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« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2007 09:05:35 AM »

You could always use PAX - it's what's often used in the film industry.

Essentially, it's a 50/50 mixture of Prosaide and Liquitex, which is where it gets it's name ProsAide + LiquiteX.  You can also use any other  skin adhesive and non-toxic acrylic paint.

« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2007 11:54:32 AM »

I didn't get a chance to go to the art supply store for gouache, but I already had gesso and watercolor (why didn't I think watercolor before I thought acrylic?).  I mixed a tiny bit of black into white gesso, watered it down, and painted on.  I didn't do a great job getting it even--I should have "primed" my skin with something but I don't know what.  But it definitely did the job and was much more comfortable and stayed put better than grease paints.  It washed right off in the shower with soap and water and I'm not broken out and my skin seems fine.


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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2007 08:25:30 PM »

fantastic! I cant wait for Wednesday. I did a test run of half of my face (its still on, got some funny looks from floormates...). It turns out I will only need the gouache on a bit of my arms and my neck, as I went with a crew neck shirt and have a cardigan to wear over it. I finished costructing everything today and I made some sweet gloves while watching Pleasantville to get inspired.

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« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2007 08:06:35 AM »

Did people "get" what you were? That is my biggest concern...

Erm, no.  They thought I was a zombie.  When I explained it they thought it was cool.  If you're going 1950s Pleasantville I think that will click with a lot more people without you having to explain since most everyone's seen the movie.

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« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2007 01:46:28 PM »

I've actually gotten quite a few blank stares when I've said "have you seen the movie Pleasantville?" when people ask what I am going to be. Oh well. I think I am going to carry the movie around with me because so many people won't get it.

and then maybe we will get to watch it in my Art History class...
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« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2007 07:27:13 PM »

just a note from someone with sensitive skin- i went to  a carnival once as a kid, and they were painting faces with acrylics and (ugh) FABRIC paints, and my face totally broke out in a weird rash later that day.

« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2007 08:07:19 AM »

As an art (painting) major I can tell you most acrylic paints have some nasty chemicals in them which are not particularly good for your skin.  Poster paints are a classic safe substitute for face paints though.  Watercolors and gauche are generally safer than acrylic but if you use them you might want to make sure they really are the cheaper versions of the paints as the higher quality ones have the better pigments which are generally made out of more minerals etc. that are not good to have absorbed through your skin. 

Another great face paint is using watercolor crayons. They usually are lower toxicity and stay on very well. you just wet the tip and you can paint your entire face (often with better detail than dripping gunky wet face paint.)  They also will not make cracking lines in the face paint.

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« Reply #17 on: October 30, 2007 04:06:15 PM »

Last year I painted my boyfriend's face with face paint and mine with watered down acrylics. Mine stayed on longer, didn't smudge and after it dried I could barely feel it. I used liquid eyeliner around my eyes though. Everything else was acrylic paint.

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