Kit Corner- Part IV (Stencils)
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 IV- Stencils
What are they?
Face painting stencils are made of a durable yet flexible thin Mylar plastic sheet. As a rule, face painting stencils are strong, can be easily cleaned, used many times and will last years when well looked after.
It is possible to create your own stencils using a cutting blade or hot knife, or even use ones designed, for example, cake decorating. However, in the last 3-4 years there has been an explosion of the number of high-quality stencils on the market specially designed for face and body painting (and are therefore the ideal shape and size). There are thousands of different ones to choose from, ranging from geometric patterns, to swirls and whirls , to full characters like snowmen or superheroes.
Here are is a small selection of stencils from my kit:
What are they used for?
Stencils can be used by less experienced face painters to create whole designs.
However, as their painting skills grow (and this is certainly the case with professional face painters), stencils are used less as the focus of the design and more as eye-catching embellishments and to give depth to the design.
Here are 3 examples where I have used stencils as design enhancers:
How are stencils used?
Stencils are used in combination with paint-loaded sponges or finger daubers, tapping the sponge on to the stencil to leave an imprint on the skin. And despite appearances there is skill involved in using stencils! If the paint is too dry or too watery, or the sponge you use is not of the right firmness the result are not very satisfactory.
Just a quick note about glitter tattoo stencils……..
Stencils made for glitter tattoos (like these on the left) are generally made of adhesive vinyl and are considered as disposable. They are non-biodegradable and this is one of the main reasons I do not offer glitter tattoos. Yes, wooden stamps and biodegradable glitter are available as substitutes but there are questions about the effectiveness and hygiene of the wooden stamps.
So, don’t be put off if your face painter has a lot of stencils in their kit - it doesn’t mean they can’t paint well without them! Instead the professional face painter will use them intelligently and in combination with beautiful painting to great effect and to give you and your event that extra wow-factor.