The Complete Body Marbling Guide
What Is Body Marbling?
As per what lord Wikipedia says, “Body Marbling is a water-painting process in which drops of paint are added to a fluid surface, allowing individuals to submerge their arms or body to transfer the marbled designs onto their skin. Similar to paper marbling, body marbling utilizes the traditional concepts of the marbled style, including the visual effects of dragging and stirring the paint on the surface. Body marbling, however, typically substitutes neon or UV reactive colors, and utilizes nontoxic, water-based paint in place of the traditional neutral-colored oil based inks and paints.”
As you can see in the video above, the paint has a glossy, psychedelic look, it is no wonder why this trend has become a trend among music festival attendees. “The main people behind the trend are Black Light Visuals,” Ellen Scott of “Metro Magazine” wrote. In fact, much of the footage in the clip was provided by courtesy of blvisuals.
How Is Body Marbling Applied?
First, the skin is prepped in a salt water solution. People are instructed to let the salt water dry completely on the skin. Salt water simultaneously texturizes and adds an absorbent coating on the skin to allow the paint to adhere.
Once the salt water has dried, the second step is creating the abstract image of choice. The solution used to thicken the water will differ with each body marbling company or group, as many agents can be used. Drops of paint are added to the surface until the surface tension is adequate for the dipping. If the colors are not concentrated enough on the surface, the resulting painting on skin will look faded or translucent. Participants are then instructed to slowly dip their arms straight down in one motion, allowing the colors to smoothly adhere to the skin. It only takes one short dip to transfer the paint.
The third and last step involves slowly removing the arms from the tank and dunking them directly into a rinse bin. A light shake removes the excess paint mixture to reveal a vibrant “temporary-tattoo-style”painting underneath. Once the surface is dried, the paint will retain its coloration and marbled look.
How To Remove Marbled Body Paint
Typically, the dry paint will only last on skin for 8–12 hours, depending on the care taken afterward. If the paint becomes saturated with moisture (ex. sweating, ice bucket challenge or Florida), it may rub off more quickly, however a short drying session will set the paint back to the original. Most body marbling processes allow for the paint to be easily removed with soap and water, or just water and a light exfoliant.
But Will I Die?
No, you will not die or be poisoned by using marble body paint. As previously mentioned, the paints are made out of water-based nontoxic coloring agents. If you are hospitalized after using this type of body art, it is probably because of all the drugs you took at whatever music festival you went to.