Creating Faces Tutorial
by Melinda Beltran
Pebbles Inc Dry Decorator Chalk Set
Blue Glitter Gel Pen
Black Fine Tip Pen
Red Fine Tip Pen
White Signo Gel Pen
Alligator Clip Chalk Applicator
Colorbox Cat's Eye Chalk Inks
Punches or something to cut the shape of the eyes
Zig Chisel Tip 2 Way Adhesive
To start you will use Colorbox Cat's Eye Chalk Inks to edge
the pieces of your face. I will typically use Chestnut Roan
(can you tell, mine is pretty beat up..lol)
I use a direct to paper technique to "brush" the chalk in
onto the outer edges.
View of what the "inked" pieces will look like.
Next, you will use either a punch or your Cricut or whatever
you have that will cut the desired shape of the eyes. The
eyes are also based on the size of the finished piece.
Here is a photo of the most common "eyes" I use.
Now, you will use your Zig 2 Way adhesive to apply adhesive
to the back of your eyes and nose pieces.
When you allow this adhesive to dry before you put the
pieces on your face, they are easily removable. This is
great for when you are first starting out, That way, you can
easily adjust the position of your eyes and nose.
I build my faces straight. I usually tilt the finished head
on the body slightly. This will give the pieces a more whimsical
look. But when building. I just build straight up and down.
I will place the bottom of the eyes close to the nose and
tilt them slightly inward towards the top.
Here is a shot of the different size pom poms that I will
Next, you will use your applicator and the smallest pom
pom and get some black chalk.
You will apply it around the outer edge of your eyes.
Doing this will give the eyes a more realistic appearance
and the illusion of being "set in" the face.
Here is a photo of the black dry chalk on. I purposely
left the right darker to show you...
That you can ERASE the dry decorator chalk. I use a white
artists eraser to remove excess chalk. It is very forgiving
to work with :-)
Next, I use a White Signo Gel Pen to apply the white
embellishments on the face. I HANDS DOWN prefer this over
any other white gel pen out there. I have tried MANY of
them, and they just don't work for me like this one.
Here I am applying the "glint" on the eye. I will usually
put the "glint" on the upper inner part of the eye.
Next I will apply a "Moon Sliver" at the bottom of the
Then finally "shine" marks on the nose. The thickness and
style will vary depending on what the final piece is
NOW the EYELASHES. This is the one element aside from the
mouth that people are most intimidated with. This is where
having the right pen helps ALOT. I use the American Crafts
Precision point pens. They come in a nib size of as small as
.001. That is TINY. If you can get your hands on one of them
or even the .01 to start with, that would be the best. OR if
you are a heavy handed.
Here is where....practice makes perfect. Just get a
scratch piece of paper and PRACTICE. Flick your wrist as you
start so that your stroke gets lighter towards the top.
As you are applying your eyelashes, you want to "stagger"
the length of each one and give them a slight curl. This
will give them a more realistic look. Imagine that you are
applying mascara :-)
Now onto the mouth. This is also an area that will really
concern students. My best advice, use a PENCIL...lol! It
really is OKAY! Draw lightly the line from the nose. If you
don't like it...guess what? You can ERASE it and try again!
From the line I will draw the mouth. I purposely went
crooked to show you that it really is okay to rethink your
Once you're happy with your pencil lines, simply go back
over it with your fine tip black pen.
After that, you can erase the pencil lines, your ink
won't smudge. Just give it a second to dry.
Next I use a American Crafts Slick writer, Medium barrel.
I use it to fill in the black part of the mouth.
After that, I will use the American Crafts Red fine tip
pen (.03) nib for the tongue.
Now it's back to the zig with a line of glue on the
bottom of the ears.
Now I will use the medium pom pom and apply chalk.
I apply some chalk to the cheeks. A nice light dusting in a
I also apply chalk to the inner ears. As you can see when
you do this, you will get some chalk "overdust" on the edge
of your head...NO PROBLEM...
I will just erase it with the white eraser.
Lastly, I will use my Signo to apply some finishing
Colored Eyes Variation
I will start with white eyes.
Using My A.C. slick writer (m), I will color the top two
thirds of the eye with black.
Here is what they look like, colored in with just the
Next, using the blue glitter pen, I will apply a line of
glitter under the black. You can also use other colored
markers. Whatever you feel works!
Here is what a face with "Colored" eyes will look like. You
can make them Green, Brown, Blue or even Violet. Just get as
creative as you want.
I hope this explains how I do "those faces" Please don't
think it is a lengthy process. With a little practice,
you can whip these faces out in a couple of
minutes....NO EXAGGERATING! Just patience and a little
Thanks for allowing me to share :-)