Happy Friday Everyone!
Last week I ordered my very first practice head and received it in the mail earlier this week. (Thanks to the lovely Mirae at The Classy Clown/Midwest Fun Factory for the practice head. Only $25 people!!! Plus she sends free glitter with every purchase!)
Since rainbow tigers seem to be all the rage lately, I decided to try my hand at it. But first, I needed to make a rainbow cake. Since I'm still in the early stages of my "revisited" face painting career, I have been pretty much using smaller palettes (Wolfe Essentials Palette, Wolfe Metallix Palette, and the Mehron Paradise Palette with 26 colors). I have also not had the opportunity to try out other paint brands or attempted to make my own rainbow cakes. EEEK!
With that, I took a journey over to The Face Paint Forum Shop to try out some Global paints to make some rainbow cakes. (They have a HUGE selection and great prices on their Global paints!) So, since I could get a nice variety at low cost, I figured, if I made any mistakes cutting them up for my rainbow and split cake trials, I wouldn't be out a huge chunk of change. :)
Though typically most rainbow cakes vary from 4-6 colors, as I cut the strips a little too thin, I ended up with 7 colors in mine. Bit, I figured with the variety I put together, the cake would not only work well for sponging application, but also double as a good one-stroke variety as well.
(The Global colors I used: Pink, Yellow LT, Teal, Pearl Baby Blue, Lilac, Pearl Magenta, and Pearl White.
So I began the process of first giving my practice head 2 coats of hairspray~ I gave it a first coat, then went on to start making my rainbow cake while it dried, then went back and gave it a second coat while I prepped all my supplies for the Rainbow Tiger task at hand.
I pulled some inspiration from a Rainbow Tiger tutorial that Lisa Joy Young had on YouTube but, as always, gave it my own "Fantastical" touch (I love making dots!) As I began working on the practice head (which I thought would be super easy) I realized it was going to take some getting used to.
Sure, the practice head is stationary and doesn't wiggle in a seat, but there are still those awkward angles to reach, and that double coating of hairspray loved to make laying down the sponged color from my new rainbow cake a sticky process, as well as making my Wolfe White crack like crazy when it dried. But, I ventured onward...
I also took this opportunity to play around with various round brushes I had in my arsenal to see the different results I got when doing the tiger stripes and adding detail. (My favorites are still the Loew-Cornell round brushes.)
So, without all the hurdles of sticky hairspray affected areas and cracking paint, this design would have taken me less than 10 minutes. Unfortunately, in the end, it took about 30 minutes to complete - likely in part to the fact I had never painted on a practice head before as well as fighting the stickiness and cracking white paint. :)
In the end, aside from all the hairspray issues and cracking paint, I'm pretty happy with the results for a first time ever using a Practice Head AND painting a Rainbow Tiger. (It's only going to get better from here on in. Yay!) I also ordered a second practice head today, just so I can have the opportunity to practice up to 2 designs each evening, or use one for my "rough draft" and the other for my "final presentation".
So there you have it - a double dose of first times from yours truly. :)
With that, I bid you all a good evening and wish you a fun-filled weekend. As always, feel free to post comments below, send me a message, ask questions, share inspiration, insight, etc. etc. I love hearing from you all!
Baubles, bangles, bubblegum & Glitter Galore~