Today we have a special Valentine’s week treat for you! We’re pretty big fans of temporary tattoos here at The Midnight Garden, so why not make your own and wear your favorite book quote? There aren’t nearly enough YA book products out there, and this is an easy and inexpensive way to get exactly what you want.
Today I’m sharing a tutorial for creating your own temporary tattoos using quotes from a favorite book, in this case, the lovely, torturous The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski–so perfect and swooningly romantic for this week! This DIY project is super easy to do, and they make fun little gifts for your favorite reader, too. You could even make a little tattoo kit for someone using designs you printed–pack them up into a little glassine envelope with a printed label and they’ll be such a nice present.
Silhouette Temporary Tattoo Paper*
tattoo design of your choice**
ink jet or laser printer
scissors or x-acto knife
clean sponge or washcloth
Cost of project: $3.50 – $5, plus on hand supplies
*If you add this to your Amazon cart, the price seems to fluctuate fairly frequently. I’ve seen them as low as $7/pack of two, which isn’t bad considering how many designs you can cram onto one page. Note: on the instructions that come with the tattoo paper, ignore everything that references special software or cutting tools. You don’t need them.
**Download the free template for The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Crime tattoos that I designed with existing fonts and clip art (Note: the image below is for your reference–the download is for a high resolution, reversed-text full page so you can also make a set to share)–or create your own! You can use any program you like to manipulate images and text–even Word will do in a pinch if you’re not getting too fancy. Print and cut out test designs onto regular paper to check sizing and appearance to make sure you’re happy with them.
I’d recommend choosing quotes that are not only meaningful for you, but ones that would also stand on their own or be intriguing to someone who might not recognize it. These are definitely great conversation starters for your favorite book! LET’S CONVERT MORE YA READERS.
2. Print out your design onto the tattoo paper using the photo paper option, so that the images are on the shiny side. Let it dry completely. View Spoiler »Smudginess is good for no one except for Noah. « Hide Spoiler
3. This step is really important, since you only have one shot to make it work. Take the adhesive sheet and remove the thin green paper strip at the top, laying it carefully along one edge of the tattoo designs. Peel off the remainder of the green backing and gradually spread the adhesive sheet over the rest of the design page, smoothing out air bubbles as you go along so the sheet isn’t wrinkled. Once it’s down, use your ruler or other tool to smooth out as many bubbles as you can. (This is why printing out a couple of extras doesn’t hurt. At this point, what you’re doing is pressing the designs into the paper, so be sure you’re pressing firmly enough that it transfers.)
4. Cut around the designs, getting fairly close to the edges of the printed portion. The more edge you leave, the more of a “sticker” type effect you’ll see.
5. To apply, make sure your skin is clean and dry. Take one tattoo and remove the backing. Place it on your body where you’d like the design to appear and take a warm, wet washcloth and press the tattoo firmly onto your skin without moving it around. You only need to do this for around 30 seconds, but at the end, I’d recommend making extra sure that the edges of the tattoo are wet. Dry spots will come off the skin and start peeling away, which is both unattractive and itchy! Have fun and layer tats if you like, and play with colors.
And that’s it! Your tattoo should last a couple of days, even in the shower, as long as you don’t rub the area or soap it. It removes easily and does not transfer. These tattoo sheets are thinner than the ones you’d buy from a professional company, but they’re still fun to experiment with.
Remember: if you’re creating stuff inspired from an author’s book, that’s totally okay as long as it’s not for profit and is intended for personal use. If you’re interested in selling merchandise, however, you should check with the author to see if there are restrictions on licensing and so on. And please, if you share this project on your blog or social media, we’d appreciate a link to this original post, rather than just a link to the download. Same for any photos you choose to share. Thanks!
Sorry that all the photos are of my boring wrists, that’s generally where I like to put tattoos and I’m usually photographing myself, so any other location is kind of tricky. One of these days I’ll tinker with my tripod and remote shutter.
Do you think this is a project you’d be interested in trying out? What book quotes would you want to have tattooed on your body, permanently or not? If you end up making tattoos, we’d appreciate a link back to this post and would love to see them!
And obviously, this project is also my sneaky extra attempt to lure you into reading The Winner’s Trilogy as well. :D How can you not be intrigued after you’ve read these quotes?