Making stencils and applying them

You have a design, now you have to decide how large or small it will be.

When the customer decides, the easiest way to reduce or enlarge a line drawing is with a copier machine or computer; scanning the image into a computer using a photo-editing program to shrink, retouch, or flip the image, then print it out.

Next using spirit master paper packs insert the image into a thermal transfer stencil maker and in a few seconds you will have a purple line stencil ready for application.

Well that is the fastest and easiest way to make stencils, there are many other tried and tested methods:

(1) Skin scribes, hectographic surgical pencils...use these to draw a design directly upon the skin...commonly used for basic shapes like hearts, stars, banners, free hand work. To ensure maximum sterility, hectrographic pencils should be sharpened between uses and rubbed with alcohol.

(2) Carbon paper transfer...draw a design on a piece of paper, then apply speed stick to the desired area of the skin. Lay carbon paper over it, and trace over your design. And you will have a crude stencil on the skin.

(3) Another method is using tracing paper use your original design and trace it with carbon paper and tracing paper underneath. The carbon will form a stencil on the tracing paper, and you can lay the tracing paper against the skin using water or speed stick to apply a stencil. REMEMBER to reverse the original design so your tattoo is not reversed. Using a printer...scan in a design to your computer, flip the image using a pint program, and print it out onto tracing paper. Apply speed stick or water to the desired area receiving the stencil, and press and you have a stencil. (In color if you desire) Using spirit paper without a stencil machine, just trace your design thru and get great stencils like the pros.

Tattoo Designs and Becoming a Tattoo Artist

Tattoo Designs and Becoming a Tattoo Artist

If you have any interest in possibly becoming a tattoo artist, this book will give you an inside look. Even if you don't want to become a tattoo artist, it will still give you an inside look at the profession.

Get My Free Ebook


  • leon
    Can use surgical spirits for tattoo tracing?
    12 months ago
    How to get a drawing from paper to skin with speedstick?
    6 months ago

Post a comment