Following areTips from Models, Taken From World Body Painting
Championship organizer Karala Barendregt’s book “Bringing Body Painting to Life”.
"Modeling for Body painting is an amazing experience that can build confidence and
open up areas of a person’s character they haven’t explored before.
Any person can try it so use the opportunity to enjoy and explore."
Remove body hair when necessary. Moisturize the evening before but not in the
morning unless the artist specifies. Hair brush, soap and baby oil for hard to
remove paint, shampoo and scrubber, camera, towel and clothes that can get dirty.
Paper towels, healthy snacks and a CD if needed for a performance.
Stretch well before painting starts to start off with a warmed up body.
This helps to avoid cramps and to stay focused. It is easier to pose
after the painting is finished.
Throughout the Day
Try to keep the body as relaxed as possible. Drink water in small
amounts, spaced over time. Drinking a whole bottle of water at the
time makes it going to the toilet more constant. Keep muscles warm
by tensing and relaxing them. Do mini-stretches but try not to disturb
the artist. Eat food that gives energy but not too heavy or messy.
Fruit, veggies and light grainy bread can make good energy snacks.
Sugar gives a fast boost but no lasting energy so don’t rely on it all
day, Energy drinks or energy lozenges are good just before going on
stage or into the photography area but don’t use them all day as they
can also bring a drop in energy. Be aware of the artists needs, Where
are they painting? Is it small detail? Can you move to help?
Do you already know your artist? If not, speak to them about their
idea so you can prepare yourself for your performance and posing.
If they have music for you to dance to, listen to it when possible.
Photographing the art work is very important as it is the
only way to preserve the body art. Do a variety of poses
that compliment the artwork. Don’t move too quickly as
the photographers need time to frame the picture. Listen
to the camera flashes. If the photographers are clicking
furiously then is a good pose. Keep it a little longer and
try to make eye contact with the photographers, Do
small variations on that pose. When the flashes go quiet,
try something new. Change facial expressions, or try
poses that use a variety of levels and make it interesting,
Use the ground and the air, jump, fly, be alive!
Showering. When paint is difficult to
remove, try baby oil. If the artist has used
glues to attach things then they may have a
specific solution to remove the glue.
Stretch again before sleeping to
avoid waking up with a cramp.