How to Transfer Ink to Skin

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How to Transfer Ink to Skin
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Whether you're preparing for a permanent tattoo or you prefer temporary skin art, transferring ink to your skin is not such a difficult task to accomplish. It allows you the ability to determine what designs look like on you before committing to a permanent tattoo. It also allows you to change the designs of your skin ink to accommodate all of your outfits. Transferring ink to your skin requires some simple materials and less than an hour of your time.

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Things you need

  • Tracing paper
  • Stencil
  • Coloured ink pens (assorted)
  • Clear deodorant bar or petroleum jelly

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  1. 1

    Place a stencil of your choice on the centre of the sheet of tracing paper. Any kind of stencil will do, from butterflies and flowers to tribal and Celtic knot-work.

  2. 2

    Fill in the stencil with your choice of coloured ink pens. Make sure to press down lightly so as not to rip the paper, and put several layers of ink within the gaps of the stencil to fully create the design.

  3. 3

    Rub the clear deodorant bar, or petroleum jelly, on the area of skin where you want to apply the ink design. Make sure the sticky substance is thoroughly rubbed into the skin, leaving it slightly moist.

  4. 4

    Press the design side of the paper firmly against the moistened skin. Hold it in place and gently smooth over it with your free hand. Do not let the paper slip, or it will smear the ink.

  5. 5

    Remove the tracing paper from the skin, carefully peeling it from one corner. Do not touch the area for at least 10 minutes while the moistened area and transferred ink dries.

Tips and warnings

  • Leave the ink as a temporary tattoo, or use it as a "ditto" base for a permanent tattoo.

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