How to Make a Happy Tiger With Face Paint



Face painting is a fun activity that is always in demand at parties. With these simple directions, you can learn to draw a cute little face painting and save the hassle of booking a professional artist. Aside from saving money and time, this skill will make you the hit at any social gathering.




The following directions are for a tiger face developed years ago while face painting at a Chinese New Years event during the Year of the Tiger. Hopefully you can develop a passion for face painting!

Steps

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    The following directions are for drawing on faces. However, practice on paper with a pencil until you feel confident enough to do a crash test on a volunteer’s face or hands.
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    Paint the following steps (numbers 3-9) with a faint color like orange or yellow; this prevents noticeable mistakes.
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    Sketch a squarish trapezoid with a slightly larger base than top; this is the tiger’s face.
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    Round the bottom corners of your trapezoid by wiping off the corners and replacing them with curves; this gives the tiger a softer look.
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    Add triangles to the two upper corners of your trapezoid; these are the ears of the tiger. [Use acute triangles with the sharpest angle merging with the corner of the trapezoid.Keep your triangles small (1/4-1/5 the side of the face) or your tiger look like a puppy.]
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    Draw a triangle in the center of your trapezoid; this is the tiger’s nose. [The triangle should be flattish with the largest angle pointing down.]
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    Draw a bowl shape at the center of the bottom of the face; this is the tiger’s chin.
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    Draw a flat “W” halfway between the nose and the chin; this is the tiger’s mouth.
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    Draw two arches halfway between the nose and the top of the face; these are the tiger’s eyes. [Make sure the arches are on either side of the nose with a comfortable distance between them.]
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    Almost done! Go back and check that you like the proportions of the tiger face and fix anything strange looking.
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    Outline your final tiger face in black paint.
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    Add stripes to the tiger face where ever the painting seems empty.
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    Fun Fact: I like to draw the Chinese character for “king” (for king of the jungle) on the forehead of my tigers. This symbol is basically three parallel, horizontal stripes with the middle stripe shorter than the other two, and a vertical line connecting the center of the three lines.
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    Color the tiger face; the usual colors are white, orange, and black but the choice is yours.
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    Personalize your tiger by adding a bow tie, crazy hair, or anything you want.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • The tiger face is the basis for a range of animal faces.
  • I have found that by removing the stripes and adding a mane the tiger is easily converted in to a lion. Your tiger can be transformed in to a puppy by extending the ears. Using equilateral triangles for ears and a circle as the face easily converts your fearsome tiger into an adorable kitten. Imagination is the limit, feel free to improvise!

Warnings

  • To avoid mixing colors, be sure to wash your brush between color changes or use one brush for each color.
  • Make sure that the paint you have is non-allergenic. Test a dab of paint on the back of a hand to make sure that the paint is not irritating (mild itching after the paint dries is normal).
  • Check that the bristles of your brush are soft enough to avoid irritating the skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Face paint; both oil and water based paints are good for this activity.
  • Paint brushes; small brushes are best for small faces.
  • A cup filled with water; clean water is for washing the brush between color changes.
  • Paper towels; extra duty towels to clean up any potential messes.

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