How To Airbrush #1

Airbrush Technique how to airbrush basic’s part #1 covers basic airbrushing lessons you will need to learn, practice before you can airbrush that award winning harley, helmet, illustration or auto art. Set aside an hour a day to practice these basic lessons and you will be airbrushing like a pro in no time. Dots, lines and shading are covered in this short airbrush video.

 

how to airbrush #1

 

You can find a this lesson in written format here ON THIS PAGE 
air source
double action airbrush
news print
black golden airbrush color

How To Airbrush #1

Airbrush Technique how to airbrush basic’s part #1 covers basic airbrushing lessons you will need to learn, practice before you can airbrush that award winning harley, helmet, illustration or auto art. Set aside an hour a day to practice these basic lessons and you will be airbrushing like a pro in no time. Dots, lines and shading are covered in this short airbrush video.

 

how to airbrush #1

 

You can find a this lesson in written format here ON THIS PAGE 
air source
double action airbrush
news print
black golden airbrush color

How To Airbrush Basics Video #2

How to airbrush basics video 2 covers shading, basic stencil use and more basic airbrushing techniques and skills. To become proficient at airbrushing you first have to get thru the basic techniques that will help you control your airbrush. I understand just how boring doing dots, lines, shading and dagger strokes can be I went thru it myself. Spend the time to get those techniques down so they are second nature and you’ll be able to airbrush anything you want.

How To Airbrush Basic’s Video #2

 

This clip is from my DVD How To Airbrush which you can purchase HERE for just $39.95 free shipping within the US.

Heat Setting Airbrush T Shirts Video

If you are airbrushing T Shirts from home and don’t own a heat press here is a way to heat set your shirts.  Please read the tech sheet for the paint you are using as to what they recommend. This is the hard way to heat set your artwork but it will work if done correctly. I’ve never seen the clothes dry heat setting technique work but you can give it a try.

 

heat setting t shirts

For Createx Paint:

SURFACE PREPARATION
Fabric– Including 100% cotton, 50/50 blends, denim, sweatshirts, and most natural fibers.
1) For best results, wash item first to remove sizing and mill finishes.
2) Airbrush the design onto fabric avoiding thick buildup of paint and excessive paint layering.
3) Allow colors to dry, or a heat gun may be used to accelerate drying time. Drying time varies depending on application.
4) Heat set fabric for permanence by one of the following methods: a) Iron for 2 minutes at 300º F use a protective cloth, keep iron moving. b) Turn item inside out and put in clothes dryer for 40 minutes at highest heat.

Grex Tritium TG 3 Airbrush

In this video we will take a look at the Grex Tritium TG3 double action airbrush with a pistol type trigger and color cup. Very nice airbrush that can spray just about any kind of paint. Great for covering larger areas on small objects.

Features:

– Easy-to-use “pull” trigger controls both air and paint.

– Cutting edge design for precise control of fine detailed work.

– Internally mixed media for fine atomization.

– Ergonomic pistol handgrip with a textured surface for a firm comfortable grip.

– Patented Quick-Fit™ needle caps are quick and easy to setup and remove.

– Quick-Fit™ crown cap allows detailed spraying close to work surface.

– Rear handle Quick-Fit™ needle cap storage for quick and convenient access.

– Interchangable side mount reservoirs – use the perfect reservoir for your project.

– Left of right mount side reservoir to accomodate left and right hand users.

– 360 degree adjustable reservoirs allows you to work in any position and angle.

– Preset adjustment knob for precise paint volume control.

– Replaceable solvent proof teflon seals allows use of all media.

– Precisely machined stainless steel nozzle and needle.

– New design nozzle design for improved air flow and durability.

– Durable heavy nickel chrome plated housing.

– Convenient to clean design for ease of maintenance.

– Short passageway from cup to nozzle for a responsive feel.

– Convert to different nozzle sizes with optional kits.

 

Specifications:

Type: Double Action Pistol Stlyle
Fluid Nozzle: 0.2mm, 0.3mm, or 0.5mm
Feed Type:  Gravity
Fluid Capacity: 7mL (1/4 oz.), 15mL (1/2 oz.), 30mL (1 oz.) Side Siphon
Weight: 180g (6.4 oz.)
Length: 159mm (6.25″)
Oper. Pressure: 5 ~ 80psi (0.34 ~ 5.52bar)

 

Grex Tritium TG 3 airbrush

 

Grex Tritium TG Airbrush

In this video I will show you the Grex Tritium airbrush which has a pistol type trigger instead of the traditional style airbrush trigger. For me it took a bit of getting used to using this style trigger but once you get the hang of it the airbrush works nicely.

Features:

– Easy-to-use “pull” trigger controls both air and paint.

– Cutting edge design for precise control of fine detailed work.

– Internally mixed media for fine atomization.

– Ergonomic pistol handgrip with a textured surface for a firm comfortable grip.

– Patented Quick-Fit™ needle caps are quick and easy to setup and remove.

– Quick-Fit™ crown cap allows detailed spraying close to work surface.

– Rear handle Quick-Fit™ needle cap storage for quick and convenient access.

– Interchangable top mount reservoirs – use the perfect cup size for your project.

– Inline top mount cups offer balanced handling of the airbrush.

– Cup design allows optimal paint flow even when the airbrush is held in an angle.

– Integrated paint cup is easy to clean and perfect for minute amounts of paint.

– Preset adjustment knob for precise paint volume control.

– Replaceable solvent proof teflon seals allows use of all media.

– Includes 3 reservoirs: 2mL (1/20 oz.), 7mL (1/4 oz.) and 15mL (1/2 oz.)

– Precisely machined stainless steel nozzle and needle.

– New design nozzle design for improved air flow and durability.

– Durable heavy nickel chrome plated housing.

– Convenient to clean design for ease of maintenance.

– Short passageway from cup to nozzle for a responsive feel.

– Convert to different nozzle sizes with optional kits.

Specifications:

Type: Double Action Pistol Stlyle
Fluid Nozzle: 0.2mm, 0.3mm, or 0.5mm
Feed Type: Top Gravity
Fluid Capacity: 2mL (1/20 oz.), 7mL (1/4 oz.), 15mL (1/2 oz.)
Weight: 180g (6.4 oz.)
Length: 159mm (6.25″)
Oper. Pressure: 5 ~ 80psi (0.34 ~ 5.52bar)

Flames, Stripes Design Airbrush Video

In this short airbrush video we will be taking a look at Trident water based paint.Airbrushing some blue flames with stars and red white stripe behind it on a licanse plate.I chose this design to test the Trident paint as therte will be a lot of masking, back masking involved. This video is intended for those fairly new to airbrushing showing the progrssive steps in painting a design like this. It also is one of the first times I have used Trident water based paint so we will be taking a look at just how well it works. Happy to say the Trident paint performed perfectly and not a speck of paint lifted with all the masking I did.The ;icense plate was just scuffed , cleaned and painted. Hope you enjoy this video. Keep in mind please the colors in this video look darker than they really where the just the nature of video. The less paint you use the better the out come will be.

It’s just paint, relax and have fun with it. Don

 

 

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 clear finish. By Don Johnson, airbrush artist

Frisket Film

 

Frisket Film Sheets and rolls
frisket film backing

Be very careful using Frisket film with solvent based paints as the solvent will release the adhesive from the Frisket leaving a mess on your painting surface when you pull the Fisket film off. Frisket film can be purchased either in flat sheets or rolls, matte or gloss finish, the matte finished is used most commonly. If you are going to be using a lot of this masking material you might find it more economical to purchase the rolls virus’s the flat sheets.

 

Airbrush paper

To show you how to use this masking material I’ll do some very simple, quick flames on Carson Airbrush paper. I purchased this airbrush coated paper from Pearl Art store I believe is was about nine dollars at the time.

 

airbrush paper

Here I have very lightly draw out some flames using a number two pencil. You always want to keep your painting surface as clean as possible so keep your design lines very light, faint.

 

Frisket Film

 

frisket film

Now I’ll show you how to mask this simple flame design with Frisket film. Pull the backing from the Frisket film about an inch or two and attach it at the top of your painting surface. The backing paper should be doubled back so you can pull the backing off while applying the Frisket film. You might want to keep the backing as you might want to stick pieces of the Frisket film back on it after you cut them out of the design.

 

frisket film

 

frisket film 6

Now with the backing off it’s time to work any air bubbles out and smooth the Frisket foil so there are no creases, wrinkles in the masking film. Starting from the center of the Frisket use a small straight edge to smooth the Frisket out; work from the center towards the out side edges of your painting surface. You can lift parts of the Frisket and reposition it if you have to. You can see when the Frisket film is applied and smoothed out you can see the simple flame design I’ve drawn thru the Frisket. At this point you can use a pencil and drawn on the Frisket to further define or add to the design if you want to.

 

flame layout

With our design out line to our liking using a hobby knife and number eleven blade we will carefully cut the design out of the Frisket. Do not apply pressure to the blade just drag the blade along the design out line and let the blade do the work, cutting. Always use new blades and change them often for best results. Remember your hand will follow your eye’s lead so watch where you are going to be cutting and not the hobby knife blade. Cut the entire design out now; if you only cut part out and start painting it might well cover your design lines up making it very hard to cut later.

 

apply frisket film

Save the backing from your Frisket film to attach pieces of Frisket film you cut out in case you might need them later to mask an area again.

 

ease outlines

With your design now cut out you can go back and ease any of the pencil lines that show. It’s good practice when you are cutting a design out to do so with this in mind; cut the design out so the pencil lines are inside the cut area making them easy to ease.

 

airbrush paint red and yellow

To paint my flames I use Pro Colors airbrush ready paint; colors red and yellow.

 

airbrushing flames

To start airbrushing I use the red spraying half on the Frisket film and half on the paper within the flames. Let the over spray drift out toward the center of the flames; this will provide us a good transition between the yellow and red colors in the next step.

Fixing A Bent Airbrush Needle

Fixing a bent airbrush needle tutorial covers fixing a bent airbrush needle easily and quickly. Bending the tip on your airbrush needle happens no matter how careful you are from time to time. No need to get all of of sorts there is an easy fix for this and thats what we will cover in this article. Don Johnson- sponsored by Airbrush Technique Magazine.

On this page you will find examples of “how To” fix a bent needle tip.

Here are a few Airbrush Tech tips to help with that bent tip on your needle. I hope you find them helpful.

 

fixing bent airbrush needle

You’ll find some of the new airbrushes coming out of Asia, China the needles bend very easy it seems where the Paasche and Iwata, Badger are not quit so prone to bending easily.

Using a magnifying glass will help you check the very tip of your needle as pictured above to ensure the tip of the needle is not bent.

 

checking airbrush needle

If it is just a case of the needle tip having a slight burr on it you can use a fine knife sharpening stone to polish the burr off.

 

airbrush needle

For a needle with more than a slight burr on it the use of two quarters works nicely to straighten the needle tip out once again.

 

fixing bent airbrush needles

Place the quarters between your thumb and index finger as pictured above. Insert the bent needle tip between the two quarters; now apply pressure to the two quarters as you pull the needle out of the two quarts while turning the needle shaft round and round using the index and thumb of the hand holding the needle shaft. ( you want to spin the needle as you pull it out in other words) You might have to repeat this process several times but over the years I have had great luck straightening bent needle tips out in this fashion and I believe you will also.

Below is a airbrush video that covers the above bent needle fix.

Cutting Stencils Airbrush Video

Cutting Stencils Airbrush Video

I keep these Airbrush Beginners Tip videos short and try to get the important info to you without taking up a lot of your time. In this airbrush video I’ll show you how foam core board works as a great backing for cutting stencils. Foam core board is inexpensive and works great for cutting stencils on saving your hobby knife blades and work surface. Hope you find this helpful.