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.

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