How to Draw Your Own Temporary Tattoo

For the people of the world who want a cool tattoo, minus the pain, the cost, and the wrong end result.

Steps

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    Pick out an image you want. Note: Make sure this is an image you can draw. If you want a really complex design, you are better off seeing a professional.
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    Study it carefully. Make sure it is exactly what you want.
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    Pick the color you want for it.
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    Cleanse the area thoroughly.
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    Wipe a warming cleanser around the area.
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    Pick the color Sharpie you want for it. Pat the tattoo with a tissue after every other stroke so the ink doesn't spread. Have a make up remover on hand, just in case.
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    Take a good look at the tattoo. If it's exactly how you want it, go on. If it isn't, then start over.
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    Wet a tissue (not the same one you used before) with a cooling toner to close your pores with the ink in them (this sounds bad, but it will keep the ink in for longer). Pat the area with it. Make sure to test that the toner does not remove the ink.
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    Keep running your hand up and down the area until the ink is not spreading, your hands are clean, and the area is dry. If it spreads, use a makeup remover to clean it up.
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    Keep doing this as the tattoo starts to fade to keep the tattoo for as long as possible.
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    Try the following if you are one of the less artistically inclined people.
    • Draw your image on the paper with some kind of heavy ink.
    • Place the image on your skin
    • Rub alcohol on the image .
    • Continue to rub until you can see the image. ( This will be used as a stencil.
    • Now outline, go back with details, hairspray will keep it on longer ).

Tips

  • Make sure that the tattoo is in an area where you can draw it. If you want it on, let's say, your lower back, get someone you really, really, really trust to do it for you.
  • Fine point Sharpies usually work best, but the ones with the fat tips are good for coloring in large areas.
  • Use a Sharpie a couple shades darker than the colour that you want it to end up with.
  • When you are testing it for smearing, test the outside of the drawing and spread it with outward motions. If you test the middle and it smears you can't remove it with the makeup remover.
  • If you are a pro at drawing, try copying your favorite image.
  • Just draw whatever you want wherever you want it with Sharpie, rub it with baby powder, and then spray some hair spray on it; it should stay for about a week, depending on what your daily routine is.
  • Japanese characters are very popular tattoos, and there are some that are incredibly easy to draw.

Warnings

  • This method has been tried and does not always work correctly.
  • Some people are allergic to permanent marker. If you are not sure, make a short mark on the back of your hand (or somewhere less obvious) and check for a rash later.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharpies
  • Tissues
  • Warming cleanser
  • Cooling cleanser
  • Make up remover
  • Toner
  • Q-tips
  • Trusted friend (optional)

Sources and Citations

  • Videos provided by Zasha

Article Info

Categories: Temporary Tattoos