It’s interesting to find out what other body painters are using, especially when you’re starting out in the industry and still getting to know products.
So we asked Samantha from The Magic Brush Shop to help us out and send us her list.
We hope that this blog entry inspires you to try a new technique, tool or product at this years NZ Body Art Showcase.
1. WOLFE WHITE & BLACK
I love the paint consistency of the Wolfe White & Black. It allows for controlled line work and beautiful flowing lines. The Wolfe White can be used either as a base by using a small amount of product on the sponge but it can also be used for opaque line-work that sits well and does not become transparent when used on darker bases. I used these techniques for the fine white detail work on the body painting pictured below.
Buy Wolfe Hydrocolours here.
2. KABUKI BRUSH
I love Kabuki Brushes, they allow for quick body paint coverage with no hassle and no mess unlike an airbrush. I also find the Kabuki Brushes can cover a larger area in a shorter amount of time than a regular airbrush. I especially love the ones stocked in our web shop as they are thick, dense brushes with soft bristles that can hold and load a lot of paint. The brushes have longer handles than your average Kabuki brush and I find them easier to hold than the short stubby ones. I used these on the base work for the body painted suits for the guys; image below.
I find the trick to using Kabuki brushes is loading up your brush with a lot of paint and a decent amount of water. If it glides on the paint, it will glide on the body. Use the Kabuki brush in firm circular motions to achieve the best, streak-free coverage.
Kabuki Brushes available here.
3. MARK REID BRUSHES
A new favorite of mine and a new product on our online store. I love the two-toned effect of these brushes. I really like the strong, firm bristles on these brushes, allowing for greater control of your line work.
I always say “It doesn’t matter about the size of your brush, a large good quality brush should allow you to achieve the finest line-work. You should be able to swap from bold thick lines, to the finest of swirls using a great brush.”
A great example of controlled, fine line work on the image below – still one of my absolute faves!
Mark Reid Brushes available here.
4. BAM STENCILS
I love BAM (Bad Ass Mini Stencils). Firstly, how cool is the name? They are made from a thin, durable Mylar material and last for years! Water-based body paint wipes off with a baby wipe or towel. For the harder to clean paints like the MAC Airbrush body paints (another fave!), I use either the Mac cleaning solution or for a cheaper alternative, Isopropyl Alcohol (soak for 10 seconds for easier removal). Works a treat and doesn’t damage the stencils.
I generally use stencils to aid with texture or ‘fill in the gaps.’ Stencils create the illusion of layers and I love that they are so easy to use. I like using mine with dense sponges and a small amount of water or with an airbrush. Make sure your stencils and bases are dry to avoid the transfer or upset of any paint. BAM stencils are a great time-saver for those stressful moments, when time isn’t on your side.
Buy BAM Stencils here.
5. MEHRON METALLIC POWDERS & MIXING LIQUIDS
Mehron Metallic Powders are amazing, they come in 6 different shades: Gold, Silver, Copper, Bronze, Lavender & Rose. The Gold and Silver are must-haves in any makeup artist’s or body painter’s kit!
I love the ‘staying power’ of this product when combined with the Mehron Mixing liquid. It makes the powder into a liquid, metallic paint and it’s fascinating just to watch, let alone paint with. I love the consistency of this product and you can control how transparent or opaque your work will be with how much mixing liquid you use.
The powders can also be used as dramatic eyeshadows on their own.
The Metallic powders & mixing liquid are great to paint with over black bases and don’t dilute down or dull when placed on top. Images of them used for line work (with pointed brushes) as well as base work (with Kabuki brushes) are above & below.
Buy Mehron Metallic Powders & Mixing Liquids here.