Marion Esposito from our Face Painting Tips Facebook group shared a tip this week that is super helpful especially for beginner face painters!
Esposito says “I have a tip for beginners I wanted to share. I am trying to learn all my designs by heart, but sometimes I forget details and I like to look at the picture. I have a display board for people to look at, but I can’t keep bending over to look at it so I created mini reference cards.”
Esposito has taken photos of her own work to remind herself of the details of each face paint design so that she can use them as a reference when she is on the job.
“They are about 2 1/2 -3 inches laminated. If a child wants the tiger, I can quickly find the design and lay it right next to my paints and glance down at it as I’m working” said Esposito.
It’s a great tip because it takes the stress out of having to memorize loads of detailed face paint designs until you’re a little more confident and can paint without a ‘cheat sheet’.
“Someday I may not have to do this, but I’ve only been face painting for about 5 months and I’m not there yet. Now I don’t have to panic if I can’t remember something because it’s right in front of me and doesn’t take up any room!” said Esposito.
Face painter Daphne Ellison Haskett admits to also looking back at her pics like Esposito – “I’ve been face painting a while and I always still look at my pics (because it’s my crutch I guess. … so I won’t panic when there are so many people in line. LOL)” said Haskett.
Another face painter Mollie Himes suggested a great way to put all your designs together by using PicMonkey.com where “you can upload your photos, put them together in a college/grid & save it as a 4×6 photo and then print that (or larger 5×7, 8×10, etc..) that way all of your designs are on the same sheet rather than having to shuffle thru them to find the right ones.”
“You should punch hole in the corners and put on a ring” suggested face painter Andrea Glenn which is exactly what face painter Eldora Andrews Howe did using the rings in the image on the left.
“Great minds think alike, I did that a couple of years ago, but to keep them all together, I punched a corner hole in each and added a ring. I do like the size as well” said Eldora Andrews Howe.
You could also use Face Cards which provide easy to follow step by steps and a final display image that you can use on the job.