Creating a stencil for a tattoo is a relatively easy process although it does take some practice to master the technique.
A tattoo artist will create a stencil of the tattoo design before he tattoos it onto his client. The stencil provides an outline of the intended tattoo which allows the tattoo artist to work accurately and at a good pace.
In order to create a tattoo stencil, you will need a sheet of tracing or wax paper, a fine-tipped ink pen, stencil fluid and a dip pen. Alternatively, you can buy pens that already contain stencil fluid which eliminate the need to constantly dip the pen in the stencil fluid.
Creating the tattoo design
Choose and sketch the desired design on a regular piece of paper. Ensure to draw heavy outlines to allow for easy tracing when transferring to the sheet of tracing or wax paper. Make sure that the design meets all personal requirements and you can draw the design as many times as you want until you fulfill the desired quality.
Transfer the design on tracing paper
Next, transfer the design onto tracing paper by simply placing the sheet of tracing paper over the original design and carefully trace the lines of the design using a fine-tipped ink pen. It is best if you tape the original drawing and the tracing paper onto a smooth and sturdy working surface before you begin tracing to prevent slipping which may cause errors to the design.
Then, turn the tracing paper with the design on it over and place another blank sheet of tracing paper on top of it and then proceed to trace the design on to the blank sheet of tracing paper using stencil fluid or a stencil pen. This reversal is done because when placed on the skin, the stencil transfers backwards. It is therefore important to reverse the tattoo so that it faces the right direction.
Transferring the stencil onto the skin
Prepare the area that the stencil will be applied by cleansing it with an antibacterial soap. Proceed to shave the area with a fresh sterilized disposable razor. Then, apply a stencil lotion onto the prepared skin and place the stencil drawing, with the stencil fluid side facing down on to the skin. Leave the stencil on for five minutes and then carefully peel off the tracing paper. This would have transferred the stencil design onto the skin.
And voila! Just like that, you have been able to create a tattoo stencil.
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