Showing posts with label body art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label body art. Show all posts

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Nude Novice Notes: Don't Discard! Recycle! ReUse!


It may be the day after Halloween, but don't throw away those body art tools just yet! They can prove to be quite useful throughout the year as other nude socials are in the planning stages, especially with the upcoming winter holiday season! Let's not forget that those are followed by Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras, Easter, I think you get the picture! There is life and fun left in whatever tools are leftover!

It's not just holiday events that justify a little body decoration. Any social occasion can be made a little more interesting with a few simple applications from the body art supplies that we have on hand. If hosting a party, these can even be set out for guests to entertain themselves and each other. I sometimes use them for creating a team contest at gatherings.

If you opted for the washable, non-toxic markers for your Halloween body art medium, these can be used for a practical purpose in addition to body decorating. Newcomers and regulars may want to utilize them in lieu of the traditional nametags or name necklaces at social functions.

Proper storage needs to be considered for all these items. Any container that provides an airtight atmosphere is recommended. What doesn't need to happen is for any drying-out or loss of moisture of the markers, paints, etc. There are plenty of reusable and resealable plastic storage bags available in a variety of sizes. Once the tools are sealed, these, in turn, can be placed inside a reusable plastic container with an airtight lid. This process should guarantee that they will remain effective for the shelf-life of the product.

Hint: Those leftover colors of red and white can be used during the upcoming winter season for Santa hats with fur. The reds are perfect for for Valentine's Day in February.

In the picture below, this man is showing his cultural pride using leftover body paint. Using our creativity opens an endless list of possibilities for surplus body decorating supplies. Don't discard these treasures! They are a resource of limitless potential!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Nude Novice Notes: Body Painting Tips


The Halloween holiday is fast approaching and along with it comes opportunities for parties in honor of ghosts and goblins. Costumes are a part of the tradition and it's each individuals decision whether or not to wear one. Opting out doesn't necessarily mean that a naturist/nudist can't celebrate with others. The use of body paint (body art) is one way to join in the festivities without having to put on a costume.

There are some different mediums available for use in body art. Here are some helpful hints that hopefully will make the experience easier and less stressful. The tricks should be in the Halloween spirits, not in preparing for the social!

Safety First:

Before even attempting body art, always test the product to be used on a small area of the skin. Wait for several hours to see if there is any type of reaction. This is true even if the medium is labelled "non-toxic" or "non-allergenic." Every person is different with varying levels of sensitivities. Covering any amount of a person's skin is a serious undertaking and even a small reaction can be severe. Make certain to be near a shower or sink in order to quickly wash off with a mild soap should an adverse reaction occur. If the art is difficult to remove, try using baby oil.

After washing, minor skin irritations should disappear within about 15-20 minutes. If not, and breathing problems, burning sensations, skin discomfort or swelling occur, consult a medical practitioner immediately. These are indicative of a serious allergic reaction.

There is a false speculation, sometimes referred to as the "Goldfinger myth," that covering a person's skin will smother them. People breathe through their mouth, nose and lungs, not their skin. Covering a person's skin will not suffocate them.


There are a variety of products that can be used in creating a body art or natural art costume.  In the photo left, this full art example is applied with professional theatrical make-up and obviously required the assistance of another person. Here are some ideas that I've personally used in the past:

Markers: These are the same non-toxic, washable boxes of felt markers that millions of school-age youth use daily. Easy to apply and to remove, they are ideal for the first-timer. They are also the most affordable and readily available. The problem is the narrow point and the time needed to apply.

Greasepaint/Theatrical Make-up: These are used in dramatic productions, both amateur and professional. They are moderately expensive and are sold in quantity. They are usually found in costume stores or theatrical supply businesses. Application is easy and the drawback lies with the amount leftover and creative design, especially for the first-timer.

Airbrush Make Up: This is the best medium that I've used to date. It's excellent and efficient for full body art and isn't time consuming. It's easy to apply and safe. It's also expensive; you pay for the benefits. These are available in theatrical supply stores and online. It takes 5-6 cans for a one color full body application. Do not use near an air circulation vent or fan.

There are other mediums on the market; but, these are unfamiliar to me so I can't comment on cost or application. Some of these that I've seen are: liquid latex, textile acrylics and something called PAX Make Up (an adhesive based paint).

Regardless of the medium, body art is very messy, even if using markers. Have at least one full roll of paper towels nearby, just in case, as well as a surface cleaner. Have several hand towels to use, if necessary, on your body or face. Some men prefer to wear latex gloves when applying body art mediums.

The first decision that needs to be made is the type of body art desired: a full body disguise or merely a partial body or facial one. It is important to remember that an intricate covering is the most time consuming. A full body creation is going to need the assistance of a friend in order to complete. For first-time body artists, simpler is better. The more experienced and proficient artists can attempt the elaborate and detailed look.
1. Evenly apply absorbent moisturizer (cream, gel, lotion, oil) over all the body area to be decorated.
2. Allow at the very least an hour for the skin to absorb the moisturizer.
3. Do not apply any medium to greasy skin. It will smear.
4. Evenly distributed lighting permits the best results.
5. Even if merely using markers to the face, the application process is slow and tedious. Allow ample time to remove and start over if needed.
6. Before attempting, visualize or diagram desired design.
7. Keep in mind the finished image may not match the desired outcome.
8. Apply slowly and evenly using well executed movements.
9. If absolute symmetry is desired, enlist the help of a friend.
10. Remember, most mediums are water-based and soluble. Any moisture, including perspiration, may cause designs to easily run or smear.
Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!