Airbrushing A Five Point Star

Airbrushing a five point star tutorial we’ll cover airbrushing a five point star using home made star stencil and all the airbrush techniques you learn in our basic lessons. Written by Don Johnson airbrush artist sponsored by Airbrush Technique Magazine

So you now know how airbrush those stars you’ve seen on t-shirts designs using dagger strokes so we’ll move onto to another technique you can use to airbrush a star. For this one you’ll need to have star pattern, drawing which you can print off on your computer. You can render one in an image program like Photoshop or search the Internet to find one.

Airbrush Supplies Required:

What you’ll need to follow along with this start how to article: Double action airbrush, airbrush ready paints (Com-art, Golden Airbrush Colors, Dr Ph Martins), hobby knife.

Air pressure you use will depend on the type of airbrush and brand paint you are using but generally speaking any where from 20 to 60 PSI. For the paints I mentioned above 20 PSI or slightly lower should work fine with a gravity feed airbrush.

 

five point start 1

Above are the stars I printed, the rule is there so you can get a sense of how big my stars are. You’ll need to print off at least two of the same star the reason will become clear further on in this how to.

 

5 point star stencil

Now that you have your stars printed go a head and cut one of the stars out using a hobby knife. Printer paper works fine to practice this but you might want to you a heavy card board like poster board or even a t-shirt stencil material for this if this is a design you will be doing a lot.

 

five point star 3

On the backside of your star place some rolled masking tape so hold the star in place on your painting surface.

 

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With your star in place on your painting surface secured there by the rolled masking tape spray around the start with red followed by yellow just out past the red. Let the over spray from the yellow flow into the red. If you point your airbrush into the star template it will lift the template and we’ll get over spray under your template, not a good thing. Keep your airbrush square to the template or directed out away from the template.

 

five point star 5

Pull the star template off and your star design should look like mine pictured above. As you can see no over spray got under my template so I have nice a nice sharp outline of the star. Had over spray gotten under the start would have a fuzzy outline, not good.

 

five point star stencil 6

Now go back to the second star you printed off and with a pencil and straight edge divide it off as pictured above. With the hobby knife cut one of the sections out as pictured above.

 

high point stencil star 7

Finish cutting sections out of your star so it ends up pictured like the one above. With your star now completely cut out as above carefully place it over the star outline you just airbrushed. Make sure it lines up exactly with the outline on your painting surface for best results.

 

five point star stencil 8

For my third color I chose blue you can use whatever color you like for this part of the technique. Airbrush along the inside edge of the sections you cut out of the star template. Be careful to keep your airbrush square to the template to avoid over spray getting under the template.

 

five point star 9

Pull your star template off and add just a little color in the sections that that template covered. In my case I airbrushed a very thin layer of blue in those sections. Your star should now look like the one pictured above or even better.

 

five point star adding highlights10

To sharpen the edges up a bit I use a business card as a free hand shield and some white. Place the card along the top edge of a star section and add just a touch of white letting the over spray drift down into the star. Go over each high point using this technique before moving onto the next step.

 

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Pictured above I have gone back in and with the blue airbrushed a thin layer of color over the white we added in the step outlined above. To practice the t-shirt stars we learned in how to airbrush a star lesson add some stars around the outside of the star as pictured above. And there you have it another technique to airbrush a star, which can be used on many different surfaces.

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