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Jack o’lantern Halloween face painting tutorial

Looking for some great Halloween face painting ideas? Look no further than Extreme Face Painting: 25 FRIENDLY Step-by-Step Demos (Enhanced Edition) for iPhone/iPad or Nook, a really cool e-book, chock full of fun Halloween face painting tutorials like this one.

I just love this little jack o’lantern halloween face painting tutorial!

Jack O’lantern Halloween face painting tutorial

Step 1. Apply an orange basecoat across the right half of the face, using a sponge to lay in a
somewhat jagged geometric shape.

Jack O’lantern Halloween face painting tutorial

Step 2. Use a sponge to stipple on yellow over the orange basecoat to indicate texture and
add dimension.

Jack O’lantern Halloween face painting tutorial

Step 3. Outline the orange with black using a no. 3 round. Also outline the eye and suggest the teeth. Then, paint the grooves and cracks on the edges of the pumpkin face using the same brush and color.

Jack O’lantern Halloween face painting tutorial

Step 4. Fill in the eye with black using a sponge. Then, using a no. 3 round loaded with black, clean up the edges of the eye and fill in the nose and mouth.

Jack O’lantern Halloween face painting tutorial

Step 5. Add white highlights around the features and cracks using a no. 3 round.

Book Features:

·         Includes step-by-step video instruction
·         Easy-to-follow instruction from two award-winning artists
·         25 step -by-step projects ranging from simple to more advanced
·         Designs include popular kid and adult themes for parties, performances, Halloween and other occasions
·         Expert techniques for painting remarkably realistic textures, making human features virtually disappear, creating the look of age and other surprising, fool-the-eye effects

This book is loaded with instruction for beginners, and fresh inspiration for even seasoned painters, Extreme Face Painting: 25 FRIENDLY Step-by-Step Demos (Enhanced Edition) is a great tool for any parent looking for fun Halloween face painting ideas!

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  1. Curt — October 13, 2011 @ 3:32 pm (#)

    Great tutorial. I could have used that when my kids were small. You should have seen my pitiful artwork. This could have helped them save face. (Pardon the pun!) :)


  2. Kathleen — October 14, 2011 @ 8:37 am (#)

    Ooooh you did an amazing job! That looks great.


  3. Breaky Bracket — October 14, 2011 @ 9:25 pm (#)

    I am going to have to try and paint my boyfriend’s daughter’s face! Thank you for sharing this, maybe we could do this prior to carving our pumpkins!


  4. leanne ferguson — October 15, 2011 @ 12:06 am (#)

    This is great!! No mask too! I did face painting on myself one year. I was a cat. SOO easy, I wore all black. Then put an old fur collar around my neck and pinned. Of course there was a tail too. But I found this face painting thing that looked like a tricolored lipstick, brown, tan, and black. By using small strokes like a cats hair, it totally looked GREAT!! Everybody thought it was really good , and I didn’t wear a barely there costume like other gals. I did facepainting on my kids too, it is much safer than trying to see out of a mask. My little guy thought it was too itchy though. Great Blog


  5. Kasandria Reasoner — October 16, 2011 @ 2:11 pm (#)

    Super cool and creative!


  6. Brittany C. — September 6, 2012 @ 11:27 pm (#)

    Great tutorial!


  7. Kids Fashion — May 25, 2013 @ 5:12 pm (#)

    Great idea and she looks great. My kids are grown now but they always loved face painting no matter what the occasion.


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