Scared of biting the bullet by getting inked for real? Here’s a temporary alternative that’s way classier than henna
A lot of people are more open to expressing themselves through body ink nowadays, but if traditional tats and henna designs aren’t really your thing, why not switch it up with something slightly different?
Temporary watercolor tattoos are charming, out of the ordinary, not at all painful, and don’t take excruciatingly long to make. Alessa Lanot of Life After Breakfast shows us how to do it, and you can watch her demonstrate it on video at Scoutmag.ph.
Step 1: Create your design on the watercolor paper. This is actually the longest part of the process, and don’t worry if you feel like your drawing and painting skills aren’t up to snuff. The whole idea is for you to experiment and let your creativity out. A good tip for starters from Alessa is to paint in layers; start by painting a light-colored base layer, then add on some darker details.
Step 2: Transfer the design to the special tattoo paper by copying it on the printer or copier. If you want to enhance your design digitally, you can also scan the design on a scanner, edit it using graphic editing software like Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, and then print it on the tattoo paper.
Step 3: Cut out the design from the tattoo paper then stick the special tattoo adhesive film over the design.
Step 4: Trim the paper and film as close as possible to the design and you’re done! To apply the tattoo, remove the film from the paper, put it on your skin, and press on it with a wet towel for 30 seconds. The tattoo will last for two days before fading, and if you ever want to remove it sooner, you can do so with baby oil and/or alcohol.