How to get temporary tattoos at home even if you suck at drawing – photos

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I have always loved temporary tattoos. They add character and are ideal for weaklings like me who are too afraid to get the real deal. So when I realized I could do them at home after watching a YouTube tutorial by Hermione Chantal, I almost lost my mind. Back in the mid ’90s, slipping a butterfly over your shoulder during school time seemed like the most rebellious thing possible and if you didn’t have a “cool” spray tattoo on your vacation, you were definitely the weird one. . Now, the love for temporary ink has seen a massive revival.

Think back to that time last year. Lots of us wore metallic designs at festivals, not to mention the Coachella-esque idea of ​​getting tattoos from dried flowers. Personally, I like to create my own designs. They channel a hint of distinction and express much more individuality than the typical store-bought dreamcatcher and infinity sign designs.

Best of all, they’re incredibly easy to make. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an artist to create them. Unlike some online methods that use tracing paper and pencils, with this tutorial you only need specialized paper and a computer. Easy no? Here’s how you can jump on the trend of the summer season and create personalized temporary tattoos that no one else will wear.

What you will need

To create your own temporary tattoos, you will need the following:

  • Temporary tattoo paper
  • Computer
  • Printer

1. Find your creations

Start by finding your temporary tattoo design, online. This step is the most crucial and if you are uncertain, like me, it can be very time consuming.

For the above designs I used the transparent tumblr png. There are loads of quickly come up slogans and symbols that all have transparent backgrounds. This isn’t the only type of image you can use, but keep in mind that any design with a background (including a white background) will need to be cropped when printed.

2. Lay out your designs

Now that you’ve found the templates you want to use, arrange them in a Word document. To get the most out of your money, I suggest filling the page with a variety of different tattoos. This way you won’t waste the paper you are going to print them on.

3. Flip the text

If any of the designs you are using contain text, you need to flip the image. This can be easily done on Microsoft Word. Just click on “aspect ratio”, followed by “rotate” and “flip horizontally”.

4. Cut the paper

Your designs are ready, so now is the time to prepare the material you are going to print them on. For this you will need to purchase temporary tattoo paper. A variety of craft brands sell it, but the easiest and cheapest purchase I found was Silhouette Temporary Tattoo Paper from Amazon.

Once you have the paper, remove one sheet from the package and measure it against your printer. As the sheet I was using was slightly larger than an A4, I cut the edge to fit in the mailslot.

5. Load the paper

Then load the paper into your printer. If you are using Silhouette paper, it is important to print on the glossy side.

I suggest you take a look at your printer’s instructions before doing this, as some models will turn the paper when printing depending on where the loading trade is located.

6. Apply the protective cover

Once your creations are printed, it is important to add a protective cover to them. This is included in the pack and ensures that the designs are not damaged. It also means you don’t have to apply them right away and can store them for any special summer events you have coming up.

7. Cut out your tattoos

Now cut out the individual tattoos on the sheet. You don’t have to specify it. If you are using images with transparent backgrounds, the borders will not show on your skin, so feel free to leave some space around them.

8. Remove the cover

When you are ready to apply the tattoo, remove the protective cover.

9. Stick the tattoo down

Just like you would a standard temporary tattoo, place the design face down on the piece of skin you want to apply it to. If it’s a tattoo that includes text, be sure to double check that it’s the right way round.

10. Wet the tattoo

Then use a wet towel or clean washcloth to add water to the tattoo. You don’t need to saturate the paper, just make sure it’s damp enough to transfer to your skin.

11. Remove the paper

Finally, remove the paper. It should slide out easily. If you have trouble removing it, just add more water.

Finished Results

And there you have it: you now have a temporary tattoo that no one else has. Typically, tattoos will last four to five days, if you are careful washing and avoid rubbing them.

Besides being a lot of fun, I think temporary ink is great if you are planning on getting a tattoo but want to know what it will look like. Without trying to look like your mom, tattoos are a lifelong commitment. So, using the Silhouette paper gives you an idea of ​​the positioning and how it will wrap around a certain part of your body, before you do it.

Even if tattoos aren’t your thing, it’s also a great DIY if you want to add a little quirk to your festival gear this month. Go see your favorite bands with their logo on your arm or play with different neon slogans that will give your outfits a boost.

To show creativity. What are you waiting for?

Images: Emma Matthews


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