Clowning – The Art of Face Painting

Painted face creates illusion, drama, ideas and design. It brings about artistic quality and imagination especially during performances. In the realm of clowning, painted face is a talent, a manifestation of creativity in order to bring forth fun and laughter. It is a sight to behold not only for children but for people of all ages.

Face painting in clowning is really an art. It requires skills and talents in order to attract the audience. So, now, we are helping you to look for ways to expand your clowning ability. If you master this, you’ll have no hard time becoming a great entertainment performer.

One good thing about face painting is its ability to get the attention of people of all ages. This is the magic that keeps clowning as an art a must-see spectacle for the audience. If you take the simple step of face painting by having a self-to-do thing, soon you will discover that you become an expert at this valuable skill. Take a look at some face painting examples to get you started, but remember that getting started is the hard part; after that, sky is the limit!

So now you want to learn to be a clown and eventually does a self-to-do face painting. What are the things necessary for this? The first thing that you need is to get yourself a quality set of face paints. While some people claim that acrylics and watercolor paints will do just fine, they can be harmful. Go ahead and don’t hesitate to invest in a set of quality face paints that will last you a while.

Put in mind also that that just because it says non-toxic does not mean that it’s good for your skin, especially when it comes to young children, so play it safe and pick up a good set of face paints. So look for a quality paint that is tested to stay painted on your face for the entire duration of your show.

Here are few tips to keep in mind. First, remember to use a sponge to spread color on evenly. By doing this you save time and you will achieve good face paint. Second, remember to keep the first layer dry before painting on top of it. This usually doesn’t take very long so be patient. Ask the child you are working on some questions and ask her why she might have chosen the design that she did. Third, remember that if you don’t want to get started with free hand sketches then start out with stencils. Stencils of hearts and stars are a great way to build up your confidence.

Also explore on your creative prowess. Take some time to think about some face painting examples that you would like to draw. We provide you some basic designs below and let yourself run wild.


When someone wants to feel pretty, you’ll find that flowers are a great place to start, so look at flower forms. Look at the real shapes behind the flower and figure out how to transfer just the basic shapes to skin.

Chinese characters

These beautiful brushwork designs translate beautifully to the skin and all you need to do this is black and white! Put down a white coat first and paint the black characters on top. If you don’t read Chinese characters yourself, keep a dictionary on hand to help people out.


Beautiful, fun and easy, get the basic shape of the butterfly down. If you want to get fancy, look at the swallowtail butterfly shapes and you’ll be able to make something really special on your client’s faces! This is a great way to get a little bit of color onto someone.


When it comes to fun in the water, look no further than a dolphin. Although most dolphins are a steely gray, make sure that you highlight it with blue or even purple. This will make the design pop, and if you want a great design, add some waves and some whitecaps as well.


The jester is quite easy to do, and once one youngster has it on, you can bet that some of the rest will be interested as well! Paint the face as thickly white as you can get it, and then add accents in black or red only. Add some lines below the eyes or paint the lips red, or add high red spots on the cheeks; this is a great way to get a party full of clowns!

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