we went into the market and found the bark and special stone used to make the paste. then we went to work - making the paste and then putting it on. i always thought that it was only on the circles or squares that you see most prominently on the face, but i found out that they put a thin layer on all over their face (and usually arms or other exposed skin as well) to provide skin protection. the designs over the top, i learned, are simply for beauty. of course, these designs were pretty hard to see on my pale skin, since it dried to a pale yellow. oh well! it was still so much fun!