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Dream Fantasy Photos
Posts: 19
Layton, Utah, US


I would like to try my hand at body painting.  Can you recommend the kind of paint to use?  I imagine the spray paint systems are very expensive.  I'd like to start with using brushes.  Any hints on how to get the proper information to get started would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.
Dec 06 12 09:31 am  Link  Quote 
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Cat Camp
Posts: 827
Tampa, Florida, US


If you'll ask the same question in the Makeup Forum, there's a great list of pro body painters who'll gladly help out.
Dec 06 12 09:33 am  Link  Quote 
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Kev Lawson
Posts: 6,293
Daytona Beach, Florida, US


Dream Fantasy Photos wrote:
I would like to try my hand at body painting.  Can you recommend the kind of paint to use?  I imagine the spray paint systems are very expensive.  I'd like to start with using brushes.  Any hints on how to get the proper information to get started would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

Hopefully you get some MUA's and body painters to respond to this.

You need to be aware of allergies when using certain products, especially latex based products.

By spray paint systems, I would assume you are talking about an air brush - yes they can get expensive.

Dec 06 12 09:35 am  Link  Quote 
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Dream Fantasy Photos
Posts: 19
Layton, Utah, US


I guess I didn't look closely enough to notice that there is a makeup form.  Thanks for the heads up.

When I typed "spray paint", I knew that wasn't the right term but "air brush" just didn't surface in my brain.  Damn old age!
Dec 06 12 10:19 am  Link  Quote 
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Lars R Peterson
Posts: 1,064
Seattle, Washington, US


In my opinion, I think the brush-on type works best. The airbrush pigments I see tend to be somewhat translucent, or thin...

I use WolfeFX bodypaint, order online... http://www.wolfefx.com/ has info about it. I also use Mehron "Paradise" bodypaint, Graftobia theatrical powdered metallic pigments for gold and silver, and Ben Nye sealer and fixative for the final coat to prevent smudging.

I use 98% Rubbing Alcohol to sterilize the palletes and brushes. I use paint brushes and makeup brushes for the bodypaint... and a 'trim' brush, like the foam kind from Home Depot, for metallic powders, which I sometimes mix with Mehron clear mixing liquid (stays on very nicely) or oils (baby oil, vegetable oil, olive oil... make sure the model is not allergic!) for a more shiny and liquid metal look.

It washes off easily with dish soap... might need rubbing alcohol if stains persist in finger cuticles, armpits, or other sensitive areas. Soaking in a tub, or working up a heavy sweat also help remove the pigments.

A full-body bodypaint project typically takes me 1 to 1.5 hours, with details, or maybe 15-20 minutes for full-body solid one color. One coat covers tattoos and is entirely opaque!

Absolutely question the model before painting! Ask about allergies or sensitivities to any of the ingredients in the makeup... especially if you are using other oils or ingredients, like peanut oil, coconut oil, etc.

Have fun!
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Dec 06 12 10:33 am  Link  Quote 
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Rays Fine Art
Posts: 5,651
New York, New York, US


Lars R Peterson wrote:
In my opinion, I think the brush-on type works best. The airbrush pigments I see tend to be somewhat translucent, or thin...

I use WolfeFX bodypaint, order online... http://www.wolfefx.com/ has info about it. I also use Mehron "Paradise" bodypaint, Graftobia theatrical powdered metallic pigments for gold and silver, and Ben Nye sealer and fixative for the final coat to prevent smudging.

I use 98% Rubbing Alcohol to sterilize the palletes and brushes. I use paint brushes and makeup brushes for the bodypaint... and a 'trim' brush, like the foam kind from Home Depot, for metallic powders, which I sometimes mix with Mehron clear mixing liquid (stays on very nicely) or oils (baby oil, vegetable oil, olive oil... make sure the model is not allergic!) for a more shiny and liquid metal look.

It washes off easily with dish soap... might need rubbing alcohol if stains persist in finger cuticles, armpits, or other sensitive areas. Soaking in a tub, or working up a heavy sweat also help remove the pigments.

A full-body bodypaint project typically takes me 1 to 1.5 hours, with details, or maybe 15-20 minutes for full-body solid one color. One coat covers tattoos and is entirely opaque!

Absolutely question the model before painting! Ask about allergies or sensitivities to any of the ingredients in the makeup... especially if you are using other oils or ingredients, like peanut oil, coconut oil, etc.

Have fun!
smile

Good advice here.

I'm also just starting out and have found Palmer Face Paints to be a good buy, at least for those first few attempts while you see whether or not you like it.  DickBlick.com carries it and their shipping charges are within reason.  They also have the Material Safety Data Sheets, which you'll want to have handy, right on their website.

Also, it's definitely worth your while to have an in depth discussion with your model, especially if you're doing full body work.  Make sure that she's aware that with brush work, some touching is inevitable and make sure that you both agree on whether or not she's going to be wearing bra and panties, how much and what parts of the body will be painted, etc.  Not an area where you want to assume too much.

And be aware that painting on a human body is not like painting on a flat canvas.   Not only does the surface you're working on have its own shapes, the skin takes paint differently.  I started working full torso and would have been much better off doing smaller projects first.

And if the model has never done body paint before, be prepared to stop and take a little break from time to time to let the giggling subside.

Dec 06 12 11:53 am  Link  Quote 
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