Although the inception of body art is unknown, its use has been universal. It is sometimes used as a form of art, sometimes as a need and sometimes as tradition. The evidence of body painting method has been found in various practices of different cultures and is still present today. Although body art is a bit similar to tattoos, it is semi-permanent or temporary so it can be removed afterwards.
Body art is a unique art and people worldwide paint over their bodies in order to express their feelings and thoughts. Body painting technique requires imagination and creativity. A particular procedure must be followed to paint over the body so that the pain portrays the image correctly and looks beautiful.
Learning body art can be a time-consuming and laborious task since there are so many body art techniques to choose from, but once you have got the hang of it and come up with your own style, you will be able to create beautiful body art. Before you start learning about the different techniques, you should keep in mind that making body art can take lots of time. In fact, some artists could take up to 12 hours to complete a body painting, especially if the body painting requires a lot of details.
Here are some of the basic techniques you will need to make body art.
Basic Body Art Techniques
Clean with alcohol
Making body art is a messy task, so you will need to clean your brushes and working surface regularly. You can use alcohol to clean your working surface and all your equipment. Alcohol is available in two concentrations, 90% and 70%, and both of them should work. It would be even better if you cleaned your working surface and equipment before and after a session.
There are different styles and sizes of brush to choose from and that is completely up to you and your style. Just make sure that the brush you choose does not have bristles that will shed while painting on a model. Instead of buying brushes from a makeup store, purchase them from an art store since most brush and painting techniques are extremely similar to painting on a human.
Companies like Crayola that manufacture special markers for children are a safe bet. These markers are completely safe to use on the skin since companies manufacture them with the supposition that kids will use these markers on themselves. In fact, they are good at creating a translucent effect like tattooing. Once the marker dries, it can’t be removed until it is washed off.
The main advantage of using markers is that, unlike paint, they do not peel off and wrinkle when the skin is stretched. They also wash off rather easily, though they do get smeared if they are rubbed or get moist from sweat and water.
The drawback of using markers is the point’s size. Even the bold markers will take a lot of time if a large area of the body is to be covered.
Perhaps one of the quickest, most flexible and safest ways to make body art is by airbrush makeup. Although airbrush makeup tends to be quite expensive, it is a much better choice amongst the rest since it does not peel or crack at high flexion points. Airbrush makeup is especially useful if you are making body art for a photo shoot or a commercial client. However, if you are just painting over the body for fun, then investing in airbrush makeup may not be such a good idea.
Airbrush textile acrylics
Airbrush textile acrylics are cheaper than airbrush makeup and provide a great combination of utility and price. Since they are designed to airbrush on fabrics, they dry quickly, are hard to rub off and are more flexible than other paints. They can also be applied quite easily when using a regular bristle brush. Furthermore, airbrush textile acrylics can be washed off easily with soap and water.
In order to apply airbrush makeup efficiently, start with the thinnest opaque coat that you can apply. Multiple or thicker coats have a tendency to flake and peel more easily. Since the concentration in most bottles is too thick, you will end up using it quickly so thin your paint.
Since tempera is very safe and inexpensive, it has been extremely famous as body paint. Although it looks great when wet, once it dries, it becomes powdery and quickly flakes off. It is not recommended since it can end up making a huge mess.
Different body artists use different techniques. Once you have created your own style and mastered the body art techniques, you will be able to create beautiful body arts like the ones shown below.