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The Allure of Face Painting, A Quick History
by Face Painter and Author, Lilly Walters
For the beginning face painter, who hopes to go professional.
Inside the most conservative person, a hidden wild child is wanting to come out to play. Being painted as a wild green tiger, a fantasy Amazon princess or a fanciful fairy, gives us permission to let the serious adult in us take a nap for a few hours and let the child out! Then, we wash it off and happily go back to our normal lives.
For thousand of years people have loved the idea of using something on their face or body to make a statement of love, war, joy, or to just enhance their beauty. Cosmetics were used by the Ancient Egyptians around 4000 BC. In the Old Testament Ezekiel 23:40 it says, “… and when they arrived you bathed yourself for them, painted your eyes and put on your jewelry.” Chinese and other Asian cultures have been using heavy stage make to create the look of masks for centuries. Japanese Geishas developed that whole while face painted look long, long ago. Since at least the era of Greek theatre, clowns have been enhancing their features with whiteface and other colored paints to compliment their craft.
Wikipedia.org, in their article on face and body painting, says:
Body painting with clay and other natural pigments existed in most, if not all, tribalist cultures. Often worn during ceremonies, it still survives in this ancient form among the indigenous people of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific islands and parts of Africa. A semi-permanent form of body painting known as Mehndi, using dyes made of henna (hence also known rather erroneously as "henna tattoo"), was and is still practiced in India and the Middle East, especially on brides.
Our sports fanatics do it, soldiers need it for safety.
Yes, face painting is ingrained in humans.
Unlike other art canvases, face painters need to first find a canvas willing to sit still for us. We must resign our selves to painting a beautiful piece of art, knowing it will be washed away in a few hours. Like sand castle artists, we can only preserve our work with photographs.
This book is filled with photos of my work. These are not the ideal, just a place to start. I have selected photos from when I just started, to my more advanced work. Take the parts that inspire you, and create your own ideas and styles. Enjoy. (c) Lilly Walters, 2008, from the ebook, Face Painting Tips and Designs
Face painting adds a wonderful spark to: childrens parties, carnivals, wedding receptions. Birthday Parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Wrap Parties, Wedding Receptions, and Child Entertainment at Weddings Bachelorette Parties, Baby Showers