Techniques
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 Nye
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 well.
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 site.