Is it Easy to Create a Tiger Face Painting Design?
How easy is it to paint a tiger face?
This article leads you through the painting of a tiger face for children at a birthday party, for example, step by step. The article reveals how the various different layers and details of the tiger face are built up using face paints. Tips about the shades of paint colours that need to be used and details about the quality of the brushes and sponges that should be used are also highlighted throughout.
Naturally, different colours can be used in order to create different effects in the painting of a tiger face, but the step by step guide outlined below provides the most basic and the most popular of tiger face designs as a start. Before you begin to paint you will need a supply of clean water, a dry towel (to place around the person's neck who is being painted) and either some wet wipes or a damp flannel (to keep your hands clean).
Use a sponge in order to paint a white area around the mouth in a dabbing technique. This will help to keep the whiskers white and bright later on in the process.
Use a clean sponge to paint yellow around the eyes, cheeks and chin. This will form the perfect base for your tiger face.
Use another sponge (in order not to mix the colours together) to add orange around the outside of the face. Then comes a tricky step in the process. You will need to begin blending the orange and yellow together by going slightly over the edges of the yellow paint with the orange. Make sure that you use a fair bit of water to make the paint workable enough on the face and to not cause discomfort to the person being painted. Also, if the paint is too dark you can keep blending using the yellow and orange sponges together until you reach the effect that you are happy with.
Use a medium thick brush to paint on some white eyebrows above the eyes. Use the line of the person's actual eyebrow as a guide. However, make sure that you lift the brush at the end of each stoke in order to create point that resembles the pattern on a tiger's face.
Add brush strokes around the mouth to create the whiskers with white paint. If you lift the brush as you come to the end of each stroke and flick the tip of the brush slightly, you will achieve the pointed look necessary to make the whiskers clear and life-like.
In this step, we have reached the moment when we need to begin adding the white stripes across the face that the tiger is so well known for. Start your brush strokes at the outer edge of the orange paint and drag them in towards to nose. A tiger's face doesn't have joined striped in the centre of the face, so this effect needs to be re-created as well as possible. Lift the brush as you drag it to create the tapered look to the stripes that the tiger has with ease.
Place a fine line of white with a smaller brush underneath each eye as these stripe markings are very important to capturing a life-like version of a tiger's face. Then, use some black paint to add a nose. Follow the natural flare of the nostrils of the person that you are painting and this will help to ensure that both sides are even. For this you will need a thinner brush too.
Use the same black and the same brush to add a line from under the nose to the top lip. Ensure that this line gets larger as you go down the face in order to incorporate the top lip as you arrive to this point on the face.
Paint both lips black and then add black stripes in the same way as the white ones, but use a thinner brush with the black so that the face doesn't become to full of stripes and nothing else. The number of stripes is down to personal preference, but too many can make the tiger face design unrecognizable.
Use a very thin brush to add small dots above the top lip in black and to run a very thin outline around the white whiskers and eyebrows that you have already painted. This effect will give more definition to the face and make the design more recognizable.
The final touch is to add a sprinkling of glitter. Due to the nature of the colours, gold looks the best and around the edge of the face works wonders for adding sparkle for a party kind of vibe. Avoid working too closely to the eyes with glitter for obvious reasons. In fact, glitter gel, as opposed to loose glitter, is normally a better choice of material as it is easier to control.