I created a one stroke butterfly on my leg which went a little bit ‘viral’ in the face painting world! For this particular workshop I was asked again to teach my one stroke butterfly, so I wanted to update it and make it fresher. Here’s my updated version on a FAB wipeable practise board, where I focused on overall shape of the butterfly, and a real ‘live’ version on my client’s arm.

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Updated version of my ‘famous’ one stroke leg butterfly!

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Mini version of my one stroke butterfly on my client’s arm

Other designs for my intensive one day face painting course included a rainbow butterfly, dolphin and the obligatory unicorn! Unicorns are definitely the new Elsa.

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My one stroke dolphin design (made into a narwahl!) and my student’s version

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My student photographing her work!

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Super quick one stroke rainbow butterfly design

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Obligatory pink unicorn!

I am currently being inundated with emails and enquiries for my workshops which is amazing and I am so excited! Teaching face painting is what I LOVE and I want to do more and more of it.

I am always available for 1-2-1 teaching and am happy to arrange small workshops as well.

My next workshops are:

Thursday 12th September – LEICESTER (in my home studio)

10am- midday. A 2 hr introduction to all things face painting! We will cover teardrops, swirls, dots, tiger stripes and double dipping. You will then contextualise your new skills in some popular face painting designs eg Spiderman, rainbow butterfly, tiger

For more info click here or email livilollipopfairy@gmail.com for more info

Monday 23rd September – BRIGHTON (at Earth & Stars)

• Intensive 6 hour face painting workshop (plus 45 min lunch – food provided).
• Learn about brush technique, line work, essential tips & tricks and more!
• Discover the amazing ‘secret’ of ‘one stroke’ painting
• Contextualise your new skills in an array of designs including butterfly, Spiderman, tiger, princess, unicorn, dinosaur
• This course is suitable for beginners, or new professionals wishing to brush up on their skills.

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For more details here or email livilollipopfairy@gmail.com

Saturday 5th October – LEICESTER (in my home studio)

Same as above. For more details click here or email livilollipopfairy@gmail.com

Any questions about any face painting course, please don’t hesitate to ask!

I look forward to hearing from you.livi signature

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The Psychology of Face Painting | A little insight

Whilst some people might associate face painting with long queues, impatient whining and stained green faces (not to mention the bed sheets and pillow cases!) face painting is actually about so much more than this. I wanted to explore the meaning of face painting as I believe it’s so much more important than we often give it credit for (myself included).

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For the children who love having their faces painted, it is a wonderful, magical experience that allows them to stand taller and transform into somebody else for an afternoon. Face paint can literally create a veil between real life and fantasy, enabling even the shyest of children to come out of their shells and be bolder, wilder and more confident! It’s as if they are wearing a mask which dissolves their fears. Anything becomes possible.

One of my personal favourite face painting memories was seeing two tiny tots I’d painted as tigers roaring at their reflections, together, in a bathroom mirror. They had truly transformed into tigers and they were so happy! Another tiny tiger I painted loved his face painting so much that his mother had a giant canvas made of the photograph, to preserve the memory forever!

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For the face painters, it is often described as food for the soul. To create everlasting memories and bring such joy to children’s lives is a true gift. We all thrive for that ‘mirror moment’ – the moment we hold up the mirror for the first time and see the child’s face break into a huge grin! It’s truly priceless.

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Face painting can also be highly therapeutic and meditative too, as being ‘in the zone’ (whether practising at home or painting on the job) requires considerable focus and concentration.  This intensity can often melt away stresses and worries in a heartbeat, which in addition to painting smiles onto kids’ faces, can be a really healing process. I know many artists who have attributed face painting to being massively pivotal in their own personal recovery from physical and mental health problems, as with practise it demonstrates growth, and the vibrant colours exude pure joy. Watching your own journey as a face painter is hugely rewarding, as perseverance really does pay off and your skills develop enormously over the years. Artistic growth and personal growth are often synonymous.

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Never underestimate the power of face painting! This is much a note to myself as it is to others. Face painting is truly a magical art form and it is an honour and privilege to have painted thousands of children over the last few years, creating indelible memories with temporary paint.

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Face Painting Training | Leicester

Moving into 2019 I’m all about the face painting teaching! Training others to face paint is one of the highlights of my job.

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Two students learning how to do ‘one-stroke’ rainbows for the first time!

We always start with the basics – the ‘fundamentals of face painting’ – which includes teardrops, swirls, dots and tiger stripes. It took me years of practise to perfect my teardrops so it’s amazing to see some students nail them after such a short time!

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My teardrop demo

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Student practising teardrops for the first time!

Also essential for any girly face painting design is double dipping! This effect is perfect for florals and princesses. In my face painting class I’ll show you how to achieve this, the best brush to use and the best paints to use.

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Double dipping demo

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Student practising double dipping – she nailed it!!

During my longer face painting training sessions we also delve into the essential ‘tips and tricks’ of face painting – ‘one stroke’ painting! I am still in love with one stroke face painting, as the effects achieved are just amazing and can be done super quickly with time and practise.

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One stroke leaf painted by my student!! I was so proud of her!

My face painting course can be taught 1-2-1 or in groups of 2, 3 or 4 people. I offer one hour taster sessions right through to 6 hour intensive day workshops. Courses are currently held at my home in Clarendon Park, Leicester.

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Amazing rainbow butterfly painted by one of my students for the first time!! Two different styles on left and right.

If you’re interested in 1-2-1 face painting training, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for more info! Alternatively, I still have 2 spots available for my face painting workshop at the end of January! https://www.facebook.com/events/327001574567611/

I look forward to hearing from you.livi signature

 

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