My New Practice Board

Love, love, love my new Sally-Ann Lynch practice board. I've been admiring Sally-Ann's tutorials on Youtube for a while and decided it was time to go for it and buy a board. My kids are getting bored with me practicing on them (even though their friends think they're so lucky that their mom is a face painter). So no more bribing them with quarters for every face paint.

And because my face painting schedule usually slows down after October here in Milwaukee, I have a feeling I'll be pulling out my practice board a lot on slow winter afternoons. 

One reviewer mentioned that the board didn't dry fast enough for quick practice sessions, but that doesn't seem to be a problem for me. I use less water on my brush and paint slower, which is the advantage of practicing on a board vs. human. My daughters (and most of my customers) are not willing to sit still for more than 5 minutes. When I'm on the job, it's all about speed, but it's relaxing to slow down and just enjoy the process of designing. 

It doesn't completely take the place of practicing on a real face though because it is, of course, one-dimensional. But I'm finding that I'm much more likely to experiment outside my usual, safe designs and just play around on the board. 

I'm really enjoying finding a quiet moment to practice one strokes, try out new color combinations (that's Global Rio fun stroke and Chameleon Colorblock Snow Flake I'm using in the pictures) and get creative. 

Other notes...

I haven't had any problem washing off a variety of brands of face paint with a scrub brush and mild dish soap. I don't know if I even need the scrub brush (except beware the Global dark blue, it did leave a stubborn stain). The paint comes right off and I've tried Global, Tag, Chameleon, Paradise and DFX.

It helps to put a blank white sheet of paper behind the board so a dark table doesn't get in the way of your designs. 

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