Discover the Art of Face Painting
ALL the professional face painters I know are constantly looking out for ways to streamline their work and improve their kits. That’s why customised face painting cases like this one have become so popular. They tick all the boxes.
It’s rumoured UK face and body artist David Southworth introduced the idea when he converted an old guitar case back in 2012 and shared the photos online. Naturally it wasn’t long before this type of face paint set up took off and since then face painters all over the world have re-purposed all types of cases for their kits, in all manner of innovative ways.
Taking only a couple of minutes to set up and pack away it’s not hard to see why so many have fallen in love with the custom face paint case. Everything is easily and safely transported and it looks really impressive too. Perfect!
The good news is if you have been thinking about customising your own case it isn’t hard to do. With all the supplies handy, and a plan, you should be able to knock out this project in an afternoon – or morning if you prefer. And the best part is – when it’s done it will be exactly the way you want it.
Above is an example of a finished face painting case – this one was built by Helen Green. Helen re purposed a large aluminium case which was meant for a model helicopter. I happen to have them for sale here – or you can try a guitar case, a keyboard case, or something similar.
I really like the case Helen used because it comes with wheels and a handle already attached. It’s so easy to move around. It’s not massive, so it should fit in the boot of most small cars, but it’s not small either. In short – it’s perfect! Thank you Helen for allowing me to share it here!
You don’t need to be Fix-It Felix to make your own custom face painting case. You don’t need lots of tools either. Even I could do it – with tools I had in my craft kit!
To help you out I’ve broken it all down step by step with photos. Plus there’s a list of tools and things you’ll need to build your own custom face painting case. Too easy! Are you ready?
I used a hard case 880mm long x 336mmx 200mm (Buy it here). You could also use a guitar/keyboard case, hard cover suitcase. Look for something sturdy. Deep enough to hold at least two layers and not too heavy that you can’t lift it out of your car, especially when it’s full. Something with wheels is ideal – but you can add them later if not already installed.
Working it all out on paper first is a good idea. It can be a rough plan or detailed, whatever your personality type requires.
List what you need to carry and then draw up where you think it might be best placed. Everyone is different, but personally I’m right handed which means I like to have my paints on my right side, with my rinsing water within arm’s reach. Why not check out some other examples and see what other face painters are doing with theirs? See my Pinterest boards for some great examples under Face Painters Set Ups.
Having everything handy will save time and stress. Below is a list of what I used, most I already had around the house.
Remove any existing lining from your case – mine was a model helicopter case and I didn’t need all the shaped foam.
Measure the interior dimensions. Twice. The lid may be slightly different to the base so it’s worth checking both. Better safe than sorry. Then cut your foam to size (I used a yoga/camp mat) for the base. Apply using a hot glue gun. Edge with tape – I used ‘Bear’ cloth tape.
Measure the interior lid and cut the adhesive vinyl to size. Apply the vinyl and take care. I found this process surprisingly easy.
I peeled back about 15cm of the backing at one end and lined up as best I could.
It wasn’t perfectly straight but edging with the cloth tape covered any imperfections.
Using left over foam measure and cut lining for sides of base. Fix these with hot glue and tape.
Next measure and cut the corflute – this will form both the compartments on the bottom layer, as well as the base to the top layer.
Cut out notches or slots so the pieces will fit neatly together in a grid.
This will form the support for the upper layer & compartments for storage below
Assemble the corflute in a grid pattern – mine is six equal compartments, but you may prefer something different.
So that’s where I’m up to right now. It’s still a work in progress. The steps I described above took less than two hours to complete – even with interruptions.
The next step is to finish the upper layer, which will hold all my paints (ok, not all of them but most of them). It will be removable, so it’s easy to access the compartments underneath. After that I’m going to fit out the inside of the lid, so I can store my brushes, stencils, and other bit and bobs – just like Helen did in the example photo at the top of this page.
I’d love your help so please give me your tips on what you think would work best in your ideal face painting case? Pop on over to my FACEBOOK page and share your ideas – just post them on my wall or PM me if you wish. The best ideas may end up in the finished product which will be given away to one lucky newsletter subscriber. Oh yes… perhaps you would like to win it?
There’s a competition running via my Facebook page right now – entries close July 31, 2014 – so why not try your luck?
Also, did I mention I have a limited number of these cases in stock and for sale? :)