Painting - Introduction
Face and body painting is used by many cultures around the world.
is temporary, it can be used to commemorate a special occasion
or allow a person to take on a short term identity. Native
Americans were skilled face painters. They used it as camouflage
during hunting, to appear fierce and brave in battle, during
sporting competitions and while mourning the dead. Face painting
can also be seen during modern sporting events such as football
matches where the face is painted in the colours of the team
Many societies use clay or natural pigments to colour the skin. For centuries body paints have been made by grinding coloured stone, clays and plants then mixing them with vegetable or animal fats. The roots of a plant may also be used as well as the leaves which are boiled, dried and crushed into powder ready to mix with oil. Modern cosmetics such as eyeliner and lipstick are made from a mixture of natural and synthetic products.