Face Painting Designs: Easy Butterfly

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Face Painting Designs -- Easy Butterfly -- Getting Started

Face Painting Designs - Easy Butterfly
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Paint the outline of the butterfly wings, trying to get both wings more or less symmetrical (this will get easier with practise). Paint from the side of the ridge of the nose, up and across the forehead, above the eyebrows. Then down from the nose past the mouth almost to the end of the jaw. Now 'join up' the two lines using as much of the cheek as possible. Don't worry too much about how much space you leave for the butterfly's body at the nose; you can always paint over part of the wings if necessary.

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Face Painting Designs -- Easy Butterfly -- Imaginative Color

Face Painting Designs - Easy Butterfly
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Colour in the outlines of the wings. This is where your imagination can be let loose: fade from one color to another, make the top and bottom of the wings different, add a color outline (or two) to the edge, add circles or droplets of decoration on the wings.

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Face Painting Designs -- Easy Butterfly -- Finishing Off

Face Painting Designs - ButterflyFace Painting Designs - Easy Butterfly
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Add the body of the butterfly (basically and oblong with a circle for a head), then two long feelers stretching out into the forehead (or two short ones if your subject has a fringe).

Tips:
  • Choose a basic wing color that will show up well, for example a strong blue for a pale skin tone or an intense orange for a darker skin tone.
  • Outline the wings in the complementary color, as complementary colors make each other seem brighter.