Painting Cheek Art with Watercolor Pencils and Paint Crayons

If you'll be painting cheek art this Halloween season for a school party, carnival, or costume (or possibly in the future) this is a one tip you'll want to remember!  I recently learned that you can use non-toxic Crayola watercolor pencils to draw cheek art.  I never would have thought to use watercolor pencils, I didn't even know they made them, but they do and they really work. 

How to Use (non-toxic) Watercolor Pencils to Draw Cheek Art
  1. Dip the watercolor pencil into a glass of water (or onto a wet sponge).
  2. Wait just a few seconds for the water to soften the paint.
  3. Draw the design.
*We made sure to keep the watercolors away from the kids eyes and kept it strictly on cheeks and hands to keep it safe.  Watercolor pencils are not made for the purpose of painting on skin.

My oldest daughter is the real artist in the family, but since she was at school when I was taking photos for the post, I did my best to draw a little ghost to show you how the watercolor looks. :)  Whether you're painting on a hand or a cheek, it seems to work the same. 

I bought the watercolor pencils at Wal-mart in the office supply section.  I think I paid less then $3 for them.

I also tried face paint crayons for the first time.  I was told by my daughter who used them to paint cheek art at a church carnival this week that they worked great too.  I bought them at JoAnn's in the kids crafts section and used a 50% off coupon, so I paid $2.50 for them.  (Reg. price $4.99)  I don't know how well they would work if you were to paint an entire face because we didn't try it, but they worked well for small shapes.

I used baby wet wipes to remove both the watercolor paint and the paint from the crayons after the paint had been left on for a couple of hours.  They both came right off.  I didn't see any staining on the skin but you may want to test an area first before you go all out on a whole face design or if you will be leaving it on for a long period of time.

This is all new to me and is the first time I've bought products to use for painting cheek art.  Have you tried watercolor pencils or face paint crayons before?  Do you have any great tips for face painting/cheek art?  Please share!

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Connie said...

Those are great! Thanks for sharing about them. My grand kids would love to have those.

Danice said...

Oh how fun! Thanks for sharing this with us all. I am already a Linky follower, but have tried nearly 20 times to follow GFC. As usual, it isn't working properly. I will keep trying...

Janet said...

Thanks for reading Danice! I didn't realize that GFC was having issues. If you read blog posts in Google Reader you can bypass the Google Friend Connect gadget by clicking on the red subscribe box in your reader and then adding the blogs feed url into the box. This should work, let me know if it doesn't. :)

Laurea Osborne said...

These are not made to use on skin... Especially little ones gentle skin!!!!!

Laurea Osborne said...

These are not made to use on skin... Especially little ones gentle skin!!!!!

Ficklebee W. said...

These work so well. We have been using them for 7 years and no gentle skin has been damaged. They wash off easier than grease based paint and do not get into eyes. Nice post for a simple craft.

Janet said...

Thanks for your comment Ficklebee W, that's nice to know!


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