Handpoke Online Course

2. TECHNIQUES

3.2 Lining

6 thoughts on “HOC – 3.2 Lining”

  1. Hi Ann,

    Really love this course so far! You put so much effort in it.<3

    I have two short questions:
    1) Which size if needle did you use for the leaves and short lines on the ReelSkin as well as your hands? That would gelp me a lot an deciding which needle to use for each tattoo.

    2) If you want to make a reaaally thin line, but your tattoo is curved, so you cant use a flat liner – which needle do you personally use? And (if that differs) which needle would you recommend?

    1. Hey Stella 🙂

      Thank you so much <3
      On my hand I used a 9RL Bugpin. On the reelskin it was a 11RL Bigpin 🙂

      And if I want to do narrow curves and want a really thin line I just use a 3RL insted of a flat. It will be a little thicker but still a lot safer than an 1RL.
      It is something I just keep in mind when I make my designs or decide on the minimum size of my flash.
      If the curves are not too narrow I will use my smalles flat. After a while you will get a feeling for when you can use a flat and when not with a little practise.
      Sometimes I tried with a flat first and if it doesen't work I go over the testline again with a 3RL. You can hide the imperfections of the flat under the thicker 3RL line 😉
      3RL lines are still very thin 😉

  2. Hi Ann! I have a problem while tattooing. Every time I refill the needle with ink and begin poking the skin, the excess of ink that does not get inside the skin spills over the skin, covers the stencil and I can’t see where I’m poking. It’s very annoying and it happens too much, I don’t think it should be like that but I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Do you know any reasons why this happens and how to solve the problem? Thanks so much! I’m learning a lot from this course 🙂

    1. Hey Adriana 🙂
      This sounds completly normal. I guess it is not that much, right? There will always be a small puddle of ink around your puncture point, if not you don’t have enough ink on your needle. So for 1-2 mm around the needle you will always have to tattoo without seeing the stencil it can be a little bit unsettling at the beginning but you will get used to it 😉
      If it is much more than just a few millimeters maybe you could tell me what kind of ink you use?

      1. There is a small puddle when I do the first poke, but I kind of drag it when I continue the line, making it bigger/longer. I don’t know if I’m explaining myself (? I use Eternal Ink Lining Black. Maybe I’m exaggerating and it’s actually super normal hahah

        Also I feel like this makes the first technique you explained more difficult (the one where you go over the lines in a rather “quick” way to secure the stencil), because the second time you go over the dots it’s very hard to poke in the exact same points if you can’t see them with the ink covering them. Am I right?

        1. Hey Adriana 🙂

          That is still something, that is completely normal. I remember that it can be a little unsettling at the beginning. Actually the technique going faster also makes your pokes more unerring in my experience. The flow helps to stay in line. But yes, it needs a little practice and confidence at first.
          One hint I could give you, or how I do it, is to not try to look at the exact spot I want to poke but at the point to that you are going a little ahead and trust your hand.
          If you would really want to be able to see every dot you are making, then you would have to wipe after every time, but that way it will really take ages to finish even a small tattoo.
          I sorry to disappoint you, the puddle really is something you can not avoid 🙁

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6 thoughts on “HOC – 3.2 Lining”

  1. Hi Ann,

    Really love this course so far! You put so much effort in it.<3

    I have two short questions:
    1) Which size if needle did you use for the leaves and short lines on the ReelSkin as well as your hands? That would gelp me a lot an deciding which needle to use for each tattoo.

    2) If you want to make a reaaally thin line, but your tattoo is curved, so you cant use a flat liner – which needle do you personally use? And (if that differs) which needle would you recommend?

    1. Hey Stella 🙂

      Thank you so much <3
      On my hand I used a 9RL Bugpin. On the reelskin it was a 11RL Bigpin 🙂

      And if I want to do narrow curves and want a really thin line I just use a 3RL insted of a flat. It will be a little thicker but still a lot safer than an 1RL.
      It is something I just keep in mind when I make my designs or decide on the minimum size of my flash.
      If the curves are not too narrow I will use my smalles flat. After a while you will get a feeling for when you can use a flat and when not with a little practise.
      Sometimes I tried with a flat first and if it doesen't work I go over the testline again with a 3RL. You can hide the imperfections of the flat under the thicker 3RL line 😉
      3RL lines are still very thin 😉

  2. Hi Ann! I have a problem while tattooing. Every time I refill the needle with ink and begin poking the skin, the excess of ink that does not get inside the skin spills over the skin, covers the stencil and I can’t see where I’m poking. It’s very annoying and it happens too much, I don’t think it should be like that but I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Do you know any reasons why this happens and how to solve the problem? Thanks so much! I’m learning a lot from this course 🙂

    1. Hey Adriana 🙂
      This sounds completly normal. I guess it is not that much, right? There will always be a small puddle of ink around your puncture point, if not you don’t have enough ink on your needle. So for 1-2 mm around the needle you will always have to tattoo without seeing the stencil it can be a little bit unsettling at the beginning but you will get used to it 😉
      If it is much more than just a few millimeters maybe you could tell me what kind of ink you use?

      1. There is a small puddle when I do the first poke, but I kind of drag it when I continue the line, making it bigger/longer. I don’t know if I’m explaining myself (? I use Eternal Ink Lining Black. Maybe I’m exaggerating and it’s actually super normal hahah

        Also I feel like this makes the first technique you explained more difficult (the one where you go over the lines in a rather “quick” way to secure the stencil), because the second time you go over the dots it’s very hard to poke in the exact same points if you can’t see them with the ink covering them. Am I right?

        1. Hey Adriana 🙂

          That is still something, that is completely normal. I remember that it can be a little unsettling at the beginning. Actually the technique going faster also makes your pokes more unerring in my experience. The flow helps to stay in line. But yes, it needs a little practice and confidence at first.
          One hint I could give you, or how I do it, is to not try to look at the exact spot I want to poke but at the point to that you are going a little ahead and trust your hand.
          If you would really want to be able to see every dot you are making, then you would have to wipe after every time, but that way it will really take ages to finish even a small tattoo.
          I sorry to disappoint you, the puddle really is something you can not avoid 🙁

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