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FREE EXCERPT: How to Create a Sugar Skull Grooming Design - 20 minutes

Today, the Sugar Skull image is super popular. You see the design everywhere. But what is it all about?

It’s a holiday tradition in Mexico that celebrates Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Sugar Skulls represent a departed soul. Traditional Sugar Skulls are made from a mixture of granulated white sugar with added decorations. Loved ones place the decorated skulls on the home “ofrenda” or gravestone to honor the return of a particular spirit.

Sugar Skulls can be simple or elaborate in design.

In this lesson, Dawn Omboy, “the Queen of Color” is inspired to do a basic Sugar Skull design. She is working on her three-legged Bichon, Harry. She uses temporary ink to make the raised design fun and bright. We were surprised by how quickly she created the effect. If she chooses to change the colors, all she has to do is wash the dog, re-fluff him, and apply new colors.

This raised design is usable in many other applications, too. If your clients want to have some fun, think about all the other designs you could do using Dawn’s techniques!

skullIn this lesson, you will learn:

  • how to work with an air brush.
  • which inks to use for temporary color.
  • how to outline a design.
  • how to get crisp lines at the outer edges.
  • how to add color and depth to the design.
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Dawn Omboy

We are all creative in our own right, we are pet groomers, there is a deep love for the art that is in our hearts and heads and hands that give us the ability to do the things we love to do. I am a self taught pet groomer; it is something I always knew […]

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