You can make your own temporary tattoo with just a couple of household supplies and items from the craft store. Learn techniques for making temporary tattoos: using an eyeliner pencil, using a stencil, and printing one on paper.
On creating your own DIY temporary tattoo, Read below for instructions. Keep in mind that unless you are adept at drawing or don’t mind spending a lot of time tracing, simple designs with clean lines work best for the technique listed below.
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Creating an Eyeliner Tattoo
Design the tattoo
To make an excellent tattoo, put some thought into its design before you apply it to your skin. Use a daily pencil and paper to sketch out some ideas, keeping the subsequent pointers in mind:
- With bold, simple strokes, your eyeliner tattoo will look best. Finer lines and more complicated designs could be more likely to smudge and become unrecognizable. Stick with clear shapes.
- Decide how large you want it to be. A bigger tattoo could also be more likely to look to be hand-drawn, whereas a smaller tattoo may look more “authentic.” Design your tattoo according to the effect you wish to achieve.
Pick out eyeliner
Go to the pharmacy and buy an eyeliner pencil, the kind that has to be sharpened. Pick one that may not be meant to be shiny or oily; a pencil that creates smooth, dry marks will make a longer-lasting smudge-free tattoo.
- Jet black eyeliner makes for a striking temporary tattoo, but there’s no reason not to choose more than one colour. Try emerald, purple, and sapphire to make your design or add a little accent.
- Avoid liquid eyeliner. It’s more difficult to keep this type of eyeliner in place on parts of your body other than your eyelids.
- Practice drawing your design with your chosen eyeliner pencils on paper. Get used to the pressure you need to exert to create smooth strokes.
Draw the design on your skin with the eyeliner pencil. Take your time and ensure the design is applied exactly how you wish it to appear. If you don’t like it, you can wash it off and start over.
- You can draw your tattoo on any a part of your body, but areas without tons of hair could be easier to work with. Make sure the skin is clean and dry once you draw your design.
- Use a cotton swab to blend colours and create shading.
Spray the design with hairspray
The same chemicals that help hold your hair in place act as a sealant for the tattoo to stay it from coming off for a couple of hours. To completely soak it, there’s no need; just give the area a light application. You can also use a clear nail polish/top coat instead of hairspray. The clear nail polish/topcoat can be matte or glossy; it is up to you.
Wash it off
Before it begins to smudge, this tattoo will last about a day. It washes off easily with warm, soapy water. You may want to remove it before going to bed to avoid getting eyeliner on your sheets. If you’re using clear nail polish rather than hairspray, you’ll be able to peel it off or remove it with nail polish remover.
Creating a Stencil Tattoo
Make a stencil
You can create professional-looking temporary tattoos by making a stencil, which helps you control the tattoo design rather than relying on your drawing skills to do the job. Decide what shape you would like your tattoo to be, draw it on an index card, and cut out the shape using a cutting knife or a pair of small scissors.
- Simple, bold shapes are the easiest ones to create with this method. Try diamonds, circles, and other geometric shapes.
- For a more detailed tattoo, you can create a stencil based on an existing image. Check out How to Make a Graffiti Stencil for more information on this method.
Buy permanent markers
Choose one or more marker colours to use with your stencil. Black is a classic option and maybe the most likely to help your tattoo pass as a real one. Using another colour can be just as fun.
Permanent markers contain chemicals that aren’t meant to be used on the skin. Look for markers that are labelled as safe for this type of use.
- If you’d rather not use permanent markers, washable markers are also fine. The tattoo just won’t last quite as long.
- Another good ink choice is stamping ink, which comes on wet stamping pads. To use this kind of ink for your tattoo, press a cotton ball onto the ink pad and use it to wipe the ink over the stencil and onto your skin.
Apply the tattoo
Place the stencil against the part of your body where you wish the tattoo to be. Use one hand to hold it firmly against the skin, so that the cut out shapes are lying flat. Use the other hand to colour in the shapes with the markers you chose. When you’re finished, lift the stencil away and permit the marker ink to dry.
- Make sure you apply the tattoo to clean, dry skin. Shave the hair in the area for a more even application.
- If you have trouble holding the stencil in place, try using tape to affix it to the area. You could also try applying the tattoo to a part of your body with a flatter surface.
Making a Paper Tattoo
- Buy water slide paper. From a quarter machine or the toy store, have you ever bought a temporary tattoo? Onto water slide paper, a special paper lined with adhesive on one side, these temporary tattoos are printed. With ink on the adhesive, the tattoo design is printed.
- Design the tattoo. You’re using water slide paper, the sky is that the limit when; any shape, colour or pattern will print beautifully onto the paper and show up clearly on your skin. To come up with a tattoo design, use Photoshop or a similar computer program meant for creating images.
- Decide whether you wish the tattoo to be in black and white or colour. If you have got a colour printer, your design can include as many colours as you wish.
- Choose colours which will show up well against your skin.
- Keep in mind that once you apply the tattoo, the image is going to be reversed on your skin. That means that if your tattoo includes a word, it must be reversed within the design, or it’ll read backwards once you set it on.
- Print the tattoo. Into the paper handler in your printer, feed the water slide paper. Make sure the paper is placed correctly so that the image is going to be printed onto the adhesive, not the matte paper. When you’re finished, cut out the tattoo with a pair of scissors.
- Apply the tattoo. Place the tattoo ink-side down on your skin. Cover it with a damp cloth or paper towel. Press down on the cloth or paper towel and hold it in place for 30 seconds, or until it becomes translucent. Remove the material or towel and peel back the paper. The dampening process causes the adhesive to “slide” from the paper to your skin.
- Remove the tattoo. This type of tattoo may last one week or more before it starts to peel off. If you wish to get rid of it before it comes off on its own, scrub it off with soapy water and a scrubbing brush.
Creating a Sharpie Tattoo
- Buy any colour Sharpie. Also, get some baby powder and hairspray.
- Draw the tattoo onto your body. Use whatever design you wish and place it wherever you would like, somewhere easily reachable.
- Rub the tattoo with baby powder.
- Apply the hairspray lightly onto the tattoo. If you spray too much accidentally, get a cotton swab and dab the area around the tattoo with water.
- Enjoy your new tattoo. The tattoo should last around a month.