Get primal and get body painting for National Painting Week!
Did you know that it is National Painting Week? Neither did I. According to the folks at Sherwin-Williams it is, and I suppose they should know. But it seems to me that this week should be more than some sort of scheme to sell more interior latex. To me, this is a call to action!
Long before our human ancestors were painting houses, we were painting ourselves and each other. Evidence of bodypaint/cosmetic use is among the oldest evidence of any creative effort by human kind. We are meant to do this; it’s practically in our DNA! We have painted each other for rituals, for battle, for parties, for courtship, for all sorts of good and exciting reasons… so why not get a little primal for National Painting Week?
Forget the living room – paint your wife! Paint your boyfriend! Want to join our movement but not sure where to start? I can help you.
- When painting on human skin, you should probably be using cosmetic products. Sure, your kids’ acrylic set is labeled “non-toxic,” but so are lots of things you wouldn’t want rubbed on the more sensitive parts of your body.
- You don’t need fancy brushes. Just find some that are inexpensive and decent. If you are the sort of person who has no patience, consider using a small foam roller.
- Find a WILLING model. They exist. It’s probably easier to start with someone you know. Moving targets get difficult and tiresome. Get one that can stand still.
- Make sure you protect the carpet/floor/furnishings in advance. (Trying to explain that butt print on the hallway wall may get embarrassing.)
So bust out the brushes and join me. Start out with a basic finger painting on the arms of your friend, or work your way up to a fine art masterpiece. Paint your lover for fun, or paint your kids and help them let loose their inner circus animals.
It’s National Painting Week, so get primal and get painting!