How to Face Paint a Mouse

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Painting the face of a mouse on a child's face only requires a small amount of paint when it is spread around evenly. Spread some gray paint gently over the face, and carefully around the lips and nose, followed by some black paint for the mouth, nose and whiskers, using tips from a professional clown in this free video on children's activities.

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Hello, I'm Downtown Clown and I'm going to show you how to paint a mouse. Not a little mouse, we can do that too, but a full face of a mouse. Well, Kathleen, are you ready to get your face painted like a mouse? Alright. And we're going to get out our brush. Make sure it's nice and dry now. If we're doing a full face, it's a little bit, ah you knuckleheads, you kids are all around. When you're painting too you're going to get the scratchings from other kids. Now you're going to get out we're going to get some gray for a mouse, we've colored this, it's a little bit different than the way you would do a small one. Hold on one moment, you there! You must hush! Alright, that's our other little helper. Now you get some gray paint, just take a little dab and you're going to put it like this, go back into your paints, another little dab over here, put a little over here, up like this. You don't want to do the nose too much, just a little bit, and you're going to go a little bit up like this. You don't need a whole lot of paint. I'm going to show you what I do. Now some face painters and clowns will use sponges for this. I don't usually use sponges. I use my thumb. Just make sure that your thumb is clean, and you're just going to spread it around like this. Don't get it too close to the eyes. Remember it's a child here. You're not making a blockbuster movie or anything like that. You want to spread it around so that the gray blends right into their face. It'll smooth right on out. No worries about it, nice and easy, no worries. Come down this way. Now you might need a little bit more. Just dip your thumb in there and just get a little bit more. Come around the top here. You don't want to get the entire face, just enough that it'll resemble a mouse, or rather the color of the mouse, a little gray. That's pretty good there. It doesn't have to be, like I said some painters will like get really elaborate. I don't like to do that because you want to be able to, the kid to get it off. I'm sure that you don't want to go your whole life looking like a mouse, correct? OK, now here's something that's a little tricky. You got between the mouth and the nose you got a thin little spot, and you're going to have to use your brush for that but again you don't want a whole lot of paint, you want just a little bit of paint. You don't want these kids, we're going to do it, just dab it a little bit. You don't want to go too crazy, just like you're painting a mustache on it. Just say, well there you go, that a girl. And you're going to take your finger or your thumb and you're going to just dab it a little bit like so, so it just kind of blends in with their skin. See how that blends right on in there. So don't worry about the nose and that. That's actually pretty good right there, kind of just changes the color of her face a little bit right there. Now the next thing you're going to do, you're going to add the details. So a mouse, obviously you're going to put a little black nose on your mouse. So you go into your black, you're going to use your brush for this. Now you can make it big or you can make it small. I just want to put a little nose like this on, a little black nose twirl it around like this. You can make it a little bigger or a little smaller, it's up to you. Just enough so it gets across. Then you're going to take your brush and want your whiskers. Now your whiskers, you to be nice and smooth. You don't want to put them too close or too far apart. Again, it's pretty easy, you're just going to kind of go like this, for one, like this for the other one, and down like that for the other one. And then you're going to come around this way for the other side the same way. We got one, use all the excess paint for the other one and then you want to go the other side like this. Just like so. Now you want some little mouse ears. Now obviously you can't have ears coming out so you're going to put just a little loop right up above the top just like this. Just like that, kind of gives you an idea just like this. Now if you want you can fill in the ears, but pretty much, that's pretty basically like what you want to get. Now if you want to do a little more details on it, you want a little more details on it? Alright. You can fancy it up a little bit. You can get a little bit of white if you want. You might just want to put like just a little line of white coming through the black like this. Just to kind of bring it out a little bit. See how that brings it out a little bit? Your through like that. Again not a whole lot of paint. You might have to tip your brush back in and make sure it's nice and sharp. Put it back in and put another one in just like so. Just like so. And that's pretty much it. You pretty much got a little mouse face. You can put a lot of time, you can only spend like ten, fifteen minutes on a kid. You can do the entire face, all of this in gray, you can really get detailed on it, but that's going to take you a lot of time, it's going to take a lot more time to take it off. You can get fancier with the whiskers. You could also, if you wanted to, you can paint little teeth that come on the lips and that, but we're not going to get into all that, because we want to do this fast and quick so she can get out and get into jumping or whatever else she's got to do. So is that working for you? Alright, you're all set.

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