One stroke is a specific face painting technique where multiple colors are applied at once using a sponge or a flat brush.
In this tutorial, the International Face Painting School instructor Elodie Ternois has prepared a super bright, colorful and super easy to paint butterfly design for you to learn!
Make sure to read this article till the very end, because there is a bonus video-review of the new Leane’s Happy Pixie Pallette. 😘
- Leanne’s Happy Pixie — Petal Palette Fusion: Sweet Dreams Butterfly
- Paraffin White Fusion
- Petal sponge Fusion (there are 2 free sponges that go with the palette)
- Angle brush “Ksenia” ⅜ by Superstar (or alternatively you can get the Paint Pal ⅜ angle brush)
- Round brush #1 by Loew Cornell
- Liquid Bling “Brilliant Gold” Amerikan Body Art
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Step 1: Top wings
I used a petal sponge to paint the top butterfly wings. I really love this new petal sponge by Fusion because it is a little bit smaller than Paint Pal Petal sponge!
It is easier to pinch and create a small triangular shape, without going too far on the temple areas.
Pay attention to the eyebrows! Adults normally have longer eyebrows and you may have the temptation to cover the entire eyelid area and the eyebrows entirely. However, it is more important that you follow the eye-corner — nostril line (this is a line that Annabel also used in her Fancy Eye Design tutorial).
Thus, you may end up with a portion of eyebrows uncovered, yet the wings placement will elevate and open the eyes creating an elegant look, which is much more important!
Step 2: Bottom wings
Using the same sponge I created the bottom wings. And if the top ones had to be triangular with a little deepening above the eyebrow, then on the bottom we need a petal shape.
Let’s outline our wings now! We will do it in one-stroke technique. I used a ⅜ angled brush to outline the top wing in three sections.
The second section must come a little deeper, to enhance even more the deepening that we’ve previously created with the sponge.
Also, pay attention to the size difference in sections. One of the main mistakes that our students make is painting all three sections of the same size.
Now, onto the bottom wings! Same technique and the same procedure! We need three sections of different sizes. I find that painting the middle section as the widest one creates the most eye-pleasing effect.
For the one stroke outline, I used the last two colors of the same palette — super handy!
Want to dig in even deeper? 😉 Learn how to polish your butterflies with our “Three Secrets to Mastering Your Butterflies” blog post!
Now, you can paint the body with exactly the same brush and one-stroke as we used for the outline. Just make sure to keep it between the eyes, don’t lift it too much on the forehead.
And finally, we can add some contrast and sparkles! I used a #1 round brush and Paraffin white for the outline, dots and stars.
Then I went with gold glitter gel for an extra outline, but that’s an optional step.
Check out my additional explanations here and I’d love to see you attempt at this butterfly in the comments!
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Last, but not least, I prepared a bonus-video for you where I’ve tested all of the color combinations from the new Petal Palette | Leanne’s Happy Pixie by Fusion. I am seriously in love with it and I hope my review helps you see how yummy are these colors and how versatile is this new product!
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