Airbrush Basic Lessons

Airbrushing Neon Letters

Airbrushing Neon Letters by Don Johnson Airbrush Artist   Here we will create a Neon looking word or sign actually, this technique can be used on many different surfaces so don’t limit its use to just paper or illustration board. In this example we will be rendering our sign on a white background, I will try and get this same word, sign example done on a black surface for you here very soon. Have fun, its just paint.   For this step by step you will need the following: golden airbrush colors black, white and yellow. One sheet of Read more

Airbrush Stencil Basics

Airbrush Stencil Basic’s by Don Johnson   Stencils: Using stencils in your airbrush art work . The basics for using stencils on just about any surface.   Below: This example can be done on any surface paper, wood, textile. Mine was done on paper using a gravity feed double action airbrush but any airbrush could be used. Use whatever airbrush you have on hand. For paint I used Golden black airbrush colors, Medea Comart transparent rose, Medea Comart Transparent Violet, Medea Comart White .Compressor / 20 PSI.   Above is a plastic stencil I bought at hobby, craft store.   Read more

Airbrush Practice Made Fun

Practicing Your Airbrush Basic Skills Made Fun Here’s a good way of breaking up the boring dots, lines, fading, dagger stroke practice. Go out a buy a child’s coloring book and have some fun. Most of these books are made of the same paper, news print as we have been practicing on in lessons1, 2 and 3. I did the following example free hand but I guess you could use Frisk Film if you felt the need to. I’m not suggesting you approach your paintings like they are a coloring book page this is just a fun way to practice Read more

Ship Practice Painting For Airbrush Beginners

This airbrush step by step goes with the video covering the same airbrush practice painting, you now have a written version to go along with the video version. It’s great to be able to watch a video of someone airbrushing but I think it will really help to have still pictures and written text to refer to also. If you have mastered the basic lessons presented on this web site this little practice painting should be fairly easy for you. What you’ll need for this practice painting: Double action airbrush, easel, news print, black, yellow, blue and red.     Read more

Frisket Film Airbrush Masking Material

Frisket Film Airbrush Masking Material Frisket film airbrushing masking material tutorial will introduce you to the use of most commonly used masking materials used in airbrushing, Frisket Film. In this airbrush how to article I’ll go over the use of Frisket film in your airbrush projects, painting. We’ll be doing a very simple flame design to practice the masking technique used with Frisket Film. If you are not sure what Frisket Film is it’s a clear plastic like material about 002.” thickness with a self-adhering film on the back. Frisket Film comes in rolls and sheets of various sizes with a matt or Read more

Airbrushing Fine Lines, Detail

Airbrushing Fine Lines, Detail Airbrushing fine lines, detail tutorial we’ll go over airbrushing fine lines and detail using different airbrushes, needle, nozzle sizes. One of the most common questions I have heard sense I stated helping people learn to use their airbrush is “which airbrush with what size nozzle, needle is best for rendering detail, fine lines”. One of most common problems I hear about from those just starting out is “this airbrush just won’t do fine lines, detail work”  With the many different airbrush’s, needle, nozzle sizes available on the market these days its easy to understand the confusion surrounding airbrushing Read more

Airbrush Using Stencils -Skull Stencil

Airbrush Using Stencils-Skull Stencil Airbrush using stencils – skull stencil tutorial will show you just how easy it is the airbrush even if you have little or no drawing skills with the use of airbrush stencils. Using stencils like this one made by Beyond6 and sold by Sata USA makes getting into the world of airbrushing, custom painting very easy for just about anyone; no drawing skills required.Written by Don Johnson, airbrush artist This flaming skull stencil measures 5 ¾ by 3 ¾ inches and is actually marketed for body art use but can be used on any number of Read more

Airbrushing Tonal Value

Airbrushing Tonal Value   Airbrushing tonal value tutorial we’ll touch on and practice airbrushing tonal value which is so important to creating the illusions that make a your painting surface come to life. By Don Johnson “As a density value, tone is the same as an area with a uniform density. Tones in an image reflect the variation of light and shade in the subject.” Wow that’s a mouthful for sure; tonal value could be studied for weeks on end; here in this short how to article we will touch on the very basic’s of tonal value. In the simplest Read more

Airbrushing Dagger Strokes

Airbrushing Dagger Strokes Airbrushing dagger stokes or rat tail strokes as some call it is one of the hardest basic airbrushing skills to master but in this tutorial we’ll show you just how easy you can master the dagger stroke. You have come this far mastering lesson one, two and three so relax and practice the dagger stroke until it becomes second nature also. by Don Johnson Picture in your mind a plane practicing touch and go’s (landing, taking off) The widest part of the dagger stroke the tip of the airbrush will be further away from the surface, the thinnest Read more

Airbrushing A Stipple Effect

Airbrushing A Stipple Effect   Airbrush a stipple effect tutorial will cover airbrush techniques you can use to create a stipple effect in your airbrush projects. This is a very old trick used to create a stipple effect which can be used on T-Shirts, license plates, sheet metal, illustrations, etc. Airbrush Supplies Required: double action airbrush, painting surface be it paper, t-shirt, paint of your choice according to what you are painting.   Pictured above: You can see I have one half of a wooden cloths pin which the airbrush is directed at the end of the cloths pin. At Read more