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 Scout­

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.

Happy paint­ing!

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