Video: Personalized Graffiti Arm Tutorial

This personalized graffiti arm design inspired by Kerry Tobin's fabulous graffiti arms and legs is one of the most versatile designs you can have in your bag of tricks as a face painter. It's easy to adapt to any child or teen's favorite colors or styles because it's created with split cakes and stencils, and it can be made as elaborate or simple as you have time for. In addition, kids love to have their name on their arm, so it's definitely popular. If I do one of these at a party or event, I end up doing a lot of them.

For kids with longs names that simply won't fit on the arm, choose a nickname or use their initials and always be sure to write the child's name on your hand with face paint first in order to check to make sure it's spelled correctly before you begin on the child.


Favorite large split cake (Kryvaline's Fruity)
Black face paint (Diamond FX)
White face paint (Wolfe)
Purple face paint (Global or Kryvaline)
Stencil (BAM 4009)
• Stencil (BAM 2013 Dotty)
#4 round brush (Loew Cornel gold handle)
Cosmetic grade glitter (optional)

Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in Elgin, Illinois, and her artwork has appeared in The Colored Palette and SkinMarkz magazines. She services the western and northwestern Chicago suburbs, Chicago’s north side, and the eastern and southeastern suburbs of Rockford. Stop by to enjoy more of Beth’s face painting tutorials.