Make your own face painting stencils! Yahoo!

I was browsing on youtube, when I saw a mermaid video posted by someone…that I can no longer find…but she made stencils using puffy fabric paint. So, Santi and I went to Micheal’s Craft store right away to buy some paint and try it out. I printed a scale stencil I found doing a Google image search, and then put the sheet inside a lamination pouch. Glass would work, or any thick clear material. We smeared a small amount of baby oil on the plastic so it would be easy to remove the paint, and the stencil bottom looses its stickiness, so it doesn’t roll up on itself when you peel it off. I squeezed the glue out really thick, so it would be durable, making sure every line connected solidly.  It was crazy easy and fast to do. The next morning we peeled the stencil off and got to work!


1.Paint the face the darkest shade of green or blue or even all black. The darker the base, the darker the lines will be around each scale. Notice one side of Oceana’s face is lighter, and the scales pop off less because of this. (I used DFX Light Green, Dark Green and Black)

2.Place the scale stencil over the forehead and sponge a light color (here I used DFX Patina) over it, filling in all the empty spaces.

3. Next do the cheeks!

4. Outline the face and give that little monster some angled creepy nostrils.

5. Now go wild adding teeth, horns and angry eyes. Isn’t she cute? Raar!

9 comments on “Make your own face painting stencils! Yahoo!

  1. Hi there. Great idea and someone dyed there hair didn’t they? Tell Oceana I said she looks MAHVELOUS! Esp as a green lizard! That puff paint can be used for all sorts of things.

    I made roundels out of using diff colors and then when they dried used body glue to add them to the body like a prosthetic. And a much cheaper way to go. The skies the limit with that sort of thing. Let it dry around a mold and you can make all sorts of growths, etc….

  2. Yes yes! The paint is awesome, we got glittery gold, which would make awesome 3-d pieces for a body art design.
    Oceana’s hair is just changing color with her age I guess. It does look more red in this picture…hmmm…..maybe you know something I don’t! I hope your body is feeling better Elaine!

  3. Hey Anna,

    You can also just use waxed paper over the image you are using. That keeps any oil off the stencil and it is still easy to remove after it dries. My kiddos and I make snowflake “clings” every year this way for our windows. We simply lay our paper w/image down on the table and then use a piece of waxed paper larger than the image paper and then tape down the waxed paper. That keeps everything still and easy to paint over. Then simply peel them off the next morning! I just never thought of using them for stencils!!! I am thinking that snowflakes would be cool for a winter face!

    Thanks for all the great info you share! Jenny

  4. That turned out great! I enjoyed looking at my scaley hand all the way home. I knew you could put those scales to good use. What an adorable little “ghoul” you have. LOL!

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