How to Make Airbrush Tattoo Paint

Written by rob garland
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The advantages of using airbrush tattoo paint is that the tattoos are not permanent or painful; they can be displayed for a short period of time and removed. They also serve as an indicator of what a permanent tattoo will look like. Many ready made airbrush tattoo paints are available, but you can also create your own using ingredients found at most grocery stores.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Bowl
  • Cups
  • Food dye
  • Baking soda
  • Cornflour
  • Vinegar
  • Glycerine
  • Jelly jars or other small bottles

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  1. 1

    Use basic ingredients to form the paint mix. Combine 1 cup of baking soda with 2 cups of vinegar in a bowl.

  2. 2

    Add 1/2 cup of glycerine and 2 cups of cornstarch to the bowl after several minutes. Stir the solution until it is smooth. Add 1/2 cup of water and continue to stir it.

  3. 3

    Pour 1 cup of the mix into a jelly jar or similar small bottle. Add a spoonful of food dye for the colour you want and mix well. Place a lid on the jar and label it with the corresponding colour.

  4. 4

    Repeat this procedure for each of the colours you require. Use 2 or 3 cups of the mix for colours that you require larger quantities of.

  5. 5

    Mix different food dye colours together to create more colour options. Create basic colours first (such as black, red, yellow, blue, white, green). Then combine food dyes to create brighter colours that will be more eye catching (such as pink, orange, lilac). Build up a good range of available paint colours to choose from in individual jars or bottles.

  6. 6

    Repeat the previous steps to make more paint. Vary the consistency and colour choices. Use less water to create thicker paint or more water for thinner paint.

Tips and warnings

  • Write down the amount of water used when you create each paint mix as a guide for future reference.
  • The airbrush paint needs to be non-toxic and be able to be removed easily.

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