Face painting for beginners

I really like Lokal and was happy to see recently they were having an artist in to paint pictures of the public.

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I booked a time for Miko and told him that a man was going to paint his portrait. ‘My what?’ he asked. ‘Your portrait,’ I said. ‘You know, paint your face.’

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When we arrived another family were just finishing their sitting, so Miko explored the joy of infinity in the mirrors while we waited.

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When it was his turn to sit, Miko wriggled around until I told him he had to sit as still as he did last week when the doctor was trying to pull a piece of lego out of his nose. ‘Out of your nose?’ asked the artist. ‘How did it get up there?’

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‘Oh,’ explained Miko patiently. ‘It was Star Wars lego and it jumped up there.’

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Matti Pikkujämsä is a Finnish artist who does a lot of illustration in Japan. He also made the wooden animals featured in Lokal’s Wild Animals Helsinki exhibition.

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Finished and pleased with the result, Matti and Miko posed for a photo before we headed home.

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‘Do you like it?’ I asked Miko. ‘Yes,’ he said, smiling. ‘But Mummy, I thought you said he was going to paint my face.’

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