More Tools for Airbrush
http://airbrushdoc.com/beginners/tools- for- airbrush/ December 11, 2012
Last time I mentioned some tools for airbrush and I thought that for a while the topic might be
covered; after that I wanted to prepare a “how t o” about one additional tool that I haven’t
mentioned before. Actually I’ve found out that there is many more of them that I have
forgotten, so today I’m extending the airbrush t ools topic.
Easel – probably one of the most important things after you have all I mentioned in the last
article, maybe even more important than all the cleaning or masking tools. Choosing the right
easel depends a lot on the technique of airbrush you’re planning to do. If you’re going to do
illustrations or portraits on a flat surfaces like illustration boards, Bristol paper or some pads
then you will need this easel. The size, of course, depends on size of your art. Low on budget?
No problem, the Internet is full of detailed tutorials that will show you how to build one yourself.
If you’re planning to airbrush T-shirts then you should look also for T-shirt board and also
have some iron at hand.
Have you ever heard the term “airbrush work st at ion”? Well, if you get a good easel then it
can be almost full airbrush work station. Or you can make some additional shelves or use some
table beside easel where you will have all your paints, airbrushes…
Iwata has in their product menu one, kind of mobile airbrush work station “Iwat a St udio Series
Maxx Jet ”. It is a compressor in the box where you can keep all you airbrush tools. The only
thing missing there is the easel.
The other concern is when you are a scale modeler, then you probably need a spray boot h. Be
careful, the term “spray both” is not exactly defined, so scale modelers, you should look for
compact or hobby spray booth. I’m going to give you kind of direction here, if you are curious,
check out this page to see what I mean. The price range here is from $130 to over one
thousand bucks. This is also popular topic in DIY, maybe someday I’ll post a tutorial.
If you want to build one then I should warn you up front. Practically all of tutorials out there
don’t mention the risks of explosion. The thing is that this booth should extract paint fumes
where some of them can be explosive. The solution is actually simple, which is using a proper
fan for the job.
If you want to paint large object such as cars and bikes you will find these spray booths on the
first page of Google.
Frisket f ilm – self-adhering masking film with a removable adhesive that leaves no residue.
Excellent for use on smooth surfaces such as illustration board, photographs and most of
airbrush techniques. Also used for stenciling and retouching. The film comes in several versions:
easy-peel, “low t ack” for smooth surfaces and airbrushing, “ext ra t ack” for rough boards and
other surfaces requiring extra adhesion and “all-purpose” (cheaper low-tack alternative).
Frisket is sold in packs, by the sheet or on rolls in clear and matte versions.
Liquid f risket is a liquid masking film that can be applied to your artwork to mask some areas
from being painted exactly as masking tape.
The use of liquid frisket comes in handy when your art piece includes many tiny details. If you
see that painting so many detail can take forever because it is going to be very difficult to cut it
all from frisket film then you should use this liquid one.
St encils – Everybody knows what stencils are. A lot of airbrush artist can’t imagine to work
without them but they are not that crucial. Yes, they make our lives easier but I know about
artists that don’t use them at all and paint unbelievable art (for example – Airbrush Fitto). If you
are the one that can’t exist without stencils then I recommend to visit Airsick Stencils store –
their stencils are one of the best.
X-ACTO knif e a.k.a. Exact o knif e a.k.a. Frisket knif e a.k.a. St encil knif e… We can go on
and on. No matter how you call this knife, it always be the tool you may need. It has changeable
blades and the primary purpose is to cut frisket film or any other masking material to create a
Cut t ing Mat s – this is actually the mat on which you’d perform stencil cuting. Very durable and
available in many different colors and sizes.
Elect ric eraser – is used to remove paint, add highlights, blend out hard lines and make
textures… The good thing is that it’s able to make changes in tight areas which cannot be
reached with regular eraser.
You can see that it’s a really simple tool that works like a small hand drill. I have one of those
drills at home so I didn’t think of buying this electric eraser, all I needed is the set of replaceable
Project or – as sellers say – practical way to save time and improve results. Yes, this is true. It is
something similar to stencils because it saves time but in different way, it enlarges actual
reference picture. Enlargement, sometimes up to 30 times or also reduces down to even 70%
of the original size, gives unlimited possibilities. Simply mount your pattern and project your
design on it. The only catch is – dark room required. I, sometimes, use projector when painting
big murals but only to trace it onto the wall.
I didn’t have any intention to look for this kind of equipment for airbrushing as I’ve bought HD
ready project or to watch movies long time ago and now I can use it even for airbrushing,
projecting the design directly from computer. HD projectors are expensive, even SD are still
expensive but you don’t need those if you are not planning to entertain yourself. In some web
stores you can get a projector from only $30.
Please share the knowledge!
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