TB hates having his face painted. In fact the last time anyone got near him with face paints, he must have been about three years old. He had his arm painted and almost immediately rubbed the entire image off. Ever since, I’ve always suggested that he give it another go and he’s always stayed firmly away from those paints.
When he opened the first Toyologist box and found a set of face paints he was dead excited. I laughed. Didn’t he remember he hates face paints? Apparently not, because he was determined to get them on his face as quickly as possible.
Monday night he decided he had to have his face painted. Spiderman was the preferred option. I sent him to get a mug of water and he returned with a near-flat plastic tub lid. Water went on the floor. I sent him back again and he returned with a 4l plastic tub. Even more water went on the floor. I gave up and went to get a cup of water myself.
I have never seen someone so incapable of sitting still as TB was when his face was being painted. I started with the sponge to cover his face red and apparently it tickled too much. Next the white around the eyes, this time with the brush. That one apparently tickled so much that his eyes ended up rather pink after he insisted on rubbing them. I carefully traced the eyes black and drew in the spider webs but I had to stop every two millimetres so he could wiggle and jiggle and laugh. Hey, it wasn’t like I was using a feather!
Finally we were done and TB was happy. I can’t help feeling that my facepainting skills leave a lot to be desired, but then I’m more of a perfectionist. Put it this way though, I’m not sure I’m up to doing anything more complicated than Spiderman. Certainly not with that wriggly boy!
We used Snazaroo facepaints which are available from Toys R Us priced £9.99.