The fashion for tattoos has existed since antiquity. True, in those days, tattoos were a symbolic fence from the forces of evil, evil spirits, protection from all evil spirits and everything else that did not lend itself to the understanding of ancient people. Today, tattooing for the most part is just a tribute to fashion. As a rule, such tattoos can only be found on representatives of a number of directions of music or religion. Here, the preference is given to symbolism. In other cases, the picture is chosen for its beauty and no more.
Tattoos are permanent and temporary. Stencils are used primarily for temporary tattoos. The stencil is firmly glued to the skin, which allows you to get clear and even edges of the picture, and subsequently, after the paint dries, it is carefully removed. Stencils can be made of different materials: metal, self-adhesive film, plastic or plexiglass.
To make a stencil yourself, choose a material on which you can draw the necessary outlines, and then cut them out so that you get the necessary picture. Self-adhesive tape works best. It is the safest material for working at home.
Choose a quality film of the required width. The width will depend on the size of the design you are going to stencil with.
Apply the selected design to thin paper and secure it to the surface of the self-adhesive tape. Prepare a wooden plank on which it will be convenient to place the film, and sit comfortably so that the light falls on the work surface from the left. There should be enough light to make the stencil even and clear. The future pattern on the skin will depend on the quality of the stencil.
Do not fix the self-adhesive film on the surface of the board, as while working on the stencil it will be much more convenient to rotate the workpiece, and not to spin around the table yourself.
Take a paper knife. Use the smallest one you can find. The thinner its blade is, the more accurate the cut line will be.
Start cutting directly. Hold the workpiece with your left hand, and with your right hand gently press a paper knife on the outline of the drawing so as to pierce the first layer of paper, which shows the drawing and the layer of self-adhesive film.
Avoid pulling the knife off the paper when cutting long straight or curved lines with no corners. If you often tear the knife from the paper outside the corners, you will get serifs, which will be difficult to get rid of later.
When finished, peel off the paper and place the self-adhesive tape on a contrasting colored surface. After checking the evenness of the lines, you can consider the stencil ready.