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Tattooing or painting a puppet?

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Goochman, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Goochman

    Goochman Member

    Has anyone ever tried to paint/tattoo/use sharpies on Antron? I'm working on a puppet of my Tattoo artist and I'm trying to figure out the best way to tattoo it. I tried shaving it down a little and using sharpies, they work just okay. I'd like to find a nicer solution. Anyone have any ideas?
  2. Walter

    Walter Active Member

    hmm.. did you try stencil and spray painting?? That might do the trick! But I would test it on a swatch first..
  3. Goochman

    Goochman Member

    yeah I'm thinking I might have to, either that or make the tattoos our of felt and glue or stitch them on to the fleece
  4. Walter

    Walter Active Member

    hmm.. another idea I just thought of, How about press on?? Have you ever seen those plushes that have the smooth clear graphics on them?? It might not work though, since i'd imagine you'd need special equipment to produce them..
  5. Melonpool

    Melonpool Active Member

    They used airbrushing and stencils for the Nike MVPuppets, if that helps.
  6. Goochman

    Goochman Member

    I got some adhesive felt last night and made a test tattoo, I think I'm going with it!
  7. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Active Member

    I agree with Melonpool- Airbrush is the way to go.
  8. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Active Member

    Yup, I'd say airbrush too.
  9. Frogpuppeteer

    Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    glad i stumbled upon this thread was wondering this question myself
  10. Goochman

    Goochman Member

    Well I need to have it done by Sunday so as soon as it's finished I'll post some pics.
  11. MuppetLabsBoy

    MuppetLabsBoy Member

    Sharpies are better for creating a rosy cheek or stubble, you can't really do detail on antron without it bleeding
  12. Goochman

    Goochman Member

    So here's what I ended up doing. I used black felt and glued it to the Antron fleece.


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  13. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Funnily enough, I got into a conversation about tattooing puppets this weekend before Avenue Q. Embroidery was a pretty good idea, as it combined both tattooing and piercing.

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