How to Do Temporary Tattoos with Markers


Temporary marker tattoos are a fun alternative to face painting. They can be used to draw whiskers, butterflies, flowers or anything else you can imagine. Unlike face paints, which rub off very easily, temporary tattoos can last for a few days. Fortunately, they will come off with soap and water and a bit of scrubbing.

Things You'll Need

  • Markers
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Acquire some temporary tattoo markers such as those linked to below. Permanent markers will also work, but may rub off on clothing and are very difficult to wash off.

  • Sketch out a small version of the design on paper. At this stage, you may want to use a pencil so that you can make changes easily until you get it right.

  • Practice drawing the design on paper with the markers. If your design has several colors, start with light markers and work to progressively darker ones.

  • Select the best drawing of every design you want to use. It should look exactly like what you want the tattoo to look like on people.

  • Consider making a stencil. If your design is simple, cut the shape out of stiff paper. For more complex designs, you will probably need to draw your tattoo freehand.

  • Practice each temporary tattoo on yourself over and over again until you get it right each time.

  • Offer temporary tattoos to other people. Give them several designs to choose from. If you are really confident, you can also offer to design custom tattoos on the spot.

  • Make your tattoo candidate stand still while you draw the design. If you are using a stencil, carefully hold it in place against the skin and fill in the gaps with markers.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are giving temporary tattoos to young kids, be sure to get permission from their parents first.

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