Crazy Cartoon Turkey Face Painting Tutorial

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Thanksgiving, my personal favorite holiday, is around the corner, and this seasonal crazy cartoon turkey is for your turkey and Thanksgiving fans. It’s a great design for adults who don’t want to go with a full face event at events because it’s just over one eye.


TAG orange face paint
TAG yellow face paint
Paradise red face paint
Paradise light brown face paint
Paradise dark brown face paint
Wolfe or Diamond FX black
Wolfe or Diamond FX white
#1 round brush
#2 round brush
#5 round brush
Small filbert brush


Begin by sponging a mixture of your light and dark brown over the eye area. Make sure you get about 3/8 of an inch above the eyebrow so you have room for the turkey’s head and mouth. You’ll notice in the next image that I decided to go a little higher than I did in the first photo.


Load your #5 round brush with white and create two round eyes above the brown area, and a v-shape which goes down into top edge of the brown area.


Using your #2 round brush, add the orange beak around the mouth, the brown head, and the red wattle. Use your small filbert brush to add the yellow feathers behind the turkey.


Using the same filbert brush, reload it with orange and paint the bottom three fourths of the feather orange. Load the brush with red and just touch the top of the orange with red.


Using the #2 round brush and black, create the outline for your pilgrim hat. The brim should rest below the top of the turkey head. Fill in the top of the hat with black. Use the #5 round brush and orange to paint three “toes” for each foot.


Fill in the band around the hat with orange.


Using the #1 round brush and Wolfe or Diamond FX black, outline the turkey and add all your detail work, such as the teeth and the buckle on the hat.


Finally use one of your small round brushes to add white highlights, and your turkey is finished.


Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in the NW Chicago suburbs. Stop by to check out her other face painting blog posts and tutorials. If you’re on Facebook, join the Challenge Group to showcase your artwork and have a chance to win a store credit for each week’s challenge.

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