Painting Sugar Skulls for Dummies

Posted on 30 October 2016

Confession: I do not have a crafty bone in my body.  I thought it would come with motherhood.  Moms are crafty right?  Well this mom isn't and my sugar skull absolutely reflects that lack of skill.  I'll just let you guess which one is mine (hint it looks like a five year old painted it).

It would have never, in a million years have occurred to me to actually buy a skull and paint it for fun.  Fortunately for me, I've been adopted into a group of crafty girls.  So girls night out this month consisted of sitting around a table painting, drinking and laughing our asses off.

I highly recommend this form of art therapy.

You will need:

#1. A skull.  You might think... where the hell do I get a ceramic skull?  Who sells these paintable skulls and why... why do they sell them?  Well I'll tell you.  Oriental Trading sells them.  They sell them because crafty girls need something to paint when it gets close to Halloween.  

#2.  Paint and brushes in various sizes.  Acrylic paint worked well so hopefully you have some of that handy.  I'm sure any kind of paint would work, but don't take my word on that (see confession - paragraph one).  You will need a very skinny brush to do detail work, or your skull will turn out like mine did (god forbid).  Don't be like me, be like the crafty girls.  

#3. Glitter, Sequins etc.  Now you'll notice that none of our skulls have any glitter, but that doesn't mean it isn't a good idea if you're so inclined.  One of these skulls had fabulous eyebrows made of little gems at one point.  The artist eventually regretted said eyebrows because they did not coordinate with the mustache and the gems were promptly removed.

#4. Ideas.  Before you begin painting your skull, check online to see what others have done.  There are so many awesome ideas out there for those of us who aren't particularly artistic.  Even the craftiest girls flipped through their phones for ideas as they worked.  Don't avoid this highly entertaining experience just because you don't know what to paint.  No need to reinvent the wheel here.

#5.  Sealant.  Once your masterpiece is finished, you'll want to seal that skull up to protect it from the elements.  Spray sealant like this one dries in ten minutes.

Boom.  That's it.  Painting sugar skulls for dummies.  

If I can do it, so can you.



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