There are several main media used to create
living statues, to greater or lesser effect. Some
of the most common are listed below.
The most common medium used to
create living statues is paint. Commonly
found at Halloween supply shops and
through many Internet sites, brands
such as
Mehron, Tim Gratton and Ben
have great quality and safe
bodypaints. Some artists prefer to use
non-toxic, but non-bodyart specific
paints such as latex based paints. There
is, as always, a risk when using any new
paints, as individuals react differently to
paints. A test patch is always
recommended before any large
coverage (partial or full-body) is
performed. Many paints dry to the
touch in a few minutes, but may require
touch-ups to preserve that fresh,
non-cracked look. Paint variations in
color, intensity and viscosity make them
ideal for creating living statues. Most
paints are applied with brushes, but can
be airbrushed on as well.
A very popular and
relatively simple form
of make up is an oil
and powder mixture.
Many art supply
companies carry
metallic powders that
can be mixed with
virtually any oil, from
baby to vegetable to
get that 'wet' and
truly metallic look.
Application is a very
simple brush on and
clean up is a simple
matter of soap and water. The mixture, however,never dries, and remains wet
to the touch. Care should be taken not to streak and drip the mixture as it
spreads rapidly, depending on the viscosity of the oil and mixture amounts. Oils
also tend to keep models very warm and should only be applied in cool settings
to avoid overheating.
MetallicMart is a good online source for powders.
Body Paint
Metallic Powders
Liquid latex is, essentially, liquid
rubber that dries into a smooth,
rubbery and unique covering.
While beautiful in appearance,
liquid latex is difficult to apply
and maintain coverage. Because
amonia is used as a preservative,
good ventilation must be used
during application. The final
coating is also very fragile, often
tearing, and should be covered
with a sealer if possible. Clean up
is easy--simply tear it off! A good
base of lotion on the model's
skin will make removal easier as
Liquid Latex
Natural Media
Natural media, such as
mud and clay, can create
a truly stunning effect by
making the model appear
to be actually made of
that substance. The rich
textures and natural
pigments of clays and
muds are offset by their
delicate nature. They tend
to dry and flake easily,
with constant patching
needed. Clean up,
however is simple, and
being natural substances,
are non-toxic and
commonly available.
Many mud packs can be
bought at drug stores or
even found naturally at a