Found these "temporary" tattoos at dollar stores and M.........s. A very colorful assortment so I bought one package to experiment with. Instructions: cut out design of choice, peel off clear coat, put on your object (supposed to be your arm) face down, remember the graphics are reversed, apply a wet cloth to dampen the backing and the image will be released.
Here with a 6" rule to give a scale size. "Rat Rod" builders will like the variety of images available. Roofs, doors, deck lids will benefit.
Closeup of surf board, graffic down the center is the"tattoo" after application it was clear coated with automotive rattle can clear.
Trunk lid with a "tattoo" added, minor touch ups also added
The hard part about these transfers is predicting their positioning because of the white backing. Also they cannot be moved once down so careful positioning before removing clear cover..........you can figure it out, I did !!!!
Examples of "tattoos" on unpainted gray and white plastic. Images work best on light colored backgrounds, gloss or matte clear coating will seal them. Cheers Eh!
I've seen these "tattoos" being used on models before and it works quite well. Would it be possible...to attach them to an empty decal-sheet first, seal them with clear, and then apply them just like a normal waterslide-decal?
I've played with this idea with good luck, too -- so, definitely, if you find some cool temp tattoo's: go to town with 'em!
Here's an old pic (from this past June) from another thread, where I had mentioned having tried the idea out ...
Something to note is that most of the temporary tattoo's I've run across look like they have a white background, when you see them in the store ... but they don't. So, as noted by others, above: they're fairly transparent and/or show the paint colors that are underneath them...
... BUT, with another step or two before you apply them, you can "add white" to the "decal's" back side ... by spraying or brushing on some acrylic paint, right over what you see, as it sits on the sheet. (Keep in mind that the side you see on the sheet, is actually the side that touches the model / your arm. Meaning you don't even have to "stay in the lines" when you add some white, or some other background color, to your temp tattoo.)
(On this example, I'll have to go back in and touch a few things up ... but at least most of the skull's white was easy to add; and didn't obscure any of the detail that's already pre-printed on it. I got a bit carried away, playing with setting solutions and the like ... and, yes, one of these days: need to finish that model up!)
Last Edit: Dec 24, 2012 3:32:24 GMT -5 by Wardster
Post by Count Dragula on Dec 25, 2012 9:54:41 GMT -5
Thanks for the pointers on the temporary Tatoos....I used a temporary tatoo on the helmet of my 1:20 scale AMT "Gridiron Grabber" kit.....You can get these temporary tatoos at your favorite NFL teams local gift shop.Here is my "Colts Grabber" with said tatoo (and a Colts Christmas ornament to accompany the build).