TAP face painting stencils have a diameter of around 2 3/16” and they are cut from a 7 millimeters thick Mylar.
TAP Stencils are the ultimate face painting tool. These small face painting stencils are designed to fit around small faces to allow you to create great looking designs with little to no effort on your end. Use them on the forehead between the eyebrows as center pieces, or by the corner of the eyes to decorate the side of the face. When using patterns, you can move the stencil around to cover all of the desired area, don’t get tricked by their size, you can cover a full face with them if you keep on moving the stencil!
The flexible material and rounded shape allow the stencil to curve with the shape of the face and fit in any desired area without any inconvenience. TAP Stencil Sweet Hearts is a great way of adding a cute texture to almost any design! Use it as a texture on butterfly wings, or on the cheeks of cute critters, or by the corner of the eyes on abstract eye designs. There are so many options!
Body Art stencils require some practice to learn how to use them properly, but once you learn how to use them you can get through your face painting line much faster!
You can use them to create very simple designs by just stamping the design featured on the stencil, or you can use them to enhance more intricate face painting designs and add textures or more detailed work to your creations.
Start with a clean stencil and make sure that the skin is nice and dry before you apply the stencil, otherwise the face paint will look runny. Apply the TAP Stencil against the skin and hold it firmly using the tabs provided.
Now is the time to apply the face paint. The best option is to work with pressed powders as they won’t bleed under the stencil. Load a smoothie or velvet blender with some powder and tap over the stencil gently until you have covered the desired area. If you use a primer underneath, like glycerin, Vaseline or just regular face paint, the powders will stick better. If you rather work with water activated face paints, we strongly suggest using a glycerin based paint like Superstar or Paradise. Get your sponge very slightly wet and work the paint into a creamy almost dry consistency. You want to make sure to always work with the least amount of water possible to prevent the paint from bleeding under your face painting stencil. Test the paint on the surface of your hand to make sure it isn’t too wet, and then tap over the surface of the stencil. Always move from the edges of the stencil into the design, so you are not pushing face paint under the stencil.
Using sponges with very small pores is best since they provide a more even coverage and they tend to hold less water. Some people also like to use kabuki style brushes with their stencils, just make sure the brush has a very thin load of paint and it is fairly dry. If you need to cover a larger area of the face you can gently move your stencil as you paint, making sure not to lay the stencil over a freshly painted area, so not to smudge the design underneath.
Once it is time to remove the stencil, let go of one of the tabs, and with your free hand pick the stencil and move it away from the face, making sure not to drag the stencil against the freshly painted area to prevent smudging. Before you use that stencil again, make sure to clean it and let it dry so it doesn’t ruin your next design. Before your first event using stencils make sure to practice painting with them a few times. You will see how quickly you can learn and start getting creative with them.
All body art stencils are delicate tools and require lots of care to make sure you can use them for years to come. Before storing them make sure they are clean. Put the stencil under a gentle stream of water and then use a clean towel to softly wipe the surface of the stencil on both sides. Use gentle movements, so not to bend any parts of the stencil. You can remove stubborn stains with some soap. Pat the stencils dry using a towel and put them away.
Many professional face painters store them using a snap ring and putting them in an area of their kit where they won’t get damaged. You can store them inside a little case, or you can use a photo album or trading cards album to separate them and make them easier to find. Many artists stick tiny pieces of Velcro on one tab and let them hang from a Velcro strip in their kit, or use the holes to hand them on a peg/pin board.
TAP Stencils are manufactured in the USA and each pattern is designed by hand by Anna and Santi from Jest Paint. All of the designs featured on our stencils are original and are copy righted by Jest Paint LLC. The stencils are packed inside a bag by our packers in the USA and we use recycled card-stock for the instructions card that comes with our stencils.