In relation to our previous post (see Best Body Shots), we decided to gather some recipies for our own body painting party! These body paints are easy to make at home, environmentally friendly, and require inexpensive materials and little time. Try it out for yourself, and leave a comment to let us know how it went :-)
How is body art made? Which kinds of materials are used, and how long does it take? Can you make body paint at home?
Most traditional makeup techniques are incredibly messy and time-consuming, not to mention expensive. It’s also not easy to find non-toxic, long-lasting body paint (that is, of course, dependant upon in which country you live!).
Home Made Body Paint: Recipe #1
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. flour
3/4 C. light corn syrup
1/4 C. water
1/2 tsp. food coloring
some small paper cups
- Mix your cornstarch and flour in a small bowl.
- Add corn syrup a little at a time while stirring.
- Add water slowly, also while continuously stirring.
This recipe is non-toxic and completely natural, though it’s not recommended to be eaten. (Home-made body paint doesn’t taste very good!) Remember, if you want to have white paint then leave out the food coloring from some of the mixture.
Use larger or small sized paint brushes or even your fingers to apply the body paint. To clean yourself (or your friends) off, simply wash with soap and water.
1 tsp. Cornstarch
½ tsp. Cold cream
½ tsp. Water
Food coloring (variety of colors)
In each small container, mix cornstarch and cold cream until well blended. Add water and stir. Add food coloring one drop at a time until you get the desired color. Paint small designs on face with a small paintbrush; remove with soap and water. Store covered.
Home Made Body Paint: Recipe #3
This is the easiest recipe of all — go out and buy some non-toxic crayola markers! There are ones which are washable (made for kids usually) but the disadvantage of markers in general is that they take so long to cover a large area of skin due to the small tip size. The human body surface has about 1.8 square metersof skin. That’s a lot of coloring to do. Another drawback is that the marker may wear off when sweating or put in contact with fluids.
An advantage of markers, however, is that they don’t peel off like paint can, and they don’t pull or wrinkle when the skin stretches and moves.
To clean up, simply spend a long time in the bath or shower.
You can paint on yourself, of course, but most areas can be hard to reach and you may not have the right angle and objectivity to make a proper design on your own body. Why not ask some friends, neighbors, spouses, or other trusted individuals if they would like to be painted upon? Send them this blog or others with nifty body art pictures and let them know what kind of paint you want to use and which designs you have in mind.
Test the paint or other material on yourself and your model first. You want to make certain that the pain does not react poorly with your skin and that you are not allergic to it.
Put on some music while you work, have lots of snacks and drinks, and make sure to keep the room warm for your naked body paint models! It is usually more fun if your model has a friend with him or her for someone to chat with and distract from the long painting time. (It can also help put the model at ease, making him or her less uncomfortable.)
…And that’s all our suggestions for a wild, exotic (but not new in the least) form of art. Hope you enjoy it!