Kit Corner- Part II
This my current painting set-up when I’m out on a job. It’s so colourful and eye-catching, and I just love it!
Whilst working I’m frequently asked questions about my kit from interested on-lookers. So, over the coming weeks I thought I would share with you some of the contents of my kit, what they are and how I use them. Any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Part II- Sponges
What are they?
Sponges are an essential part of the professional face painter’s kit, although natural sponges are not routinely used in face painting. They are actually high-density foam shapes.
They come in various shapes, sizes, pore size and firmness. Each type of sponge has its own advantages, depending on the type of painted effect you want to achieve. Common shapes include petal, half-moon, round or quartered, straight-edged or round-edged. There is even a special ‘beard’ sponge, great for making stubble!
How do they work?
After activating the paint with water (often by a spray) a damp sponge can be used
1. to cover large areas of the body quickly with paint
2. to blend different paints together on the skin to create beautiful transitions of colour
3. with stencils
Both the flat and rounded faces of the sponge, as well as the various edges are used to create different effects. A skilled face painter can also create different textures by changing the consistency of the paint.
Here are a few examples of sponge-work (often in conjunction with brushed line-work). You can see examples of all three of the above points:
It’s worth noting here that there are important hygiene rules to follow when using sponges. These rules are in place to minimise the risk of transfer of viruses, bacteria and other organisms between customers. For example, once a sponge has touched skin it never goes back in the paint. Because of this I do get through a lot of sponges at every gig, but as a professional it is one of the high standards I set myself.
So now you’re in the know! A good face painter will be able to use the sponge with versatility. And a great professional will comply with strict sponge hygiene rules. Next time you see a face painter at work, observe how they treat the sponges!