Came across an interesting post recently on FaceBook. Erin O’Meara Flynn posted the photo below of her split-cakes that are running out and asked for ideas as to how she could save the last bits of paint at the bottom of the container. So many great tips came in, I had to share them with you on the blog!!
The thing with split-cake face paints (a container of several colors of face paint side by side) is that sometimes the colors don’t all wear down evenly, even if its all the same brand. This is because sometimes certain colors are favoured more than others, sometimes different colors are just made differently so some last longer than others and sometimes they will tend to run out in the middle if you don’t always swipe your sponge ALL the way across the cake every time.
But don’t just throw out your split-cakes when you run out of certain colors – make the most of them by checking out our list below:
1. Confetti Cakes/Sushi Cakes/Messy Pots for Pouncer Designs
One idea was that Sally-Ann Lynch from Cheltenham Face Painting uses is to combine left over colors from different cakes into the one cake. (These are known as messy pots or confetti cakes and if you place the paint within circles they are known as Sushi cakes because they look like Sushi). They might look a little messy in the container but don’t worry it won’t make a difference to the finished design!
In the photo above you can see a container full of left over bits of paint which is great to use with circular sponges/pouncers (like Loew Cornell Spongit Tools or Tag Daubers).
And as you can see in the beautiful butterfly and cute caterpillar below by Sally-Ann Lynch, you can create colorful designs that kids and adults will both love. All this from paint that some people just throw away!
2. Save Colors and Create New Split-Cakes
Another great tip is to store your left over paints in containers sorted by color. And when you have saved enough colors you can create new custom split-cakes like Brenda Sarver Smith does. See her photo below of her containers and lovely new creations:
3. Create Chapstick Face Paints
Use your leftover paints to fill an empty chapstick/lipstick case then you can create beautiful multi-colored circles in a flash — great for jewelery designs but with a little imagination you can use them in countless ways!
4. Use As Practice Paints
We all need to practice so you may as well use your cakes that are running out! Take your nice new full cakes to your gigs and keep your paints that are running out at home where you have more space to lay out half empty containers to practice with and experiment with.
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There you have it. 4 ways to re-purpose your almost-but-not-yet-finished-split-cakes!
Do you know any other ways to make use of your left over face paint?
If you do, please share below 🙂 Thanks guys!