5 Tips for Perfect Tiger Stripes

Success in face painting great tiger stripes depends on a few factors. Obviously it is very important to use quality face painting brushes with all of our line work. Apart from this there are 5 tips mentioned below that help us form beautiful tiger lines and stripes.

1. Face Painting Brush Loading

It is ultra important to make sure that we load our face painting brush efficiently and that we get the right ratio of water to paint correct. Dip your face painting brush into your water and make sure that all of the bristles from the tip to the Farrell are completely wet.

When making contact with the face paint, stroke your brush from side to side and in all angles, this will activate our face paint and begin to soften into workable paint.

Make sure that all of the bristles are completely saturated with paint. The consistency of your paint should be creamy being not too wet or not too sticky.

2. Straight Brush Strokes

It is key to practice our tiger lines by making our brush strokes differ in length. With one brush stroke they will start thin by lightly dragging our face painting brush to the direction of the brush stroke then  gradually getting thicker by pressing your brush down onto the skin to where the Farrell is. The last part of the brush stroke is to lift your face painting brush up gradually as your dragging it and finishing off with lifting the brush off the skin.

This takes a little practice so I do recommend that you practice on your hand, a stencil, or practice head.

3. Curved Brush Strokes

Curved brush strokes create the illusion of conture and natural stripes of a tiger or zebra. We achieve curved brush strokes by changing the direction in which the brush stroke is going when we are at the middle of the tiger line where it is the thickest which is when our brush is pressing down the most.

4 Contouring Tiger Lines

Once we are comfortable with our tiger lines, we can start practicing on a child’s face or a practice head which has the curves that a face would have. Our curved brush strokes will be placed where there is a curve or bum on the child’s face. For example on the child’s cheeks and forehead where ther is a slight bump.

5. Direction of Tiger Stripes and Length

It is great practice to work on making your tiger lines longer. This is great for covering larger areas. Along with longer stripes, it is great to practice having your tiger lines all point to one direction or focal point.

I hope this face painting class helped you out in getting those tiger lines up to scratch. I’d love to see your tiger lines as well so please get in touch and share your work with me. 🙂

Happy Painting!


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